CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF IN OPERATIONAL TOUR OF NORTHEAST NIGERIA FRONTLINES

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu greets senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force during his tour of the frontlines of Nigeria’s War on Terror, March 2014

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33 Responses to CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF IN OPERATIONAL TOUR OF NORTHEAST NIGERIA FRONTLINES

  1. igbi says:

    Some people are doing their best to destroy discipline in the Nigerian army.
    That propaganda claiming that a soldier said this or that is being repeated at a very high frequency, the aim is that soldiers don’t follow orders anymore. just watch the media houses carrying it, those who do so in Nigeria should be arrested, countries whose journalists carry that out should be warned.

  2. startrek says:

    DON’T MIND THEM THEY ARE LOSERS IN EVERY FRONT SO THEY MAKE UP STORIES BY EVERY MEANS THEY CAN.

  3. Colonel says:

    I am doing all i can to dispel the story anywhere i see it posted on facebook. Careful analysis will show lots of distortions in the story. We live in a country where some people believe everything the read on the pages of newspapers. The defence spokesman has condemned the report and i expect the news to be circulated same way the report by VOA was circulated.

  4. G8T Nigeria says:

    This media war is fast becoming a serious problem. Its high time we put up an article in one of the dailies to sensitise the Nigerian public. Offensive reporting is an offence and I believe Egyptians knew and arrested Ajazerra reporters. We didn’t hear much of human right cries or Amnesty Intl giving summary judgements. If it was in Nigeria, probably hearing of diplomatic conflicts or satellite images that never existed during Iraqi invasion.

    • peccavi says:

      YOu do not make war on the media. It is a very silly thing to do.
      The media even if it is hostile is a battlespace to be shaped and manipulated to your will.
      Shaping and controlling the message is the intelligent thing to do.
      Despite all the media censorship in Iraq, Libya, Egypt etc did it protect the regimes when revolution came?
      There needs to be a positive media ops campaign from Nigeria, this press conference and 100/ 1000 body count press releases need to stop.
      They make no sense and strain the credibility of the armed forces.
      It is not a Nigeria problem alone, all armies are very hidebound but it needs to change

  5. beegeagle says:

    When helmsmen show that they have spines and can put their feet down, such antics are ineffectual. These turncoat rabble rousers called ‘activists’ are actually looking for lucre and patronage from Western sponsors who are ever ready to subvert the authority of sitting governments. They also exist in repressive Saudi Arabia and there are many political prisoners there. How come Amnesty International and HRW are not so voluble in those parts?

    My guess is that they are surreptitiously reined in by their governments who are mindful of the tens of billions of pounds worth of arms deals which are liable to be jeopardised by loose talk of any sort, unsolicited lectures on rights and openness and any kind of subversive activity. So they check themselves as a matter of right reason and the protection of their enlightened self-interest.

    At the heart of global diplomacy is GREED. All the moralistic hoopla is just a facade which is sometimes, ill-affordable. The puppeteers do pick the fights that they get involved in. The key consideration is that it must not hurt their own interests.

    “Diplomacy is the business of the amoral and there is no altruism in diplomacy”

  6. igbi says:

    JNI comes with yet an other accusation, it seems the leaders of JNI are trying to push for a civil war and their support for boko haram is obvious.

  7. beegeagle says:

    Okay, was this not the same man who tactlessly laid on the Nigerian military, suggesting that BH are better-armed, in his bid to score whatever cheap political point? The supposed chief security officer of a state diligently served in blood and sweat by Nigerian DEFSEC forces?

    So the VOA took a cue from him and launched their own poorly-grounded tirade and now he is playing ‘good cop, bad cop’.

    READ

    http://www.leadership.ng/news/364111/linking-soldiers-boko-haram-unfair-shettima

  8. G8T Nigeria says:

    Well, i respectfully think some of us feel democracy establishes rights alll the way and freedom at any cost. democracy since its inception have taken bolder decisions far worst than military regimes. Democracy approved the use of atomic bombs in civilian populated areas in japan (that was the world worst recorded military attack). The position we are demands action on media now as was displayed by Algeria during the gas plant attack, Egypt on Ajazerra reporters, Germany on 2 English media firms for offensive reporting after bayern match, Former President OBJ on john Cannegie (CNN Correspondent) and so on. I believe we all are privy to Ajazerra video showing how civilians where being killed on the streets by the police in broad daylight, accusing the military for killing yusuf. Ajazerra interviewing an unknown soldier claiming soldiers killed 3000 civilians, Ajazerra accusing the military during baga incident, inciting the public against the military and the Government. If for the sake of National interest politicians were invited by the DSS for inciteful statements then how come we allow these foreigners drive our country into bad consequences. If bcos of football media houses are being banned in Germany then are we right to keep accepting a direct campaign to malign our dear nation. HRW and AI have not rested on Nigeria since bokoharam issue started going far to provide satellite images whereas there re countries where women are lawfully beheaded everyday for just accusation (THEY DARE NOT SHOW IT ON THEIR NEWS). Every time the military is waking up to its responsibilities, we begin to hear them but when Bokoharam commits atrocities, we begin to hear the military is underfunded, weak and poorly trianed.Media is power and it také sanctions, military propagandist, outright banning to reposition the media. One american once told me ” ONLY NIGERIANS TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THEMSELVES” .

    • igbi says:

      Exactly, but unfortunately some still believe in the illusion that the media is neutral and is aimed at telling the truth or defending freedom. I live in france which is supposedly the house of human rights, yet the media is not free in france, there are some things you can’t say on the french media and go away with it. In England if you say the wrong thing in the media, expect MI5 or MI6 to start monitoring you. But of course in Nigeria people want the western hypocrisy to be proven right. The west preaches free press and practices the opposite, I suggest we do the same.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Well, it must be said that Algeria were in a much worse situation during the 1996-99 era when the GIA would creep up on entire villages and slit everyone’s throats in there…600-800 people at a go.

    The Western media at their malevolent worst churned out demoralising reports on a grand scale…blaming everything from Soviet hardware to every inane matter for the seeming inability to get on top of the situation. The all-knowing and condescending broadcaster from the Isles, wearing their hearts on their sleeves as usual and crying more than the bereaved, dwelt on “disappearances” while spinning the myth of invincibility around the activities of the insurrectionists.

    Eventually, the Algerians sent away all foreign journalists and got on with the war ad they saw fit. As I write this, barring the odd gunfight, Algeria are on their way to becoming the second nation after Sri Lanka to conclusively defeat an “army” of terrorists.

    As we speak, no thanks to the same human rights agitators and journalists from the West, Sri Lanka are paying the price of victory where world powers have failed. A mountain of allegations centred on purported abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year long war, have been levelled against the Sri Lankans…perhaps to break their will and to teach them not to tread where more powerful nations have not dared

    Crazy, messed-up world.

    • peccavi says:

      Well depends on how you define defeat. Its more like they exported their terrorists to Mali, Niger and Mauritania

      • asorockweb says:

        Haha. Very funny, Peccavi.

        There’s nothing they could have done about the “exports” – outlaws love vacuums.

    • peccavi says:

      To be honest the writer makes quite a few good points, what do you find dodgy?

      • Deltaman says:

        I’m sure there are a few good points, don’t you think the overall tone is predictably negative? I think most observers will accept that fighting an insurgency is not easy, but the assumptions made about the NA’s capabilities undermine the piece. Do you agree that the NA hasn’t worked to win the hearts of the local population? If not what is the Civilian JTF? I’m not a military man, but we do have to cast a critical eye over texts generated by activists, however well meaning they may sound. The BH insurgency is complex, and therefore requires a Nigerian solution. Western involvement will complicate what is in effect a local/regional problem. My simple thoughts.

      • Deltaman says:

        Comments on development are very generalist and culled off recent media pronouncements, weak research. The effective spread of development is mainly a function of the 2nd and 3rd tiers of the state, so which government is at fault? Have the states applied the resources distributed from the centre effectively? has employment been created for the growing population by the state governments in the affected areas? A Marshall Plan for Nigeria is what should be proposed, not a specific regionalist solution that will only serve to deepen the ethnic cleavages that have plagued the Nigerian political economy since the 1950s. I don’t think the North vs South tone of the article helps our fragile unity. Poverty plays into the hands of anyone with the will and resources to cause mischief and challenge the state. You only have to walk the streets of Lagos Island and see the large number of young able bodied men with no real employment, that in my view is our problem. We do need to be cautious about these commentators, we have to sort out the mess, we have to live with our brothers after the strife, we have to build our country.

      • peccavi says:

        The article is spot on. It outlines the basics of a COIN campaign, there’s nothing insulting, demeaning or false about what is written there.
        COIN is not about war fighting, it is about winning consent by kinetic and no kinetic means, thus the author is correct, troops do need to be retrained.
        COIN is about numbers-TRUE.
        The strategy needs to change-TRUE. Something we have all said.
        Drain the insurgency of support- True but not really applicable in our case, except in the remote border areas there is no popular support for BH, and even most of those are through coercion.
        Understand the enemy: essentially a no brainer
        Don’t use heavy handed tactics: again a no brainer
        Tackle corruption: a no brainer
        Provide security: a no brainer
        Embed troops in villages: again COIN 101
        Use locals: COIN 101
        Economic development: Nigeria is a rich poor country. The Far North is dirt poor. Economic development again is not something unusual
        Narrative: its been said repeatedly that the media ops is poor, the FGN needs to define a narrative and stick to it.
        In essence the author just wrote an answer based on the standard NATO COIN Doctrine and to be honest its a non controversial, generic answer to the issue of insurgency/ counter insurgency. You can remove Nigeria and put Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan etc and it would be essentially the same.

      • CHYDE says:

        Brother Deltaman, i honestly agree with your point.

    • beegeagle says:

      Er..Oga Deltaman, the photo caption “the JTF on patrol in Maiduguri” was a lie. It was a January 2012 shot of troops taken 1,045 miles down the road in Lagos during the Fuel Subsidy Strike near the Lagos State Secretariat at Alausa.

      So I stopped reading at that point. I wish he had been forthright from the off. Doubtful motive..probably dodgy content.

      • Deltaman says:

        Thing is, we have to project our own voices into these spaces, as they often become the authoritative voices wthat dictate the tone of discourse about our affairs.

    • asorockweb says:

      that’s a long article.
      I am just going to assume it’s the same old, same old.

      I will probably wait until the weekend to read it.

    • igbi says:

      An other clueless westerner who believes his whiteness gives him superior knowledge and that he knows Nigeria more than each and every Nigerian. he probably documented his self for less than 2 hours and started publishing his rubbish. Of course he didn’t see the need to interview the military hierarchy ( at least to ask them for an analysis of developments in the north-east). And once again you get that euro-centrist doctrine playing out again: the guy is essentially telling us that we are too dumb to do things correctly and that europe and america should come and take over. Apart from that he brought back to life a lot of silly rumors and boko haram propaganda was once again used as fact. And an other thing: since when do western journalists give so much credit to AI’s claims ? Oh I forgot, since the subject is Africa, now they believe everything AI says. But when AI is doing its campaign against the USA or Isreal, no journalist quotes them. Once again we can notice that the average western journalist thinks he needs less than 30 minutes of research to explain what is happening in the north-east. So the journalist thinks he knows better than each and every Nigerian while he is actually just an other quack who thinks he is actually a real expert, just like Pinocchio thinks he is a real boy.

      • Deltaman says:

        @ Oga Peccavi, your conclusion ‘In essence the author just wrote an answer based on the standard NATO COIN Doctrine and to be honest its a non controversial, generic answer to the issue of insurgency/ counter insurgency. You can remove Nigeria and put Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan etc and it would be essentially the same.’ reinforces my discomfort, i.e a generic one size fits all solution. I’m advocating a more nuanced and specific approach to the insurgency problem.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga I agree, its a generic prescription written by some guy in London ior New York. However the general points are correct and pertinent.
        How much depth and analysis should you expect. How many Nigerian commentators bother to define or understand the problem before writing about it.
        To be honest its not something I would have commented on if not drawn to my attention simply because it is not saying anything new but at least he avoided ridiculous clichés and easy talking points.
        How many Nigerians understand the difference between local, state and Federal government and their responsibilities so why should a foreigner?
        When you have that stupid VoA article kicking about I would suggest articles like this are the least of our worries. Again it takes DHQ days to respond and with a random generic denial

  10. Yagazie says:

    CAS on NTA news this evening confirms that the Fed Govt have purchased fighter jets and helicopters for the NAF,..

  11. G8T Nigeria says:

    yag confirm how many pls

  12. beegeagle says:

    You are right, Oga Deltaman. I trust that Beegeagle’s Bloggers possess the intellectual firepower and operational nous to set him straight. It is a beehive in here and my hands are filled…approving commenters, responding to emails, engaging with bloggers and living my daily life. E nuh easy.

    When “The Economist” posted tripe recently, they were stung to silence by the ripostes which they got. We cannot allow attention seekers and charlattans (not necessarily Mr Noakes since I did not read his offering) to set the tone of the discourse

    If it amounted to a gaffe, watch that page run cold in a bit🙂

  13. Tope says:

    Oga Beeg, i had a kind of Twitter Fight wit one of dis Journalits Jon Gambrell or so he was called, see Nigerians trying to form Awon Boys against me I laughed, when they saw I wasn’t backing down and callin Jon to provide proof everyone kept quiet n figured tins out for demselves, I felt truly disgusted.

    The Lies dis Foreign Newspaper and Television Stations tell against Nigeria is part of dia Foreign Policy notably UK, France and USA. Let us not kid ourselves here…..their media are part of da manouevre to make us look bad.

    I worked for an International NGO for almost 6yrs as Head of Nigerian Chapter, I resigned due to da Rubbish thinking White Folks have about Nigeria, I set dem straight n walked away.

    Its High time we Move Beegeagle into da spotlight, not da Blog per say but say a Campaign that Educates People on the War on Terrorism, it could be a Website that analyses Everytin dat has happened from 1991 till 2014 the Metamorphosis of Boko Haram and Strategies to defeat it, that way we would make the Media Be more Educated and Sensitive to what news they carry.

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