Gunmen In Yobe state Open Fire On Christmas Eve Church Service, Killing Pastor and Five Others-Al Jazeera

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By Al Jazeera

Gunmen have attacked a church in northern Nigeria, killing at least five people, including the pastor, and setting the building on fire, residents and police have said.

The attack took place on Christmas eve on Monday in the village of Peri, near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state.

"A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church... they opened fire on them [...] They then set fire to the church," said Usman Mansir, a resident of the village.

A senior police official in Yobe confirmed the details to the AFP news agency, but declined to be named.

Yobe police chief Sanusi Rufa'i said the attack was "a security issue" and refused to comment further.

It was not clear who was behind the attack, but fighters belonging to the Boko Haram group, which seeks to impose strict religious law on Nigeria, have carried out several attacks in Yobe, which borders Maiduguri state, where the group is based.

While Yobe's population is overwhelmingly Muslim, the commercial hub of Potiskum has a significant Christian minority. Peri is just two kilometres outside the city.
 

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I'm a Christian, but I could

I'm a Christian, but I could never do something like this to someone who doesn't have the same religion I do. I couldn't even argue the Maryland plumber when he didn't do things my way. Why is religion a pretext to kill people?

Alfred, As always, blame the

Alfred,

As always, blame the Igbo man. Your hatred for the Igbo will be your undoing. You are going to suffer karma you created for yourself. Throughout the history of Nigeria Igbo people have been oppressed. After the genocide many Igbo communities have been forced to belong to their oppressors. Obigbo, Ohaobu, Afam, Etche are few examples of Igbo people who have been forced to renounce their Igbo heritage. Why should Igbo people not write how they see things in 9ja on this forum? You denied them access to academic institutions but you could not prevent them from getting education. You denied them equality of states while granting few hausa foolani 6 or 7 states in sparsely populated arid North. You do not want an Igbo to be president but without the vote of Igboman nobody else can garner enough votes to be president, ask Buhari. Nobody likes his oppressors. The least the Igbo can do now is to write & those in self-denial. Stop oppressing them or Nigeria will break up.

La'anatullahi

La'anatullahi alaika....Sahara reporters you should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing such comments..

@Akpos1: Lessons of History- Retaliation to Compel Negotiation 4

That was why we were so pained when the SW was also used by the North to scuttle the actualization of the mandate of their own son, MKO. No bias against the SW, but I am just wary of a Yoruba man whenever it comes to struggle and resistance. With the exception of Ife (now OAU), and a few comrades at UNILAG, Ogaga Ifowodo and other heroes of the Anti-SAP Riots from UNIBEN and NANS will tell you the same thing.

@Akpos1: Lessons of History- Retaliation to Compel Negotiation 3

Our Ancestors preferred to die on their feet fighting the almighty British Empire rather than live on their knees as slaves. I hope the Oba of Benin whispered something to GEJ when he went to the Palace. If GEJ needs assistance from the gods, he should come and consult the Oracle. You can't be a king and live in fear of your subjects. There is nothing to suggest that the SW wants change at whatever cost as the SE and SS do. Even during the military, Lagos was only the co-ordinating centre for NADECO. Of course there were several Yorubas in the leadership of NADECO, but the underground operatives, the foot soldiers and the operation of the body and its various affiliates including the media wing (TELL Magazine) drew mostly from the SS and the SE.

@Akpos1: Lessons of History- Retaliation to Compel Negotiation 3

10yrs after, they fed his body to the fish in the ocean. When Apartheid reigned in South Africa and Blacks were brutally murdered just bcos of the colour of their skin, Mandela and his ANC did not resign to fate, But prayed to God for valour and took up arms, defeated and forced the govt to negotiate. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees! That was how our ancestors maintained a sprawling Benin Empire across the rainforest, from the Coast of the Niger to Dahomey (modern Benin Republic), and from Idah in North Central down to the Bight of Benin on the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast of Africa.

@Akpos1: Lessons of History- Retaliation to Compel Negotiation 2

That's the only way wars and injustice have ever ended in history. When Politicians sponsored the Hutu majority to massacre the Tutsi minority in Rwanda, the Tutsis did not resign to fate, but prayed and took up arms. They defeated the govt and genocidaire and ended the massacre. When Muslim/Arab North Sudan started a colonial policy in South Sudan in 1956, the Xtian South did not resign to fate but prayed to God for strength and took up arms. After over 30yrs of armed struggle, the Muslim/Arab North was defeated and forced to negotiate. When Bin Laden killed over 3000 people on 9/11, the US did not resign to fate but prayed for courage and took up arms and went after him and his group.

@ Akpos1: Lessons of History- Retaliation to Compel Negotiation1

I love Nigeria to remain as one BIG, united peaceful and prosperous, most populous and Leader of the Black Race. But at the same time that I have this wish, I am also a human being with feelings for my loved ones and I can't imagine life without them. We all feel this way as humans. So what's my reaction when a group of gun-totting terrorists created by Northern politicians mow them down just because they are Xtians from the South and support GEJ? I am angry and demand justice and will get justice if the govt can't give me justice.

The Agenda Part 5

But most importantly the comments made by the President of Nigeria; "Boko Haram is faceless", "There are Boko Haram sympathisers in the Government" also the fact he has never visited any of the trouble areas since assuming power shows that he is part of this grand Zionist design to use Islam as means to slow down its spread or by killing its appeal at the same downsize the number of muslim youth that are young and future fathers (bearing in mind islam permits polygamy and encourages having many children), also curb economic growth and discourage Chinese and other investors by creating a turbulent enviroment for business in the North which will lead to the political disruption required for an unstable Northern Nigeria perfect for political manipulation.
If you don't believe these documented established facts then you are either ignorant or just as bad as those behind this AGENDA.

The Agenda Part 4

The assasination of highly placed Northerners like former comptroller (along with his son) of costums "Waziri" and General Shuwa despite his heavy "military" security, the hundreds of already detained terrorist whom for some bizzare reason simply escape, the leakage of SS information; without anyone being held accountable, the attacks on SARS in Abuja and other detention areas, also the intermittant attacks by random "Gun Men" and bomber on mosques and Churches (some found to be their very own members).

The Ageda Part 3

The large predominantly muslim Northern population also gives the North potential political leverage in Nigeria, eventhough this has not really manifested due to the absence of a credible political process. If we look at all these realities and merge them with the way terrorism has seemed to be tactically made permanent in the above named states including Kaduna, the killing and human rights violations reported by Amnesty international, and the US government (about 3000 to 4000 male youth btw the ages of 18 to 40 have been killed), the sensless bomb blasts targetting random locations in Maiduguri, Yobe and Kaduna and many other parts such as, the killing of foriegners in Maiduguri and other parts including Chinese and Indian investors,

The Agenda Part 2

The need to make it less attractive to under developed densely populated and strategically positioned countries such as Nigeria is imparative, as a means of balancing numbers of reverts and converts. China is the world Economic Super power, they have so much wealth; the need to invest in other potential markets such as Nigeria is critical. China is for the most part a comunist nation and thus Anti Capitalist and thus “A rogue nation“. The only way to stop China's rapid economic growth and investments, is by making these markets such as Nigeria unattractive. Now the bulk of the muslim north is concentrated in states like Kano and Borno, some even feel Kano may be the most populated state in the country. Incidentally both states along with Yobe are commercial based economies and so attract alot of investors; including Chinese whom have pumped so much into Solid minerals, Agriculture and Oil and Gas prospects.

The Agenda Part 1

Nigeria is a country of critical importance, it is (on & off) the 7th largest producer of oil, it boast the largest black population, it's located strategically as an inlet to West Africa through the Atlantic. Islam in Nigeria is strong about 95% of the North and 30% of the South West with 1 to 2% of the rest of the country are muslim. As Islam gets more acceptance in the Western world (simply for its truth) it is also deemed Anti nudity, Anti Sodomy, Anti Usury and therefore Anti Capitalist making Islamic practice Anti Western norms and values or Anti Globalisation.

@Osita

Not sure what laws or bills have been put forward by the SS or indeed the SE about the discontinuance of this "fake unity" that the SW has opposed. Lest I remind u, this govt is presently controlled by the SE and some elements of the Ijaw. Please tell ur leaders to table (in the NASS) your suggestions for Nigeria's dismemberment. The SE has done very well out of Nigeria and more so since the end of the military rule. The SE is entirely dependent on whether the SS buys into its hope for the old Biafra because a Biafra made up of just the SE will be hell on earth for the IGBO.

Read

Pls answer the following questions,
(1)Jesus (pbh)sacrifise his blood to save mankind what is the faith of the people from the time of Adam (pbh)down to Moses (pbh) who died before the sacrifice?
(2)Do you belive that God beget a son through mary (john 3;16)
(3)Are the trion gods co-equal?
The man Mohammed (pbh) whom u abused came with a clear message,pls read his message.
(Quran 112;1 to 4) 1-Say He is Allah the one, 2-the self sufficient master,whom all creatures need, 3- He begets not ,nor was He begotten, 4- And there is none coequal or comparable to Him.

pls go to google and read the concept of religion in christianity and islam

@Akpos the commedian

I bet you have taken your ogogoro when you prepare your end of the year statement of account. For example, where does SS has land for agriculture? Hear the truth, SS has been a big destroyer OF HER PEOPLE & liability to the nation of Nigeria and SEs are bootlickers and 419. Therefore, SS/SE = LIABILITY

AKPOS NA IGBO MAN

The propaganda and ethnic war mongering being carried out here is not surprising. It is the handy work of Igbos on this forum as its typical. Using the South South as cover is very typical. No true born South South man can decend this low. Most of the hatred against other ethnic groups are usually carried out by Igbos on the internet but the problem is that it is not always those who start wars that eventually win the battle. Remember Mr Akpos that for an Igbo man to rule Nigeria, you will still need the Edos that most of you have call prostitutes and the Yorubas that you have called all kinds of names not to talk of the North and other groups in Nigeria/ Abusing other tribes and using fake names is an all time low and it may be better for you to visit a psychiatrist to gt help as I am certainly sure that you do need help Mr so called Akpos.XF

we cannot fold our arms to the insult of ibo &south south maggot

to put the record foward in the history of nigeria there was never a government that ppl lose faith in like the GEj govt, why? because no government that rva looted public funds like it, and for ibo or ss man to insult yoruba for stealing is uncalled for, cheque your records very well from the public and private sector the greatest looters are ibo and ss. Tell me where james ibori, cecelia ibru, srbastine Adigwe, peter odili, Andy uba, orubebe and Diezani allison maduke came from? Tell me in history of nigeria if we eva see thieves in their naked form like these ones? We know God nevet sleep the end of all these south south and ibo thieves is prison and God willing we are patience to see the end of thid clueleness government.

Yorubas, take your so called education and liberate yourself

"Until the Yoruba bends down well and realize there is no head way with One Nigeria, all of us go finish for this we One Nigeria."

Yorubas, take your so called education and liberate yourself if actually you have it. One nigeria is a big joke. Can't you see what is happening in the north? You think that these people will suddenly have a change of heart and not kill for ever and ever again in continent nigeria? I don't think so.

Aboki. We don't blame you

Aboki.

We don't blame you danfoolani. You are only trying to take back what you think belongs to you. As a Foolani man you strongly believe that all power in Nigeria belongs to you. See how bitter you all were when another danfulani man Musa passed away & you saw that power was shifting away from your tribesmen. Your baba Usman Danfodio instructed you fools to subjugate everybody else in Nigeria & dip the Koran to the sea. You went on to conquer the Hausa, Kanuri, Middle Belt and descended on our Yoruba brothers, captured Kwara & what is now known as Kogi. In 1967 you made a futile effort to deep the Koran into the sea but the Gallant Igbo people halted you. With the help of the British you inflicted heavy casualties on Igbo children. Born to rule my foot.

@Anonymous: Who was the 1st chief justice

The greatest disservice to oneself is self delusion.
Just name one profession where u have a Yoruba who has read up to PhD level or higher nd I will give u his/her equivalent frm d SS not to even mention d SE. Idiot! For d records, let me remind u of d other "firsts" of d Yoruba race which u failed to include:

1. 1st weeping General(Dipo Diya)
2. 1st Tribe in to give up its ancestral throne for aliens due to cowardice - Emir of Borno in Illorin & Oba of Benin in Ife.
3. 1st & only country in Nigeria where d visiting Hausa comunity fights with d land owners at will & dictate terms of coexistence e.g Sagamu, Illorin,Ibadan
4. 1st woman speaker to steal Billions-Olubunmi Eteh
5. 1st internet Fraud convict in US,Canada,Germany
6. 1st Certificate forgery centre in Nigeria- Oluwole - Lagos
7. 1st Civil servant crook & Embezzler- MKO Abiola @ITT
8. 1st Presidential aspirant to bow down to opposition b4 contest- Tinubu

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

Why do you still want Migeria

Why do you still want Migeria united. The relationship has not worked for 51 years. Too many people have died to keep Nigeria as one. The current Boko Haram issue is also for the the soul of Nigeria.

For the sake of peace and security, can we end this relationship ? There is no prove that GOD put us together. The history of Nigeria is filled with killings, maimings, religious killings and theft of the highest order.

Please can we end this relationship ? Let us go our own ways. Only the North wants nigeria as one. I have searched and I know now that Nigeria should divide or go back to regional government.

@'DAMN THE CHURCH' BY KNIGHTS OF SAINT JOHN

"ALL WE DO IN THE CHURCH IS DEFILE SMALL BOYS AND FUCK WOMEN ATTENDING NIGHT VIGIL HAHAHA".
That defilement in the church results in the birth of countless almajiris now constituting serious menace to the Nigerian nation. As for preoccupation with women, you should study the life of one 'church goer'. He was named Muhammad ibn Abdallah ibn Mutallab. His history will reveal a despotic crook who would stop at nothing to deprive men of their wives. Any resistance to his design meant death. If the church goers are doing that today, then they are in good company. In case you do not know, the man in question claimed that he was a prophet of some blood thirsty deity.HAHAHA!!!

THE YORUBA ARE CONFUSED....BUT WHY?

The general perception of the SS and SE about the stance of the Yoruba in the fake unity is simple,They are like a broken down lorry which cannot be pushed out but the engines cannot start,they are perceived as a stumbling block to progress although they are progressively inclined.At least 30% of the Yoruba are Moslem and some of their ancestral towns like Ilorin are effectively forcefully colonised by the Hausa-Fulani complete with Emirs.
The Master-servant relationship is so defined that some Yoruba leaders like the Late Saraki spent half his life denying his Yorubaness while seeking acceptance from the Hausa-Fulani,in the same vain MKO was betrayed when he miscalculated that northern Muslims will accept him.The Yoruba are wealthy by all standards and equally educated but why they succumb to the excesses of the northern oligarchy is mind-boggling,Bola Tinubu goes on the floor at the sight of any Fulani,what is wrong with the Yoruba?

I BELIVE THAT THIS COUNTRY

I BELIVE THAT THIS COUNTRY CANT NOT WORK AS WHOLE...SEPARATION IS STILL THE BEST,SOUTH EAST IS MARGINALIZED EACH DAY,THOUSANDS OF IBO MEN AND WOMEN KILLED EACH DAY IN THE NORTH AND THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING NOTHING.....NO BE ONLY HUASA/FULANI MAN GET MIND OOOOOO.....IF THIS DOES NOT STOP....THERE WOULD BE WAR AND MIND YOU WE WOULD NOT BE ONES LOOSSING AGAIN....WE WILL KILL NORTHENERS,WE WILL BURN THEM...FORGET THAT YOU ARE IN THE MILLITARY..BUT I SWEAR THE PLAN IS ON THE WAY....IF THIS DOES NOT STOP BY END OF THIS YEAR.....WETIN UNA GO SEE UNA NO GO EXPECT AM

Who was the 1st chief justice

Who was the 1st chief justice of Nigeria, the first attorney general, the first female professor, the first professor, the first indegenous pilot etc. The first church in Nigeria is in Yoruba land, the biggest church, the first, 2nd, 3rd etc private universities are all in Yoruba nation. You can not take it away from them. Yorubas, Nulli Secondus

They were waiting to be killed.

What are Christians still doing in Yobe State if not waiting to be killed, even the Governor's family have relocated ie with all the security and bulletproof everything , everyone I know that was born and brought up in Potiskum and Damaturu has fled the cities since, some deserted during the sallah periods, some has already evacuated their parents from these state. Then some stupid Christians after all these warnings will stay back waiting to be killed and even have the guts to attend service on christmas eve. Just like a man with a pregnant wife, will a man not be prepared for his wife to give birth after he has been given a 9 months notice.

@anony reply to akpos: you shall know what Republics of SS&SE is

You pretend you do not know what Republics of southsouth and south east is? They are two or more Republics that need to emerge from Nigeria's south: southsouth republics and Biafra. People in these regions are tired of unworkable Nigeria. Let all of us in the south including the sw agree to ask the UN to manage and share oil and its revenues among the groups in Nigeria as the UN deems fit, and let Nigeria split to manageable countries, that's okay. But one thing is: in one Nigeria, this oil is nearly useless for every group, only for a few connected people. Without total reliance on oil, the potentials in every Nigerian in emergent smaller countries shall unwind to make them very creative; not the present indolence among Nigerians in one Nigeria, all dependent on oil. Your dependence on oil revenues is the reason why you feign ignorance of what republics of ss&se as stated by akpos1 mean.

End of year Statement of Accounts – Continent Nigeria

ASSETS
(SS+SE) ─ (NE+NW+NC+SW)

CAPITAL
SS- Crude Oil,Liquefied Natural Gas,Music,
Comedy,Acting,Limestone,Tin Ore,Agriculture
Sports(Soccer Male & Female teams)
SE- Crude Oil & Coal, Music, Comedy,Acting,
Sports(Soccer M & Female teams)
Hospitality Industry, Innovations,Agriculture
e.g., Fruits,Vegetables, Cassava etc

LIABILITY
NW-- Alimajiri, Illiteracy, corruption, draught,
educationally disadvantaged
NE-- Suicide bombers, Almajiri, Corruption,
morbid Lead deposits
NC-- Vampire Fulani herdsmen,Corruption,
Dollar in cap senators
SW-- Cowards, fraud stars, traitors, slaves,
conspirators, corruption

Notes/Summary
Total Revenue: (SS+SE)
Total Loss : (NE+NW+NC+SW)

I need not comment further. How long will the SS&SE continue with this huge liability West & North? How long?

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

End of year Statement of Accounts – Continent Nigeria

ASSETS
(SS+SE) ─ (NE+NW+NC+SW)

CAPITAL
SS- Crude Oil,Liquefied Natural Gas,Music,
Comedy,Acting,Limestone,Tin Ore,Agriculture
Sports(Soccer Male & Female teams)
SE- Crude Oil & Coal, Music, Comedy,Acting,
Sports(Soccer M & Female teams)
Hospitality Industry, Innovations,Agriculture
e.g., Fruits,Vegetables, Cassava etc

LIABILITY
NW-- Alimajiri, Illiteracy, corruption, draught,
educationally disadvantaged
NE-- Suicide bombers, Almajiri, Corruption,
morbid Lead deposits
NC-- Vampire Fulani herdsmen,Corruption,
Dollar in cap senators
SW-- Cowards, fraud stars, traitors, slaves,
conspirators, corruption

Notes/Summary
Total Revenue: (SS+SE)
Total Loss : (NE+NW+NC+SW)

I need not comment further. How long will the SS&SE continue with this huge liability West & North? How long?

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

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