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Nigerian recounts ordeal in hands of Charles Taylor’s army- And to think that this same country housed him!!! Sad!
Just watched this video on Channels Television and feel so pained. Before his sentencing to 50 years in prison custody, Chrles Taylor spent a few years in Nigeria, Calabar precisely.
After watching this video I feel so pained that he was housed and given a sense of freedom in a country whose innocent citizens he killed during the war in Sieria Leone in 1999.
See for yourself!
- Warlord Charles Taylor Convicted (ayannanahmias.com)
- Taylor Verdict a Time for Closure (thedailybeast.com)
- Charles Taylor convicted of aiding war crimes (independent.co.uk)
Nigerians on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 were awoken with the news that Islamist sect Boko Haram ruled out talks with the federal government.
A purported spokesman for the radical Islamist sect said on Tuesday, the group had “closed all possible doors of negotiation” with a government of “unbelievers” that it cannot trust, and called on Muslims to join the fight against it.
The statement to journalists in the sect’s heartland of Maiduguri in Borno State came two days after a Muslim cleric brokering initial peace talks pulled out, dimming hopes of a negotiated end to the insurgency.
The negotiations were aimed at ending months of bomb and gun attacks by Boko Haram that killed hundreds, mostly in the majority Muslim north, and have at times dominated Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency.
Lagos resident, Precious Ose Idehen who spoke to Reuters said it was not clear what Boko Haram is fighting for, so the group should enter into dialogue and state their demands.
“Their aim is just to destroy the present government, to destabilise Mr. President from getting up to what he has planned for the nation. That is the truth. There is nothing you will give to the Boko Haram that will make them say we are tired. If they want the dialogue, if there is anything they need, they should come out and say it. It’s their own nation, they should come out and say it.”
Success Olawale Martins, an unemployed graduate of Business Administration, said President Goodluck Jonathan had tried to keep peace with the sect long enough.
“For the sake of peace, for the sake of unity of the nation, he has given them a long rope. And at the end of the day, they are not coming. If, I think at this time, if he reacts against them, I don’t think he has done anything wrong.”
And insurance broker, Ambrose Ochonogor went even further to add that the government should openly fight Boko Haram.
“It is high time federal government resorted to jungle justice. If they can’t dialogue with them, then they should resort to other measures. They should fight them openly, make sure they eliminate them.”
Boko Haram has said it wants to impose Islamic sharia law across Nigeria, which is split equally between Christians and Muslims. But with the spate of killings in recent times, has cast a shadow of doubt over the group’s demands, hence the call for dialogue by the Federal Government.
(Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s daughter has expressed concern that a United Nations commission looking into human rights violations during the Libya conflict is not trying to find out who killed her father.
The circumstances of Gaddafi’s killing on October 20 last year remain unclear. Footage of his last moments, bloodied and dazed as his captors dragged him along a road, marked the grisly success of the revolt against his rule, even though many Libyans said they were glad to see the end of a violent dictator.
In a letter sent to the chairman of the U.N.’s commission of inquiry on Libya, a lawyer acting for Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha questioned whether investigators were meeting their obligation to probe violations by both sides in the conflict.
The letter said Aisha Gaddafi expected the commission to fully explore the killing of her father, and her brother Mo’tassim, who was also killed after he was captured.
“These murders were witnessed by the whole world and have been roundly condemned by those who champion the rule of law. It is inconceivable, therefore, that the commission of inquiry should refuse to investigate these matters,” the letter said.
The lawyer, Nick Kaufman, said the U.N. investigators working for the commission had conducted dozens of interviews but did not seem interested in testimony from Aisha Gaddafi or other family members.
“You will appreciate my concern that the apparent lack of will to involve my clients in the investigative work of your commission may be seen as lacking impartiality,” said the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
Aisha Gaddafi, her mother Safiya, her brothers Hannibal and Mohammed and other members of the family, fled Libya around the time rebel forces took control of the capital in August. They have since been in neighbouring Algeria.
Gaddafi’s daughter, a trained lawyer who was part of the defence team of executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, has unsuccessfully asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate her father’s death.
She has also applied to the ICC to let her submit information on behalf of another brother, Saif al-Islam, but the court rejected her application.
Saif al-Islam, the subject of an ICC arrest warrant on rape and murder charges, has been held in the Libyan town of Zintan since he was captured in the Sahara desert in November, disguised as a Bedouin tribesman.
- Gaddafi’s Daughter Appeals to ICC (ayannanahmias.com)
- Aisha Gaddafi Takes Fight for her Father to the ICC (ibtimes.com)