NIGERIAN PRESIDENT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN TERROR-AFFLICTED NORTHEASTERN STATES OF BORNO, YOBE AND ADAMAWA

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN ON THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN BORNO, YOBE AND ADAMAWA STATES IN ORDER TO RESTOREPUBLIC ORDER, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE AFFECTED STATES OF THE FEDERATION

MAY 14, 2013

Dear compatriots,

1. It has become necessary for me to address you on the recent spate of terrorist activities and protracted security challenges in some parts of the country, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and most recently Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states. These unfortunate events have led to needless loss of lives and property of many innocent Nigerians including members of our security forces.

2. The recent killing of security operatives by a cult group in Nasarawa state is particularly condemnable. I have directed that no effort orexpense be spared in identifying and bringingto justice all those who had a hand in the killing of the operatives.

3. The activities of insurgents and terrorists have been reprehensible, causing fear among our citizens and a near-breakdown of law andorder in parts of the country, especially the North. We have taken robust steps to unravel and address the root causes of these crises, but it would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state and test our collective resolve.

4. Since I returned to the country after cutting short my visit to South Africa and aborting a planned state visit to Namibia, I have received detailed briefings from our security agencies. These briefings indicate that what we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. Already, some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups whose allegiance is to different flags and ideologies.

5. These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country. In many places, they have destroyed the Nigerian flag and other symbols of state authority and in their place, hoisted strange flags suggesting the exercise of alternative sovereignty.

6. They have attacked government buildings and facilities. They have murdered innocent citizens and state officials. They have set houses ablaze, and taken women and childrenas hostages.

These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt toundermine the authority of the Nigerian stateand threaten her territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this.

7. Previously, we adopted a multi-track approach to the resolution of this problem through actions which included persuasion, dialogue and widespread consultation with the political, religious and community leaders in the affected states.

8. We exercised restraint to allow for all efforts by both State Governors and well-meaning Nigerians to stop the repeated cases of mindless violence.

9. Yet, the insurgents and terrorists seek to prevent government from fulfilling its constitutional obligations to the people as they pursue their fanatical agenda of mayhem, mass murder, division and separatism.

10. While the efforts at persuasion and dialogue will continue, let me reiterate that we have a sacred duty to ensure the security and well-being of all our people and protect the sovereign integrity of our country. Therefore, we shall, on no account, shy away from doing whatever becomes necessary to provide the fullest possible security for the citizens of this country in any part of the country they choose to reside.

11. We have a duty to stand firm against those who threaten the sovereign integrity of the Nigerian state. Our will is strong, becauseour faith lies in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

12. Following recent developments in the affected states, it has become necessary for Government to take extraordinary measures to restore normalcy. After wide consultations,and in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of Section 305, sub-section 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

13. Accordingly, the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations. The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.

14. This will include the authority to arrest and detain suspects, the taking of possession and control of any building or structure used for terrorist purposes, the lock-down of any area of terrorist operation, the conduct of searches, and the apprehension of persons in illegal possession of weapons.

15. The details of this Proclamation will be transmitted to the National Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. But in the meantime, let me make it clear that within the purview of this Proclamation, the Governors and other political office holders in the affected states will continue to discharge their constitutional responsibilities.

16. I urge the political leadership in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to co-operate maximally with the Armed Forces and the Police to ensure that the exercise succeeds. We call on the citizenry to co-operate with our security agencies to ensure a return to normalcy within the shortest possible time.

17. I am again approaching our neighbouring countries, through diplomatic channels, as done in the recent past, for their co-operationin apprehending any terrorist elements that may escape across the border.

18. Nigerians are peace-loving people; these sad events perpetrated by those who do not wish our nation well have not changed the essential character of our people.

19. I want to reassure you all that those who are directly or indirectly encouraging any form of rebellion against the Nigerian state, and their collaborators; those insurgents and terrorists who take delight in killing our security operatives, whoever they may be, wherever they may go, we will hunt them down, we will fish them out, and we will bring them to justice. No matter what it takes, we will win this war against terror.

20. I am convinced that with your support andprayers, we shall overcome these challenges and together, we will restore every part of our country to the path of peace, growth and development.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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  1. Cryptologist says:

    Good. At long last C-in-C has finally taken the bull by the horn. I see no reason why the political class should still function there. I thought mr. President said he is giving the CDS sweeping powers.

  2. The Fisherman’s son bares his fangs….This is what i have been waiting for. Gen Beeg…did u hear the veiled threat he gave to the Neighboring Countries?’

  3. beegeagle says:

    Better…he should have dismantled the political structures there and appointed three serving Brigadier Generals to serve as Military Sole Administrators until the end of the year.

    Even when the Obasanjo regime declared states of emergency in Plateau and Ekiti for reasons less than a third as serious, he suspended Governors Dariye and Fayose and appointed retired senior officers, the former COAS Major General Chris Alli and the distinguished former ECOMOG Field Commander and GOC 3 Armoured Division, Brigadier General Tunji Olurin, to serve as Administrators.

    Make no mistake about it, compatriots, we are at WAR. I expect the troops to form hunting packs and go after these monsters everywhere. They should remember to make it mandatory for foreign journalists to obtain permits before going in there and they should not be provided with security. So let the adventurous try.

    • Saints says:

      And let them stop reading the word “Boko haram” in between the headlines, but within the line of conflict. Baba beeg dont you think there should be a media blackout. Cus this people must see something talk.. And i promise you say them sabi talk.

    • camouflage1984 says:

      Gen Beeeg i would have been more enthused by the decleration if GEJ had made a direct and open warning and if possible the intention of the Nigeria Army to pursue any terrorist into any country they may flee to and warn our neighbours that they will be treated as enemies if they habour any terrorists…our neighbours seem to be of no help in this war. Moreso by this decleration i foresee BH changing strategy lagos could be a traget now!

  4. Henry says:

    Good news!!!! Now equip the military to do their jobs!!!!

  5. makanaky says:

    At last the President is doing the right thing

  6. igbi says:

    Good move, President Jonathan is finally showing that it is him who was elected as president, not some interest group or, some sultan, or some governors. Good move.

  7. Henry says:

    OGA BEEG, I beg to differ. I love the president’s version of state of emergency. The military already have sweeping powers, they are their to hunt down boko haram and not pay teachers salary.

    This is a well thought out decision, un like that of fomer president OBJ.

    President goodluck ebele jonathan, commander in chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of nigeria (GCFR) ‘s version represents our aspirations as a country, where we want to be, and where we are currently heading to. A democratic nigeria, with a proud armed forces, equally representing all nigerians from the dunes of the sahara in the north to the mangrove forests of the niger delta in the south.

    This is how democracy should work.

    Long live the president
    Long live the federal republic of nigeria
    God bless the federal republic of nigeria

  8. Henry says:

    ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN
    ON THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN BORNO, YOBE AND ADAMAWA STATES IN ORDER TO RESTOREPUBLIC ORDER, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE AFFECTED STATES OF THE FEDERATION

    MAY 14, 2013

    Dear compatriots,

    1. It has become necessary for me to address you on the recent spate of terrorist activities and protracted security challenges in some parts of the country, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and most recently Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states. These unfortunate events have led to needless loss of lives and property of many innocent Nigerians including members of our security forces.

    2. The recent killing of security operatives by a cult group in Nasarawa state is particularly condemnable. I have directed that no effort orexpense be spared in identifying and bringingto justice all those who had a hand in the killing of the operatives.

    3. The activities of insurgents and terrorists have been reprehensible, causing fear among our citizens and a near-breakdown of law andorder in parts of the country, especially the North. We have taken robust steps to unravel and address the root causes of these crises, but it would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state and test our collective resolve.

    4. Since I returned to the country after cutting short my visit to South Africa and aborting a planned state visit to Namibia, I have received detailed briefings from our security agencies. These briefings indicate that what we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. Already, some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups whose allegiance is to different flags and ideologies.

    5. These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country. In many places, they have destroyed the Nigerian flag and other symbols of state authority and in their place, hoisted strange flags suggesting the exercise of alternative sovereignty.

    6. They have attacked government buildings and facilities. They have murdered innocent citizens and state officials. They have set houses ablaze, and taken women and childrenas hostages.

    These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt toundermine the authority of the Nigerian stateand threaten her territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this.

    7. Previously, we adopted a multi-track approach to the resolution of this problem through actions which included persuasion, dialogue and widespread consultation with the political, religious and community leaders in the affected states.

    8. We exercised restraint to allow for all efforts by both State Governors and well-meaning Nigerians to stop the repeated cases of mindless violence.

    9. Yet, the insurgents and terrorists seek to prevent government from fulfilling its constitutional obligations to the people as they pursue their fanatical agenda of mayhem, mass murder, division and separatism.

    10. While the efforts at persuasion and dialogue will continue, let me reiterate that we have a sacred duty to ensure the security and well-being of all our people and protect the sovereign integrity of our country. Therefore, we shall, on no account, shy away from doing whatever becomes necessary to provide the fullest possible security for the citizens of this country in any part of the country they choose to reside.

    11. We have a duty to stand firm against those who threaten the sovereign integrity of the Nigerian state. Our will is strong, becauseour faith lies in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

    12. Following recent developments in the affected states, it has become necessary for Government to take extraordinary measures to restore normalcy. After wide consultations,and in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of Section 305, sub-section 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

    13. Accordingly, the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations. The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.

    14. This will include the authority to arrest and detain suspects, the taking of possession and control of any building or structure used for terrorist purposes, the lock-down of any area of terrorist operation, the conduct of searches, and the apprehension of persons in illegal possession of weapons.

    15. The details of this Proclamation will be transmitted to the National Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. But in the meantime, let me make it clear that within the purview of this Proclamation, the Governors and other political office holders in the affected states will continue to discharge their constitutional responsibilities.

    16. I urge the political leadership in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to co-operate maximally with the Armed Forces and the Police to ensure that the exercise succeeds. We call on the citizenry to co-operate with our security agencies to ensure a return to normalcy within the shortest possible time.

    17. I am again approaching our neighbouring countries, through diplomatic channels, as done in the recent past, for their co-operationin apprehending any terrorist elements that may escape across the border.

    18. Nigerians are peace-loving people; these sad events perpetrated by those who do not wish our nation well have not changed the essential character of our people.

    19. I want to reassure you all that those who are directly or indirectly encouraging any form of rebellion against the Nigerian state, and their collaborators; those insurgents and terrorists who take delight in killing our security operatives, whoever they may be, wherever they may go, we will hunt them down, we will fish them out, and we will bring them to justice. No matter what it takes, we will win this war against terror.

    20. I am convinced that with your support andprayers, we shall overcome these challenges and together, we will restore every part of our country to the path of peace, growth and development.

    Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, Henro. We are ahead of the chasing pack🙂

  10. asorockweb says:

    Finally, GEJ has spoken the words … “…No matter what it takes, we will win this war …”
    That is the only way to win against a motivated, determined foe: “No matter what it takes”

  11. (@lordfej) says:

    Fisher man pikin don grow cojones oh!!!!!! EBELE!!!!

  12. Henry says:

    Yes ohh, OGA beeg, that’s how we do it. Oya oh

    I/ we want to see AFV’s and ILV not just otokar cobra’s, panhad and light skinned 4WD’s. I mean we need dedicated counter insurgency + heavy fire-power vehicles hunting down terrorists

    We also need more attack helicopters( MI series and light attack)

    As for fighter jets, well….. I want to be optimistic, but words fail me, to be honest.

    Troops should have their mag’s increased from 4 120 rounds to 6 (180 rounds)

    As for me, I want the army to do away with the AK-47’s, however since that isn’t realistic, all the special forces squads of the army( QRG, counter force, rangers etc etc) should at least be given the AK-L 74, same thing the police anti terror and blue berets use. Complete with acog sights and fore grip.

    This isn’t too much to ask now.

    Make I go find canned harp + suya eat abeg. Thnk you

  13. (@lordfej) says:

    please lets start talking possible analytic deployments of army units

  14. ocelot2006 says:

    Finally!! Lock and load, JTF! We’re going raghead hunting! Hoorah!!

  15. beegeagle says:

    The Presidency should also begin to plan for the disarmament of Fulani herdsmen. They are the unformed militia who will finally lead to the disntegration of Nigeria if left unchecked.

    The absolute disdain for life is beginning to fringe on the insane.

    ALL IN ONE DAY’S STASH OF NEWS!!

    FULANI HERDSMEN KILL 11 IN SOUTHERN KADUNA

    http://vanguardngr.com/2013/05/fulani-herdsmen-kill-11-raze-houses-in-kaduna/

    RAMPAGING HERDSMEN

    http://vanguardngr.com/2013/05/rampaging-herdsmen/

    DELTA BANS THE ENTRY OF HERDSMEN

    http://vanguardngr.com/2013/05/security-delta-bans-entry-of-herdsmen/

    FULANI HERDSMEN SLAUGHTER 47 MOURNERS

    http://m.allafrica.com/stories/201305140373.html/?maneref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fm%3Fq%3Dagatu%26client%3Dms-opera-mini%26channel%3Dnew

  16. Number one says:

    ……… where ever they may go,we will hunt them down ……… .Am looking forward to hot pursuit’s and surgical airstrikes in neigbouring countries.

    • tim says:

      You can oinly imagine how happy some boys are over here…in regards to this hunting line…lots of drinking tonight.I pray shekau, crosses their path!! Moral is outstanding

  17. Henry says:

    Pakistani chief of air staff visits nigerian chief of air staff in abuja.

    This is a sequel to AVM Badeh’s visit to pakistan last year.

  18. doziex says:

    Hmmm, where are all those people that were telling me last year, that Tanks, and APCs didn’t belong in civilian domains ??

    If you guys had observed the trajectory of conflicts in the rest of African, and the world. You would have noted how quickly small civil menaces morph into nation destroying insurgencies.

    Nothing, I MEAN NOTHING, the Nigerian military equips itself with today, can be deemed as over kill, or a waste of expenditure.

    Let them critics go and defang their own armed forces, if they like.

    Oga President, this is just the ist step, that should have been taken years ago.

    FOLLOW THE ALGERIAN MODEL, EQUIP THE NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES MAXIMALLY, Then bring every lawbreaking, unconstitutional Mo**** F***ers to their heels.

    THERE MUST BE A DICTATORSHIP OF THE LAW.

  19. G8T Nigeria says:

    Well done Mr President, we re solidly behind you. But a second thought y mixing political figures in hard line military operations. People who see nothing wrong in the insurgency blaming poverty, lack of education and others as if Haiti is better than Nigeria. I bliv so many people will be named hence politicians are holding strong to offices of immunity.
    As regards deployment of troops, dat ought To be prior to the president speech to afford a well cordinated close down tactic, everything in terms of logistics, manpower shd be in place and operation usually codenamed starts with effect from the last words of the president, taking everyone by surprise. Jihadist and thier supporters finds no where to breathe. If this is yet to be carried out, then expect serious problems in other northern states to discredit the emergency rule. I also Expect our media extremists in Nigeria and beyond be curtailed with timely information on the operation.
    I strongly suggest also the three service chiefs relocate thier offices each to the three affected states lets see how the music goes.

  20. Saints says:

    Yea optimo. D@ would be the farthest he could go, to ensure that in the case of an hot pursuit, his reference to diplomacy and a joint front against global terrorism wouldnt be undermined by any “body”,be it ICJ to name a few. Basic diplomatic etiquette. Being displayed by your number one citizen

  21. G8T Nigeria says:

    Jon Gambrell is at it again. It is very clear his mission is to discredit Nigeria at all cost. He shd be sent parking ASAP.

  22. Saints says:

    Yea. He was totally in element. They ve pushed him too far. Haba! Start counting the amount of security operatives that ve lost their lives within last week. Wished we had something like the national guard or so.

  23. tim says:

    SF guys wey I know, dem dey happy…….

  24. freeegulf says:

    WOW!!! finally, the C-In-C is now being proactive. this is really good news.

    @ gen henry, why do u think it is better to leave the civilian govs in place? i understand obj decision was part of political victimization, but this current issue is in the interest of national security. these govs should be booted out.

    kudos to GEJ, but these states need a MILAD, preferably, retired senior officers (too much bad belle if they are serving officers). as for the fulani marauders, the security services should implement plans to keep these herdsmen in check. they have been ravaging rural plateau and kaduna states. while burukutu is affecting the fighting aggression of plateau men (they are supposed to be part of the martial race), the kaduna peeps are a different breed entirely. southern kaduna would not take this systematic massacres lying down. they know how to fight!

    • Henry says:

      It is ‘morally’ wrong and un democratic to sack the dully constitutionally elected governors of the state, when there is no valid proof that these governor fund boko haram.

      Constitutionally it is illegal for the president to sack the governor of any state, as the constitution does not empower him to do so. Below stated is what the constitution says regarding declaring a state of emergency.

      Section 305

      305. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the President may by instrument published in the Official -Gazette} of the Government of the Federation issue a Proclamation of a state of emergency in the Federation or any part thereof.

      (2) The President shall immediately after the publication, transmit copies of the Official -Gazette of the Government of the Federation containing the proclamation including the details of the emergency to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, each of whom shall forthwith convene or arrange for a meeting of the House of which he is President or Speaker, as the case may be, to consider the situation and decide whether or not to pass a resolution approving the Proclamation.

      (3) The President shall have power to issue a Proclamation of a state of emergency only when –

      (a) the Federation is at war;

      (b) the Federation is in imminent danger of invasion or involvement in a state of war;

      (c) there is actual breakdown of public order and public safety in the Federation or any part thereof to such extent as to require extraordinary measures to restore peace and security;

      (d) there is a clear and present danger of an actual breakdown of public order and public safety in the Federation or any part thereof requiring extraordinary measures to avert such danger;

      (e) there is an occurrence or imminent danger, or the occurrence of any disaster or natural calamity, affecting the community or a section of the community in the Federation;

      (f) there is any other public danger which clearly constitutes a threat to the existence of the Federation; or

      (g) the President receives a request to do so in accordance with the provisions of subsection (4) of this section.

      (4) The Governor of a State may, with the sanction of a resolution supported by two-thirds majority of the House of Assembly, request the President to issue a Proclamation of a state of emergency in the State when there is in existence within the State any of the situations specified in subsection (3) (c), (d) and (e) of this section and such situation does not extend beyond the boundaries of the State.

      (5) The President shall not issue a Proclamation of a state of emergency in any case to which the provisions of subsection (4) of this section apply unless the Governor of the State fails within a reasonable time to make a request to the President to issue such Proclamation.

      (6) A Proclamation issued by the President under this section shall cease to have effect –

      (a) if it is revoked by the President by instrument published in the Official Gazette of the Government of the Federation;

      (b) if it affects the Federation or any part thereof and within two days when the National Assembly is in session, or within ten days when the National Assembly is not in session, after its publication, there is no resolution supported by two-thirds majority of all the members of each House of the National Assembly approving the Proclamation;

      (c) after a period of six months has elapsed since it has been in force:

      Provided that the National Assembly may, before the expiration of the period of six months aforesaid, extend the period for the Proclamation of the state of emergency to remain in force from time to time for a further period of six months by resolution passed in like manner; or

      (d) at any time after the approval referred to in paragraph (b) or the extension referred to in paragraph (c) of this subsection, when each House of the National Assembly revokes the Proclamation by a simple majority of all the members of each House.

  25. Anas says:

    More helicopters , mraps , shuld be deployed in that region

  26. Yagazie says:

    Our president has woken up at last to the fact that we are at WAR- or maybe his gentle and patient disposition has been sorely tested to the point where he has now been forced to react. The Declaration of a state of emergency in the affected states is most welcome.

    I have repeatedly said on this forum that YOU DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS. Shey dem don use their mouth reject amnesty? Shey dem don talk say na the govt wey suppose beg dem? By their dastardly actions they have woken a sleeping Giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.

    Now are millitary MUST be given the funding, equipment and free reign to do what is absolutely necessary to quash/quel this rebellion – no matter the cost. Now all those doubting thomases should now see the need for having a well -equipped armed forces.

    However in conducting their operations they must not alienate the civillian populace and must observe the rules of engagement. The whole world is watching and Satellite imagery is easily available. I however have COMPLETE CONFIDENCE in the professionalism of our armed forces.

    Also if possible journalists (both local and foreign) embedded with operational units should be part of this campaign. The Media have a very important role to play and the Defence HQ should not be caught out on this front.

    With regards to the appointment of MILADS in the affected states, I am with Henry on this one- the governors and other political structures (state house of assembly legislators, local govt chairman/councillors etc) should be left in place to deal with the day to day running of the state. The millitary should simply concentrate on the sole task of rooting out and destroying these terrorist b**ta*ds. They should not be side-tracked with mundane matters such as running the administration of a state. Besides they will report directly to the President through the CDS/Defence Headquaters – and so their operations will not be hampered by local politicians in the affected states.

    Two other points – Firstly, the Govt should have a quiet word with our neighbours (Cameroun, Chad and Niger) to the effect that if need be- terrorists will be chased accross the border and be destroyed, so they should get their act (i.e. border security) together.

    Sencondly- all the BH sympathisers in the Govt should be rooted out and tried for treason- NO MATTER WHOSE OX IS GORED – it was the President afterall who said that there were BH sympathisers in this govt. He should deal with them- e.g.- what has happened to the trial of the serving senator who passed on phone numbers of top govt officials to BH?

    Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      Yagazie and henry, I’m with you on this one. I’m always advocated that the war is a multi front warfare and must be approached likewise. I like the ’embedded press’ angle. If you let people tell your story, u can’t guarantee how the tell it and ones news break it’s difficult to control especially if it’s misinformation. I like that dictatorship of the law twist, who ever made it. Long live Nigeria

  27. beegeagle says:

    If the Nigerian Army sit back and wait to respond to attacks, they would only make BH seem more potent than they are. With all the hoopla about foreign fighters, BH are not nearly as numerous as the RUF rebels in Sierra Leone were and the NA coped well out there on account of the battlefield tenacity of its troops in a theatre which was 2,000km away from home.

    The RUF were backed and trained by Liberia, Burkina Faso, CIV and Libya. They had on their side Ukrainian mercenaries, renegade Sierra Leonean troops and Burkinabe soldiers. They had truck-mounted 14.5mm and 23mm weapons, 73mm anti tank guns, French anti-tank missiles, mortars and 76mm artillery. Still, the NA coped well in that country. Boko Haram cannot bring anything more than that to any fight.

    So long as our troops stay on the offensive, BH shall be in disarray and on the backfoot. They cannot stand to the challenge of the stepped-up but not ultimate level of firepower which the NA are about to throw at them. We already saw how they turned and fled at Baga.

    To my mind, the NA need to attack the terrorists, evict them from any and all stongholds and chase them into the next republic. Unlike our old habit of taking our foot of the pedal when we gain the upperhand, we must not allow that to happen. Any advantage has to be pressed to the letter and any place rid of the menace of terrorists should be garrisoned with a level of seriousness expected of Damaturu at the very least.

    Any LG headquarters town in those parts can be locked down by a mix of 35 troops and 65 MOPOL/CTU cops. The troops must be lavishly supplied with RPGs, 12.7mm and 14.5mm HMGs, 60mm mortars and now that the fighting shall sometimes take place in the open plains of the Sahel and in the desert in parts of northern Yobe and northern Borno, we might as well consider 70mm MRLs to lay rocket artillery barrages on the heads of those buggers.

    Moving on, I feel sorry for my country because we lack true friends.Regardless, the military and the security personnel involved in these operations should rest assured that well-meaning Nigerians are on their side.

    This morning, the BBC through their correspondent in Kaduna, Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar, were already pouring cold water on the effort. That is the BBC of Britain which deployed soldiers by the thousands over a 28-year period to combat the menace of a non-suicidal IRA.

    Kaura it was who was deployed to Port Harcourt by the BBC for the coverage of the Gunboat War a few years ago. Enamoured of the JTF at the time for doubly securing the nation’s unity and safeguarding British economic interests, the same man is today shouting himself hoarse about how the deployment is not going to help matters…since the army have now come to work in his neck-of-the-woods.

    The reporter went on to say that 2,000 troops and fighter jets were deployed to Maiduguri yesterday and within 24 hours, he already knows that they have had no impact. Perhaps he expected to hear that terrorists were scurrying all over Borno upon hearing about the fresh deployment, even before an offensive has commenced. That is why the fella knows that it is not going to work.

    In effect, they should be left to continue to kill christians for leisure in Kwajaffa, Kerawa, Biu, Gwoza, Askira and beyond since their lives are expendable commodities. Before the President declared the state of emergency, BBC spent all week in all its programmes highlighting all the conflicts and killings. Yesterday morning, they homed in on Agatu. You would have thought they wanted to see an improvement. The FG declare a state of emergency in troubled parts and their first response is “not gonna work”. So what to do – since we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t?

    What nobody has yet mentioned because they report from fixed positions and mindsets rather than on account of observing the conflict as it pans out, is that for several weeks now Maiduguri, Potiskum, Damaturu and Kano have been unusually quiet for well-known flashpoint cities. Perhaps that explains why ‘displaced terrorists’ desirous of having a new refuge have tried to set up shop in more remote areas such as Baga and Bama but to no avail.

    Nigeria are today embattled but it does not nearly approach the sense of hopelessness and seeming incapacitation which characterised the Algerian Insurgency during the 1996-98 epoch where entire villages of 600-900 persons where wiped out by GIA terrorists in nighttime orgies of throat slashing and shooting.

    Need I remind you about how the global media went berserk with a barrage of demoralising reports interspersed with strident allegations of even more horrendous human rights abuses supposedly committed by Algerian forces and in which thousands of young men believed to be sympathetic to the cause of the terrorists were supposedly murdered extrajudically or disappeared entirely. At a point, Algeria had to expel all foreign journalists who were really a nuisance to the war effort there.

    Let me assure you that the excesses allegedly committed by the Algerian forces at the time far exceeded whatever the Nigerian security forces are alleged to have committed. Still, and regardless of hearts and minds, look at Algeria now! They have turned the corner and must be thankful for their sense of self-belief instead of seeking or craving validation by foreign busybodies.

    Again, I expect that the roads into northern Borno shall be strewn with IEDs and that ambushes shall be attempted. The FG need to get 200 Casspir MRAPs off the surplus stocks of the SANDF. India grabbed some in like manner for Kashmir operations.

    May I wish the defence and security forces all the luck that they deserve as they move to rid our land of forces of darkness. Let your work bespeak your capabilities. Your hands shall rest upon the necks of our enemies

  28. beegeagle says:

    The same hoodlums in high places who foisted BH on the polity are the ones who are most vehemently opposed to any national dialogue, referring us to a lethargic national parliament all on account of paranoia about national unity. BH have said that they have done nothing to deserve an amnesty.

    So with the purveyors of brinkmanship haven shut all doors to non-violent alternatives, the FG should fold its hands and allow the country to be taken over and plundered by terrorists just because we are unfortunate to have activists and foreign journalists in our midst?

  29. Henry says:

    About 2,000 security operatives and military hardware, including fighter jets have been deployed to Maiduguri ahead of yesterday’s declaration of State of Emergency.
    In neighboring Yobe State, it is not clear how many soldiers were deployed but residents said shortly after the declaration of state of emergency, stop and search operations have been intensified in the state capital while movement have been restricted in other places.
    Residents said the deployment of the federal troops, including the army, navy, air force and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) began at the weekend.
    “We started sensing danger on Saturday when we saw military trucks conveying soldiers to the Joint Task Force (JTF) headquarters along Pompomari area,” Usman Jika, a resident of Maiduguri said.
    “By Sunday morning, so many roadblocks have sprung up in the state capital and there was noticeable cordon and search of houses by new faces (soldiers),” he said.
    A resident of Kumshe, one of the red spots in Maiduguri said his neighbour was beaten to pulp on Sunday when soldiers besieged the areas and forced all the people out of their houses.
    “All the soldiers that came to the neighborhood appeared new in the town, some of them said it is now time for ‘fire for fire” he said.
    Another resident said he saw military aircrafts landing at the Maiduguri International Airport and the air strip at the Air Force base in the state capital.
    “A lot of fighting equipment have been deployed to Maiduguri,” Hajja Maimuna, a resident of Gomari, whose house is close to the Air Force base said.
    “We are really terrified because the military operatives coming to Maiduguri in the last two days far outnumbered those that came during the previous emergency rule,” she said.
    “Even though the state governor has not been removed, which is good, the truth is that Maiduguri is now a garrison town, full of angry soldiers who are ready to kill at the slightest provocation. The deployment will definitely hamper social and economic life of the people,” she said.

    http://dailytrust.com.ng/index.php/top-stories/54578-2-000-soldiers-fighter-jets-deployedhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/index.php/top-stories/54578-2-000-soldiers-fighter-jets-deployedhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/index.php/top-stories/54578-2-000-soldiers-fighter-jets-deployedhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/index.php/top-stories/54578-2-000-soldiers-fighter-jets-deployed-to-borno

  30. igbi says:

    Please explain me why we haven’t sent the foreign media out yet.
    That Will Ross from BBC is busy trying to spread chaos while reporting from Nigeria.
    Just listen to him, you will have the impression Nigeria is going Under flames.
    All these journalists trying to make a name for themselves by destroying the image of Nigeria and spreading chaos need to be sent out right now. We can not be hosting propaganda gaents in our country right now.

  31. igbi says:

    Lock up Senator zanna and that Senator from Baga (who went on to spread boko haram propaganda), investigate all people holding political office and those found guilty of treason should be executed by a firing squad. Send foreign journalists out of the country but not before confiscating all their equipement (even through torough search), and signal to them that they are never to return to Nigeria. Warn our own press and stop those that have been spreading boko haram propaganda. Do a lot of videos and written news reports showing the security forces in a good light. Even hire some Nollywood chaps to do good films showing the bravery of our men and their sacrifice for the nation. Use movies to inform people about the threat of terrorism.
    Use every means necessary to build national unity. even the adverts shall contain pro Nigerian messages.
    Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    • G8T Nigeria says:

      U re just too good, speaking every piece of my angry filled mind non stop. I really wonder what other reality people find themselves in to suggest we shd show some respect for journalists who re bent on damaging the reputation of our country. Wetin, NA ONLY NIGERIA bad pass. Someone seem to be funding this campaign and the NIA and SSS shd be firm to detect quickly the rising wave of subversion through the press. America is not the Eternal City of Plato where every thing works, Spain is far going down with rising unemployment, Haiti is far worse of. GEJ send these people off our land immediately and to hell whose ox is offended. Nigeria is our country and all i repeat all need be done to safeguard its interest.

  32. Kanayo says:

    Mr president ur educative word stands cos we must overcome the bad eggs in very country nigeria and bring who soever the are to justic witout mercy

  33. Kanayo says:

    The bad eggs of dis peace loving country shall fall to regret and pains before the end of dis year if de dont change their ways

  34. jimmy says:

    This is the best thing that GEJ has done since he became President
    2) Please equip the army, pay the army, AND I LOVE THE DIPLOMATIC channels ANGLE who knows maybe GEJ is reading this blog.
    3) The biggest thing is that he just gave the armed FORCES the biggest morale boost of all
    4) We have waited and waited for GEJ to TALK tough AND TO WALK tough now he is doing it.

  35. ifiok umoeka says:

    while we bare our joy and anger, let’s pause and ponder on these.
    1st, I agree that we should take the fight to the enemy on the media front. But sending those clown out will be playing into the enemy’s hands. They can continue their lies from the moon if the have internet. I think we shoul beat them @ their game. 1st we have 2 audiences, local and international. For the intl, Cut BBC out of our reporting, use CNN. Play AlJazera against them. We have CCTV, France 24, DWTV etc. Black out BBC but don’t send them out. Why can’t we have our own intl news outlet? Something cool, with swag like CNN? Forget NTA and what ever happened to NN24? To reach the world, u need money! Fund channels? If channels could look like and have a reach as wide as press TV, we’d be in business.
    2ndly, on the online front, we should have a dedicated only warrior unit with the weapon of choice being the keypad! china has this, so does iran. Maybe, they should learn from the gen Beegs himself or maybe he should lead it.
    3rd, we and other like us should be encouraged to keep doing what we are doing and take it all other social media platforms we find ourselve. We should respond to those foreign liars and discredit them with the truth! I love that nollywood movie twist, the US does it, china too, they are not foolish.
    On the local front, select so local journalists(electronic, print and online) for exclusive interviews, embed them on patrols, encourage documentary, highlight the evils of BH and what we are doing to counter. A handful of foreign journalist vs an army… No a nation of active patriots, haba, they are not that GOOD, we’ll WIN

  36. beegeagle says:

    Radio Nigeria Abuja actually have very, very powerful transmitters beaming on 7.275Khz in the 41-metre band around West and Central Africa, into the Sahara and east to the Red Sea. Ditto Radio Nigeria, Kaduna with its hugely popular Hausa language programming. They are particularly popular with people in the farthest reaches of the federation as can be sensed from the calls coming in from Geidam, Kukawa, Bama, Belel, Illela, Baga, Ngala, Gembu etc.

    Perhaps they should commence a sensitization programme asking people in places where they suspect a BH presence to relocate. It would be nice to square off against those terrorists with as many people out of the way.

    During the Civil War, the Black Scorpion – Brig Gen BAM Adekunle similarly gave notice to PHC residents to evacuate the city during the 3rd Battle of Port Harcourt. Half a million people left the city before the fighting commenced.

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      Radio nigeria having that reach is great. Question is, how do we put it to good use? The war is not just muscles but ideology. Like my friend has said, effort must be made to use all @ our disposal, programing must be the best. NAN is included in the mix

  37. Spirit says:

    Now it seems asif we have a president and CinC.

    Haba! e don too much!

    Boston was locked down and the bombers were fished out within 5 days! nothing stops us from doing the same.

    BH, una don pull the tiger by the tail. I can imagine the morale of the troops and other security agents now.
    It was the bombing of Pearl Harbour that finally woke up the sleeping giant in America to interven in WWII. I am sure that the Japanese will forever regret mounting ‘Operation Al’ just as BH will come to regret the attacks on Baga and Bama.

    My’ ogas at the top’ have already suggested various tactics and how troops should be deployed. Hence, I need not stress that point.

    But as for the information warfare aspect, I will suggest we adopt the French method. Have you guys noticed how france is able to maintain a chain of oversea bases around the world without anybody raising eyebrows? Have you noticed how France intervens and the local people are always there to wellcome them with open arms? have you noticed how France puts up a great show of letting the whole see ‘what is happening at the battle front’ yet we dont get to see anything?

    France gets away with things that the USA wouldnt even try. and the funny thing is that they get applauded for it! Let our Directorate of Information study the french method. I call it abracadabra; THE MORE YOU LOOK, THE LESS YOU SEE.

    “USE ANY METHOD THAT WORKS, TAKE IT FROM ANYWHERE”—Bruce Lee.

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