Boko Haram suspected of killing 44 worshippers in Nigerian mosque
The recent state of emergency that was declared by the Nigerian government in much of northern Nigeria in May seems to have backfired as the targeted Islamic group, Boko Haram have reportedly killed 44 worshippers at a Nigerian mosque.
The killings took place during early morning prayers on Sunday in Konduga, a few Kilometres from the Borno State capital, Maidugari . According local press reports, the suspected Islamic militants wore army fatigues during the attack.
Islamist militant Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attacks. They want to overthrow the government and imposed an Islamist state. Reports say the mosque was probably attacked because some clerics have been very critical of Boko Haram of recent.
In previous incidences, the group attacked Christians outside churches, teachers and schoolchildren, as well as government and military targets.
According to the Associated Press, more than 1,700 people have so far been killed by the Boko Haram since they emerged in 2010.
Mali runner-up Cisse concedes election defeat
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, former Prime Minister has declared himself victorious in the Mali presidential election after his main rival, Soumaila Cisse conceded defeat. The election was aimed at restoring stability to a country wrecked by a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency that prompted a French-led intervention.
Soumalia Cisse’s concession means that president-elect Keita, 68, can now form a broadcast government which might include his defeated rival.
Cisse paid a visit to Keita’s home along with his wife and family to deliver his concession in person. In an exchange broadcast live on a private Malian television station, Cisse told Keita he had come “to congratulate you and wish you all the success you deserve; a success for our country so that you can have the strength to take up the enormous challenges that await you.”
During the first round of the election, Mr Cisse, who pledged to improve education, create jobs and reform the army, won just 19% against Mr Keita’s 40% and most of the other candidates supported Mr Keita’s candidacy
President-elect Keita responded by saying the gesture “is a symbol of the new Mali,”
Cisse becomes one of only a very few opposition leaders in African that conceded defeat gracefully. “Stolen victory” cries are now a tired old complain of African politicians who lose elections. Zimbabwe was the last known example.
In Zimbabwe, Jubilant Mugabe called on his opponent and their “foreign backers” to hang for failing to unseat him yet again.
“We are delivering democracy on a platter. We say take it or leave it,” Mugabe told his supporters adding that the emphatic vote assures him that Zimbabwe will “never be a colony again.”