President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

Wed, Feb 19 17:31 PM EST
By Ibrahim Mshelizza

Gunmen from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group attacked the northeastern town of Bama on Wednesday, opening fire on a school,
shooting or burning to death 47 people
and trashing the palace of a traditional ruler, officials and witnesses said.

The death toll was confirmed by Lawal
Tanko, the police commissioner for Borno state, which lies at the epicentre of an Islamist insurgency that has killed
thousands in the past four and half years. Many more were wounded, he said.

He added that the assailants had also
partly burned down the palace of the
traditional ruler of Borno, whose kingdom was one of West Africa’s oldest
medieval Islamic caliphates. “Boko Haram came in at about 4.00 a.m.(0300 GMT), just when we were getting ready for the morning prayers,” said Bama resident Abba Masta, who lives near the palace. “There was shooting everywhere and they set the palace on fire. Many died. Students had to run for their lives as they attacked the government girls college as well.”

It was one of several deadly attacks this
week. On Sunday the Islamists killed 106 people in Igze village, according to official figures, making it one of their deadliest assaults so far. That prompted the Borno state governor to say the rebels were better armed and motivated than government forces.

“The senseless targeting of innocent
civilians is unacceptable,” U.S. State
Department spokesman for Africa Will
Stevens said in Washington on Wednesday, referring to the Igze attack. “We encourage Nigerian authorities to
investigate this heinous act and to hold
accountable … those responsible.”

The military denied Boko Haram were
better armed or motivated and said it
was making progress, but that no country facing terrorism had defeated it
completely. President Goodluck Jonathan ordered extra troops into northeast Nigeria in May to crush Boko Haram, which wants to create a breakaway Islamic state in the largely Muslim north, but the offensive, backed by air power, has so far failed.

The militants have retreated into the
remote, hilly Gwoza area bordering
Cameroon, from where they mount
deadly attacks against civilians they
accuse of being pro-government, and are abducting scores of girls – a new tactic eerily reminiscent of Uganda’s cult-like Lord’s Resistance Army in decades past.

Earlier on Wednesday, Boko Haram
fighters attacked the house of an army
general in the village of Buratai in Borno
state, killing a soldier guarding it, Tanko
said.He said General Umar Tukur Buratai, who is stationed in the southern Niger Delta, was not there at the time of the assault, which had inflicted “minimal damage”.

Jonathan faces an election in a year, with Boko Haram’s persistence as the number one threat to Africa’s top oil producer fuelling criticism that he has failed on security.


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  1. asorockweb says:

    Bama, poor Bama.
    I suspect the next target will be Maiduguri or Damaturu.
    C-in-C, it’s to use all available force.
    C-in-C, let’s aim for 50,000 troops in the North East by mid-year.

  2. Are James says:

    The COIN ratio from every book on the subject is 10:1.
    50000 troops will make us win this quickly. I also suggest planned capital expenditures for the NN in 2014 be temporarily diverted to immediately finance about 24 4th generation combat jets and pilot training, light attack jets are not going to be effective in the Gwoza hills, Sambisa forests and other places. You really need to light up those places in sustained surveillance / bombardment campaigns running into weeks. NA Special forces should not even be operating within Nigerian borders, they should be in Cameroon, Niger and Chad- no country ever uses them within borders, they are the bad guys killing the enemy abroad.
    The UAVs we boasted off should be operationalized and control rooms should be carefully located.

  3. cutievik says:

    Concerning the recent comments attributed to Gov shettima by Dr doyin Okupe this was a reply I got from an on line source,they were more heart touching ones I received but based on this is a public domain I wouldn’t share.and I quote(.someone should tell that “bag of beans” called
    doyin okupe to shut his stinking mouth and
    stop feeding the public with trash, someone
    should ask him if he has ever been to borno b4
    contradicting the statement of the governor.
    the truth is that boko haram is better
    motivated and better equipped than the
    military operatives. I’m talkin from experience,
    in a situation that boko haram got 300k on
    each security personnel that they kill, I
    suffered in that place for 6months and my dta
    (duty tour allowance) has not been paid more
    than a year since I came back. what of
    equipment? they counted ammunitions for our
    personnel when going for operations whereas
    the. terrorist shoots rapidly, the attack where a
    friend got killed 2 weeks back was carried out
    using APC (armoured personnel carrier) where
    did boko haram get that? the truth is that boko
    haram is political and no matter how our
    military tried they can’t end it unless drastic
    measures are taken…)

  4. cutievik says:

    How do we get our opinions to the men at the top??? They keep playing with kids gloves while lives of our brave soldiers are layed bear,civilians dragged from their homes and slaughter like rams,fear of sleeping at night is now d order of the day,a convoy of about 40-50 cars,trucks and APC included storms a village maims,slaughters and cuts shorts the lives of young generations,women and girls Kidnapped at possibly would be “gang raped” by sex starved dare devils in their numbers and they depart just d same way they came and no air support could take them out or perhaps track them?? If only those at the helm of affairs knew and feels the pulse of those living in these regions they surely would act faster…..What a Country?????

  5. Blackrev says:

    at this point I’ll have to say that we have a week government and a corrupt army. these are the two things hindering our boys from succeeding in this fight.

    a corrupt army that holds on to allowances of it men, that will rather sabotage a project that will protect and boost the morale of their men. what happened to those APCs from proforce? where’s the project if not dead or delayed due to corruption? why are those men still driving around in those death traps in a serious war?

    please we shouldn’t blame any soldier who flees any attack because you cannot risk your life for an institution that doesn’t value you.

    I’m saying this because I am very outraged that my close friend lost his brother yesterday in bama.

    an eye witness (his grandmother) confirmed how they were left to their fate. she confirmed that those insurgents were better armed and the soldiers on guard did nothing to prevent it. why should they? when they lack the fire power to repel such attack, and comms to call for back up. yet Chris olukolade hurriedly put out a statement to depict false victory. at this point, i don’t care who I offend.

    this government has failed qnd the military is a joke. (brave soldiers but corrupt and visionless leadershio).

    2015 is just tomorrow and they still struggle to protect small villages. I am ashamed.

    I’m sorry oga beeg, but please understand that I meed to pass this message to the right people cos i know they read your blog.

    we should stop comparing our situation with others cos they are different..

    boko haram is a group that can be defeated but the central government is too weak and military leadership corrupt to suceesfully conduct and win such a war. now my friend is in pain cos that was hia only sibbling. God has trully cursed us with bad leadership.

    • Blackrev says:

      and the worst thing is that this young man was forced to visit the old woman since she refused to leave. so you know that feeling of sending your sibling to his death. may his soul rest in peace.

  6. victt says:

    sitting in Abuja comfort office without providing the much needed equipment will not solve this problem .
    Press release will not stop this war
    Am force to ask if our Government is weak

  7. peccavi says:

    Op Entirety:

    In the UK during the latter years of operations in Afghanistan there was a doctrine known as Op Entirety, in which all uncommitted elements of the Army were devoted to supporting operations in Afghanistan. Troops going through basic training used Afghanistan as a template, equipment, roles and unit organisations were tweaked to be Afghan-centric.
    While this has produced an entire generation of officers and soldiers who think that the only way to patrol or approach an objective is in a safely marked lane behind Vallon (mine/ metal detectors), it had the effect of getting all of the UK’s scarce military resources devoted to that task, other Services that would not usually be involved in a landlocked campaign such as the Navy provided medics and helicopters and pilots for a Joint Helicopter Force etc.
    This is not a new concept; the Portuguese during the wars of Liberation in their colonies did the same thing with rather interesting results. This poor under populated and underdeveloped Southern European country, managed to successfully contain insurgencies thousands of miles away in huge, underdeveloped colonies with alien populations by intelligent planning, learning from others experience, realistic localised training, devoting its entire military effort to the task and efficient tactics and logistics. The operational successes they achieved are comparable only to British counter insurgency efforts of the same period.
    In Northeast Nigeria a series of clearly defined tasks must be set; such as protecting the population, denying the enemy freedom of movement and sustenance and freedom to assemble both within Nigeria and a certain distance (say 100km) from our borders, to kill, deter or capture all active insurgents and ensure that the conditions for an insurgency are removed cannot arise again.
    In order to achieve these tasks troops must be embedded within the population, the ratio of counter insurgent per member of population and per square kilometre of territory must be massively increased. This extremely manpower intensive exercise can only be achieved by pooling manpower from across the armed forces and focussing them on this single task, in other words Op Entirety.
    So what would Nigeria’s Op Entirety look like?
    Preparation: A Division should be given the task of clearing a particular area (i.e. Borno State) as per the above objectives, conduct the necessary recce and planning, identify the number of troops needed and begin training. Irrespective of whether this is an armoured or mechanised division, the entire division must be re organised and retrained as light infantry. Troops from the Navy and Air force can be added as composite companies or battalions and go through the same training package.
    Operations: The Divisional area of operations should be broken down into Brigade, Battalion and Company Areas of Operations. The smallest bases will be platoon sized bases, checkpoints or outposts.
    Each Platoon Outpost should be fortified with clear fields of fire and enough ammunition, water, fuel, batteries and medical supplies to hold out for 48 hours. Each one will be equipped with a 60mm mortar, machine guns, radio, mobile phone and satphone.
    Platoon outposts and check points should be able of defending themselves and defending their area of operations against a platoon sized force. Company
    Each Company Area of Operations should have a main Company FOB, containing mortars, stores, ammo, fuel etc. The Company should be capable of conducting limited local clearance ops with every one of its outpost in mortar range, with at least 1 platoon kept in reserve at the Company FOB which should be capable of reinforcing outposts in at least 2 hours and.
    Battalions should retain a company as reserve and be capable of reinforcing outposts with a platoon in 4 hours, a company in 8 hours and conducting clearance ops in their AO, they should also have attached artillery, with a mechanised or armoured troop attached.
    The Division should be able to conduct battalion sized strike ops within its AO and beyond into neighbouring countries, with at least a battalion in reserve and another for strike ops. Air assets such as helicopters, UAV should be attached the Div HQ.
    Thus it can be seen that the division will be controlling larger formations than usual.
    Equipment: it can be seen that platoons will need to be well armed, the enemies use of AA weapons in the direct fire role can be neutralised with mortars, thus each platoon should have at least two 60mm mortars. The enemies use of RPGs can be neutralised with friendly RPGs and sharpshooters, i.e. riflemen with more accurate rifles such as the 7.62mm FN FAL or Dragunov, with advanced optics who can be used to eliminate personalities such as commanders, RPG gunners, AA gunners, drivers etc when the enemy attacks. The enemies use of men in riding in pickups and motorcycles, present fast moving targets, thus localised area weapons are needed such as mortars, machine guns and grenade launchers, thus each platoon location should have automatic grenade launchers like the GMG or AGS 17 as well as at least one 12.7mm and four 7.62mm machine guns. The enemy when closing up uses hand held IEDs as grenades, thus troops should have at least 2 grenades per man. The enemy prefers to attack to attack at night so as to negate air power and reinforcements. The enemies’ confidence at night can be neutralised with the use of night vision devices but more importantly flares. These can be handheld and mortar/ artillery delivered. Artillery based at Company, Battalion or Brigade FOBs should fire off illumination shells over their AO at irregular periods. Each sub unit should have sufficient vehicles to transport itself, evacuate casualties and traverse terrain. Radios are paramount, as a fall back each sub unit should have satellite phones as well as mobile phones.
    Force Protection: the enemy has utilised surprise and concentration of forces to defeat the security forces when encountered. In other situations they have exploited freedom of movement to avoid the security forces and attack isolated villages. To defend outposts the first thing is to prevent the enemy approaching in vehicles, thus all roads capable of supporting vehicles should be blocked at night with large objects such as tree trunks. These should be linked to trip flares, thus if they are moved the enemy will be illuminated.
    It goes without saying that all these points will be pre registered mortar and artillery targets. Smaller tracks again should be barricaded off with tree trunks and trip flares. These obstacles by themselves will not stop a determined enemy but it reduces their options, slows them down and channels them into pre determined killing areas, thus rather than having truckloads of men driving straight into town they will either have to attack on foot through the bush or stop and clear the obstacles. The outposts themselves can be reinforced mud compounds with interlocking fire positions and bunkers. Any piece of high ground should be used, with trees and bush around it cut to at least 300 to 400m.
    To further prevent the enemies’ freedom of movement active patrolling with at least one combat element out on patrol at all times, these patrols will have communications with the main outpost and can thus warn or call in fire if they encounter the enemy, where feasible, villages should be surrounded with mud walls or fences. Villagers must be trained in a defence plan, with clear instructions what to do in case of attack. These villagers can act as force multipliers, with young men used to keep watch on obscure tracks etc. Selected few can be trained in first aid so as to treat the injured.
    It will be virtually impossible to watch every stretch of road, but with a good ground appreciation, points that the enemy must use to either exit or cross a road, river etc can be identified and garrisoned.
    Organisation: the smallest combat unit to be deployed should be platoon of 40 men, thus you have 8 men on guard in the outpost, 8 on patrol, 8 as reserve, 8 at rest and 8 as an uncommitted element either at rest or on other tasks. Likewise a company will consist of at least 4 platoons with 2 at the Company FOB location (one platoon as Area Reserve and another on FOB protection tasks, such as guarding and patrols). A company can then control 2-4 other platoons in outposts. No outposts should be greater than 8-10km from the main post. If an outpost is attacked it can be supported by a neighbouring one with men or fire support or a platoon dispatched from the Company main FOB.
    These reinforce platoons can be made up by ensuring the division diverts all soldiers, male, female, combatant or non combatant to its new role. Everyone can be trained in the use of infantry weapons; female soldiers and those overage or unfit can be used for guarding or retrained as medics and drivers, thus freeing more fit soldiers for combat duties.
    Infrastructure: in order to ensure troops can be reinforced and resupplied, casualties can be evacuated and IEDs can’t be planted, roads need to be well tarred and maintained. Thus for a Nigerian Op Entirety roads are a strategic asset. Road building crews will be a target so must be protected, existing roads should be brought up to scratch, new ones graded and levelled and then tarred. Water is a strategic asset. If each village has a clean water supply then it reduces the need for water tankers to be escorted around the battlespace each week or so to resupply troops. If villages have a potable water supply in them then it reduces the need for people to head to streams to fetch water.
    Healthcare is a strategic asset. By providing primary health with troops, it relieves pressure on existing health infrastructure, reduces the need for people to travel long distances for healthcare and thus their vulnerability to ambushes.
    Maps. A General once said radios and a map make a commander. Maps, mapping and geo data are invaluable in this conflict. Map making equipment is not as expensive as portrayed, and accurate maps aid planning, logistics and situational awareness in a way that can’t be estimated, combining mapping with satellite imagery, demographic data and eyes on the ground is invaluable. Maps are a strategic asset
    Conclusion: This piece was written in a bit of haste (and possibly frustration) but hopefully the central message comes across that for each problem Boko Haram presents there is a solution, however the recurring decimal in each of these solution is manpower. Well trained, properly organised, well equipped manpower. This is an infantry war and can be won on the ground, Attack helicopters and ground attack aircraft are battle winning assets but they are not the answer to all problems and are of limited availability, virtually every engagement can be decided by infantry weapons, mortars, RPGs, medium to heavy machine guns which are all organic to a well equipped infantry unit.
    The question of insufficient troops to task is one every commander has to deal with and it is thus the responsibility of the political leadership to identify solutions to this problem.

    • Are James says:

      It is a big asset to have someone like you on this blog. Your practical insights and experience are indeed second to note here.
      I am fully in agreement with your view that this is going to be some hard, scrappy grunt INFANTRY work with a lot of bear hugging of the local populace thrown in work but I hasten to say that is what the Nigerian Army used to really do BEST. So what as changed in this instance? Is it not leadership?
      As for your minimization of the importance of air assets, I want to respectfully disagree there because of the internationalization of the conflict and as was explained by a reviewer on Channels TV, the region Lake Chad, Northern Cameroon and South Sudan had never really been a peaceful places. Chad and Niger had always had their own separatist militias and currently there is an attempt to fuse with BH and merge with AIQM to the west to form a region of instability probably bigger in size than the whole of Northern Nigeria. All these make necessary the permanent surveillance and constant interdiction of these elements as part of the defence policy over the next 10 years that we cannot wish away and this has consequences for defence budgeting. My concern is that current political and defence leadership does not have the strategic IQ to even understand the dimensions of the problem we face.

  8. igbi says:

    I see our CIC has suspended Sanusi for exposing the fact that 20 billion dollars have been stolen from the federal accounts. You would think exposing corruption would warrant you a reward… I can now see what the GEJ means by “fighting corruption”: they are fighting against the guys fighting against corruption.

  9. igbi says:

    If your “hands are tied” then untie them or resign !

  10. Obix says:

    My ogas, my heart is bleeding! I’m right now in Kiev, Ukraine in the midst of the violence here and at the same time reading about the killings in NE Nigeria. That’s why i’ve been “silent” for some time now. I say “No man’s political or religious…. ambitions are worth the spilling of the blood of citizens”!
    My head is hot! 😦

    • cutievik says:

      General obix,every patriotic Nigeria feels much pain as you do,bleeding right now is an understatement for me personally knowing this is an online forum makes me curtail d damning reports of attacks in d N.E,But in all please Keep ur head low and stay far form trouble spots,we on this blog love u dearly and always want ur safety rest assured.

      • Obix says:

        @Ogas Cutievik and Igbi, thanks for your concerns, i’m really keeping my head low like an experienced soldier. @Oga Are James, there’s a time for everything. This is clearly not a time for jokes. @my oga Doziex, i understand you point, but you will agree with me that nothing justifies the killing of innocent people whether it’s in NE Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Palestine or Ukraine! Individual politicians, provocateurs and groups must pay for their actions.
        Sorry, everyone, i didn’t mean to derail this thread!
        God bless!

    • igbi says:

      I hear some of the rioters are racist, so be very careful.

    • asorockweb says:

      Regarding Ukraine, it’s sad how foreign ambitions can complicate what is simply a difference in opinions – but – that for another blog.

      • Are James says:

        ….I think we have some NAF choppers under repairs there, I may be wrong though but what the hell.
        @cutievik kindly summon courage, go downstairs and tell the rioters that some NAF choppers are there under repairs and we don’t want them tampered with okay… lol…. lmao.

    • doziex says:

      Ukrainian officials and arm dealers are responsible for much of the arms dumping, or guns for diamonds ( viktor bout and sierra leone/angola comes to mind)

      So I guess they are reaping what they have sown.
      Libya, ivory coast and liberia have already reaped their just dues.
      Burkinafaso, is the only one to yet escape judgment.

      The Clocks a ticking.

  11. startrek says:

    yes that piece by oga picavi is what we need on this blog not some political zealotry being expressed by an apparent ignorant bunch… I got evolved with this blog for one reason which is the mission statement “A Nigerian story by Nigerians from a true Nigerian perspective to the rest of the world. Gen Beeg with due respect I believe the editorial Hammer should be applied to repeat offenders on this Noble forum so as not to reduce it to revelers medium.

    • igbi says:

      Either you like it or not the armed forces are a tool and the “user” is the CIC. So no matter how effective the tool is, you need a “good” user for the job to be done. I will let you and others be the judge of how ignorant that comment is.

      • doziex says:


        Pointing out the fact that president GEJ has been a poor wartime leader with a dubious sense of priorities, shouldn’t make one a zealot.
        But the whole story, is that he has failed where Obasanjo, IBB and others failed also.
        Mr. President should have distinguished himself at this eleventh hour to save the nation,
        But unfortunately, like our previous leaders, he is not rising to the occasion.

  12. lordfej says: a video of Boko Haram with what i am guessing is an army apc behind them. Guys when ever i read all this things my heart bleeds. It literally spoils my day. May God bless Nigeria and make her overcome.

  13. Are James says:

    This is a very lucky man, Shekau.
    Only in present day Nigeria does this happen. The terrain looks like Nigeria Cameroon border.
    We are restrained from making political statements on this blog but the mere fact that a captured NA armoured vehicle now actively exists in their inventory is a big indictment of the air force and its trumped capabilities. Really sad. If Abacha were CIC, merely calling his name in a video would have made it personal. 80000 soldiers would be in the region now and up to about 12 air force jets would be streaming down the skies hunting for this jokers but sadly we are where are we are and and one funny government spokesman says our hands are tied.

    • igbi says:

      In essence boko haram has the right to cross the border but the army doesn’t have that right because the CIC has his “hands tied”. How inspiring is that for the troops: the troops are probably celebrating the statement from the presidency that its hands are tied.
      Basically what is happening is that mr “hands are tied” is making soldiers and civilians moving targets for terrorists. Bush gave his troops an unfair advantage against the terrorists but mr “hands are tied” gives the terrorists an unfair advantage against the troops.

      • igbi says:

        Do you remember when G.Bush said his hands were tied ?

      • giles says:

        igbi nigerias problem ar political and u knw dat in plateau,benue state pple ar killed every day.if we want to end dis let d opposition come out and condem d attacks and support d gov’t,than attack it

  14. doziex says:

    First of, any NA member or government official that announces the death of Shekau, should be sacked.
    The bastard is clearly not dead.
    Secondly, that APC, is either a mowag piranha, or the Canadian donated grizzlies.
    This is not the first time NA has lost These APCs to enemy forces. Several were lost and destroyed in liberia and sierra leone.

    Anyway, as I have said in the past, NA is showing no learning curve, NA is repeating the BURIED UNLEARNED MISTAKES of the ECOMOG years.
    It is said, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
    I have been called an alarmist, and have been accused of fear mongering many a time on this blog,
    Just because I called NA and our government past and present, on their bullshit.

    So here we have it guys, we now have the tragedies of Freetown, and monrovia at our doorsteps, just because we have refused to humble ourselves and learn from our mistakes.

    When, the executive outcomes came to sierra Leone and angola and quickly sorted out what was a messy and confused situation, the nigerian brass should have coveted, then planned to acquire such capable outfits, by any means necessary.

    But we chose to do it our way, the bloody and costly way.

    It is true that counterinsurgency warfare is now the motto of the NA, but this capabilities takes years of institutional dedication and investment, to bring to fruition.

    Well I am demoralized, only because our leaders military and civilians wouldn’t make the right decisions staring them in the face.
    But nonetheless, I would offer my 2 cents.

    1) we can achieve rapid expansion in our troop strength, by training and equiping our Mopol units, our police units and civil defense units to army standard.
    They should all have kevlar protection, gpmgs, rpgs, and bofors recoiless rifles.
    There is no reason why BH should be overpowering our brave soldiers, who do stand and fight against incredible odds.

    2) Mraps from US or south african stocks MUST be purchased by the hundreds.
    3) SU-25s, more mi-35s, mi-17s, drones and super tucanos must be purchased on an expedited basis.
    4) Advisors. We need US COIN military advisors or their privatized versions.
    5) Unless you guys are callous to the plight of our butchered civilians, civilian anti BH militias must be armed with at least assault rifles for the self defense of our people.

    • igbi says:

      I officially apologize to you, you were a realist, not an alarmist.

      • doziex says:

        Thank you sir!
        stay fearless, and of course within beegeagles boundaries.
        We all know the man is putting his neck out there for us.

        But there is a corrective and regenerative power in free speech and constructive criticism.
        Nigeria lacks it, because we worship our leaders.

        I too wish our CIC well. I am not a tribalist, but I see GEJ as my kinsman.

        But this mediocre leadership we nigerians tolerate from our leaders has to stop.

        How dare any of our neighbors harbor boko haram and not give us the right of pursuit ?

        Then we shamlessly cry publicly about having their hands tied.
        If your blood is not boiling as a nigerian, then check your pulse.

        Why are we timid about being the great nation we have been endowed to be ?

        I have repeatedly said that a powerful military covers a multitude of sins, or shall I say national short comings.
        And Nigeria would continue to be disrespected until we respect the role a strong military plays in the evolution of a nation.

    • giles says:

      d only way for our military to d re-equiped is if only we hav a good oppostion,cos as it is now d central gov’t is afraid of doing any ting cos 2015 is by d corner

  15. Donian007 says:

    I just shake my head to all these none sense I hear each day. Any ways, I pray we overcome. But whoever knows SHECOW should tell him that we in the Delta have played this game of war, and so we are only waiting for him to pay us a visit and we’ll teach him what terrorism is. We won’t sit down and cry like Shetima does, we will stand and walk the walk with him with all it takes.

  16. igbi says:

    That camo was our camo, so there have to be an explanation as to where the terrorists got them. Either they bought them from china either they bought them from some corrupt officials. If they bought them from china then we can trace them because the camo was made specifically for us, its name is (Nigerian army camouflage) so the chinese would probably tell us who they sold it to. But I think it was sold to them by a corrupt official.

  17. igbi says:

    The House of Representatives has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to visit Nigerian troops in Borno State to boost their morale in the wake of the escalation of attacks by insurgents in the North-East state.

    They also called on the President of the Senate, David Mark, and the Speaker of the House, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, to do the same.

    A member from Borno State, Mr. Mohammed Monguno, who moved a motion on the issue, said troops posted to Borno State needed more support as “the weapons used by the insurgents appear more sophisticated than the ones used by the Army.”

    He appealed to the defence headquarters to send more troops and weapons to the area.

    Mongono, who urged the National Emergency Management Agency to send relief materials to victims of the recent attacks in Bama town, noted that “hundreds” of lives were lost almost on a weekly basis in the last three months.

    He recalled that the attack on Bama led to the death of 37 people, while the palace of the emir of the town was destroyed.

    Mongono said, “The officers and men of the Armed Forces operating in these volatile areas have done their best, given the circumstances they have found themselves.

    “The insurgents appear to be winning the war if not immediately halted by the deployment of adequate personnel and more sophisticated weapons deployed.

    Lawmakers passed the motion in an unanimous voice vote.

    It will be recalled that only on Tuesday, the House passed a resolution calling for the relocation of the headquarters of the Nigerian Army to Borno State to help the Chief of Army Staff get first-hand information on happenings there.

    Last month, the House also mandated a 20-member committee to visit the state and commiserate with the victims of the attacks by insurgents.

    The committee is yet? to make the trip.

    When asked why members were yet to go to Borno, weeks after the resolution, the spokesman of the House, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, simply replied that “they will soon go.”

    • giles says:

      igbi u c dat my problem y d president,let dem d rep’s visit and den pressurize d gov’t.we don’t opposition in dis con3

      • igbi says:

        Oga Giles, stop being overprotective about the president. Nigeria is burning and all you care about is GEJ ! Face the fact, GEJ let Nigeria down. By the way I am an Edo, I am a south-southerner. Just open your eyes and see our fellow Nigerians have been killed in thousands because someone who should be leading thinks his hands are tied, yet he doesn’t resign, lifes keep being wasted. Cameroon lets boko haram sit on its soil without disturbing them and the president goes and ask permission to protect his own citizens from cameroon ! By the way cameroon refused. Mr Prez made our soldiers moving target practice for boko haram and he made the citizens of the north-east scape goats.
        And to add to all this the budget of the military gets slashed in the middle of the war and 20 billion dollars get stolen at the same period.

      • giles says:

        oga igbi am not being over protective,it’s only dat in nigeria we somtym do right tings d wrong way.our hope lies on d opposition.d national assembly can save dis con3 if dey can sacrifice

  18. tim says:

    I used to say to my boy ,every morning when we just got to NE,we the best, we would kill this, we would capture that,the government would do this and that, and we would be back home soonest………. The government would do this and that, has left my morning speech, to my small band of brothers to motivate them……..because the leader at the top, really needs to be smacked in the face,to reset his thinking facaulty…… question and important way to stop BH, how do they finance and how do they equip?…….now those are people I should be hunting, not even this BH……..I have lost a couple of people I have cried a couple of tears, I have written a few letters… loyal to my government, but some people at the top , really need a good smacking. What cameroon is doing is tantamount to proxy warfare……….we need to choke them by the throat and force them to do the right thing…..till the finance is cut off!the. Source of weapon cut off, and safe ground, make too hot…….then I would probably retire, with this war still on.

    • peccavi says:

      Oga, you are asking the right questions. Money, manpower, tactics etc are more than just a few al Majiriris with rifles. The money side is difficult as the networks are not easy to trace, money from kidnaps, crime, taxes on smugglers etc is one source, weapons seem to be mainly captured/ stolen converted pick ups.
      The short answer is that basic policing such as tieing down smuggling, investigating crimes such as kidnapping etc, securing villages so they are not forced to pay ‘tax’ to BH etc.
      The second bigger picture is now that the US is on board is we need a complete Intelligence Prep of the Battlefield using their surveillance assets. This is the one thing the US can provide that will be battle winning. Proper analysis of the area will give us a pattern of life and an idea of their routes and locations

    • doziex says:

      Oga tim, thank you.

  19. ugobassey says:

    I cannot over emphasize the importance of local intelligence and enemy infiltration. Military equipment are only effective to the extent that intelligence gathering is proportional. As much as we need boots, jets and AUVs, much more so we need eyes and ears. We need to know hoe, when and where before it happens…..and that my ogas is my one cent.

  20. igbi says:

    I am almost sure that the reason why Shettima gave an interview to the media is because some brave soldiers briefed him about what is going on and asked him if he could challenge the oga at the top to tell Nigerians the truth and finally get the war efforts put in the right place and the right quantity, and without “tied hands”. I am starting to feel like if Sahara Reporters was right al along.

  21. igbi says:

    Just imagine how citizens in the north-east must feel right now ?

  22. peccavi says:

    Oga Are James: thanks, however my point on air power is that while it is a decisive weapon (properly used) we should not fall into the trap of relying on air power or thinking engagements are won or lost by air power. This again is a trap that some commanders fall into in Afghanistan, because helicopters are not available for fire support or for medevac, they will cancel operations or in some cases even stop boys from routine tasks. This is bad practice. People still lived and fought in the days before helicopters.
    What I wanted to highlight is that with basic already available infantry weapons a well armed, well armed sub unit can defeat a Boko Haram attack. The key phrase is well armed and well balanced.

    Oga Doziex: you know what I’m going to say. I agree there needs to be a rearmament in some areas but kevlars and helicopters will not win the war. I strongly believe the only way forward is to flood the battlefield with troops. But this cant be done willy nilly, it needs to be practised, rehearsed and planned off site, logistics set in place and then the existing troops relived in place. I would personally relieve the entire division, give them a month off and then 5 months to refit, reorganise and then throw them back in the fight.
    When you say purchase these MRAPs, well why? MRAPs will not stop AA or RPG which is Boko Harams weapon of choice? the IED and mine threat is not such that it justifies the expense, all terrain vehicles are a better choice, utilising speed and firepower to manoeuvre and destroy the enemy. the Air frames are good choices but even if they are bought now it will take 12-18 months to train crews and pilots. And please don’t mention mercenaries.
    As per instructors well the US yes because they will come with some nice toys and funding but their doctrine relies excessively on firepower, in reality I would prefer the British or the French. The British due to historical ties, experience of fighting small wars on the cheap common language and military culture. The French have recent operational experience and their skills and tactics in this theatre against this type of enemy have been brilliant. I have been reading after action and operational reports from Op Serval in Mali and we would do well to send some officers over to see what we can copy and adapt, especially as Boko Haram is utilising AQIM/ Mali type tactics. however the key top everything was preparation, preparation, preparation, training and logistics. We are fire fighting.This is why I advocate getting another division, giving the GOC a D-Day of maybe 2-3 months in advance, so he can do the necessary, staffing, planning and logistics work.

    • doziex says:

      Oga pecavi, when you interview ISAF in afghanistan or AMISOM in somalia, and they tell you their MRAPs was a waste of money, I would stop asking for it.

      We are fighting a similar enemy, using similar tactics, so we need to be copying whatever it is those nations did.
      I will rather go the american heavy mrap, heavy firepower route on this one.

      With all due respect, the british and their touted light footprint approach, did not get the job done in basra nor the helmand province.
      Those tactics are designed for northern ireland type insurgencies.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Doziex abeg what is the occurence of IEDs used against vehicles in Nigeria? Compared to Somalia or Afghanistan? Look at a problem first rather than just willy nilly importing solutions. The IEDS used mainly by Boko Haram are either hand held IEDs as grenades, vehicle borne IEDs for spectacular anti property or anti personnel attacks or backpack suicide bombers. So what is an MRAP going to do?
        Understand the nature of a problem first and then go for a solution not just look at solutions and try and fit them to our problem.
        Boko Harams tactics in this phase is mass attacks with vehicle mounted weapons supported by RPGs and footsoldiers on motorbikes. an MRAP is not protected against RPGs or anything above 12.7mm so what use is it? It’s heavy and can’t manoeuvre so the enemy will out manoeuvre it on their 4 wheel drives and motorcycles. They are heavy, so cannot use certain bridges, or roads. For the conflict in its current phase we need light all terrain vehicles with machine guns and automatic grenade launchers, vehicles that can go where BH vehicles go and out fight them and out run them.When BH is defeated in this phase of the campaign they will move to roadside IEDS at which point MRAPs would be useful, right now they are the wrong vehicle for the campaign.
        As per US tactics, please remind me again which campaigns the US has won post WW2? Conventional- other than Iraq, none. COIN- Vietnam? Iraq? Afghanistan? The only success was Nicaragua and even that one get K leg and was purely SF led.
        Now Britain: Conventional? Falklands. COIN-Malaya, Kenya, Oman, Cyprus, Brunei, Northern Ireland.
        Results matter more than flashy pictures

  23. rka says:

    Don’t know if I am missing something, but there isn’t anything in the video to show when it was shot. The Armoured vehicle in the background doesn’t resemble anything i have seen in Nigeria, although I stand to be corrected.

    • peccavi says:

      You’re not dealing with amateurs, that video could have been shot anywhere from Mali to Sudan, my guess in Southern Chad/ Northern Cameroun
      As Oga Doziex said its either a Piranha or Grizzly. It Nigerian, the uniforms are most likely from looted or overun bases or taken from dead soldiers.

      • rka says:

        I hear you Oga Peccavi, although there is no date on the video. It isn’t difficult to purchase identical NA uniforms as they would be terribly blood stained if taken off dead soldiers. They look fresh.

        Another possibility is that they were supplied by traitors in the army. They haven’t been fully flushed out yet and some people would sell their parents if they could not to talk about fellow ideologists betraying their comrades in the military.

      • igbi says:

        Indeed in Liberia some NA soldiers sold weapons to the enemy.

    • doziex says:

      Our mowags,the pirahna or the grizzly.

  24. Makanaky says:

    I have asked for foreign help and some patriots shot me down yesterday ? are we ready for this massacre on a daily basis with clueless military leadership in Nigeria?

    • doziex says:

      Hey chief welcome on board.
      We shall overcome lol hopefully before its too late.
      If I had colonel Eebens phone number, i will send it to the president.

      Dont get me wrong, our guys are trying, but counterinsurgency is both an art and a science and its mastery could take a decade.
      Nigeria being irresponsibly frugal defense spenders, doesn’t help matters.

      Based on the documented exploits of the executive outcomes which I followed personally thru the 90s in angola and sierra Leone, The EO or US COIN advisors would turn this situation around in 3 months tops.
      NA is a conventional army that only recently converted to the religion of counterinsurgency.
      So as an institution, the NA has been out of its depth, vis a vis this war, and the Niger delta crises.
      In sierra Leone, NA couldn’t protect the civilians nor effectively find and fix the enemy either.
      In doesn’t mean our soldiers are not good, it just means that a conventional army is the wrong tool for an insurgency.

      Everything that is right in a conventional sense, is wrong in a counterinsurgency.
      NA needs assistance on this one, we will be great on our own next time. Provided we continue our investment in sound counterinsurgency doctrine.

  25. doziex says:

    Guys, the likely explanation, is that the APCs are being captured in ambushes or frontal assaults.
    For those trying to read the tea leaves, this is the creme dela creme of our APCs.
    Adamawa and other neigboring states would soon be ripe for invasion.
    Nigeria had better get on an all out war posture, or we will be in for a rude awakening.
    It is the Algerian total mobilization, total rearmament way or bust.

    • doziex says:

      At least an expedited 15 to 20 billion usd infusion into our combat power, and not private accounts.
      In fact, a penalty of death should accompany this spending bill to punish corrupt officials.

      And those in the south that think this conflict would stay in the north east better sleep with one eye open.

  26. rka says:

    I have said in the past that we don’t have enough troops in the NE. The sooner we go all out, the better. Nobody can tell me the Military doesn’t know this. There are serious political shenanigans going on.

    I am sad for people who have lost family and friends as it makes the war more real, but please let us not pretend we know all that is happening in the NE as we have only been given snippets through various sources. It doesn’t make us experts.

  27. jimmy says:
    A pep talk to the troops is a good morale booster. What I hope and pray also happened is that the COAS did not “come empty handed “while addressing these troops.
    On a lighter note:) CYBER GENERALS i had to reread it twice OGA IGBI AND OGA DOZIEX are exchanging good thoughts omg !!!!

    • cutievik says:

      @Lordfej thanks for d report ,This report is damming,it’s quite unfortunate some people are bent on hiding the truth even when it stares us in d face.I weep for my country most times.

    • Obix says:

      Concerning this report, i don’t think it’s news to any blogger here. We have been yelling and crying over this issue for a long time. It’s just unfortunate that most politicians and the bottlenecks at the top are either at the same time blind, deaf and dumb or they are actually saboteurs! It’s unacceptable that our young men and women are losing their lives due to this!

  28. Tope says:

    @lordfej the comments on that punch article shows us how the Image some people r portraying to the FG, plus da Comments showss u people know otherwise. How can u claim we r the best or one of the Best when we don’t have new Platforms, don’t these military men travel? Dem no dey see Weapons for yonder. We judge a military by its Training and Professionalism but more so by da Weapon it uses and Strategy it uses with it before we talk of Size. How do we pan out in all these areas? If the FG and Military Refuse to accept first they have failed dia mandate annd how to correct it then they have lost US. Remember Sept 11 attack in USA? Obama came out to apologize to his Citizens he didn’t claim to be untop of any situation, he called out the Security Apparatus for not synergizing and promised it will never happen again. Immediately what did we see? An overhaul of Military structure, War on Terror Global Campaign, Home Land Security Agency Formed, New Laws on Terrorism infact Everything in America from its Economic Stance to Religious Stance is Anti-Terrorism. As for da Army Aviation Saga its been an overflogged issue, as long as our Defence and Finance ministry people keep playing Fox catch Rabbit wit Military Expenses den we would keep having such bullshit

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