AFRICA/NIGERIA - The President intends to ask a billion dollars to fight Boko Haram
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has asked the National Assembly for an international loan of one billion dollars to buy new weapons and equipment to fight Boko Haram. According to the local press, in recent days the army took possession of two attack helicopters equipped with night vision devices.
The President seems to have chosen the military path to fight Boko Haram, after having offered an amnesty to members of the sect who decide to lay down their arms (see Fides 10/06/2014). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/07/2014)
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- 2015-07-01 - "Precarious security and non-existent infrastructure in the areas liberated by Boko Haram" reports the Bishop of Yola
- 2015-06-24 - "Despite the latest attacks, we hope that Boko Haram will be soon defeated" says the Bishop of Maiduguri
- 2015-06-22 - Priest kidnapped on June 8 has been released, no ransom was paid
- 2015-06-13 - Still no contact with the kidnappers of the priest kidnapped
- 2015-06-11 - "We are waiting to be contacted by the kidnappers", says the Bishop of Ekiti after the kidnapping of a priest
- 2015-06-03 - Boko Haram hits Maiduguri again
- 2015-06-02 - A priest killed in an attempted robbery
- 2015-06-01 - "Let us pray for the new President" says the President of the Episcopal Conference
- 2015-05-29 - The Bishops: "No to mass abortion for girls raped by Boko Haram; we are ready to help"