ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram has freed 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group in April 2014 in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, the government said on Thursday.
Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in the northeastern Borno state, where the jihadists have waged a seven-year insurgency to try to set up an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.
Dozens escaped in the initial melee, but more than 200 girls are still missing. The kidnapping brought outrage worldwide and their plight was promoted by a Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls. more >>
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly rejected an offer by Islamic terror group Boko Haram to give back the more than 200 kidnapped Christian Chibok schoolgirls in exchange for 1.7 Trillion Nigerian naira, which amounts to around $5.6 billion USD.
NAIJ reported on Wednesday that the revelations were made in the book Muhammadu Buhari: The challenges of leadership in Nigeria, authored by Prof. John Paden, which examines the major events behind Buhari's presidency.
"On several occasions, prisoners were taken to Maiduguri to facilitate an exchange. But these negotiations stalled when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of €5billion for the girls," the book noted. more >>
Less than a month after his resignation as senior pastor of the multi-campus Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, Pete Wilson, who also authored the best-selling book Plan B, is starting a new chapter in his professional life as president of marketing and technology firm, The A Group.
"We are so excited to have Pete Wilson join our team," The A Group's founder and CEO Maurilio Amorim said in a statement on the appointment on Monday. "I have known Pete for a long time and know his heart for ministry, as well as the deep knowledge and wisdom he has acquired during his time leading large, growing organizations. Being able to offer his invaluable experience and counsel to other leaders is an honor."
One of the world's leading Christian persecution watchdog groups has put together a petition to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, decrying a "baffling silence" on the problem of persecution, and urging them to devise a plan of action for how to help.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy at Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that there has been a "baffling" silence by both Trump and Clinton, given that most Americans believe that the next American president should have a plan of action for addressing the persecution of Christians.
Two separate petitions, one addressed to Trump and one to Clinton, point to a recent Harris/Neilsen poll that shows three out of four Americans believe this is an important issue for the next president to address. more >>
Leaning forward and speaking softly into a small handheld lapel microphone, Dorcas uttered what must have seemed an anemic reflection on two years of captivity at the hands of one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world: "There is no kind of suffering we haven't seen."
As the camera panned out to focus on the almost 50 other young women, all of whom are said to be part of the kidnapped #BringBackOurGirls, one could almost hear the heart-wrenching emotion of Chibok parents who would watch the video repeatedly to find their beautiful daughters; some sitting, some standing, some crying, some holding babies born from the rapes of forced "marriages."
All of whom carry the weight of depths of pain and horror far beyond their teenage years inflicted at the hands of what is now considered the most lethal global terrorist organization. Amina, the only young lady to have escaped over this long ordeal, has described the scene of watching her teenage friend being lowered into a hand-dug hole up to her neck and being stoned to death. more >>
The devastated parents of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the Christian town of Chibok in Nigeria have said that they praise God their daughters are still alive following the release of a new Boko Haram video, but the time has come for the government to act and save them.
Yakubu Kabu, one of the parents of the kidnapped girls, said while it was hard to watch the new video that shows the girls in bondage surrounded by armed Islamic militants, at least it gives hope that they can be rescued.