‘Boko Haram a fraud’

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

Fo­cus on sav­ing lives Aches and fa­tigue are com­mon side­ef­fects in pa­tients re­cov­er­ing from se­ri­ous in­fec­tion, re­sult­ing from the im­mune sys­tem’s re­lease of chem­i­cals to fight the ill­ness.

but ex­perts ad­mit they don’t yet know if this is what is go­ing on in­side the bod­ies of Ebola sur­vivors.

The speed of the spread of the virus took the world by sur­prise, and by the time a con­certed in­ter­na­tional ef­fort was in place to stem the epi­demic, it had al­ready over­whelmed the health ser­vices of the Abuja — Nige­ria’s pres­i­dent-elect Muham­madu buhari has de­nounced boko Haram’s claim to be a re­li­gious group, slam­ming its at­tacks on civil­ians and vow­ing a hard line against the Is­lamist mil­i­tants.

“The fraud called boko Haram can be de­feated by deny­ing it a re­cruit­ment base. No reli­gion al­lows for the killing of chil­dren in school dor­mi­to­ries, in mar­kets and places of wor­ship,” he said.

“They have noth­ing to do with reli­gion. They are ter­ror­ists and we are go­ing to deal with them as we deal with ter­ror­ists.”

Mr buhari (72) won pres­i­den­tial elec­tions last month with a prom­ise of a tough stance against boko Haram, whose in­sur­gency has killed at least 15 000 since 2009 and left more than 1.5 mil­lion home­less.

The for­mer mil­i­tary ruler ac­cused his op­po­nent Pres­i­dent Good­luck jonathan of a fail­ure of lead­er­ship in tack­ling the se­cu­rity threat. On Mr jonathan’s watch, book Haram kid­napped more than 200 school­girls from their home town of Chi­bok in the north-eastern state of borno. More than a year on, 219 are still be­ing held.

“The worst thing any­body can do is to deny chil­dren ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. “That will be de­struc­tive to their lives and we are not go­ing to al­low that to hap­pen,”buhari said.

Buhari, who takes of­fice on May 29, has cau­tioned he can­not make prom­ises to re­turn the kid­napped school­girls. – AFP

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