Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah (middle) and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu commiserate with an injured soldier at the Maimalari Cantonment Military Hospital, Maiduguri. 20 March, 2014. Standing in the doorway is the GOC 7 Division, Major General Ahmed Mohammed (aka General Bandit).


May 6, 2014

The Army Headquarters has directed all its units to embark on equipment and material audit as part of efforts to effectively combat terrorism in the country.

Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, Director, Army Public Relations, gave the directive on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference. Laleye said the audit was to enable the army determine whether such materials were in short supply, unserviceable or obsolete.

He stressed the need to adequately equip the army to enable it be “eminently prepared to embark on long campaigns’’ for the defence of the country and its citizenry.“Without doubt, the Nigerian Army is committed to operation in aid of civil authorities in virtually all states of the federation.”

Laleye said prosecution of large scale counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, as well as numerous operations in aid of civil authorities across the country,had put enormous pressure on the army.

The army spokesman said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has approved the promotion of 296 officers, who displayed gallantry in the war against terrorism in the North East. According to him, the promotion is part of efforts to boost the morale of the officers.

He also said that henceforth, the Army would support families of deceased officers until the entitlements of such personnel were paid. “Also,allowances and promotion of personnel are to receive prompt consideration,’’ Laleye said.

He said that the army had set up a ward at the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, to provide specialised medical attention to soldiers wounded in the war against insurgents.

Laleye appealed to the public to assist the army with useful information to rid the country of terrorists.


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  1. asorockweb says:


    This is called waking up and starting from scratch.

    The audit will show the obvious – there are huge gaps in terms of armament for the various unit types of the army.

    Only our artillery formations are in reasonable shape in terms of unit type equipment.

    Our Recce formations can’t do their jobs effectively and are probably being used as infantry. The reason is simple – NA recce formations were designed to be fast, armored formations, equipped with IFVs. When only 9 of a recce battalion’s initial complement of 50 IFVs are functional, the recce battalion becomes an infantry battalion.

    Time to reload.

    If we need to takeout a US$3billion loan, so be it.

    • Are James says:

      Your comment on defence financing is welcome,.Most countries borrow to finance defence and security. It is actually seen as part of infrastructure. Also there is a time lag between oil sales receipts and when you need equipment or training and you can avoid contractual penalties by also paying for things on time.
      This is why establishing a reasonable benchmark of 2% GDP for defence expenditure and making defence first line charge by law helps….so you have a steady flow of funds, talented people can be employed into the forces and the military power is sustained long term.

  2. Are James says:

    Thank you Jumping General.

  3. Augustine says:

    We have NO SINGLE real NATO standard IFV in the whole of Nigerian army of 120,000 soldiers. An IFV should carry troops with appropriate armour protection level for an IFV and 20mm cannon minimum. Do we have any ? I don’t think so. Nigerian army is nearly out-dated like a world war II army.

    No NATO standard Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
    No Laser guided Anti-Tank Missile
    No medium and long range Anti-Aircraft Missile
    No AHEAD ammunition for anti-missile defence on Anti-Aircraft Artillery guns
    No GBADS Integrated Command, Weapons Control And Information Systems For Air Defence,
    No rocket assisted artillery shells for 50km to 60km artillery gun range
    No mobile/tripod mounted Automatic Multiple Grenade launcher

    Nigerian army needs $1 Billion minimum for weapons purchase this year alone to improve a little.

    Mr.President, I beg you sir in the name of God, save your army from it’s obsolete condition.

  4. asorockweb says:

    US experts join hunt for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

    “A team of US experts has been sent to Nigeria to help find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.”

  5. ozed says:

    Better late than never!

    However, i sense that the bigger surgical operation (and more difficult) is needed in the following areas:
    – Conversion of the military into a meritocracy where round pegs go into round holes
    – Improved respect for the intellectual side of soldiering e.g. training curricula review and modification, post battle analysis and distillation of learning points etc.
    – Adoption of a mind set of continuous improvement
    – Equipment Maintenance becoming a priority area
    – Transparency and improved engagement with the populace (as the ultimate third party review mechanism) unlike today where the military institution views the civil class with disdain

    Of course the other question to ask would be — Is it possible to have an effective military in a dysfunctional (in effective ) community, where both leadership and citizenry have failed in their duties thus far?

    I believe our military is where it is because of the larger failure of succeeding governments over the last 30-40 years of our existence (and continuing today). If we had done what we should do when we should have done them, we wouldn’t be in this unenviable situation we currently find ourselves where Government now has to battle fires across all sectors of the economy and social life (power, roads, agriculture, healthcare, education, civil security etc.) all with a paltry budget of N4.8 trillion (ps remove almost N3 trillion needed for just salaries and allowances of civil servants et al).

    This Country needs prayers at this time and a renewed commitment from EVERY Nigerian if we are to pull out of this nose dive.

  6. freeegulf says:

    Nigeria is just like Pakistan. a dysfunctional society, where the only cohesive institution that works is the army. as a result, to us DEFSEC peeps, the army can do no wrong! hopefully, this great institution that prides itself as the pillar of our unity, will continue to serve its primary duty ( the defence of our territorial integrity) free of politics and ethnic bickering.

    • doziex says:

      Oga freeegulf,

      I agree with you. One can see the parallels between Pakistan and Nigeria. I would add Bangladesh and Myanmar to the mix.

      But crude oil and corruption long a ago distracted NA from it’s sacred role.

      There is something that motivates Pakistan,sri lanka, Burma , Bangladesh and many others, to put this paramount institution(their armed forces) above all else.

      And their militaries in turn, sought to justify this deference, by being the best it could be.

      Pakistan, through sanctions, no money, and out dated jets, have maintained one of the best pilot training programs in south east asia, and the middle east.
      Almost on par with isreali pilot training programs.

      These militaries, lacking Nigeria’s oil money have had to be resourceful.
      They have managed to stay combat ready no matter what.

      I believe NA was like that till the early 80’s, then we lost our way.

      Probably, when generals started to become billionaires.

      I hope our close military relationship with Pakistan would reignite the flame of professionalism and military prowess in the NA.

      NA standard is to dwarf all rivals in sub-Saharan Africa in size and sophistication.

      And to have a credible deterence to world powers.

  7. Henry says:

    I hope we see comprehensive arms procurement for our armed forces. President GEJ did allude in his media chat that there have been a neglect of the military since the shagari regime. He said his government was trying to do all the revamps and procurement with a short period of time (this sounds familiar, our nigerian disease).

    From the media chat, this piece of news was expected. This is to hoping we get to see a better “armed” armed forces.

  8. drag_on says:

    France belatedly decides to helps us, shocked and horrified about the kidnapping.

    Paris -President Francois Hollande pledged on Wednesday that France would help Nigeria look for more than 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in an incident that has triggered global shock and condemnation.

    The extremists seized a first batch of schoolgirls in Nigeria’s restive northeast three weeks ago, saying they were holding them as “slaves” and threatening to sell them, and have since kidnapped other girls in the area.

    “The president said that France will do everything to help Nigeria chase down this group and find the kidnapped hostages,” government spokesperson Stephane Le Foll said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Hollande.

    “We are dealing with one of the most atrocious forms of terrorism because it involves kidnapping and trafficking children,” he added………..


  9. drag_on says:

    In other News, it seems that we are getting the cutter USCG Gallatin, today!

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter that served the nation for 45 years is being transferred to the Nigerian Navy.

    A ceremony is being held in Charleston on Wednesday to transfer the cutter Gallatin, which completed its final cruise for the Coast Guard last December. The Gallatin was decommissioned earlier this year.

    Later this year, the Coast Guard in Charleston will become the home port for the Hamilton, one of the new generation of Coast Guard cutters and the first of its class to be based on the East Coast. Three of the new cutters are based in California.

    The new cutters are bigger and faster than the Gallatin and can be operated with smaller crews

  10. makanaky says:

    Agreed that the Government at least wants to procure equipment ? do the military actually knows what they want ? will they be sincere to admit they don’t know what gaps they have ? we do need guidance at this stage to move forward.
    Enough of the army knows it all, Beegeagle please put up something on what you think we need in the short term to stern our rate of drowning!

    • Are James says:

      They are currently doing an audit of inventory which includes asking question about what is required. This however is not the comprehensive way to determine weapons to buy?.
      Deciding what to buy should come from projected threat analyses and government’s own strategic objectives.
      To pure it simply;
      who are my current and potential enemies?, in what ways may they want harm me?, with what may they want to harm me?, what do I need to buy to defend myself?.

      And the other side of the coin;
      where in the world do I want to dominate (conquer/do harm) now and foreseeable future?, what are their strengths and weaknesses (weapons/tactics/manpower)?, what weapons do I need to dominate (conquer/do harm) them based on their strengths and weaknesses?

      • beegeagle says:

        Let us first AFFIRM that our threat analysis is wildly outmoded. We are still resting on 1980s-era perceptions whereas regional neighbours such as Angola, Sudan and Algeria have acquired the military capability to drop bombs on our territory while we as usual lull ourselves into a state of lethargy by fixating on what Cameroon and Ghana own and aim to do marginally better.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Makanaky,
      It is simple, Mr.Reuben Abati (the president’s press secretary), should tell president GEJ
      to hire beegeagle as an advisor on procurement issues.

      Sometimes, there is a simple solution to a seemingly complex problem.

      • doziex says:

        This is NOT meant to be a joke.

      • Deway says:

        Doziex, as much as I will like to agree with you, it will be most unfortunate if the military would have to rely on this blog (not meaning to run down the credibility of this blog) to understand their gaps and procurement needs.Are they incapacitated in their ability to think, project and plan? That means, we will have to question the badges on the shoulders of the so called Generals and senior officers and their ?? (GSS GPP DSO psc(+) fwc) etc., as well as question what is being taught and learned in our military institutions. This embarrassment is one that has gone too far.

      • doziex says:

        The military is more than capable of doing their thing.
        However, Oga president needs his own advisers, so he can come to the discuss well prepared.

        And with what I have seen and know about our country, Beegeagle ranks at the top.

        I am not blowing the man’s trumpet, but it’s high time for the cream to rise to the top in Nigeria.

      • doziex says:

        Furthermore, the president has to operate EXTRA SYSTEMIC, do get desired results.

        With graft and sharp cuts bedeviling our systems
        whether it’s Mod, or DHQ, nothing honest would come out of the system, even in this emergency.

        But with a right advisor, the president will come to the table with indepth knowledge , facts and figures on what could be done.

      • doziex says:

        Mr. president has already set a precedence of hiring one time bloggers (LOL)

      • Deway says:

        I see your point.

  11. Martin Luther says:


    All we say here are much, all that is important is we need to know what our military is doing. Only this blog makes any attempt to do this, BH has shown that they are on ground and are a fighting force that can face the NA, they have run in and out of fortified bases severally and even sent us all (the whole nation) video evidence. Everybody stop denying this, the only proof against bad rep is good news like the BH APC are captured.

    Where did they get those APCs by the way, the videos and pictures of NA camouflage painted APCs and vehicles are irrefutable. Or is the NA beating so badly that BH can seize their APC? Or is there an elaborate international support for BH.

    I would ask again and again

    1. Is our army winning this war?
    2. Or is our propaganda machine so bad?
    3. Or are these news just a collaborative lie? Which to me is too much

    Well after years of slapping and booting, NA please now fight back and show you are the man or the next time a soldier says ‘HEY COME HERE’ I am likely to say ‘for what?’ because you make me feel castrated

  12. Martin Luther says:

    I am very unhappy with news of military performance so far and by the way, where in this world is the NPF

  13. beegeagle says:

    That was why I said in the UK-related thread that the military helped to emasculate itself.

    While a dictator such as Zia ul-Haq put in place a military industrial complex and started the nuclear weapons programme, Abacha and IBB were grounding the NAF and turned their eyes away from the most sensible things which needed to be done. For their own use, the military could not even close out the requirement for essential COIN assets such as BMP-2 IFVs, Mi-24 attack helics, Mi-17 helicopters, Type 63 107mm and BM-21 122mm MRLs? So why won’t the civil governments key into that template and leave the military under-resourced?

    I mean, if they were under some kind of pressure to display some morbidly pro-Western outlook, so where Pakistan who were grabbing T59 tanks and F16 jets from East and West alike. When the sanctions were imposed, that was the open sesame which we needed to have knocked the military into shape.

    – there was a cascade of hardware systems..tanks, jets, IFVs etc which became available for peanuts after the East bloc collapsed. We failed woefully to cash in on that boon. You want to know what Angola did then when they were where we are today? Check the logs of SIPRI and the UN Register of Conventional Arms Transfer.

    – first and foremost, for our needs and given where we are, whatever we get from China or Russia will be more than adequate for our needs,certainly against all African adversaries and almost certainly against any world power. T90 tanks, BMP-3 IFV, MBT-2000, Su-30, PLZ-45 SP arty, Song class submarine, Type 054 frigate, BM-30 Smerch MLRS, HQ-9/S300 ADMs…just which of those is inadequate for our needs, even if we became a permanent member of the UNSC today?

    So if activists prevent their governments from selling to us elsewhere, why not just go for the closest qualitative alternatives and stop this horrendous habit of hedging and playing the lyre while Rome burns? All our helmsmen who think that all it takes to have an army is to provide AK47 and Toyota Hilux vans need to go back home with their antiquated ideas.

    There is no room for any textbook rhetoric. ARM the military. That is what conscientious governments do. We are where we are today because we always settle for the least offensive and cheapest available. Give our forces what they need and deliver them in useable, sensible numbers. This business of moving attack helicopters 1,500km between PHC and MDGR for COIN operations, just because we are averse to spending money on the military must STOP and stop immediately. Let the airbases at MDGR, LAG, SKK, MKD, PHC, CAL and BEN have their own respective complements of jets, attacks and transport helicopters and recce assets. Nigeria needs to stop trying to cheat every sensible rule in the book.

    We are not going to reinvent any wheel and must not continue to play roulette with the lives of troops launched into battle with less than the appropriate kinds and numbers of hardware systems.

    Is it not obscene that even at a time when surplus and modernised units of 30mm cannon-armed BMP-2 IFVs are available for US$200,000 apiece in cash-strapped Ukraine, our troops are dying in useless civil utility trucks such as the Hilux, again acquired because it is cheap. Has CHEAP not already killed enough Nigerian troops for nothing?

    I weep for my country o. I kid you not.

  14. asorockweb says:

    @ Makanaky, Please, our officers are not retards.

    We can certainly suggest equipment, based on known scenarios, but the most important thing is for political leadership to know what they want in terms of capabilities.

    A scenario-based approach, in natural language, can help our political leadership map the relationship between capabilities and politically sensitive outcomes. And what politicians care about are politically sensitive outcomes.

    I will give some examples:

    Scenario 1:
    A Nigeria oil platform, 40km from shore, and 200km away from the nearest navy FOB is attacked and sends out a distress call.
    What is the POLITICALLY acceptable response time?
    a) 30mins
    b) 2 Hours
    c) 24 Hours
    d) Call the US

    Scenario 2:
    An unknown number of gun men have taken over a mall in Victoria Island, Lagos.
    What capabilities do you want on scene in 5mins, in 30mins, in 1hour?

    Scenario 3:
    Algeria raises the alarm that one of it’s fighter squadrons have gone rogue and may be heading for Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
    What minimum success probability are we willing to accept at countering this threat?

    a) 100% – Total radar coverage + multi-layered air defence grid + 48 4 gen air superiority fighters
    b) 90% – Total radar coverage + air defence network + 24 4 gen air superiority fighters
    c) 50% – Total radar coverage + 12 4 gen air superiority fighters
    d) 25% – Total radar coverage + SAMs
    e) 0% – SPAAG

    Scenario 4:
    The village chief of Biu, a village in Sokoto state, calls the DPO and reports numerous sightings of “heavily armed” men in the out sketches of his village.
    How quickly do we want to be able to surveil the area?
    a) 25mins – Numerous, high flying, persistent surveillance assets that can be quickly rerouted
    b) 1hr – Numerous, multi-based, surveillance assets on stand by.
    d) 10hrs – Few, surveillance assets on stand by.
    c) 48hrs – Only land-bound surveillance assets available

    The arrival of US and British experts in Nigeria as the hunt for the girls goes on, should help make it abundantly clear to political leadership, that there is a political price to pay for the military’s lack of capabilities.

    • Are James says:

      You actually also use these kind of scenario based thinking to design entire def/sec process architecture as well …not just for hardware.
      As you are calling out hardware platform requirements you need during the scenarios you are also determining requirements in terms of processes such as; who must know of the attack first (say Brigade commander), who does he inform next and in what order does the info. flow (Div. head, Governor?, COAS?, president?), who does what based on that information, how does he do it, who activates troops and other forces, who authorises actions and to what level (authority levels), what time frame et.c…et.c.

      • asorockweb says:

        Thanks Are James.

        I know India’s process execution was flawed during the 2008 “Mumbai siege”

        Their Special Forces, the Black Cat Commandos were available, but the unwieldy chain of command meant that it took 24hrs to activate them.

        That meant that 12 bad actors practically held a city hostage for 4 days.

    • doziex says:

      Hehe he, Brilliant !!

  15. Martin Luther says:

    If I get a call from home as I speak right now that:
    The village chief has spotted numerous sightings of “heavily armed” men in the out sketches of my village.
    I would quickly call my pastor and start a prayer & fasting because if I wait for the army or police, I may not see them in 12 hours.

    I would keep asking questions:
    1. What is the ETA of Nigeria’s quick response force?
    2. Does Nigeria have a quick response force?
    3. How does emergency systems operate in Nigeria?
    4. Are there any?
    5. Do we still have a police force?
    6. Is there any reported engagement of the NPF with BH?
    7. Are the people of this country sensitized or mobilized enough to be on the lookout?
    8. How do the people support the police and the military if they do not know what they are looking out for?
    9. What does an IED look like? Who can answer that question here? How many Nigerian can?
    10. When last did anyone on this thread hear a jingle by government enlightening us about anything concerning our security situation apart from social media and news outlets with much controversy
    11. What are the structured avenues for information divulgence to the security agencies?
    12. If I gave info, how would it be used? Would I still be safe?

    Years of ineptitude has a dismal showing when most required even at the cheapest challenge.

    You cannot grow corn in 10days

    Position is first for service b/4 reward not reward and then service

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Martin Luther,

      You will not have a Quick Response Force if the political leader has not said “for scenario 4, we MUST response in 25mins”.

      The key word here is “must” because the next step will be for the security planners to then say, “Ok, if we must response in 25mins, the following are the training, equipment, and logistics requirements”.

      Failing this approach, what you will have is a military unit called the “Quick Response Force”, but no one will know, or can predict capabilities.

  16. Martin Luther says:

    If I get a call from home as I speak right now that:
    The village chief has spotted numerous sightings of “heavily armed” men in the out sketches of my village.
    I would quickly call my pastor and start a prayer & fasting because if I wait for the army or police, I may not see them in 12 hours.

    I would keep asking questions:
    1. What is the ETA of Nigeria’s quick response force?
    2. Does Nigeria have a quick response force?
    3. How does emergency systems operate in Nigeria?
    4. Are there any?
    5. Do we still have a police force?
    6. Is there any reported engagement of the NPF with BH?
    7. Are the people of this country sensitized or mobilized enough to be on the lookout?
    8. How do the people support the police and the military if they do not know what they are looking out for?
    9. What does an IED look like? Who can answer that question here? How many Nigerian can?
    10. When last did anyone on this thread hear a jingle by government enlightening us about anything concerning our security situation apart from social media and news outlets with much controversy
    11. What are the structured avenues for information divulgence to the security agencies?
    12. If I gave info, how would it be used? Would I still be safe?

    Years of ineptitude has a dismal showing when most required even at the cheapest challenge.

    You cannot grow corn in 10days

    Position is first for service b/4 reward not reward and then service

    How well are you serving my poeple, your poeple and me?

  17. Martin Luther says:

    All this talk of equipment not good enough is a hoax. I believe it is more of will power (weather political will or whatever will) and competence harming successes and creating embranchments.


    4. Nigeria – Power Index: 1.3441
    Due to its size, it’s no surprise that several hundred thousand troops comprise the Nigerian Armed Forces, through its army, navy, and air force. Like Algeria, an abundant domestic oil supply eases the financial burden to be involved in military conflict, and it has more than 1,400 armored vehicles, 360 tanks, and 6,000 logistical vehicles at its disposal, as well as nearly 300 aircraft and 25 high-powered naval vessels.

  18. Martin Luther says:

    It is obvious that the military did not train itself all through its years in power, it take year to get to where the NA currently finds its performance.

    Military rule was the worst thing to ever happen to Nigeria.

  19. Martin Luther says:

    To think that the likes of Murtala Nyako wherever part of this Military gets one wondering. And that he got to the pinnacle.
    I wonder how many more are like him and think in the same direction.
    That is my story of will power

  20. Martin Luther says:

    Less equipped Kenya is putting up a good fight against Al-Shabaab and they have contained them out of their territory.
    So what is the NAs excuse?

    Am army must fight with what ever its government can provide and in this case, the NA is well supplied

    • asorockweb says:

      You can’t compare the two campaigns.

      If Al-Shabaab adopts BH tactics – killing and kidnapping young girls, Kenya will have no answers. None at all.

      BH terrorizes Nigerians because no matter how weak or strong it may be at any moment, it is finding easy ways to kill.

      In any event, systematic analysis and planning is the only way forward, let’s leave the lamenting to the true victims.

    • giles says:

      al shabab my foot, Kenya my a**. You don’t have shame.boko haram wil end when d northern leaders are tired but for now der are not

    • doziex says:

      The KDF has stuck closely to their british military heritage.
      It is not the only way of doing things, But the british system is hundreds of years in the making, and has been proven effective.

      Nigeria in our hubris, ditched our british military pedigree for an American one, then we fell out too with the americans.

      And decided to do our thing.

      We never really had the discipline to put together a tradoc . that replaces those of our erstwhile mentors.

      As beegeagle said, the Pakistani army continued full speed ahead, even when the US and UK sanctioned them

      The dedication to excellence remained paramount, even as they sought new allies in china and new suppliers in china and Ukraine.

      • asorockweb says:

        You can’t possibly be suggesting that if AL Shabaab turn their guns on the civilians in Somalia, that Kenya will have an answer?

        You can possibly believe that.

      • doziex says:

        KDF, can’t even stop al shabab, from victimizing Kenyans.

        But they really impressed many, as they methodically dismantled al shabab from the air.

        They may have benefited from US and French targeting, but their F-5 strikes and md-500s, made al shababs technicals a none issue.

      • Martin Luther says:

        This is the koko of the kasala

  21. drag_on says:

    Gallatin handover complete

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – After 45 years serving the nation, the American flag was lowered down for the last time on the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin on Wednesday, and the vessel was transferred to the Nigerian Navy in a ceremony full of naval pomp.

    “It is with a heavy heart that this vessel will no longer sail with our nation’s fleet of high endurance cutters,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Bruce Baffer. But he added the Gallatin, now renamed the NNS Okpabana, will see important service off the coast of the African nation.


  22. drag_on says:

    Its Thunders twin.
    ex.USCG Gallatin

  23. makanaky says:

    @asorockweb what do you mean by our officers are not retarded ? how do you define a PHD holder in English who cannot write a single line of words in English.
    We love Nigeria, its our only country but we must stop glorifying an institution that is not delivering. if they have a problem they must say and stop hiding behind shadows.
    Everyday BH is making a mark, no one is stopping them and they are not even hiding anymore. How do we describe Shekau who now post a video on a monthly basis to a country of over 160million people with a military numbering over 100,000 men with no deterrence.
    What is our problem ? the world is watching.

  24. giles says:

    pls oga beeg i would like a reply.was proforce pf1 d R34,and pls is it heavier dan our igirigi. 2,pls wot of d NVG ,rpg’s ,etc been produce by dicon or are dey below standard. 3,are some of those hardwares listed by wikipedia really available eg d mowag classics.

  25. kenee2k says:

    Guys, can somebody say this is not true , I am shell shocked to my bone marrow, I have just watched CNN, France 24 & Al Jazeera, that Boko attacked Gamborou Ngala town with armoured vehicles causing mayhem killing near 300 people.


    I am perplexed with how could Boko drive into Ngala with reckless perverse abandon in a series of armoured vehicles unopposed and then carry out murderous impunity killing near 300 defenceless citizens. Then to add insult to the injury they were there for 12 hours without any response from the Nigerian armed forces, how could this be possible.

    I now have to apologise to Augustine when I doubted the his report as irrational. I now hat painfully admit that our armed forces have descended to levels of ineffectiveness that didn’t believed existed. What on earth is gong on?

    I have heard substantiated stories of combatants issued with just 60 rounds of poor equipment, tanks breaking down in action, etc, etc.

    In the early days of British involvement in Afghanistan it transpired that they combatants didn’t have the right body armour,vehicles were not armoured up for IDF there was a national outcry and an immediate procurement of the right equipment.

    The convention of military servicemen doesn’t allow them to vocalise their discontent, we have to be their voices they are essentially going out on suicide missions and used as target practice for Boko. We have to find away to put this information in the public domain and put pressure on government to stop treating our soldiers like cattle.

    No air support it seems Boko destroyed all our Mil 24, I even wonder how many were actually serviceable.

    Since we now have no shame lets ask the USA for surplus stock there are in excess of 10,000 surplus humvees stockpiled by the US 300 hundred of those armoured humvess will make a big difference to our mobility. Surplus cause they didn’t offer enough protection from IED’s, I am sure we could get a few hundred Strykers which have had a few questions about protection levels and they are becoming surplus.

    Meanwhile I reluctantly look forward to the arrival of Black Hawks and the US special forces but with relief.

    • Are James says:

      There is an obvious reduction in the number of air surveillance and support assets for the war.Everybody knows why that is happening and nobody is saying anything.

    • doziex says:

      Hmmm, the mark of an honorable man.

      As events has proved him wrong, he apologizes to his fellow blogger, and Owns up to it.

      Kudos for that Oga Makanaky

    • asorockweb says:

      So, the term “JTF” is back? Or is it just the case of the clueless journalist?

    • Martin Luther says:

      See the lady? love her poise. Mr. Bee, please splash her picture strategically on the Blog

    • doziex says:

      Now NA, oga general Olukolade, was that so hard ?

      Great footage, and no reason this type of footage which exists in abundance should be kept away from the Nigerian people.

      Meanwhile, shekau is on youtube every other week.

  26. Are James says:

    Meanwhile this is what some patriotic generals told civil society in all honesty.
    I think we are witnessing high level/industrial action at play at play as well. The armed forces top echelon may be reducing the tempo of proactive actions to protest the poor level of funding.


    • Martin Luther says:

      See guy, there is no lack of anything o, please o. These generals want to be very wealthy when they become retired. They are pushing for funds and more funds; this best news is that the MOD is taking control of contracts. This is y I pray for the US to come because once they are around, they would expose any form of corruption and our generals would do a better job as their professionalism would be challenged

      • doziex says:

        Bros, I really don’t think MOD is any better.

        The presidents office has to by pass both in order to deliver.

  27. Oje says:

    Oga Beeg forgive my utterance, those of you talking down the Nigerian military especially the army should shut the fuck up and do proper researvh before saying crap because it is fashionable to oppose authority.

    By conservative estimate Boko are Ram is close to six thousand strong and has an area the size off England to hide. Boko are rams has been fighting a bitter war of attrition for 4 years they cannot call an acre of Nigerian territory its own. It took a few months for half of Mali to fall into the firm control of Tuareg rebels. Alshahab at one point had a quater of Somalian territory under firm control. Just recently a few AK 47 weilding rogues held an entire shoping mall in Nairobi in a seige that lasted several hours and left 60 people dead.

    African military doctrines were not formed woth Urban Guerilla warfare in mind. Social and Economic activities have hadly been affected, today Nigeria is the richest a nd most powerful economy in Africa. Davos delegates are in Abuja as of this writing, just recentlt South African company Shoprite opened a big out in Kano. Now its not luck that Boko are rams have failed n itsobjevtive to call a plot of land in Nigerian territory its own, trust me they fo try. Our gallant soldiers have done a great job in containing the menace. Outwitted, frustrsted and . sustaing immense logic they attack rural remote villages, still not gettng the attention they seek so as to impress
    AlQueda they kidnap school children and bomb motor parks in loosely protected sattelite towns,nor even Abuja proper. No other military in Africa can achieve this feat. You saw what happened toSouth African soldiers in CAE

    • asorockweb says:

      Boko Haram recent actions, kidnapping 100s of young school girls and killing 100s of civilians, yanks at our emotional strings.

      In a sense, Nigerians are the perfect victims of terror.
      Distrust of Government, distrust of Police, and now, distrust of the Army.

      We should try to stay analytical, the more informed the audience has, the less terrorized they will be, in this case at least.

      By the way, BH does have territory now, it called the Sambisa forest.

    • Are James says:

      Can you please tell all these to CNN..
      What they are saying now about the Nigerian Army (I am watching it right now somewhere in N. America), what they are saying is worse than everything you have ever read on Beegeagle put together.
      What my link merely states is that the army top brass are clearly confirming the same thing and are frustrated by the budget restrictions they are experiencing. Some silly mandarins in MOD miscalculated how much it costs to feed, fuel and maintain thousands of men, operational vehicles and combat aircraft for months in theatre. Now the emergency period has overshot target so things may just get woese.

    • Triggah says:

      Pls sir it’s called boko haram, not ‘boko are rams’. I beg to defer but Capturing territory has never been the goal of BH. When the US Army went into Iraq they merely captured but never held any territory but yet they won the war. The goal was all of Iraq and thats what they got. This evening i was talking to a friend of mine who lived in Borno, he was surprised at how BH became so menancing now. He told me that the sect former leader Yusuf lived a stone throw from his house and that he sold the best tea then. I asked him why didnt they report to the police then and he replied that BH was a playful word then and that they were more afraid of OPERATION FLUSH than BH. Op Flush was a dreaded word. In Nigeria we allow wounds to fester before we treat it. We’ve all failed our dear country. Karma has come knocking.

  28. Oje says:

    Triggah do you actually think i don’t know how to spell Boko Haram? did you do literature in school? if you did you will recognize when words are used figuratively. That said Boko Haram is seriously pursuing a phsycological tactics now to disguise their precarious situation eith heavy loss of men and even dwindling morale and when people like you gleefully paint a picture of dispair they win. Kidnapping 200 young girl has zero strategic/tactical signigicance except to create panic or cause fear.The Taliban used this same tactics in A-STAN attacking schools in a desperate attempt to project a false image of strenght. Bombing the same soft target motor park twice is indicative of dwindling human and material resourcez and reeks of dedperation and now they have the media attention they so hungrily crave. A final offensive is n the way and now that we have the pledged multinational support their days are over. They cannot hide their vulnurability for ever.

  29. jimmy says:

    Much respect for your comments but you are missing the point completely very few people on this blog has suggested that if it came to a conventional standard fight boko haram stands even a bullets chance of success, this is not what this is about, UNEMOTIONALLY we have repeatedly discussed and begged that boko haram will resort to the softest of target ( the only thing softer would be pregnant women).
    We have called the f.g. to order repeatedly to ramp up the procurement of multiple air assets and heavy duty arty pieces for the army this has not been done until feb/ march of this year.
    Please do not fall into the trap that because we constructively criticize the army we are dancing on the chests of dead men – we are not for me it is personal my first cousin’s husband is a senior officer and can be sent to Bornu at a moments notice, he rose through the ranks and horrors of Sierra Leone and Liberia, and please make your point without telling us to shut up tell us where we are wrong.
    OGA HENRY just told us today that the president of Nigeria disclosed today that he recently has spent $1b on the military ……. and that by his own admission it is not enough.
    By way of what Nigeria should do in no order of merit.
    1. Get more humit from the Chinese/ Americans/ Brits and have our French brethren help us in Cameroon ,Niger and Chad.
    2. The army and the air force need three different types of Helios we have repeatedly discussed these Helios
    3.BACK UP MEANS BACKUP with arty strikes, helicopter insertion, and helicopter gunship strafing and bombing.
    4 On time unclassified release to the public of information we can discuss at length how not to release information on these kidnapped girls it does not at any point detract from the valor, intelligence of the army and military officers at large it was a mistake everybody makes mistakes including myself the important thing is to learn from those mistakes.
    5. Maybe the Americans can help us tell our ogas on top. Our troops need more mraps, less Toyota hiluxes especially on dangerous missions we have seen the recent video which in itself is a testament to their courage and resilience
    Have a blessed day.

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