May 19, 2014
ENDS.ng has made several calls for citizens to stand-up against terror and to rescue the abducted girls in the undisputed state of failed governance in Nigeria. There have been overwhelming responses to our calls, thousands of youth are on stand-by waiting executive authorization to bear arms so they (we) can go after Boko Haram to eliminate them and rescue all abductees. Citizens have also stood up to defend their neighborhoods. On April 19, we first released to the Press: 200 Abducted Girls: Call For All Hunters, Able Youth To Join Search; on April 22nd we followed up with: Sambisa Forest: Call For Jihad To Free Abducted 200 Girls and on April 26th, we sent this letter to the President for approval: Request For Executive Authorization to Recruit, Mobilize, Train and Deploy Concerned Volunteers Against the Boko Haram Insurgency
We are glad to share this AP report of the commitment and readiness of Nigeria’s hunters to rescue the abducted girls:
Traditional Nigerian hunters want to find girls – AP
By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Traditional hunters armed with homemade guns, poisoned spears and amulets have gathered in their hundreds, eager to use their skills and what they believe to be supernatural powers to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists.
Some 500 hunters, some as young as 18 and some in their 80s, say they have been specially selected by their peers for their spiritual hunting skills and have been waiting for two weeks in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and the birthplace of Boko Haram, to get backing from the military and get moving.
With Nigeria’s military accused by many citizens of not doing enough to rescue the girls, the hunters demonstrated their skills to an Associated Press reporter on Sunday. With cow horn trumpets echoing eerie war cries from the screaming and chanting men who twirled knives and swords with dexterity, occasionally stabbing and cutting themselves with no apparent harm. The hunters claimed their magic charms prevented any blood being drawn. They also trust amulets of herbs and other substances wrapped in leather pouches as well as cowrie shells, animal teeth and leather bracelets to protect them from bullets.
Meanwhile the hunters say they are reaching the end of their patience.
“We are seasoned hunters, the bush is our culture and we have the powers that defy guns and knives; we are real men of courage, we trust in Allah for protection, but we are not afraid of Boko Haram,” said one elderly hunter, Baban Kano. “If government is ready to support us, then we can bring back the girls. But if they are not, they should tell us so that we can disband and return to our homes and family.
Read full hosted on yahoo news: http://news.yahoo.com/traditional-nigerian-hunters-want-girls-154522265.html