Chad President Idriss Deby has fired his armed forces chief of staff following the latest bout of unrest which culminated in a Boko Haram attack that left 23 dead.
Deby fired Brahim Seid Mahamat and his two deputies by presidential decree after six years in the post on Friday night just hours after the attack in the southwest of the country.
The soldiers were killed after coming under attack from jihadists in the early hours of Friday morning in the deadliest attack on the Chadian military by Boko Haram, which launched an insurgency in Nigeria a decade ago.
The unrest has spread to neighbouring Niger and Chad with the Boko Haram revolt to date claiming more than 27,000 lives and uprooting more than 1.7 million people.
Friday’s attack took place at Dangdala, on the northeastern bank of Lake Chad.
Thursday had seen another attack by the group kill eight civilians at Karidi in southeastern Niger in the Diffa region bordering Lake Chad, The area is one of the worst-hit areas for jihadist attacks in Niger.
Troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria have been grouped into a multi-national force to fight Boko Haram.
Deby’s reorganisation of security — which included the suspension of the air force chief and his deputy — saw army chief of staff Taher Erda take the top job with a general from the northeastern region of Tibesti made chief advisor on national defence issues.
Erda is a Deby loyalist and former police chief who fought alongside the president before he took power in 1990.
The air force suspensions followed the discovery of debris from an helicopter which went missing more than a week ago in the north.
The sparsely populated, mainly desert region near the border with Sudan, Libya and Niger is volatile prone to attack from Chadian rebel groups based across the Libyan border.
In late January, France pounded Chadian rebels who had crossed back into their country from Libya to halt their incursion.
A shocking trending video making the rounds online has called for caution among Nigerians to be very careful when employing house maids. Two boys who disguised perfectly as girls were recently apprehended by the authorities after they were discovered to be what they are not.After they were arrested and taken to the station, the boys allegedly confessed that they pretended to be girls in order to be employed.
Imagine what they would have done to the female children left in their care.
They were asked to show their private parts (including the fake breasts) right there in the station as they were filmed.
A Facebook user who posted the video online urged people to thoroughly check housemaids before employing them.
Trust has become a rare commodity nowadays. We are being forced to analyze the acts of people around us to get clues about their ulterior motives. So this is what the whole humanity is evolving into ; human beings are against each other instead of instilling a cohabitation based on mutual trust. Human relationships are no longer the symbiotic relationship that nurtures but it’s the parasitic snare which enslaves many. It’s not surprising that we are becoming increasingly sceptical of the motives behind those individuals who are constantly chasing after us.
This kind of parasitic relationships drain our energy and resources. In most of the scenarios, the “dominant” ones will keep blocking someone’s avenues for a successful life. These parasites steal willpower of those unwary souls by controlling their mind. Their deceptive voices would keep there poor souls under subjugation and humiliation. This is the appalling conditions under which organizations…
They’re nameless , faceless. Their face should remain hidden , uncovered face is a disgrace. Men loathe the females , they hate their presence. But they have obliged to keep them as their wives so that they would bear them children. The birth of sons are celebrated with huge gusto while the birth of daughters strikes the heart of the fathers with grief.
They are generations of women, who has no glimpse of what lies beyond their houses. The colours and contours of the world had been grayed by the filter on their eyes and the sound of the earth muted forever by the heavy fabric on their head. It’s like being inside hot oven on hot day , when the Sun is unforgiving. This is the kind of life faced by women in rural and impoverished areas of Afghanistan.
Former Super Eagles great and maanger, Samson Siasia has been banned
for life by FIFA after being found guilty over bribery and manipulation
of matches, a statement from the world football governing body’s
independent Ethics Committee said on Friday.
I said disciplinary proceedings were opened against Siasia after a
vast investigation into various international matches that Singaporean
Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer, had attempted to manipulate
for betting purposes.
Siasia was banned from all football-related activities over attempts to rig matches at international level.
The statement said, “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent
Ethics Committee has found Mr. Samson Siasia, a former official of the
Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would
receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation
of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on
11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches
that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting
“This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its
competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders
“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Siasia had
breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of
Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities
(administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international
“In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on
Mr. Siasia. The decision was notified to Mr. Siasia today, the date on
which the ban comes into force.”
In Romans 8:33-39 Paul reminds us that we are secure from any charge that might be brought against us. God alone is the determination of justice. No one else has any say. “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” With Jesus as our advocate, nothing else matters. “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” He sits next to God and is there making our case for us. He’s got the inside track and His intercession is all we will need to be justified and allowed to spend eternity with Him.
How much does Jesus love us? A lot. An awful lot. In fact, nothing can get between us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…