The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has urged Nigerians to brace up to defend themselves against the extremist Boko Haram sect which has mounted a bloody campaign against Nigerians; killing, maiming and overrunning territories.
Speaking on Saturday while making a closing remark at the weekly recitation of the Holy Quran as part of prayers for peace in the country, Mr. Sanusi urged religious and community leaders to undertake the immediate task of reinventing courage in their people, particularly the youth, in preparation for self defence against Boko Haram attacks.
The two men, who both lost sisters in the collapse, are appealing for more families to come together in bringing a case against the preacher.
At least 115 people, including 84 South Africans, died when the multi-storey building fell down earlier this month.
The worshippers were attending a gathering by Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua when a building collapsed in Lagos 10 days ago.
Meanwhile, 25 survivors have returned to South Africa, where they will receive further medical care.
The sources said the transaction which was legal was also quite regular in international business, adding that the two were in South Africa to buy weapons needed in the face of security challenges in Nigeria.
South African police are investigating two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen who tried to bring over R102 million (9.3 million US dollars) in cash into the country illegally, a spokesman said on Monday, in what might have been part of an arms deal.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) seized the funds at Lanseria airport, northwest of Johannesburg, on Sept. 5. The funds are being held at the central bank as police investigate, SARS spokeswoman Marika Muller said.
Nigerian health authorities said on Thursday they were holding for Ebola testing a South African national in transit to her country because she was showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The South African woman, whose identity was not revealed, flew in to Lagos airport from Morocco. She was being treated as a suspected case and was being taken to Lagos’ Ebola treatment centre for tests to see whether she actually had the virus.
The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian Thursday in the shooting death of his girlfriend but said he was negligent, raising the possibility he’ll be convicted of culpable homicide.
The verdict in the case that has riveted much of South Africa and the world is expected on Friday when Judge Thokozile Masipa reconvenes the judgment phase, climaxing the trial that began in March.
Fortunately, Nigeria does not have an Ebola problem. Contrary to the hysterical reporting of the disease, and unlike its neighbors, the Nigerian government has successfully identified and contained the infection in its early stages. The Ebola outbreak is concentrated in three West African countries – Guinea (510 cases and 377 deaths); Sierra Leone (670 cases and 355 deaths); and Liberia (670 cases and 355 deaths); and it is important to note that Nigeria does not share a border with any of the most affected West African countries. In fact, there are four other countries between Nigeria and the Ebola hotspots.