• Locals react to new Boko Haram video
    By Usman Abba Zanna
    Following the release of a new video by Boko Haram, where its leader, Abubakar Shekau dismissed the claims of Nigerian Army that he was killed, locals react. The video was released after series of claims by the Nigerian military that he was injured and eventually killed. However, he appeared in the latest video and spoke for over 40 minutes in Hausa, Fulani, Arabic, Kanuri and Babur, noting that they are still strong.

    This has raised a lot of debates across public spaces as to the authenticity of the video vis-a-vis the army’s claims. Our reporters directly engaged victims of the terror group to collect their reactions and opinions on the new video. In the overall, most of those who our reporters engaged expressed their confidence in the Nigerian Army and the president.

    They told our correspondents that it didn’t matter to them whether the video was authentic or not; ‘what we know and what matters is that bombs are no more exploding, communities are not attacked, people are not killed or kidnapped’ they said.

    Malama Aishatu who trekked from Bama to Maiduguri, told us that ‘I am confident that what I had seen will not happen again, whether the video is true or not and whether he is alive or not’. A mother of two, Bilkisu Ali, an idp from Gwoza said ‘even if the video is authentic, I pray that he never succeeds’.

    A long observer of Boko Haram activities and historian, Musa Ali Warabe added that ‘much as we have confidence in our military, a video such as this should not be taken for granted, as it is typical of them to keep silent for some time but only for them to strike back. I am not hoping for that though, but it is not wrong to be proactive.’

    A 14year old idp from Damboa, Kaumi Ali, stated that, ‘I am still afraid to go back home, with or without the video’. Abdullahi Mamman Suara, a Political Science student and resident of Maiduguri added that, ‘the Boko Haram insurgency should not be underestimated at all, just as insurgency in different countries have shown some measure of resistance for a long time against their government forces, therefore the government, as well as the public should not declare the war over yet especially with the recent video’

Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:45 PM

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    By Mustapha Modu Bama | October 2, 2016, 12:00 pm

    I write with high sense of joy to congratulate the editorial board of Yerwa Express News and everyone involved in taking this giant stride to be in the midst of thousands in the business of information management and dissemination at a time people of Borno and beyond need it the most. Being the first of its kind in the history of Yerwa (Maiduguri) and the entire north-eastern states, if I have not mistaken, Yerwa Express News should emulate the existing prominent newspaper organisations in the quest of disseminating authentic, reliable and timely news stories in and around Borno state.

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