Standing tallest at the frontlines is Major General Ahmed Mohammed, GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army. Next to him (green beret) is Major General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information.


by Ben Adam Shemang
30 April, 2014

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, General Ahmed Mohammed, has called on soldiers fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country to continue to show their loyalty to the nation and protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

Service and professionalism

He said the need to protect Nigerians and every law abiding citizen must be maintained by the country’s armed forces. The General then praised the soldiers for dedication to work and professionalism as they fight the sect.

General Mohammed while addressing soldiers who routed many terrorists in Bulabulin in Borno state, northeast Nigeria also told the soldiers that“the nation is proud of you, keep it up”.

Battle ready soldiers

Our correspondent who visited the frontline observed that the soldiers remained ever battle ready and from time to time, the GOC would ask the soldiers: “how is the fighting spirit?” and the soldiers would thunder in unison “very high, sir”.

Our correspondent also met female combatants who told him that the fight against the insurgents must be won, stressing that “we are fighting for our fatherland”.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said that the welfare of the troops in the region was very paramount to the defence authorities. The Director called on Nigerians to at all times, support the soldiers as they make many gains in different fronts against the insurgents.

Our correspondent also reports that he saw some Boko Haram members who were arrested hours earlier before his visit,looking hungry, fragile and unkempt.

There are reports of many of the sect members running out of food and medicine, and one of the medical doctors to the sect was arrested inside Maiduguri town as he bought assorted medicines in cartons to be taken to the terrorists in the forests.

Of recent, there have been reports of foreign mercenaries and collaborators who aid the insurgents which have not been confirmed officially. However,a soldier said some arrested Boko Haram members had said “some people in white skin train the sect members in the mountains between Nigeria and Cameroun”.


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  1. doziex says:

    General Bandit !

    Beegs, you get any history on this warrior ?

    My sources don dry up, however, I am developing new ones as we speak.

    General Olukolade seems to be on the propaganda war path. Which is great.

    Oga general, send us the photos, of our boys in action, let us do the rest.

    Plant the seed, let us do the propagation.

    However, every now and then, we go criticize poor kitting. (LOL)

  2. OriginalPato says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Kudos to the “Bandit” and Gen Olukolade. It would be nice if we could get pictures of female soldiers at the front lines.

    • Martin Luther says:

      Bros Beegeagle has done fantastic for this NATION, this is what doing for your country in the cliché of JFK is all about. Please can we see pictures of female soldiers on the frontline, it would definitely strike a nerve.

  3. beegeagle says:

    This, for me, is the iconic image from the frontlines in this War on Terror. This is Bulabulin where 40 terrorists where killed in battle, late in April 2014. It is descriptive, professional in outlook and suggests good spirit and camaraderie at the front. Reminds me of photos of those World War-era visits to frontline troops by likes of Generals Eisenhower, McArthur and Patton. Very nice photo indeed

    This photo op is what I have called for severally and been denied same interminably. Again, I ask that Ken Iwelumo and I be given our moment to tell this story and very credible operators across the globe are tuned in to this blog…a great chance to take the narrative beyond Shekau and co. Na una hand e dey…una nuh wan hear. OK o.

    Excellent as this shot is, it did not capture a very important part of the story namely, the vehicles. I would not have missed a close-up shot of those at any rate. Some vital detail lost there. From here, I can see that the first vehicle from the right, painted in familiar desert camo, is a Landcruiser gun-truck. The rest two vehicles are not clearly represented in the photo and I do not want to speculate.Remember that some light armoured vehicles were reportedly acquired during Q4 2014.

  4. Augustine says:

    Implant micro-chips in 5 anesthetized Bokos in captivity and let them go back ‘free’. Na them I go dey use track…you know what mean?

    • Are James says:

      He no dey work. Spy agencies don try that one tire. The body’s defences fights the thing, the victim gets sick and doctors remove the chip.
      Better to use invisible paint, insoluble, undetectable by any other thing but some selected electro optical devices, uavs and maybe satellite sensors (if this were even possible to track by satellite).
      Anyway set them free, boot up your computer, log on and you know the rest.

  5. peccavi says:

    Well, from what I saw on NTA news and the still photos of those positions they are not the best, designed or sited but possibly I’m being picky.
    I think they are most likely fall back positions and the actual frontline defensive positions have not been filmed on shown for OPSEC
    The continuous trench is too shallow, to fire the soldiers will either have to kneel down or else expose it should also be angled regularly, in a zig zag pattern, this means that if someone throws a grenade into it you can run quickly into the zig zag section and escape the blast, secondly if a part of the trench is captured the attackers cannot just stand at one end and fire down the length of it killing everyone.
    There’s no firing parapet or bunkers with overhead protection (again it would be fairly stupid to film those positions) but it can still be done in such a way as not to reveal anything crucial.
    You don’t need 4 men or so in a single trench during the day unless a threat is imminent
    More irritating is the thatch wall.
    Wetin that one wan stop?
    A mud wall is actually better than sandbags in an arid environment as the sun bakes it to a hard concrete like consistency.
    The angle doesn’t allow us (correctly) to see the arcs of fire but I presume they are well sited
    Hopefully the front line positions are better constructed

    • asorockweb says:

      Regarding the “thatch wall”, it is nothing but a traditional “privacy” fence used to demarcate households.
      We don’t have enough context about the picture. The “trench” can easily be a drainage ditch.

    • freeegulf says:

      Haba!! Infantry man! that picture does not do justice to the true nature of their positions. what you see there might even be a secondary position. i wont be surprised if the main fighting position is concealed from the cameras. trust NA and secrecy lol.

      no self respecting officer would allow straight line trenches in this day and age. it has to be zig zag trenches for protection against grenades and concussions. as for overhead protection, it depends of boko yeye fire power. overhead cover protects primarily against artillery and mortar rounds splinters. the commander decides the best and efficient fighting position, provided they have proper field of clearance.

      obviously, the thatch huts are not there for stopping bullets and shrapnel. more for protection from the sun and personal comfort at the frontline. they probably have their small ‘ i pass my neighbour’ generator there to charge phones and watch tv. we should not forget that these deployments are mostly rush rush reinforcement. as a result, accommodation re mostly ad hoc, until the army fully dominates the surrounding territories and their terrain, things would continue to be a bit haphazard.

      sometimes, u guys need to have faith in the nigerian soja. he is well trained ( kitting and equipment re still lagging and a nagging problem) and a solid rifleman. 6 months basic training plus 4-6 weeks COIN training no be drama please.

  6. Eugene4eveR says:

    Please, what are our soldiers wearing jungle camos in a semi-arid battle space? i hope those guys are body guards from Abuja and not front line troops

  7. doziex says:

    NA Clearly has issues with engineering.

    You know, like the US navy Seabees, or the royal engineers.

    Beegeagle has posted pictures with our NA engineers, with river crossing equipment and the like.

    But I am talking of combat engineers, that oversee the construction of bases, Forward operating bases, defensive positions, sand bagging, Hesco defenses, defensive mining, barb wire etc.

    The more frontline troops can be relieved of the support responsibilities, the more time they can focus on dealing with the enemy.
    I know we have military engineers, we just seem to have issues with the design and construction .

    The Americans, have privatized a lot of these support functions. However, troops should still retain the ability to design impregnable fortifications.
    In Nigeria, the problem is that we import everything. I mean does razor wires, have to be imported ?

    Oga peccavi, you see any home grown solutions to this issue ?
    (1) the design.
    (2) the materials and equipment needed. ( you once mentioned putting sand in empty ammo cans)

    Again, I would mention US excess defense Items.

    I mean it’s all about being resourceful.
    Say the NN gets a Nigerian shipping company, as their patriotic contribution, to send a cargo ship to Pakistan.
    NA could then hire local truckers. The idea is to be on the ground as the US packs up and leaves Afghanistan.
    Most of what is there for the taking, is on a 1st come 1st serve basis.
    They are only selling these items, because their transportation back to the US is too expensive.

    Items include everything an occupying army needs to set up bases and fortifications.
    Fork lifts, small caterpillar diggers, building material, generators, treadmills, hesco material, sand bags, trucks, MRAPs, Air conditioned trailers and the more.

    If Nigeria can invest a little resources, in being ready at the scene, and a few million dollars just in case we have to out bid any competition, the resultant treasure trove will be immense.
    Then, this largesse could be trucked as needed to support NA’s massive deployment in the north east.

  8. OriginalPato says:

    Hehehehe “The Americans, have privatized a lot of these support functions.” Once again Oga Doziex is once again smuggling his PMC solutions through the back door. LoL

  9. peccavi says:

    Oga Doziex,
    You know I’m not a fan of the private sector involved in defence, KBR made billions off these things and it was a sordid affair (the only benefit is that the food was really nice in US camps), but anyway I digress.
    For field fortifications I would use mud. Mud is an awesome material, when it is sunbaked. I know how much explosive we need in Afghan to get through some of the mud walls there, they will resist 12.7 and RPG.
    Other options are filling oildrums, or empty ammo tins with sand and building defensive walls, with them. Logs wrapped together etc etc.
    The best way (I believe) is to design modular systems for platoon sized, company sized and Battalion sized units.
    Thus the engineers can just land on site with all the materials and build the positions as laid out by the force commander.
    Hesco is again a good (but expensive) option, but most force protection options can be genertated locally

  10. beegeagle says:

    The thatch wall is almost certainly aimed at concealment of the position ala the vehicles painted in desert camo.

    From long observation of these things, this looks to me like the inner sanctum and it is almost certain that there is an outer perimeter with all the works in tow.

    Two years ago, I posted a photo of the 4th post (a sentry post) in a 150-metre stretch leading into an Abuja barracks without compromising troops’ positions and fortifications. But the idea was to show that the story is not always what it seems until you get up close and personal.

    Those who know, probably know where in Abuja this is and can attest to the fact that it is the FOURTH sentry post in a heavily fortified 150 metre stretch leading into this barracks. Never mind positions at the war front.

    Military Watchtower: RED ALERT!

    Military Watchtower: RED ALERT!

    Watchtower and MG nest.

  11. Nnamdi says:

    @ Oga beegs,

    I have seen some pictures flying around online about living condition of our frontline troops. Those thatched huts are as bare as you see them, no mud or concrete beneath. They conceal nothing.

    What you call “Hesco” is properly called “gabion”. I once worked with a company in Lagos, Nigeria that makes gabions. it can be made fully locally at reasonable cost.

  12. Colonel says:

    Nice one oga beegs. Isnt it curious that none of our national dailies carried a comprehensive report like the one you posted above. You post is detailed and gives us an idea of what is happening at the frontlines. The GOC 7DIV is a fine officer. Bandit as he is popularly called is a rugged officer known for his discipline and no nonsense demeanor. If given all the support he can make things happen. I believe that our engineers have the capacity to design most of the things listed above. Our problem remains the lack of capacity to utilise available talents. We would rather spend scarce resources on importation that doing something locally. Oga peccavi, thanks for your insightful response. Victory is from GOD alone!

  13. beegeagle says:

    🙂 @Oga Nnamdi. Can we see a link to the pictures or are you also trying to sell something?

    Secondly, what I see is a thatched perimeter…much like you would make a fence using bamboo. What has living conditions and squalid huts got to do with it?

    Way back 2009 (and Oga Freeegulf knows where and when we mulled over that) when the MJTF were not involved in full-blown combat operations, airconditioned tents from China were sent to them alongside 4×4 vehicles. Why would they be living in huts now?

    Elsewhere on 25-12-2011, BEEGEAGLE wrote:


    “In 2009 for example, the Nigerian Army distributed airconditioned tents and 4WD trucks to our contingent deployed to the Multinational Joint Task Force alongside Chadian and Nigerien troops, stationed at Baga on the cusp of the Sahara and in the Lake Chad precincts.”



    Facts must remain sacred and conjecture be known for what it is.Personally, I really would love to see those photos because it is hard to understand why they have tent encampments at the FOBs at Lagos and Abuja Airports, dwell in tents in Darfur and Mali yet are living in grass huts at the frontlines. Waiting..thank you.

    Meanwhile, here are photos from some tent dwellings in Mali


    • Nnamdi says:

      Oga Beeg,

      Gabion is a proper word, google it and you will see its diverse application. As at when I worked there, it was only produced on special order for certain customers since it is not an everyday use kind of product. Even now that I’m no more in the system, it’s a no brainer to make as all I need do is get the major materials (which the company was actually producing ) from the open market and arrange with its fittings. It’s quite simple; technical school level of craft.

      For the pictures, here’s the link


  14. beegeagle says:

    Thank you.

    That came through SAHARA REPORTERS who are at best unscrupulous and would even fabricate news stories to discredit the FG, if they have to. Like PREMIUM TIMES, they are strongly pro-APC and are exultant at the ongoing conflict insofar as it has the FG in a spot of bother.

    Let us wait to hear from less compromised operators


    • Nnamdi says:

      Oga Beeg,

      I hate to sound as if I am trying to pull the military down all all cost, but I believe not telling the truth will kill more people than claiming “all is well” in face of needs.

      I am sure I saw the original of those pictures posted by someone who claims he’s on the frontline about 3 weeks ago. SR, Premium times and other mirror threads picked the story and pictures from there. This aside, you just threw the baby away with the bath water because you said it is from SR, and what if it ever was from SR is that enough reason to throw it away without assessing merit of the content? This is what’s called psychological scotoma; seeing only what you want to see. Unfortunately it will not get us the best.

      Ok, for convenience, let’s claim it is originally from SR, are the soldiers Nigerian troops? Is the background Southern or northern vegetation? Where in the northern Nigeria is that likely? Is the dressing recent or from a long time ago operation? Answers to these questions bring us back to the ugly truth you are trying hard not to believe: THOSE ARE OUR TROOPS IN DEPLORABLE CONDITION IN BORNO!

      It’s just not because I saw these pix online that I feel the way I feel right now. I have had recent encounters with returning soldiers and the pix only confirms their complaints. I haven’t seen the hospitals they use in Borno, but I have also heard that medicare is so poor. maybe a neutral reader who is around Maiduguri can do a fact finding covert visit to the university teaching hospital and interview 1 or 2 soldiers on the street about their welfare.

      • beegeagle says:

        PHOTO 1.

        The chap is putting on the latest issue jungle camo of the NA, dishing out jollof rice into food flasks intended to be carted away to troops either on patrol or in their foxholes and forward positions. He is probably a Supply & Transport soldier of the NA.

        PHOTO 2

        Sudan savanna…could be anywhere in that part of Africa including NE Nigeria. I see a baobab tree…not southern Nigeria. The camo is not exclusive to Nigeria. Dude is fetching water from a well.

        PHOTO 3

        Dude is wearing camo which might not necessarily be Nigerian. Nothing marks him out as being incontrovertibly Nigerian. You should be worried that his face is showing in a report of this nature. An average Nigerian is a lot smarter than that.

        PHOTO 4

        Two chaps napping under a tree somewhere close to a forward position. Camo could be Nigerian. One has a sleeping bag while the other is on a camp bed. They are resting on a hot afternoon…nothing to show where exactly they are. Nothing suggests that it is where they sleep at night either.

        PHOTO 5.

        Same..same. Nothing to show where exactly they are

        PHOTO 6

        I see a helmet, rucksack and a flak jacket…none categorically suggests that they are NA issue.

        Why I said not to overdose on PT and SR regurgitate? They liberally mix fact and fiction to mislead the not so vigilant and depending on what gameplan they are pursuing on the day. They do not necessarily mean well and are a posse of buccaneering journalists as far as I can see. Mostly unscrupulous pens for hire.

      • asorockweb says:

        I just looked at the pictures.

        There’s nothing I find deplorable in the pictures.

        It is possible that our soldiers do live in deplorable conditions, but the 5 pictures, by themselves does not show that.

        You mentioned that one of the pictures was that of a dead soldier. May God bless his soul.
        The picture does not tell the story of his life, or his death.

        Which of the pictures do you find the most “deplorable”?

    • asorockweb says:

      “The attempt was however foiled as the culprit was arrested by the police personnel on duty. A total of 6 already constructed turbine containers loaded with explosives as well as 20 liters of petrol and 11 bags of beans chaff have been recovered from the scene” General Olukolade added.

      The components of the VIED
      1) Explosives
      2) Petrol
      3) Beans chaff

      Interesting components
      Components 2 & 3 turns the IED into an incendiary bomb

  15. ozed says:


    i witnessed your altercation the other day with Igbi, and while i believe Oga Igbi over reacts sometimes, it has become apparent to me you make no comments on this blog if they do not somehow ridicule the FG and /or the armed forces.

    It is very unlikely we will ever have perfection in terms of how our forces organize to execute this war, but show me what else in Nigeria (in any sector) since 1960 that was ever perfect. Aside from Nigeria, am not sure Dunkirk was perfect, neither was Kaserine pass or Operation market garden. However, not withstanding these setbacks the allied forces in WWII won in the end, and that was because of the unconditional support of the populace.

    Please try not to belittle this comment by suggesting i am saying everything is perfect. It is not and can never be, but those notwithstanding we must support these boys and their commanders to win. so please try and intersperse your criticism with encouraging words.

    This i guess is the basis for Beegie’s comments about Sahara. If you went by their reports you would be justified in saying that there is no good news in the current war, and indeed anywhere in this country.

    Please this war is too serious to be used for the purposes of cheap politics!!!!!

    • doziex says:

      Omo, Lambasting and shaming our authorities into doing right by our troops at the front would provide much more succor to our fighting men, than just saying great job fellas, and leaving their real problems unaddressed.

      This criticism is not aimed at the Grunts, it is aimed at the persistent corrupt leadership in Nigeria, that is decaying everything precious to the nation.

      If you want to know about the character of the NA soldier, research the story of operation death before dishonor, operation Sandstorm, Operation Tiger tail. and many others.
      See NA men give the ultimate sacrifice again and again, in the face of impossible odds.

      But our authorities do contribute a great deal to those impossible odds, by poor provisioning, or the diversion of it.

      • asorockweb says:

        Most of the internet is already dedicated to “Lambasting and shaming” the government of Nigeria.

        This is supposed to be a DEFSEC blog.

        There are so many other forums and blogs you could use as a bully pulpit.

        Please, let’s keep Beegeagle’s blog as a DEFSEC blog.

        When you just feel like “Lambasting and shaming”, reply to an article in bbc.com, they have a huge audience, your voice will be heard.

      • doziex says:

        You must be covering for some lootocrat.
        And don’t want their shady deeds to come to light.

        Our defense related discus , if truthful, would be unwelcome by those who have something to hide.

  16. buchi says:

    it look s like either gulma or the other uav has finally be deployed.saw some on the spot aerial motion videos of bama on nta cudos NAF still need confirmation

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Buchi,
      Are you saying that you believe that the aerial video of Bama you saw was taken by a Gulma? could it have been taken by a police helicopter?

    • asorockweb says:

      From the StrategyPage.com article above:

      “Meanwhile the outrage is hurting Boko Haram as well, with fewer new recruits seeking to join. The Boko Haram response has been to make deals with local criminal gangs wherein the gangs participate in some of the Boko Haram raids for a share of the loot.”

      The kidnapping of more than 200 young girls happened less than two weeks ago, what possible evidence could StrategyPage.com have used to come to the conclusion that it is hurting BH recruiting?

      “The fact that the incident has become a major news story makes it a major media defeat for Boko Haram, who always strive to portray themselves as devout reformers, not brutal self-righteous thugs”

      Boko Haram tries to portray themselves as devout reformers?

      The author’s memory is very selective.
      BH has raided several schools and killed students who are actually just young children.
      They setoff bombs in market places. They try to kill whole villages. They kidnap women and children.

      How could the actions described above be the actions of “devout reformers”?

      The dated chronicles that follows the imagination-rich preamble are a bit more accurate.

  17. gbash10 says:

    Fellow cyber generals,please lets call a spade a spade,troops in the frontline in the NE and Darfur have been complaining seriously,I have seen those photos before.Troops are sleeping on make-shift wood inside thatched huts covered with shrumbs.It is very serious!
    The NA just deployed its field hospital to Sambisa forest preparatory to the planned rescue operation.This is not an insult on the NA.

  18. doziex says:

    You guys know quite well that Oga Nnamdi is right.

    NA reflects the Nigerian society, which overly worships and caters to the powerful, you know, the OGA’s AT THE TOP.

    The gap between the quality of NA’s officer corps, and enlisted personnel is becoming very noticeable, to say the least.
    Some smart individual, launches the SOJA magazine, which could provide info on the fighting men of NA, but all you see is Officers and dignitaries posing for all available pictures.

    NA troops have been short changed and neglected for decades,

    We had the case of ex ecomog wounded soldiers staging a protest in cairo, to shame Nigerian authorities into properly addressing their plight.

    During ecomog deployments, troops were many a time left in the lurch. With meager provisions.
    salaries withheld, (like we do our civil servants and teachers)

    The narrative of the ecomog soldier that was a hit on this blog and elsewhere, detailed NA in ecomog combat, but he also chronicled issues of tattered uniforms and even provisions from the US being diverted.
    I heard issues of NA in the KOIDU diamond fields, crossing into rebel held territory to access painkillers and other amenities.

    Wounded and dead NA soldiers in SLR where at times buried in shallow graves. During the 98/99 rebel invasion of free town, wounded soldiers were flown home, then hidden from the Nigerian press in very poor conditions.
    Former US president Jimmy Carter witnessed some of this, he demanded to see the wounded, and had to purchase needed medical material out of his pocket.

    How many times has the UN raised issues with Nigerian authorities with inadequately provisioned NA peace keepers?
    In Darfur, the UN has threatened to withhold Nigeria’s reimbursement, if quality and well provisioned troops were not provided for the missions.
    It took that for us to shape up in Darfur, under the glare of the international community.

    Some body is always diverting welfare packages meant for the enlisted personnel of NA.

    Exposing these issues, is NOT bashing NA or Nigeria, It is simply an exercise in holding up a mirror to our faces.

    We have recently heard allegations of hilux trucks been diverted for personal use in the NE.

    Troops are complaining that the are being outgunned by the enemy.

    And now these photos posted on naira land.

    Oga peccavi, KBR’s food was so good, Because the US was trying to provide the best comfort possible, to boost the moral of men like you, who faced death on a daily basis.

    Part of fixing the problem, is exposing the rot.

    It would be make for a healthy discussion for this blog to discus a system that would prevent a few rotten apples from constantly bringing NA and Nigerians into disrepute.

    • Nnamdi says:

      Thank you sirs Oga Doziex and Gbash 10,

      @ Beeg, in face of such obvious recognition that those ill catered for troops are our men, I feel pained that some of us have the conscience to try spin it off with shallow excuses. These same men are there dieing for us all and we that have an aperture to show the ogas-at-the-top realities on ground are here refusing to speak for them. How are we different from the bureaucrats, politicians and corrupt brass we have severally criticized here? I am so miffed that attempt was made to defend the indefensible by either total wishing away, politicizing and full denial. We are only a handful of people here and we do these to our own men, no wonder our nation is where it is.

      May God bless every man that chose to accept and speak the truth even in face of adversity. That is the ultimate patriotism.

      I am so sad that I can no longer write anymore.

      Peace to all men of goodwill.

      • Nnamdi says:

        @ Beeg,

        By the way, pix 3 is that of a soldier killed in action. The story is that he died from his wound because of no medicare.

      • beegeagle says:

        Great comeback, Oga Nnamdi. But the psychological scotoma which you referred to appears to be a double-edged sword here. WHAT specifically makes it incontrovertible that these are Nigerian soldiers – berets, cap badges, uniquely operated hardware..what? Could it be that like me, you are also seeing what you want to see?

        I said that one is deeply distrustful of anything coming out of SR an PT because singly or collectively, they have previously jumpstarted a pity party that was predicated on absolute falsehood. Remember the cascade of lies which PT spun from Mali? Their credibility waned thereafter. I could not understand the deliberate attempt to mislead in the name of politics.

        It is a different thing to say you are privy to info about conditions at the front but objectively, these photos do not hold up to objective scrutiny.





        No sooner had NA troops landed in Mali did PT commence a vitriolic propaganda campaign. First to make sure that Afua Hirsch’s tirade of November 2012 which suggested that our troops were going for rearguard action became a fulfilled prophecy, PT lied that they were deployed only at Banamba. It later emerged that they were not only at Nara, they were in the flashpoint town of Timbuktu and elsewhere.

        To also undercut the sitting government so that APC can have her chance come 2015, PT had earlier lied when they misrepresented a solidarity visit to our troops by the Governor of Koulikoro and the Mayor of Banamba . PT claimed that our troops were begging for food whereas the Malian leaders said their gifts were tokens of goodwill.

        WHY then would I take PT and their close collaborators at SR seriously? It is clear that they only seek to gain political mileage for the APC with most of their stories. And what makes any Nigerian who keys into that unquestioningly and under the guise of “it was expected to happen” or “deja vu”, a patriot? A man who waxes orgasmic while his country’s already battered image is dragged into further disrepute? Would that be a sadomasochist who would hold onto any plank in the name of conscientious objection?

        Go through the links provided and tell me that there is no reason to be skeptical about some of the anonymous content online which is intended for the excitement of the “my country is useless” crowd of plebians?

        Remember when terrorists struck at ARLIT in Niger? SR claimed it happened on the Nigerian border. All of that to prove that the house in on fire. They are for real while those of us who say “wait a minute” are living in denial, right?

      • Nnamdi says:


        You still miss the part where I mentioned that the ORIGINAL pictures set were posted by someone who says he’s from the frontline. That was weeks before SR, PT and other mirror sites picked it up from NL. In fact, the NL link I showed earlier is not the original, I remember several other copy cat threads were created afterwards which includes the one I showed.

        Did you see Oga Gbash corroborating the picture story and news from the frontlines too above? I’m sure that he’s a “tested hand” on this forum enough to be listened to.

        Please leave SR and PT out of these, it’s a red herring for now. Let’s deal with credibility of the pictures and what stories they tell. Speaking out for our men at the frontline is also part of the war support effort. I remember when at early stages of GW2 when US soldiers were dying in numbers because of shortage of body armour, the people took it up loudly at home and the HQ with the politicians responded by getting more firms to supply the needed armour. This case is no different. The fact that truth came out from most undesired lips does not in anyway diminish its value. Good judgment is for us to identify it and accept it along with its bitterness. It is the right thing to do.

        We are working too hard to massage egos of the top brass here because we now “know” that they are watching us. Unfortunately it also becomes our duty to tell them how ill cared for are their men at the front when we have such info. The man at the top may not even know these truth because they are hidden from him in name of “all correct sir!”.

        I am getting weaker at pointing at the obvious to eyes that have decided to to only see what it wants to see. I only profit that my conscience is lighter.

        Again, peace to all men (and women) of goodwill.

      • Nnamdi says:

        “…it is harder to wake a man who pretends to be asleep than waking one who is really asleep” -African proverb

      • Nnamdi says:

        @ Beeg,

        On second thought, maybe my line of opinion is “not good for business”. Please if that’s the case, let me know through the back-channel and I promise to keep my opinion away from here.


  19. makanaky says:

    I am not a supporter of Doziex , but I have read most of his comments for the past 3years.
    I have observed, he is consistent, he makes sense and the solutions he has suggested I think is worth trying and his tone and criticisms are justified we need a wake up call as we are sleeping.
    His suggestion of PMC is not a bad idea ?

    • doziex says:

      Oga Makanaky,
      Thank you sir for giving me a fair audience.

    • ozed says:

      Na wa o guys ! in one breath we pretend the criticism is to make things better and only aimed at government. The next we do them the ultimate dishonor of suggesting their responsibility be taken away and given to PMCs.
      incidentally, why do we imagine PWCs will be cheap. If we struggle to equip and resource our forces, why do we think we can maintain PWCs. These guys will abandon the front lines en mass if their allowances are delayed by a week.
      go ask the biafrans their experiences with taffy Williams and Rolf Steiner. When the sh-t hit the fan, the locals had to roll up their sleeves and do the dirty work. how would you deal with chain of command issues.
      Trust me this route would lead directly to a mutiny among the local soldiers!!!
      People who ultimately succeed do the hard graft and learn from their mistakes not outsource their own mess.

      however of course this takes patience, a quality we are sadly lacking in, in Nigeria.

      • bigbrovar says:

        I am sticking with Oga Beeg on the need to be careful with news coming out from SR and PT. Concerning the Mali false misrepresentation of facts by PT, I did engage the reporter on twitter and put it to him that he was spreading lies about our troops.. After showing him links to the actual report of the event from Mali news agency.. His defence was that troops were not suppose to accept gift. So from begging story became troops accepted gift they weren’t suppose to.. It’s not today that Nigerian press ride on the wave of popular discontent with govt to create sensational news for link baiting (in other to get page views) it’s the oldest trick in the book for those who are experienced in a journalism especially with regards to blogging. Nothing guarantees page views more than spreading FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) and it’s not even unique to Nigeria.. We all remembered when the Uk guardian with the Ghanaian girl embarked on a mission spreading FUD about Nigeria in other to generate page views (imagine the number of views that story got considering the amount of attention it got).. During the onset of the 2 gulf war.. A UK journalist in a bid to advance their anti war story even had to stage manage photos taken in the UK (Pretending it’s Iraq) he was eventually exposed and fired. I can go on and on of stories from press that have turned out false or misrepresented at best. Hence I believe we should take any such story with a pinch of salt.

        However this is not saying that the condition of our troops are at the best. As Oga Doziex noted. Cases of maltreatment of our enlisted men is well documented and many here including me have advocated for better welfare for our troops. However let us not be hasty at coming into conclusion because we saw some pictures from news outfit who have shown readiness to sacrifice integrity and truth on the alter of sensationalism in a bid to get more page views (and earn more ad click dollars) Was just last week that Sahara Reporters reported that the Nigerian army lacked night vision goggles.. I had to post a picture (from beeg) of our army commando behind an APC with their NVG in NE operation..of cause they ignored the picture.. If you see the amount of FUD being spread on social media by so called bloggers and attention seeking *activist* U can imagine someone saying the army spends 500m dollars every month.. Even after telling him the figure doesn’t compute and is 3 times bigger than the allocated security budget for the 3 armed forces and forcing him to retract the story on twitter and apologize.. He still went on to put same falsehood in his piece for Al Jazeera this is a man with thousands of followers.. I face this people everyday combating lies and falsehood and exposing this so called progressives for what they really are.. Attention seeking trolls.. This is why I believe so much in this blog and would beg and hope that it continues to be the beacon of light and truth about our security forces.

      • doziex says:

        Oga ozed,
        Check recent history now, did EO run from any of it’s assignments. ?

        You guys are hung up on the reputation of mercs of the 70s.

        The PMC concept has been evolving.
        And as for you saying that I want to replace NA with PMCs, that is false, and you know I never said that.
        It is really beneath any Blogger, to leave the facts of an ongoing debate, and just sling mud, in order to win an argument.
        It is simply a service, that can be bought or sold.
        If NA needs that particular service, we pay for it. SIMPLE.
        Nobody is replacing NA.

        Ibos have something we call “EZE ONYE AGWANAM”

        Translation is King Know it all. For better or worse, I take no one’s advice. I seek no one’s counsel.
        Unfortunately, it’s the foolish pride that goes before a fall, that motivates a great deal of the objections I am hearing.
        One or two bloggers have given thoughtful contrary opinions.

        Some folks would rather see NA crash and burn than get some professional assistance, which is in no way losing face.

  20. beegeagle says:

    Oga Gbash10 said so. But did he also say that it is the pervasive story of the deployment? No, he did not and it cannot be so.

    Given the fluidity and vastness of the frontlines, there is that chance that ill-preparedness can crop up with the ebb and tide of fighting.New theatres which have to be quickly placed on lockdown can lead to manifestations which suggest that there is a snag in the logistics chain. From Arege to the southermost limits of Borno, it is a driving distance of 500 km inside that same state. Baga is 267km from Maiduguri in central Borno. We also know that and it is the reason why I have been shouting for Mi-17s (and the ego-massaged big men are still listening) because we are not PROFESSIONAL critics. Where you see symptoms, some might also examine causes. That is the full spectrum of patriotism.

    Trust me, if you seek change and want to achieve that by fixating only on the unsavory, you might end up sounding
    like the BBC, listened to because people want to hear what your latest gripe is – not that anyone plans to act on it because they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

    If the BBC (who read this blog everyday, mind you) were really as balanced a medium as they love to suggest…3 million hits and counting on this issues-driven blog which is the biggest of its kind in Black Africa, how come they are not ‘engaging here’ if they truly care to know this other ‘non activist’ side of the story? Are they swinging to a predetermined gameplan or report Nigeria (like we allsuspect) for the benefit of opposition groups? Have they not spotlighted SR just because they are anti-government? If we are massaging the egos of our DEFSEC bigwigs and/or support the establishment as you say, do we not have a right of say even if for the sake of the much-touted belief in journalistic balance? So we also know those who come to equity with clean hands, posturing aside.

    Moving on, when we go further to want to propagate the myth or sing the monotone that there is nowhere in the SoE areas where the logistics is up to scratch, you tend to lose your audience.

    So all you see is ego massage because we are not morbidly critical to the point of being uncharitable? When we mention the gaffe in Darfur, we should also remember that Mali was remarkable for the provisioning – look through all the photos on this blog pertaining to that outing. So it cannot be nay, nay and NAY because one is under self-imposed pressure to show that he is a non-conformist and not a cheerleader/sycophant. That would amount to an even more inauthentic existence. So we must stay the balanced middle ground.

    You have just arrived. If you want to read hard-hitting critiques of the status quo, there are 3,999 threads to flip through. But being the contrarian for the sake of it soon wears out any savvy audience. The approach to blogging which sells is the 360-degree approach, not that of implacable discontent.

    Massaging the egos of big men would not be an accurate thing to say except you have not been following the Poly Technologies thread. Unwavering diffidence will however not become the stock-in trade here. It is a DEFSEC blog, not an activists’ conclave where every single action of government has to be wrong or scandalised ab initio.

    If we are wrong, the days ahead shall bear us out. But I doubt that we are.

  21. peccavi says:

    Interesting discussion of which I am (unsurprisingly) of two opinions.
    Pay and conditions for Nigeria soldiers in all theatres is a disgrace and we dishonour our soldiers by not shouting to the roof tops to make sure they are fed, clothed, paid and watered adequately much less properly armed, trained and led. for soldiers to be so poorly resourced fighting in their own country with interior lines is concerning.

    But so saying there is an element of over pampering that can take place. In the early days the air conditioned tents, were in the big bases not the small company or platoon outposts. In the compounds it was hard routine, on rations, getting water from the wells.
    I’m old fashioned, the same way I believe a soldier fights best on his feet where he can sense what’s going on, I believe a soldier at the front should live at the level of the locals and should be regulated by nature. Nowadays even the most isolated FOBs have internet and AC.
    It turns combat to tourism. I have no problem soldiers living hard routine to be honest, all any good infantryman can ask for is a hole to lie in and a hole to shit in

    Anyway my views on the defensive position were deliberately qualified as I have no idea where or in what context those photos were taken and were in essence a vehicle to comment on force protection measures. I would however suggest that photo ops be used to maximise positive impressions and show troops in the best possible light.

    Oga Nnamdi: the Gabion looks like a good system particularly for buildings that want to set up barriers without ugly concrete blockd, the only problem is that they lack absorptive capabilities. If struck by a bullet, that bullet will ricochet off in random directions, is an IED or RPG detonated on it, all those stones would fragment becoming shrapnel thus increasing the danger to own troops.
    Thus although it is a viable solution it has to be used judiciously, maybe in tandem with other products or maybe layers with earth or flowerbeds or something

  22. beegeagle says:

    @Oga Nnamdi.

    There is no preferred line of thought here but there is a firm requirement for balance in one’s comments. You cannot see banner ads anywhere here, so I do not know where ‘good for business’ comes into it.

    The bane of many a Nigerian forum is speculation, ethnocentricism, unwavering belligerence and mudslinging. Why did you not walk away when you came in here and did not find ethnic chauvinists since that is also somehow unreal by Nigerian standards? Before I set up shop here, some of us had belonged to fora where many naysayers were either neo-8iafrans or just implacable critics. That was surreal and agenda-driven, so I came here to be far from the maddening crowd.

    It is looking quite plausible that you might have arrived here with a mindset intent exclusively on antagonising government at all costs and are also subtly trying to goad the rest of us into that line of activity by prescribing an ideological revolution that would see this becoming a unidirectional anti-government weblog.

    This is a blog which by definition should reflect the publisher’s preferences. It is a blog, not a forum and as such, it cannot be that free-for-all theatre for slanging matches which has reduced most Nigerian fora to online rumour mills. I have a right to be inamenable to externally-imposed ideas as well.

    Did you not just admit that you do not know the source of the photos shown but are still spoiling for a fight on the strength of that? Have I ever published a photo here which I cannot vouch for its authorship? If everything is categorically bad and we all have to become grumpy Joes just to prove that we are not out to massage any egos, wrong door I say.

    Apparently, you are on Nairaland with 1.2 million other members. Many of them are amenable to publishing stuff whose source cannot be ascertained and are even willing to bring down the house on the strength of that. There is a boatload of ideological bedfellows out there and all of that is seemingly allowed to pass muster because it is good for site traffic and for the owner’s purse.

    Haven enjoyed that leeway for a free-for-all before that real congress of the Nigerian people called Nairaland (and I mean that respectfully), why are you hellbent on introducing that line of activity here where we are infinitely fewer in number and seemingly not interested in preying on government for sport, ad infinitum?

    Perhaps you arrived with a mindset steeped in “activism”…the sort of which conjectures that anything which is not rabidly anti-government is to be distrusted or is unreal. We try to talk to government here, not to bully them or to engage in emotional blackmail based on “prove me wrong” or “justify yourselves” innuendoes. It is a beaten path trod by millions of Nigerians which only leads to entrenched positions and alienates the intended audience. There are other ways of holding government accountable sans bullying. Do you want to engage or would rather alienate using tested but unproductive Nigerian tactics?

    Good morning all.

  23. naijaseal says:

    Oga Beegs.

    You have said it all. Please maintain the high standard this blog is known for, we do NOT need another Nairaland.

  24. ozed says:

    Well said Oga Beeg.

    To Nnamdi i say, the best way for a critic to retain his credibility is to be seen clearly as being balanced. ie. Have clear points where you disagree with Govt. or the Military leadership, and have clear areas where you agree with and/support them. That way when ever you take a contrarian position, you are taken seriously.

    The day you become seen as the perpetual naysayer, you automatically throw away the chance to influence outcomes, because most decision makers would simply disregard your views without any consideration. e.g. the way they do with Sahara reporters

  25. Colonel says:

    Oga beeg thanks for your write up. There is no perfect arm anywhere. Just like Oga peccavi said, troops should live like the locals and adapt to their surroundings. The welfare of troops is important as it boosts morale and enables them fight fit. Sahara reporters and premium times are not reliable for news, there reports are antagonistic and hardly reflects the real situation of things. I believe the senior army officers at the headquarters know the needs of their men and they are trying to meet up with current standards inspite of the bureaucracy associated with release of funds. If any officer is find guilty of misappropriating money meant for soldier’s welfare, he should be dealt with. Logistics for troops at FOBs in borno state wont be easy considering its landmass and distance between key towns. This can always be improved upon. This blog remains a focal point for like minds to disect our defence sector and proffer solution, discuss issues and to draw the attention of the powers that be of areas that need to be addressed. If we criticise, let us do it constructively. Thanks.

  26. freeegulf says:

    @ oga colonel, good write up. borno is indeed huge!! this is why we on this blog have been begging the FG to procure more helos for NAF. logistics is a nightmare in tri states of the SoE.
    improvised runways and dirt strips, in addition to a rhombus rotary wing will alleviate the headaches of staff officers doing all this planning. feeding and caring for an army in the field aint no joke.
    bush fighting requires a lot of improvising and staff work. what works best is spartan condition for the fronline troops. provided their fighting and survival kits are guaranteed, they don’t necessarily require much.
    @oga beegs, not much to add. keep the good work my marshal.

  27. doziex says:

    There is such a thing called callous disregard.
    Here, there is no nuance, just greed and wickedness.
    That is what I believe Oga Nnamdi was addressing.

    You guys remember the one about the general that was arrested with 15, 000 pairs of boots in his house.
    Every body at the top is not guilty, but those that are, are traitors, and have murdered sleep.
    They have the blood of thousands of dead an maimed NA troops on their hands.
    These NA grunts are people’s children after all.
    We say this is a defsec blog.
    I believe that a thorough examination and discussion of the good, the bad and the ugly about NA should be up for discussion, otherwise we become a cheer leading blog.

    Thousands of NA soldiers have died and been maimed UNNECESSARILY, because of this criminal neglect we are discussing.
    You all think it’s a new day, No not till Nigeria comes to terms with this buried history.
    One day, the real stories of these men will be told.
    NA like Nigeria has some real soul searching to do.

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Tope:
      Bloodless methods to liberate the girls?
      Non kinetic?
      Negotiate, offer ransoms of up to N5m each. If the ‘husband’ brings her in himself N10m, amnesty and relocation to another part of Nigeria, new identity and reintegration:
      Relentless psyops, passing word down the grapevine of rewards for anyone bringing in one of the girls.
      Maybe 20% will return, another 20% will escape
      Prepare for their return, they will need urgent medical care, rape and psychological counselling and support to reintegrate into their communities. Nigeria being highly conservative they will be shunned due to the suspicion of rape, so social conditioning as well to aid their reintegration
      There is no bloodless outcome.
      First task is identify the enemy location
      Isolate it
      Fix the enemy, assault the camp, free the hostages, and extract them
      Bear in mind the enemy has predictably split the girls up so you’d have to attack all camps simultaneously or at least all those camps within hearing and communication range simultaneously.
      The only way I can conceivably think of a successful outcome is to bombard or spray the camps with aerated sedatives. Troops then sweep through the camp and extract the girls and then detain the terrorists.
      But this is a Hollywood plot, I’m not sure what sedative you could use, how it could be delivered, how quickly or effective it could work or how well it would work in a open wooded area? How do you guarantee one guy wont have a stronger constitution and start shooting? How do you deliver it simultaneously? What dose is needed and how would it be delivered? The Russians, Israelis and Chinese are actually the experts at this.
      Conventional op, infiltrate SF to observe the camp, develop a plan and then assault, high casualties will ensue
      Any military operation as far as I am concerned should be planned with a 100% fatalities to the hostages.
      The question you must ask yourself is whether this is acceptable or not. Are you willing to let all those girls die on the proviso that the kidnappers will be wiped out as well or are you willing to launch a high risk operation with limited chance of success with potentially heavy casualties?

  28. asorockweb says:

    Doziex said in reference to me: “you must be covering for some lootocrat.”

    For my fellow bloggers, I will bring some clarity.

    My choice of “AsoRockWeb” as a handle is not in relation to the seat of government.

    It is in relation to a Nigerian website that I am involved with.

    I grow up in Nigeria but I don’t current live in Nigeria, I don’t work for the FG in any capacity, and I am not currently speaking with anybody at the FG level.

    Nigeria is a rumor mill.
    Once allegations are repeated x amount of times, they become “facts”.

    A lot of times the people spreading the rumors actually mean well, but false stories about our nation damage the common man more than it does the “greedy politician”. If you don’t believe me, a time well come when you might seek a high level non-advocacy job, in Europe or America, and you may find your road blocked because “based on all the stories about Nigeria, you can’t possibly have the capability to do the job”.

    We should always question sources and numbers, and convince the people around us to try and verify what is being pandered around as “facts”.

    Like Chimamanda Adichie says “there’s a danger in a single story” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

    • doziex says:

      Bros, thanks for the indepth explanation as to the origins of your name.

      Fact is , I wasn’t even thinking in that direction .

      My answer was tongue in cheek, you know, the usual ping pong match we have been playing for the last few days.
      Trust me, I wasn’t thinking you were OGA CIC’s spokesman.

      Some on these blog need to be disabused of the notion that every criticism of the establishment in aimed at president GEJ.

      While he hasn’t bath himself in glory, vis a viv NA, the series of generals and ex generals that preceeded him did far worse.

      I mean tough soldier Abacha sent NA to SLR, then abandoned them. His neglect of his obligation as CIC led to the quagmire that really damaged NA.

      Ibb sent NA to liberia, but forgot to equip them like the giant of africa.
      Again resulting in avoidable casualties. And allowing some francophonies and Gaddafi to frustrate our foreign policy.

      President OBJ made some emergency purchases, just to address the UN PKO criticism of NA’s equipment.
      Then, he stopped there. NO I forgot, he presided over NAF’s 8 yr purchase of the F7.
      NA’s decay continued unabated thru all these regimes, even as storm clouds gathered over nigeria.
      So there is plenty of blame to go around.
      Everything is just coming to a head, under GEJ’s watch.

      Right now, I could care less about nigeria’s politics. All I care about is our military institution. That’s why I am attracted to this blog, and not elsewhere.

      But if we care about NA, we need to ring the alarm. We are not learning from past mistakes, and we are repeating them with alarming regularity.

  29. Tope says:

    Hey Guys,

    I really don’t like this back and forth coded insults pls focus on the issues and maintain decorum please.

    When people disagree with my views, you don’t see me replying them do you? Let’s Focus on the issues

    1. Are the Soldiers Fighting on the Frontlines of Sambisa, Gwoza, Bama, Mandara and Various places in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa Funded? This has been an issue that has been raised….the DHQ has Clearly Stated its Paramount to them, We are hearing Welfare isn’t enough…. Not to sound harsh but I believe there should be a Mix to things

    Adequate Field Adhoc hospitals should be in ALL Forward Bases to provide basic Field Treatment, Kitting and Unique Identifiers to distinguish Army Fatigue from Boko haram Fatigue needs to be done. Using Military Police Investigate All Logistics deployed.

    Best way is to Get Real-Time C4SR Data and use that to know if troops are getttin funding as when due.

    So I would suggest the Chief of Army Staff issue out a Statement to all Field Commanders who are Directly with the Troops at the Battlefield and Bypass all Administrative Officers to Acsertain TRUE Facts, if it shows dey r well kitted then the DDI Should once and for all End this issue by appearing on TV and Giving true states of things.

    2. A lot of people have been askin what we used the Funds for Security Spending for…..DDI should begin to Educate Nigerians on what they spend money for while keeping National Projects like the Epe Rocket Project secret but if we can teach people on what is spent especially on Training, Logistics, Allocation, Welfare, Procurement and Other Basic things you would definitely see people wanting the 2% of GDP passed, right now people are hysterical and lots of tension, by calm education we can Enlighten them, I’ve being doin that on my Twitter handle and on Facebook we must spread the message…..the Military is Doing their best they are being shortchanged by Traitors.

    3. Issue of Diversion of Welfare…..use the China model….order an investigation and send the Individuals no matter how highly placed to death….serious Attitudanal change will happen.

    4. Generals need to be intouch with their line soldiers…..I agree there should be a chain of command but right now we need to be united and it means everyone being on the same page…sometimes the Answers to the Strategy could even come from a Soldier on the ground himself…..the Generals don’t always need to have the answers.

    5. Infantry men need to Fight Infantry battles……Like Oga Pecavvi said…if the Morale is High and Welfare Catered then soldiers shouldn’t be comfortable in a War Zone…they need to be upAlert and Quick n Reflexive….the Rotation syste must be such that they are always alert and appear so on Camera, let no soldier be caught on camera SLEEPING!

    Now regarding the Sambisa Issue, What Best Approach and BLOODLESS on the Girls Part do you think our Military can use, we are a DEFSEC Blog let’s begin to behave like one, Gen Beeg has done his best the ball is on us.

    Thank you Gentlemen.

  30. Nnamdi says:

    @ Beeg.

    You might write a whole chapter on self justification, but you can NEVER bury the truth. Malign me as much as you want, I’m sure tha even your supporters see the truth but for gain of now probably root for you or maintain silence. This is a no debate to win, but standing for truth; which you immediately chose to politicise by bringing in APC and PDP before finally kicking away because you smell SR.

    The disaster in your position is not in today, but in the day next when the same top brass you want to please need your trust, they will remember what you did to their own men dieing on the front. I’m not worried to be in a minority at this moment, I’m rather satisfied that we all saw the ugly facts but most chose to embrace some fantasy.

    You may or not know my handle on NL, (my membership I never denied), but for theose who know me well enough; Augugust, rka, doziex, et all know that “homerac7” is never the person you tried to describe above in your self adulating post. My profile and info are all online for your perusal.

    “…to him that knows what is right and does not do it, to him it is counted an offence..”

    I have said what I am supposed to say at the moment, and I am satisfied. You may go on basking in your juvenile fantasy.

    Peace to all men of goodwill.

  31. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, you may leave now with your haughty airs and snide remarks, Oga Nnamdi. Your presence here has always been potentially debilitating, even if only from the seeming inclination towards being unruly.

    You came in here from the off with a boatload of polemics for everyone who does not fall in line with your superior perspectives ensconced in high morality….”juvenile” “dimwits” etc. You are so mature but never cease to throw tantrums and engage in name calling and the use of polemics? What are tantrums emblematic of, remind us?

    You want to dictate the pace and orientation here? For who now? SR are a bigger platform and it is a free-for-all. Take the activist inclinations there and you shall get heard. That is where people go when they want to dig up dirt and to expose and shame either those in power or their enemies.

    If you so desire, feel free to exit immediately like the grown up you are since everyone is a juvenile to you. Even if you came with perspectives and enlightenment from the International Crisis Group, it would not now matter. There are enough of cyber bullies and all sorts who revel in name calling in Nigerian cyberspace. Join those…and while you are at it, ask to be ushered into the Elders Council so you do not have to mix it with juveniles.

    Why do you need to take your message from the turf of millions to this zone of thousands? You have an agenda to be pushed through this platform? There are many neo-Biafrans and yes, opposition rabble rousers who come in the name of altruism and begin with sneak attacks until they derail the entire train. I am WARY of your motives. This is a DEFSEC blog, not your activists watering hole.

    • Beeg, the earlier we start this weeding the better for this blog. No one is indispensable, we plenty. Soldier come soldier go barrack tanda gidigba.

    • giles says:

      dis is call’d plain english.but for pigin english pple if u cannot live by the rule pls jst tak d door it’s always open.ALL DERAILER ARE NOT WELCOMED HERE.

  32. beegeagle says:

    🙂 OptimusPrime my brother, water finds its level. Those who came in through the wrong door shall grope their way out…nor worry yasef.

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