Iran foreign minister has insisted they do not want a war despite firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops in a revenge attack for the U.S. drone strike that killed their top Iranian general.
Foreign minister Javad Zarif defended the missile strikes saying Iran took ‘proportionate measures’ and was only acting in ‘self defense’ when they struck back at the U.S.
Zarif, however, warned that Iran did not ‘seek escalation or war’ but vowed to continue defending themselves if the U.S. chose to retaliate.
The firing of the missiles late Tuesday was a major escalation between Iran and the U.S. and raised immediate fears that the two longtime enemies were inching closer to war.
But the response from Iran’s foreign minister is one of a few indicators that there might not be further retaliation on either side – at least in the short term.
The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has said that with the continued kidnapping and banditry especially in the northern part of the country, the citizens have lost faith in the ability of government to defend them. The Northern Elders also said the unabated abduction of students in the region poses threat to education in the region, […]
Boko Haram insurgents have again struck Maiduguri-Damaturu highway and kidnapped a bride and her entourage less than two days after they kidnapped travellers near Auno, a suburb of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. Sources say the dastardly act took place in the late hours of Friday afternoon. The bride who is a graduate of […]
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, on Friday expressed worry over reports of an overnight attack at the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, where an unconfirmed number of schoolgirls were kidnapped. In a Press Statement, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said: “UNICEF is […]
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum(AYCF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a young man in the person of Bawa to head the EFCC. In a media statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, the group said the appointment of Bawa was an indication that time was ripe for “a shift from the […]
By ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna The Coalition of women for Covid 19 Response in Kaduna State, on Thursday got the nod of traditional rulers in Kaduna State as they plan to respond to the second wave of Covid-19. The group on Monday met with the Bunu Zazzau, Hakimi Doka, Alhaji Muhammad Tijhani, who assured them of […]
By Habila Victor, Kaduna The Northern States Governors Forum has disclosed its plans to partner with the traditional institutions, religious leaders and all relevant stakeholders in the entrenchment of communal harmony, peace and security of the region and the country at large. Chairman of the forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State disclosed this […]
The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has assured Nigerians that the Petroleum Industry Bill(PIB) which is before the National Assembly will change the fortune of the country by the time it becomes law. “The PIB is going to be a piece of legislation that in our estimation will change the economic fortune of Nigeria […]
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has accused the Federal Government of abandoning it to its faith in its bid to rescue the abducted 27 students and others of the government science college Kagara. The Governor who made this lamentation when Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu paid him a sympathy visit at Government House […]
The President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor, yesterday, reiterated that Ndigbo are not at war with Nigeria, stressing that Ndigbo would continue their efforts to seek justice, peace and fairness in all their dealings with everybody in Nigeria. Obiozor who spoke at a grand reception in his honour […]
By Habila Victor, Kaduna The Kaduna State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN) has commended the state’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), for improving water and sanitation services in rural communities. The SCFN gave the commendation when its members, supported by Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) visited the Director-General of the […]