A combined team of soldiers and MOPOL cops, normalcy restored, walk through a battle-scarred neighbourhood in the volatile commercial city of Potiskum in the northeast of Nigeria following days of urban warfare waged against invading Boko Haram terrorists, last year.

JUNE 29, 2013

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe said on Saturday that it had smashed a Boko
Haram cell in Fune, recovering two vehicles, arms, ammunition and other

Lt. Lazarus Eli, JTF spokesman said this in Damaturu while displaying the items to newsmen. He explained that the terrorists attacked a JTF checkpoint in Fune on Friday and took away a police vehicle conveying police items to Borno. “The JTF pursued and engaged them in a
gunfight and they were overpowered,
thereby recovering the stolen vehicle as
well as a similar one used by the group.

“Other items recovered include one AK47 rifle, three Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) rockets, three RPG chargers, one riot gun and 485 rounds of ammunition.” Lazarus also said 42 police jackets, 44
police helmets, six AK47 magazines, 80
fragmentation blades and illicit drugs
were recovered.

He said some of the suspects fled with
gunshot wounds and appealed to the
public to report anyone found with
gunshot wounds to security operatives.

Meanwhile, the people of the state have
appealed to the federal authorities to lift the suspension of telephone services, to enable them to provide security
operatives with useful and timely
information. Damaturu residents claimed that the attack on a college two weeks ago would have been averted, if there was telephone service.

“People noticed suspicious movements on that fateful day just about the
commencement of the curfew, but one
could not move out. “Also, there was no telephone network for us to report to the security operatives,” a source stated.


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  1. jimmy says:

    THEY (J.T.S.F.) have now reached the proverbial tipping point . yes boko haram may use the telephone network but with the eventual registration of all SIM cards it is only a matter of time before shekau is given away the no2 guy is already cooling his heels in custody .The point that the people of BORNO ARE RAISING IS LEGITIMATE let THEM phone in HOT TIPS LET THEM TAKE OWNERSHIP OF BORNO STATE LET THEM STAND UP. FOR THEIR STATE AS WE ARE ALREADY SEEING.

  2. igbi says:

    This is my analysis of the situation and the link to the USA:

    I know why Obama didn’t come to Nigeria:
    Obama is a terrorist sympathizer who had been giving President Jonathan bad advices in order to have him killed by boko haram, indeed up to today many are still wondering why it took so long for the president to deploy the armed forces in the northeast eventhough the Defence chiefs had been advicing him to do exactly that. The answer is that President Jonathan trusted Obama like a brother and listened to his advices, but when the Nigerian intelligence community brought proof to President Jonathan that Obama was misleading him into having his head chopped, he had to severe ties with Obama. Then the US regime started trying to intimidate President Jonathan into calling the army back to the barracks (thus the harrassing of President Jonathan by John Kerry who would follow President Jonathan to every international meeting), in order to not annihilate boko haram. It seems the US plan for Nigeria is to yupple our democracy. For a long time now, President Jonathan had not been going to the USA. The US keeps claiming that military solution is not the way to go, even though that is the exact way they have always fought terrorism themselves.
    The US claimed the poverty in the north east should be eradicated instead of a military compagn but one wonders how that could be done while terrorists were busy hijacking everything in the northeast. So as a matter of fact that advice doesn’t make any sense.
    If we were ever to perform a “marshal plan” in the north then it must come when and only when the terrorists have been dealt with and are all dead or in prison. One must also notice that it is the terrorists who are largely creating the current poverty in the north east, indeed the northeasterners are mostly farmers but the terrorists chased them away from their farms and harvested they crops. So the excuse of poverty being the cause of boko haram doesn’t make any sense as well. Moreover the fact that the leader of boko haram is not a Nigerian (he is from Niger Republic) and that most of boko haram terrorists are not Nigerians tells us that the claim of boko haram being a Nigerian group is an other lie. But it is true that there are some Nigerian traitor politicians and rich Nigerian traitors who sponsored boko haram.

    • igbi says:

      please replace yupple by tupple

    • johnbest1 says:

      I agree with u oga igbi some external influence is involved in this boko haram issue,someone wants to destroy the nigerian state but I do not know if it is obama or the US of A but I will say this,the military has been doing a remarkable job and the politicians in the US keep saying the military wasn’t the ans but what about the americans?what was their reaction to the september 11th attack?they invaded a country to destroy the terrorist and also there were also reprisal killings in the US because of the sept 11 terrorist attacks and yet they have the audacity to criticise us??in my opinion I would say let them leave us to settle our affairs the same way they settled theirs without interferance.the military has shown rmarkable professionalism in their handling of the situation and also we have seen the government becoming serious about procurements and I believe we have seen a remarkable improvement in all the arms of the military….

  3. freeegulf says:

    this country of ours, such a phenomenon. don’t know if we ever going to shred this thin skin called tribalism.
    even within boko haram, dissenting members complain about tribalism lol.
    apparently, a top boko haram leader arrested a while back accused the leading terrs of marginalization. he complained that most of the senior leaders where kanuri, and most of the members sent out as suicide bombers are all non kanuris. they could be hausas, fulanis, or others, but hardly any kanuri prepped as suicide bomber. naija we hail thee! lol
    even terrorists complain ethnic bias. maybe they need federal character implemented too, lol.

  4. igbi says:

    Watch the US embassy, it is full of US spys who keep recruiting Nigerians :
    they do it in Russia and EU:

  5. eyimola says:

    Obama did not come to Nigeria because of the reputation of her politicians. Simple and straight. It has nothing to do specifically with this present Govt. I know how difficult it is to comprehend how the Nigeria state especially its leadership is perceived internationally for most Nigerians. That’s just the fact. I consider myself a Nationalist with Pan African leanings, but I would have been disappointed if Obama had come to Nigeria.

    If any of you is really interested in finding out the scope of Operation Prism, then I suggest you check out the map on the Guardian website, and you will see ‘MOST OF SUB SAHARAN AFRICA WAS IGNORED’ its just not important enough to waste resources on. Especially since most African Governments readily give the US anything she asks for. Like a previous Nigerian Government handing over all the Biometric Data they held on Nigerians (I am still astounded when I consider the scale of that betrayal’

    Our strategic opponents have not changed.

    Within the Sub Region———–France and her Satellite states

    On the Continent ————–South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Ethiopia.

    • igbi says:

      I live in France and the image of Obama is much worse than that of President Jonathan:

      The americans are losing confidence in Obama.
      Why do you hold him in a big estim, he has been defending boko haram for a while now.
      How can you chose him over your own people ?
      “Disapointed”, because you think he cares of Nigerian lives ?
      You are talking about the image of our politicians, but you are wrong, it is the image of our entire population that is being dragged in the mud, and it is the western media that is dragging it in the mud.

      • eyimola says:

        Who holds him in high esteem. I don’t really care what anybody anywhere in the world is doing in their own country.

        I am a conservative, who also has experience in the things he talks about. . You on the other hand have demonstrated by a number of you posts that you don’t. What is most annoying, it the fact that you are consistently polluting or derailing conversations with some of your more outlandish ideas. Well guess what, you don’t know enough.

        You sit here talking about the western media. I dare you to find any example of any media organisation that portrays Nigeria positively. Let me spell it you clearly. ‘Nigerian Politicians are the worst Political leaders in the world’ . Indeed its out of respect for the precarious state of the Nation that all international and diplomatic hell has not been unleashed on this shambles.

        Please do some reading on this subjects before posting. RT and Press TV are not acceptable sources for information. I suggest you start with Chiek Anta Diop

      • igbi says:

        You don’t seem to understand that it is the entire Nigerian popukation that is being abused in the media. So you think you know more than me !
        You have a verry strong idea of yourself.
        Today Nigerians are seen as drug dealers, thiefs, 419, terrorists, and all this comes from the western media and their allies in Nigeria who silence every good news and sell only stories of gruesome murders and other types of criminality.
        It seems I have cought you disrespecting Nigeria, which brings me to question your patriotism. You have a lot to learn and first learn humility.

  6. igbi says:

    @eyimola, RT and Peasstv are not the only biased media.
    You can count almost all western media in that category as well.

    • igbi says:


      • eyimola says:

        Ok This is my last statement on the issue. There are over 10,000 Nigeria Passport holders in UK jails. (this number does not include UK born citizens of Nigerian descent. In the mid 90s), we established that there were approx 700 individual computers were involved in the sending of 419 related emails from the country on a daily basis. This number would have risen considerably. Have you looked at Nigerian Newspapers recently? Do you think the publishers only want to publish bad news. Do you think that Western Countries with large populations of Nigerians (UK,US etc.) are oblivious to the well documented issues in the country?

      • igbi says:

        Actually the USA and Britain itself have overtaken Nigeria as the leading origins of 419 scams.

  7. camouflage1984 says:

    Oga Beeg have u heard that Rwandan General Jean-Bosco Kazura, formerly second in command of African Union troops in Sudan’s western Darfur region, will lead the UN mission – known as Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA? Rwanda did not even deploy to Mali, hw come?

    • eyimola says:

      Neither the people paying for the mission nor the Malian people want Nigerian Officers to lead the mission. The preferred country was Chad, but they are on a list of countries that recruit child soldiers.

    • igbi says:

      First they replaced our force commander in Darfur, then they did that in Liberia and now they are doing it in Mali. I don’t see why we still send troops on UN missions.

  8. doziex says:

    HABA !! Oga Igbi, always quick to call another Nigerian unpatriotic.

    I keep telling you, all the outlandish American conspiracies, real or imagined, and all the apologies for Nigeria, or white washing our dirty laundry does not a patriot make.

    I agree with you that the western media has always been biased towards Nigeria.

    But Nigeria’s problem is not the west, it’s us.

    We chose to elevate ethno religious sentiments in our politics, NOT THE AMERICANS.

    We chose not to realize our potential but cripple our national development with corruption.

    Of course our corrupt politicians military and civilian became adept at exploiting our ethno religious fault lines, to escape accountability. AND WE LET THEM.

    It took the emergence of southern presidents, for the north to start agitating over poverty and development issues. What happened to poverty when ABACHA and IBB were looting Nigeria blind ?



    If any Nigerian finds him or her self defending incompetence, corruption etc just because the responsible leader is an ethnic kin of theirs, THEY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    • eyimola says:

      The worst part of it is that he puts one in a position of having to defend the West. Anyone who knows me or has followed any of my posts would know I have always believed that there should be a parting of ways with the West, but not for any of the bone headed reasons he advocates.

    • igbi says:

      Yes we need change, but we do not need westerners to tell us about our situation.
      We need to do things with our own initiative.
      I have been noticing that many Nigerians have a sort of inferiority complex: can you imagine that some call the colonizers “colonial masters”, some keep downrating everything that can come from Nigeria and Nigerians. I live in France and I am the only member of my familly who still sees himself as a Nigerian, all the rest swear day and night that they are french and they insult Nigeria all the time. Nigerians should know that they need to give a good image of themselves to the outside world. Do not talk about anything negatif concerning Nigeria on western media or in the presence of foreigners.
      There are many countries with dirty loungery: china, saudi arabia, pakistan, north korea, but they are patriotic and therefor they don’t support foreigners bashing their country.
      The only set of people that I know of who insult their country all the time are my own countrymen. And that is what some of you just did on this section of the forum.
      Instead of that, why don’t we propose solutions ?

    • igbi says:

      I am not defending the government, I am defending the entire Nigerian people.
      President Jonathan is not an Edo which is what I am. if it were a northerner in power, my patriotism would be the same exactly.

  9. doziex says:

    Anyway, back to the original focus of this thread, (Beeg, must be pulling all is hair out from all our de railings of his threads) (LOL) OMO NO VEX.

    But this thread makes the case for the police in conflict zones to be armed up to the level of the Nigerian army.
    I am talking RPGs, GPMGs and even armoured and technical type vehicles.

    To be force multipliers in this conflict zone, they have to be armed and trained to the level of the NA. Or at least , they need to be better armed than the common enemy they all confront.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Well spoken Sir. Those were the thoughts jangling in my head. Certainly the AKs the Police operatives bear are seriously under powered in firefights were GPMPs and RPGs are deployed by the enemies. The authorities must up their abilities to put in a good fight – die fighting, at the very least, and not be a lamb to the slaughter table. These sets of inadequacies are what the operatives of SARS are confronted with when they engage bank robbers, who are easily better armed with GPMGs, RPGs and doubled banana clips in their hundreds. Additionally, at the very minimum, SARS operatives should be supplied with unmarked armoured vehicle, designed to look like regular civic specs, and in a mix of different collections; uniformity is dead give away in the business of fighting sophisticated dare devil robbers.

  10. Deway says:

    Hmmm, Rwandan general leading the UN Mali mission (likely to be a very young general at that). Sign of the times. Dwindling significance on the continent or at the global stage level? Do we blow our trumpet louder than we should or should we blow it harder? Could also portend concerns in trusting Nigerian military leadership?? Please, no conspiracy theories here. Time to have a rethink, re-strategise our UN operations; or adopt the North Africa policy – No contribution to UN peace keeping/enforcement operations but arm yourself to the teeth and deal ruthlessly with any bagger. Shouldn’t be business as usual.

    • igbi says:

      We contribute the 4th biggest contigent to the UN in the world, but they keep disrespecting us like this. Every time there is conflict, we are the first to arrive at the scene and to make the road safe for the rest to come in but once the UN gets a chance, it replaces our force commander with someone much less qualified given that the person is not a Nigerian. I think we do not need this constant humiliation.

    • Number one says:

      I’ll suggest the FGN should refuse our troops already in Mali to be co-opted into the peacekeeping mission,we are in Mali to fight nothing more.

    • Blackrev says:

      My sentiments exactly. Lets face it. There’s something wrong with our foreign policies. It’s either our government dont have the ambition of projecting power in Africa or someone somewhere (i don’t wanna name names) is giving our government the wrong advice. This has made our influence to deteriorate since 4 years to the extent that Amanpour had the audacity to disrespect the president of our great nation on world tv.

      Nigeria is the largest contributor of men and equipments (aside chad) in this mission. ”first to deploy for that matter” all these happened without help from country, we have not only pledged but contributed financially to this mission, our military is the most experienced and professional among the contingents. So why in the world would UN insult Nigeria and ECOWAS by appointing a Rwandan general. That’s playing double standards to me cos Rwandan military is accused of fueling the DRC crisis and now their indicted military general is to command a vital peace mission in our backyard.

      This is an embarrassment and Nigeria will do well to reduce our commitement to this mission by withdrawing combat troops and vital assets as protest. This is what happened when the UN accused Uganda of aiding M23 and Uganda threatened to pull out of somalia, my people, UN zipped their mouth and focused on Rwanda.

      We need those boys at home abeg. Let them come and sacrifice their lives for what they’ll be appreciated for rather than become target practice for terrorist due to this UN’s policy of holding back. I dey vex for our vissionless leaders abeg.

      • igbi says:

        So you saw how the USA journalist Amanpour disrespected our President, now compare it to the honour given to Obama by our journalists in Channels, our own people were even calling him Mr President ! Can you believe that ? They had forgotten that Obama isn’t the president of Nigeria, the title Mr president is reserved for your own president. You can say president Obama, but not Mr president ! It sickens me to think those people on Channels were presented as our ellite, I couldn’t stand more than 2 minutes of that show.

  11. beegeagle says:

    I suspect that either one or both of two things is going on

    – the UN want commanders who are more ‘amenable’ to their control and the blue-eyed Rwandese generals under the iron grip of Kagame can be trusted to be just that.

    – other contingents might have complained about the fact of having had too many Nigerian UN PKO commanders and they need to be made to feel a sense of belonging.

    Let me give you an example of how dominant in command appointments we have been. It is a record of command appointments at ECOWAS, AU and UN levels which is unequalled by any other African country. I guess there is a quiet push for the playing field to be levelled up.


    * Major General JTU Aguiyi Ironsi, OP CODE…ONUC,COUNTRY…CONGO, PERIOD 1960-64,SPONSOR…UN

    * Major General Edward Unimna(RC2) OP CODE…UNAVEM 1, COUNTRY…ANGOLA, PERIOD….1991,S PONSOR…UN

    * Major General Chris Garuba OP CODE…UNAVEM II & III, COUNTRY…ANGOLA, PERIOD…1991-95, SPONSOR…UN

    * Major General Ekundayo Opaleye OP CODE…UNAMIR, COUNTRY…RWANDA, PERIOD….1993, SPONSOR….UN

    * Colonel Joshua Dogonyaro OP CODE..Nigerian Neutral Force(NNF), COUNTRY…CHAD, PERIOD….1979, SPONSOR…BILATERAL

    * Colonel Mohammed Magoro OP CODE..NNF, COUNTRY..CHAD, PERIOD…1979, SPONSOR…BILATERAL.

    * Major General Geoffrey Ejiga OP CODE..HARMONY II, COUNTRY…CHAD, PERIOD..1981-82, SPONSOR…OAU

    * Major General S Iliya OP CODE…MONUC, COUNTRY…CONGO, PERIOD…2003-2005, SPONSOR…UN

    * Lieutenant General Joseph Owonibi OP CODE…UNMIL, COUNTRY…LIBERIA, PERIOD…2003-2005, SPONSOR…UN

    * Lieutenant General Chika Obiakor OP CODE…UNMIL, COUNTRY..LIBERIA, PERIOD…2005-2008, SPONSOR…UN

    * Major General Festus Okonkwo OP CODE…AMIS, COUNTRY…SUDAN, PERIOD…2004-2005, SPONSOR…AU

    * Major General Collins Ihekire OP CODE..AMIS, COUNTRY…SUDAN, 2005-2007

    *General Martin Luther Agwai OP CODE: UNAMID, COUNTRY ..SUDAN, 2007-2009.

    * Major General Moses Obi OP CODE UNMIS, pre-partition SUDAN 2010-2011

    * Major General Moses Obi OP CODE UNMISS, South Sudan 2011-2012


    * Major General Joshua Dogonyaro(RC 1) 1990-92

    * Major General Rufus Kupolati (RC 2) 1992

    * Major General Ishaya Bakut (RC 2) 1993

    * Major General Adetunji Olurin (RC 3) 1994

    * Major General John Inienger (SSC 1) 1995

    * Major General Samuel VL Malu (RC 3) 1996-97

    * Major General Timothy Shelpidi 1997-98

    * Major General Felix Mujakperuo (RC 4) 1999

    * Major General Gabriel Kpamber (RC 5) 1999-2000


    The Commander of AFISMA in 2013 was also Major General Shehu Abdulkadir while in 2003, ECOMIL was commanded by Brig Gen Festus Okonkwo. Lt General Chika Obiakor also served as UN Military Adviser.

  12. igbi says:

    It seems the UN is putting east Africans as force commanders in every theater:
    They replaced our force commander in Darfur by a Rwandan then they replaced him with a Tanzanian.
    They have a kenyan serving as force commander of UNMIL in Liberia. Now they bring an other Rwandan to Mali.

    • beegeagle says:

      That might not entirely be indicative of skulduggery, Igbi. A Lt General Daniel Opande once served in Liberia…over a decade ago.

      Nigerian UN Force commanders have also served in South Sudan and Rwanda, not to mention Congo and Angola as you can see.

      • igbi says:

        You are right, but I suggest we temper the number of soldiers we send to the number of leadership roles they give to us.

  13. beegeagle says:

    I agree with you, Number One. I have never been an advocate of tepid PKOs where there is no peace to be kept. What is required in Mali STILL is peace ENFORCEMENT.

    There are many parade ground armies in the world which have nothing to do everyday, so we who have unfinished battles to fight at home can pull out. We cannot have chaps fighting in deserts and mountains at home while others are wearing some blue helmet on account of a jamboree in Mali.

    If Mali is now so peaceful as to warrant a PKO, we should come back home and go to the Northeast where Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have 1,400km of mountain and desert frontiers to keep an eye on for insurgents trying to slip through.

    Six battalions in Darfur and Liberia are enough for a show of goodwill already.

    • eyimola says:

      This appointment was political and highlights some of the issue which have been discussed on this blog over the last 18 months.

      I remember stating sometime that I did not feel the country really wanted to intervene in Mali, because if we did, we would have gone straight ahead, and let the UN and international committee deal with the legalities after the event. Lets not forget that the Islamists held the North of Mali for almost a year before the intervention,

      If we had contributed troops and equipment IN NUMBERS and participated in the push up North had then we might have a leg to stand on.

      We all seem to forget the strong opposition ECOMOG had in its early days from the Francophone countries. The Chief of Army staff in the article posted a couple of days was quoted to have said there were 5000 Nigerian troops carrying out international peacekeeping operations. If this is accurate, then that number is much lower than it has been for 20 years, and might suggest why certain people have been snipping away at the military over the last couple of years. “If they don’t see you out there they assume you are dead”.

      Personally I think its a good thing we are scaling back our international obligations (if we are). I am excited by what appear to be a significant reorganisation of the military, and don’t feel that Nigeria has benefitted from any previous intervention. During the last Liberian crisis, the citizens of Monrovia were all clear that they wanted US troops to come and save them from the rebels. They did not want us. It was until they understood that George Bush was not going to send US marines into an African bush war, that the penny finally dropped. Does anybody here think Boko Haram and Oil bunkering would be possible if our neighbours had our best interests at heart? Where are the Nigerien or Cameroonian rebel bases in Nigeria?

      • beegeagle says:


        From the commentaries which I read at the time, the push by Chad across the Sahara from Niger was something which ONLY Chadians themselves, not even the French could have attempted across hundreds of kilometres of featureless desert. Beyond having the coordinates and compasses, there had to be sheer dexterity in the knowledge of the desert. In desert warfare, the Chadians are naturals. I am sure that we cannot compare a Fulani’s knowldege of the desert with that of a Tuareg. So Chad it had to be.

        By the same token, an operation in the maritime region of Senegal’s Casamance would not take place today without the Nigerian Army Amphibious Forces being top picks for that. Chad would be jot clueless there in a way which exploits in Mali would add no chip to their shoulders. So it had to do with comparative advantage as far as I can see.

        I am sure you know when Nigerian amphibious and special forces provided instruction for Senegalese and US Marines in 2011. It was stated at the time that their expertise in littoral/amphibious operations and small boat maneouvres was the reason why. Check through google using “Lt Omopariola” and see what you find.

        So let us situate the circumstances properly. We are only now beginning overdue preparations to master our strips of desert territory on account BH activity whereas countries such as Chad, Algeria and Niger have been conducting operations in their incomparably larger and more complex desert terrain. We shall level up regardless – with stepped-up training at our Desert Warfare Training Camp at Yusufari, the NA Desert Force,the specialised vehicles currently being inducted and ongoing operations in northern Borno and Yobe – reason why the Toyota Hilux has been pulled back in those parts in favour of the Toyoya Landcruiser.

        Just as important is the fact that there was the language divide to be grappled with and that meant Francophone troops were top picks – interoperability, common standard and tactics at a time of ONGOING..not planned operations. So much so that the NA commenced a crash French language course as part of pre-deployment training regimen.

        You might want to check out these two points on Google – comparative advantage in desert warfare and language barrier to see how real they were in the determination of alloted roles.

        Many might not realise the significance of the deployment of the NA to Nara through which rebels infiltrated from Mauritania to wreak havoc and launch the push on the national capital plus attacks on Diabaly AND to Banamba. But if it got down to that, the stiffest fighting would have taken place where?
        Do we remember that the Zimbabwe National Army similarly deployed within 200 miles of Kinshasa (which was 1,000 miles away from the ‘frontlines’ in eastern Congo). When H-Hour arrived, the Zim-Angolan deployment near Kinshasa ultimately rolled back the joint Ugandan-Rwandese-Congolese rebel advance on Kinshasa. True or false?

        The national capital of Mali that is Bamako, with 1.2 million residents or Gao, the biggest city in the North but no less a small backwater with 40,000 persons?

        Look around and tell me in all theatres, has there been sterner fighting in the wars in Chad or Sudan in 2008, when rebels backed by the government nextdoor launched attacks on the capitals of each country – convoys of hundreds of technicals launched into Ndjamena by Sudan-backed rebels and the reprisal offensive into Khartoum by Chadian-backed rebels?

        Was there any action sterner in Liberia and Sierra Leone than the battles for Monrovia and Freetown? In the CAR this year between Seleka rebels and SADF troops?

        So it is clear that a Chadian army which has been fighting in the desert since 1978, with the highpoint that was the battle for the Aouzou Strip against Libyan invaders, not to mention French air support provided through joint ops with French troops to beat back the said rebel onslaught on Ndjamena of 2008 which was sponsored by Sudan, were always going to be the allies or proxies for the core desert fighting.

        We cannot claim to have the repertoir of DESERT WARFARE EXPERIENCE experience which the Chadians possess. By the same token, they cannot claim to rival Nigeria in LITTORAL WARFARE, URBAN WARFARE (by their own admission, was that not why they withdrew after a rebel-launched suicide attack on Chadians at Kidal) and COUNTER TERRORIST OPERATIONS.

        To each, his own.

      • eyimola says:

        The Rwandan military does not have intensive desert warfare experience either. Personally I agree with the poster who said Nigeria should withdraw her troops from mali,.In fact I don’t think Nigeria should be doing UN peacekeeping under any circumstances.

  14. Tope says:

    I think the issue has to do with whoever is advising Mr President on Foreign Matters, he should take it to the UN and Security Council. And Demand a change of Leadership or the Troops its Weapons and all Pulls out Completely that way any country that offers its assistance next will be seen as the Traitor, didnt you see how our French Boys Quickly deployed to make sure they held the spotlight and not us

    Truly there is a political and Military Strategy to undermine our efforts so we can pay lip service to this Western Forces, truth be told dia is a Paradigm Shift from West to East……….Nigeria should act as a Dominant force and tell Niger and Cameroon the hard truth that if their countries do not act and help us then we will severe any ties with them trust me they will Jump, their Economies need ours to grow…….Lets call a spade a spade. Any Western or European Government or Media or whatever organisation that you are that speaks biased will and should have Express Rebuttal its Enough…..Just the other month the UK Slamed 3000 pounds Bond on us…whether its a backlash to the Incident at Woolwich i dnt know but we need to Change our Theater of Operations and look at how The Middle East States Work….where no one messes with them……all dis Countries will Share up Nigeria if giving a chance, lets call a spade a spade……if you are a Friend Act like a Friend, if you’re protecting your interest help us protect your interest, if you’re an Enemy prepare for Repercussions…..Two can only play a Game of War. Tired of all this rubbish, Once we Edge South Africa As Africa’s Largest Economy we would see Something Strange just watch.

  15. beegeagle says:

    @Oga Eyimola

    To be sure, I have not in any way whatsoever nearly suggested that Rwanda got the appointment based on ‘desert warfare’ nous. Neither did Chad which have desert warfare experience aplenty get it. I have only dwelt on the reasons why Chad and Nigeria were deployed where they are and why they took on their different alloted roles in Mali.

    If Rwanda have any passable awareness about desert operations, that could have only come through Darfur where our troops were and still are more numerous. And Rwanda do not have one square inch of desert surface to speak of, so they have absolutely no geographical or operational advantage over Nigeria in desert warfare. Neither does it exist in counter terrorist warfare.

    Chad expressly came to Mali as a French proxy force. That has to be understood. Their deployment was mostly paid for by France and the French struck direct from Ndjamena, FIRST. Then, contingents drove down from CIV next.

    We did not go to Mali as a proxy force. AFISMA was a West African venture which Chad only acceded to after they had done the bidding of their French pater noster. Chad and Cameroon are in Central Africa, not in West Africa. AFISMA were led by General Abdulkadir of Nigeria. They had a Nigerien deputy commander (who died suddenly last May) and a Senegalese Chief of Staff. Those are all West Africans. MINUSMA is UN-led and they apparently have other persuasions and/or designs.

    Yesterday, I gave two possible reasons why we have a Rwandese as helmsman of MINUSMA and none had anything to do with proficiency in desert warfare. I mentioned the poster boy of the West who did their bidding in Congo and remains their ‘yes man’, Paul Kagame, and his iron grip on his nation and army(his personal gendermerie perhaps) which would ensure that they are unquestioning and amenable to any designs put forward by the UN.

    That cannot be said for Nigeria.Remember when battle-hardened and mentally liberated ECOMOG troops threatened to attack their British counterparts in SLR over procedural matters? Remember General Malu’s tiffs with Americans over MPRI? So our own generals might be a bit too independent in thought and action for that kind of low-level puppeteering. That was why I alluded to the fact that the appointment possibly suits the intended macro-managerial designs of the UN.

    The other probable reason which I advanced was the matter of wanting to allow UN command appointments ‘go round’ in view of the history of Nigerian dominance of command appointments at continental and global PKOs relative to other African nations who would have their own aspirations.

    France took the snap decision to intervene in Mali when rebels commenced a lightning drive on Bamako, the capital. The fact of having expeditionary contingents precisely primed for such interventions on ground in CIV and Chad and elsewhere in West and Central Africa, with heavy transport and in-flight refuelling planes, fighter jets, armour and artillery poised for rapid reaction, means that nobody else could have reacted with such rapidity. Let’s get that straight. In the event, they had attained a momentum in combat and nobody could have asked for them to stand down in favour of AFISMA.

    It is easy to forget that the rebel advance on Bamako coming within two weeks of the December 30th approval given by the UN for AFISMA to deploy, was almost certainly aimed at pre-empting AFISMA which had also fixed September 2013 as the start date for the mission.

    Truth is, AFISMA were planning to retrain and confront rebels hundreds of miles upcountry in Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal whereas the rebels made a beeline via Mauritania for Bamako.

    Fact is, the roles played by the various actors and the circumstances which thrust those roles upon them are all too often isolated when the reality on ground in Mali is discussed.

    If France intervenes in Francophone Africa, it would be rationalised by the West and the UN as a manifestation of the paternalistic France Afrique relationship – an expected end. With Nigeria, AFRICANS would say Nigeria is being a bully and a West which does not want to see the emergence of rival centres of power, would use their media to mount a vicious campaign of calumny.

    Indeed, during the OBJ years when the man used his personality force to reverse power grabs in Sao Tome, Guinea Bissau and Togo, a ‘concerned’ BBC ran a vox pop on its African Service radio asking to know if Nigeria was throwing its weight around on account of those actions. Did the same British, sensing that victory was in sight, not suddenly appear in SLR to steal ECOMOG’s thunder?Are they not now also trying to engineer another crafty scheme in Somalia – a belated UN takeover of the mission, so that they can smuggle their names into the epilogue of what has now become a manageable situation – same juncture at which they came into SLR?

    As for Mali, be sure that if France had their way, Nigeria would not feature in any writeup on Mali. They would rather share the glory with Togo, so it remains a Francophone family affair. France want to preserve their sphere of influence..the reason why they are relevant in global affairs, from a competitor for regional influence, Nigeria, and from the predominant Anglo-American culture.

    France were never Nigeria’s allies, going into Mali.

    • igbi says:

      Give me the name of just one of our officers currently serving as a UN force commander.
      And we are talking about the 4th biggest UN contingent.
      There is no justification for that.
      President Jonathan needs to speak out against the marginalisation of our soldiers.

  16. freeegulf says:

    i really don’t know why the commander of UN PKO is such a big deal in this Mali ops. just having the UN there is an eye raiser on its own. where is the peace to keep? what if the Tuareg resume their armed agitations, will the UN force block their drive to expel the govt forces? they re ineffective against M23 in eastern DRC, will they be willing to stop these rebels and terrorists should they decide to create their own independent state?

    in terms of approach and deployment, Mali was never really a ‘big deal’ for us. not that Mali shouldn’t be, but it is not for us. the Malian threat has multinational dimension, and our the powers that be should have seen the threat angle to all this. but hell no, our foreign policy remains tame.

    the two options available to us; withdraw our troops, or keep our contingents from UN command.
    however, i don’t see any of the above coming to fruition.
    firstly, our foreign policy advisers do not see this as a threat in any way. so there will be no withdrawal.
    secondly, there is no way the army will stay out from the UN Command, because, they have to consider economics and benefits. the military or the fed govt wouldn’t want to keep funding our contingent when they have a bread and butter option – the UN PKO.
    they just would not. with the UN paying the troops top dollars, monthly, and NA getting money back for APCs deployed, it will be next to impossible to keep the bush hat! they will immediately switch to blue beret. even the sojas would want to be re-hatted; more money and better benefits. apart from our foreign policy drivers (and they hardly have any interest to protect), no one else in Nigeria would frown at this UN mission.

    my only fear is that these missions shouldn’t have a bad morale effect on troops serving in other theaters like it did in the 90s, when those doing the heavy work in various hotspots where grossly under equipped, unfed, and ill paid, why their colleagues serving with the UN where coming back fat, well paid, and well fed.

  17. G8T Nigeria says:

    when it comes to USA people shy away or even protect their interest against Nigeria. People re becoming well informed about the US these days and as much as it seems uninteresting to u, wait for a bomb next door. With the drone units all over Africa I keep wondering what purpose does it serve, was it to monitor terrorist or to close in on lines of trade which seems to be the world next bus stop. You accuse our troops of killing yet ur troops play video games in the name of drones killing children everywhere, no human right cries nor do we see satellite images of the one million people killed in Iraq. I also beg to ask if china can defend Pakistan to the bullet how much has our loyalty to US brought to us. My dear, lets wake up to reality and stop being too formal in an informal world. Funny enough the media has made us belief there is nothing wrong to invade Iraq, Libya without one bullet fired into US. A government who stand for truth will never support a rebel against an elected Leader – case study- SYRIA. A government who sponsors dissidents, arm them to destroy governments all for interest hidden under the call for democracy. if your friend tells you your home you have been building for 50yrs will break up and you think he goes to sleep. Very sorry because when u sleep he makes sure his words comes to pass. America is loosing focus and its right time to tell them the truth.

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