Gov’t concerned over kidnapped Nigerian girls

The girls were kidnapped from a school in a remote part of Nigeria
The girls were kidnapped from a school in a remote part of Nigeria

Acting prime minister, Ambrose George, is expressing concerns over events in Africa, especially the kidnapping of hundreds of school girl by the extremist Islamic group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Addressing the opening of Africa Week on Monday evening, George said despite these events, optimism must remain.

“We are in fact saddened and concerned about certain events and conflicts,” he stated. “The kidnapping of hundreds of school girls by extremists has sparked global outrage, however we have to remain opitmistic.”

He pointed out that Africa is a place of diverse people and cultures and the entire continent cannot be painted with one paint brush.

“Africa is a huge continent with diverse people, cultures and political contexts,” he stated. “We cannot paint all of Africa with the same brush, we cannot judge all of Africa with same yardstick but let us celebrate the positives while we reflect on the issues that beset Africa, the issues that beset us here in the Caribbean.”

He noted that Dominica faces some of the same issues that Africa has to deal with.

“Indeed when we consider the issues of underdevelopment, the issues of global trade, issues of climate change and the environment, we do in fact share in common many of the difficulties Africa faces,” George stated.

Last month Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 girls in a remote section of Nigeria. The group has been causing havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions. It is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. Some 12,000 people have died in the conflict.

Africa Week is being observed in Dominica from May 19th to May 25, under the theme “Youth Embracing African Heritage.”

Activities include a panel discussion organized by the National Youth Council on Tuesday, African Dress day on May 23, a football match on the Newtown Savannah on Saturday May 24.

An African Solidarity March on Sunday, May 25, will wrap up the week.

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  1. Simply the Truth
    May 20, 2014

    This is what Mohammid left behind, lack of peace and war. Some leader, eh.
    Boko Haram, no matter what havoc you create in Nigeria, you are doomed. God is in control. The day will come when you will pay for your atrocities. You can never conquer the world. If you were smart and were able to do so, you would do it without guns, other weapons and kidnapping those innocent children. Their parents are grieving and they are grieving for their parents.
    Know that God is saddened by this, his dear little children have been kidnapped by you wicked people who is depriving them of their human rights and freedom.
    You want to sell them as slaves and prostitutes. Woe to you Boko Haram. You are digging your graves. You are heaping eternal burning coals on your heads. As God sees your wicked deeds, I pray your end will be near soon.
    Our Holy Bible is more powerful. It was not borrowed from anyone. It is the Word of the Lord who is faithful and true to his promises.
    Hebrews 12:14 – Penalties of Disobedience – Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

  2. go do your work
    May 20, 2014

    Government has no face, because Attorney Tiyani Behanzin and Dr. Pascal spoke about the effect of Boka Haram on their weekly programme Law on Q, especially warning about creating political garrison town, now they have a concern, where is his analysis, historical understanding and the dangers pointed out by Behanzin and Pascal, who obviously had a good command of the topic?????

  3. Jon Carson
    May 20, 2014

    Dominicans are continuing to exhibit their ignorance as they hide behind fictitious names to pen such ignorance on DNO. Some of them even go as far as using folk’s names in there malicious vendettas. The isle of beauty is full of “politics” and the main ingredients are “ignorance”. This kind of behavior does not auger well for intellectual commentary or debates in such media. In fact, it may be argued that our fellow countrymen and women are incapable of engaging in any meaningful conversations. Almost every attempt we make is painted with our corrupted dirty politics and ignorance – we had Cakefete and others that succumbed to that fate and now DNO is heading in that same direction.

    • .
      May 20, 2014

      WHY then do you come here to release you filth? You are accusing DNO, but you are too dam stupid to realise that the same DNO has to publish your garbage. Are you losing it or what? Is people like you and Skerrit that have so many Dominicans enslaved and entraped in poverty in their own land.

      • faceup
        May 21, 2014

        Oh men I love it well said ! :lol:

    • krankenstein
      May 20, 2014

      8) put up or shut up!!!!! :oops: :oops:

  4. May 20, 2014

    Smh,You have me crying and peeing in my pants with laugh.You have a great sense humor.Thanks for making my day.Lol.

  5. Francisco Telemaque
    May 20, 2014

    Here we go again, the labor party is grabbing on to straws floating down on an over flowering river, in a hurricane storm. How can someone focus on an issue over which they have no command or authority to do anything? As usual that man is simply talking, he and Dominica government is not know to the ordinary people in any country on the African continent.

    I bet if some were to mention Ambrose George name to the President of Nigeria, that man would probably ask “Ambrose who?” How can you be concern about a crime in Nigeria, where these people think of West Indians as sons of slaves. When I was in England, I heard Africans, Nigerians among refer to us West Indians as “Sons of Slaves.”

    Shouldn’t Ambrose be concern about the high ratio of crimes in our country Dominica, rather than shoving his old head into something that he should not worry about? Shouldn’t Ambrose concern himself with the unsolved attempted murder of Gong Emanuel, and his wife by firebombing his home. Should you Ambrose George be concern with the murder of my nephew, and my niece in Wesley.

    What happens to all the unsolved murders in our country; are they not crimes you and your government should be concern about and get help from Scotland Yard detectives in London, and the FBI of the United States in resolving these crimes by capturing and bring these criminal to justice.

    Not too long ago you were talking as if you are an expert on catching Internet thieves , vagabonds, and scamps, you spoke as though you were going to turn into something invincible and go through the fiber optics of the Internet and capture the culprits, maybe you have already capture them all so now you are on your way to Africa to arrest Muslims.

    Go right ahead, that will give the man who is going to defeated you a much better chance since you will not be there to oppose him

    The worst thing to happen to a man is when he develops a ram-goat mentality in his golden years!


    Ambrose gooooooooooooooooooooooooo hhhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmme!

    Time to retire, we do want you anymore, you are an obstacle, in the way of progress, I do not know why Skerrit has not fired you, I do not know why he tag along with you for so long!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Sarah
      May 21, 2014

      “How can someone focus on an issue over which they have no command or authority to do anything?”

      Surely Francisco we SHOULD be compassionate and take an interest of those in other parts of the world. These are the lives of over 200 young women and girls who are being sold into slavery and will no doubt will face violence and sexual abuse. This acting Prime Minister that you speak of is not suggesting Dominicans physically intervene in the situation, but merely expressing his concern of the situation. I am in agreement the Dominican government should be doing all they can for Dominican’s.

      “How can you be concern about a crime in Nigeria, where these people think of West Indians as sons of slaves.” Firstly you are ‘painting people with one brush” this is a mass generalisation and stereotype judgement you are making. I very much doubt these 200+ girls have had negative thoughts about West Indians. Also most West Indians DO have slaves as ancestors. I can tell you know that the Nigerians you speak off making comments about West Indians are an anomaly, and this can’t be a representation for all. I have never once heard an African make such a comment in England.

      Living in England and having Dominican heritage I would say in many instances if not all, it would be ill advised for Dominica to get Britain or American’s involvement in the country. These two countries are known for their imperialism, open a small door for them and they will begin to interfere, eg Africom.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        May 21, 2014

        Yes, we can be sympathetic, nevertheless, sympathy without help is no sympathy at all!

        Even nations such as the United States which can help by sending the Marines in to help did not send the troops in though they have offered assistance in a limited way. We have nothing to contribute except talk, my contention is this; lots of turmoil has existed all over Africa throughout history, and as long as this Labor Party is in power, we never heard; or saw any sympathy extended to the nations affected.

        Ambrose and the government concern at this time is nothing more than a election ploy; that is a tactics to deviate from the real issues at home. The Nigerian government was not too concern, as a matter of fact, they were in denial for a moment anyway, and if they are not concern about the welfare of their people why should Ambrose who is powerless to do or contribute anything to there welfare, and security of the kiddnapped.

        I know that sounds cold, but that is the reality, and we must face it.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  6. Anonymous
    May 20, 2014

    So many girls that are emotionally kidnapped in Dominica, so many under aged girls and boys are abused by men/women in high places, men of the law. So many girls are used by men of high places for a next meal for them and their kids, yes dressing and going up steps every week. Ambrose knows, so please stop the hypocrite behavior. NOW. IN THE NAME OF GOD STOP

  7. grell
    May 20, 2014

    George please,over a month now and your concerned,thats way out your jurisdiction,election approaching so come with all you so call concern,please give me a break.

    • just saying
      May 20, 2014

      did you not see the part that said he was “Addressing the opening of Africa Week”
      last week sunday Michelle Obama mentioned it too in her Mothers Day address.

  8. IluvmyPm
    May 20, 2014

    Ambrose love Nigeria lol

  9. Marian Jno-Finn
    May 20, 2014

    why do we have to always object and say something discouraging and negative when some stands for something! The Government express es its concern about a diabolic issue and we come out swinging with a tit for tat . Isn’t it time to rally around issues that matters without all of this crap reply?

  10. anonymous2
    May 20, 2014

    This has been going on for a long time all over Africa and not just in Africa. It is nothing new. It is called human trafficing. There are also endless wars going on. The goal is to reduce population. Time to wake up. Opportunists abound.

    • smh
      May 20, 2014

      listen to some news sometime,read a newspaper, educate yourself.stop making foolish comments

      • anonymous2
        May 20, 2014

        You are the fool.

    • Sarah
      May 21, 2014

      “It has been going on for a long time” What sor of ridiculous argument is that. Slavery went on for a long time, all over the world and is stil going on. Would that have been a valid excuse not to stop slavery no. Morals should be at the forefront of everything we do.
      Are the lives and well beings of these girls not of interest, because you seem not to be viewing people as individuals but merely as numbers
      Oh and ” The goal is to reduce population”. Whose goal? That is a very worrying statement to hear. Very reminiscent of comments made by past dictators in the world

      • smh
        May 21, 2014

        Anonymous isnt saying the acts are ok or should be condoned. We know what morals are. It is a fact that these kinds of acts have been going on for a long while. and yes there are conspiracy theorists who believe there is a plot to reduce the world’s population. Try broadening your mental horizons. Look up some conspiracy theory vids on youtube. see how other people outside of dominica think.

  11. May 20, 2014

    Oh please! All those morons would be kidnapped the
    Same day….

  12. Dominican
    May 20, 2014

    I can only imagine why are you so ignorant and stupid

  13. Anonymous
    May 20, 2014

    Oh please! They all would be kidnapped..Bunch of idiots. ..

  14. Mouche Miel
    May 20, 2014

    He noted that Dominica faces some of the same issues that Africa has to deal with.
    Certainly Mr. George! Easy to figure out- Corruption.There uptin ejs from 1980 to present and more so presently.

    • Mouche Miel
      May 20, 2014

      should read :There are uptin examples.
      Major one : explain how crabs money can build a fortress.
      Only in Africa and central America.
      I cannot explain how crab money can cut it can you?

  15. me
    May 20, 2014

    what about condemnation of the burning of G.O.N. house

  16. Muslim_Always
    May 20, 2014

    For those who listened last week Thursday’s “Islam in Focus” our Imam is from Northern Africa in a state that is/may be a stronghold of Boko Haram. He gave an insight into the events that occurs there. Anyone who listened it was shown clearly from Islamic law these actions were clearly condemned, actions such as abductions, bombing churches, bombing civilian targets, forced conversions to Islam, forced marriages etc – these are clearly against the teachings of Islam.

    Secondly, extremism on all levels such as mentioned above are clearly either explicitly or inferred from the Noble Qur’an and dictates of prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Anyone who would like to know more about Islam from an Islamic perspective could refer to or

    Thirdly, if I was Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George, I would simply take the opportunity or time to ask the Imam of the Dominican Muslim Community about the events there; he is the best person to speak to about this topic, the first reason is he is a Muslim qualified in Islamic Law, secondly, he was born and raised in Northern Nigeria, the heart of Boko Haram. Our politicians must not only visit people’s homes when campaigning time is around the corner but to establish ethical relations with people in strategic positions, a sound network so that as a government arm one has insight into issues.

    Lastly, we pray and hope that these deep rooted issues could be solved by Allah/God’s aid and security and peace be restored to the Nigerian people especially those who are suffering. Ameen.

    • warrington
      May 20, 2014

      YA I AGREE WITH U. i followed the story closely and many muslim nations nations and officials condemed the act. it was clearly against the muslim teachings. im not a muslim but i feel for the girls. clearly no one needs to be terrorised in that way. OH and Muslim_Always where were u? man i thaught DNO blocked u from commenting. :lol: :lol: :lol: . long time i saw a post from u.

      • racataca
        May 20, 2014

        common bro, all insurgent groups and terrorism is about economic resource…United States have long-term history of financing insurgents and supporting militia in order to provoke instability in a country and get access to its natural resource. Wake up, modern warfare its not about religion or politics, its about USA hegemony and natural resources…Boko Haram is one many organization which wrecks havoc in order to ‘democratic’ countries like USA, France, UK etc to come and plunder resource…maybe you arent aware but Nigeria is the largest oil producers and all this pseudo-religions topics are jut band-wagoon to distract attention of the real agenda…dont believe everything you read in the internet…

      • Gary
        May 21, 2014

        To racataca

        You are so right, when events like this gets international coverage I’m always suspicious. Organizations such as Boko Haram are the fall guys or patsy of intelligence agencies working behind the scene manipulating people to commit atrocities. Organizations like Boko Haram do not operate in a vacuum carrying out atrocities like this, even the masses are being manipulated by their views on Islam. When events like this happen they are well crafted to further an agenda hidden from the masses.

    • racataca
      May 20, 2014

      so how Imam of the Dominican Community can be a specialist in the affairs of Boko Haram, which is real terrorist organization…so Imam can give advise based on what? on his in-depth knowledge of the Quran or his ethnicity? Please explain….based on your logic Venezuelans living in Dominica should be giving advise how to conduct foreign policy with Venezuela based on their cultural affinity…In civilized world its called correlative based fallacy…

      • Muslim_Always
        May 20, 2014

        Does one aught to be involved with drugs to be able to provide insight into drugs? Of course not.

        I’m saying he was born and raised in the area and he is an educated person in the field of Islamic law – this is what Boko Haram is fighting to establish, thus in law one must be able to provide a historical background of the area he is from.

        Secondly, he is able to inform the Dominican public the dictates of Islamic law. Based on these he is qualified to speak about the issue, far more informed than CNN, Fox and BBC that air their news for sensationalism and corporate profits.

        Lastly, the Venezuela analogy is a weak one. An expert in the field of Islamic Studies as well as Islamic Law would better be able to inform the public regarding the global issue of terrorism from an Islamic perspective. Expert submission is evidence according to the laws of evidence.

      • May 20, 2014

        He doesn’t have to be in charge of Dominica’s response to the situation or anything, but if the man is from that same place and has studied these things at length doesn’t it make sense at least to ask what insight he might have to offer?

      • racataca
        May 20, 2014

        @Muslim Always….so Boko Haram fighting to establish islamic law? Boko Haram is Saudi funded fundamentalist with clear political agenda….whatever motives they have they clearly kill civilians..because of people who wants to discuss Boko Harama ideology etc you turn them into Media Superstar…you create publicity for them. You help to create them to justify any means. I personally dont believe that Boko Haram has any ideology…all what matters is Nigerian oil because its power. Islam is great religion but people are falliable….

      • Simply the Truth
        May 20, 2014

        Dominica has an Imam? Oh my! They are everywhere, infiltrating the entire world. They know what they are up to. Governments have not yet learned a lesson that these people have said they are out to conquer the world? They want everyone to become Muslims. The day this happens or is about to happen God will rain down his fire and brimstones on the earth.
        Jesus Christ is Lord above the earth. Above him there is no other.

    • Kamchatka
      May 20, 2014

      @Muslim_Always – Oh I see. So the Imam of the Dominica Muslim Community grew up in Northern Africa eh…

      The police and intelligence services in Dominica should keep a very close eye on all you. That’s what should happen.

      Folks, click on the following link and wise up –

      • Muslim_Always
        May 20, 2014

        From one who commenting on the site you posted:

        “RSBL 3 years ago

        Kind of like Israel pushing everyone else out of palestine so they can have a 100% jewish state? Who is the racists here? The new master race? Is-Ra-El?

        Muslims dont bother me, it is those who try and use the ‘fear of the unknown’ to further political goals. Yea, just like the definition of terrorism…who are the terrorists? Go look that word up please, then get back to us about who is employing these tactics…in the true sense of the word. I will give you a hint…Israel and the US governments.

        Do you complain about the black poulations rising in the inner cities of the US? You are a bigot apparently, and trying to convince others to be one as well. What a douchebag.”

    • Gerard Benjamin
      May 21, 2014

      So forced conversation slavery etc are against the teachings of Islam?and since when is this so may I ask the honourable local Imam? only those who are ignorant of (a),the history of the rise and spread of Islam across the Arabian Peninsula. across North Africa and into parts of Europe and (b)the present day repression of Christians in the Muslim middle-east Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and in other Islamic states especially those converted from Islam (a capital crime punishable by beheading in Saudi Arabia ) would be fooled by the Imam.
      When the Twin towers came down (even Muslims died in them) were it extremists Muslims who were dancing in the streets of Gaza, was their rejoicing at this ghastly act of terrorism condemned from across the Arab world?
      Can Muslim always or His Imam tell us what would happen to any Christian in a Muslim country if they were to go on any media and to attack as false or perverted the doctrines of the Koran or worse the prophet Mohammed as they have been. doing to the Holy Bible and the Christian Faith on their local weekly radio broadcast for the past almost ten years in this democratic country of Dominica?
      Has Muslim always or his Imam or the local Muslims ever looked at the web-site to see what is going on in some “moderate” Muslim states?
      I have no doubt that many peace loving Muslims are sincerely disgusted and embarrassed by the actions of the super criminal Boko Haram,and certainly do not wish to be identified with them because they simply do not believe in this type of behaviour. I concur with them But they need to face the uncomfortable truth of the many sided face and complexity of their religion.
      Boko Haran’s quest to Islamize all of Nigeria and to impose Sharia law is in fact an ideal known to be high up on the agenda of the Islamic world.I CHALLENGE THE LOCAL IMAM TO REFUTE THIS AS BEING EXPLICITLY FALSE. Boko Haran’s barbaric option in which even Muslims have been killed obviously of course threatens to derail that plan by the resultant negativity generated against Islam.
      Boko Haran is not the only major embarrassment to Islam.The Sunnis have persecuted the Shias for six hundred years,And the blood letting between these two rival Muslim factions who both claim conflicting legacies to the Prophet Mohammed, goes on in Iraq long after US troops have left as even mosques, markets bus terminals and funerals are blown up in revenge feuds.What explanation for such irrational acts does the Imam or others here have to offer for these incidences?
      After the US led “democratization”of Iraq many Christians in the North received threats warning them that they had 24 or 48 hours to “reconvert or else.”Thousands fled Iraq knowing exactly what the else meant,Neither CNN, Al-Jezeera, or BBC reported on these things.
      The Imam has much more to explain than he thinks.Come down from the safety of your weekly radio perch sir and let us engage in an open friendly debate on the question of the Faith of Mohammed and the Faith of Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ)Maybe DNO could serve to moderate such a debate

  17. I can only imagine
    May 20, 2014

    Hon. Acting Prime Minister, if you are so concern why don’t you send a contingent of the SSU guys from the (CDPF) in fatigue/camouflage gear to the region to help rescue the girls?

    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2014

      Fool, stop being bias!
      what? you want them dead? we do not have that type of Boko Haram business in Dominica nor in the Caribbean so, yes, they are the special unit for crisis but we not just sending them to get killed not even knowing or familiar with what they getting into. Keep hating on the police, until crisis fall on your doorstep or closer, in your feet, then you have to call who? the police!! The Ag. Pm and all of us Dominicans have every right to be concerned. we are all human. things happen but with pple with negative thinking like u……… if something do happen we Dominicans will die fighting and running from eachother instead of coming together to overcome whatever. GROW UP!!!

    • possie
      May 20, 2014

      Amen. They have. There shot to take care of here they not doing but the want to put the mouth in the outside world :?:

    • smh
      May 20, 2014

      you idiot! what does our local SSU people know abt tracking people in the African jungle and plains? They cannot even find Rocks Harders missing body, in little Dominica. Is in a huge country like Nigeria, much less the rest of Africa you want Ambrose to send them half retarded SSU? Here’s a better suggestion. Cut your hands off so you dont type such nonsense agn. that might be more doable.

      May 20, 2014

      This is a good idea… except that if SSU fly LIAT they’ll never reach. If dey happen to reach dey mus loose themselves. If they loose Boko caca will find dem. If Boko caca find dem they will convert dem. Once they converted dey mus marry… if dey marrying is those girls dey’ll get. So your plan might work.

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