23°C / 7°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Tue
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 18°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 18°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 25°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 17°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 15°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 17°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 10°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 10°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 10°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 9°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 9°C

Nigerian president sacks defence chiefs

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sacked his defence minister and national security adviser on Friday.,

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Picture: AFP
Goodluck Jonathan,Owoye Azazi,Colonel Sambo Dasuki,Bello Mohammed
World

ABUJA - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sacked his defence minister and national security adviser on Friday, but gave no reason for the move, after several months of violence by Islamist sect Boko Haram across the country.

"The president has relieved the NSA (national security adviser Owoye Azazi) of his job and replaced him with Colonel Sambo Dasuki," said presidency spokesman, Reuben Abati.

"The president has also sacked the minister of defence (Bello Mohammed) and will announce his replacement later."

Boko Haram, seen as the number one security threat in Africa's top energy producer, has killed hundreds in an insurgency against Jonathan's government this year.

A state of emergency and a military crackdown on the sect across the north have failed to quell the insurgency.

The northeast-based sect mostly targets security forces or authority figures but in the past year has turned its sites on Christian worshippers, attacking churches in an apparent attempt to stoke a wider sectarian conflict.

At least 92 people have been killed in violence between Muslims and Christians in the northern city of Kaduna in the past three days.

Jonathan drew criticism this week for travelling to Brazil for a climate change conference at the height of the religious violence in Kaduna.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.