CHIBOK ABDUCTIONS: 50 ENGLISH-SPEAKING GIRLS ESCORTED BY GUNMEN REPORTEDLY SPOTTED AT BIRAO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

JEUNE AFRIQUE
9 May, 2014

(translated from French)

About 50 young Anglophone women were seen at Birao, in the north of the Central African Republic last week. Escorted by armed men,they would have left the city in the night from Sunday to Monday.

According to a local notable, based on several testimonies of inhabitants, fifty young English-speaking women arrived Wednesday, April 30 aboard a truck Birao small town in the north-end of the CAR. This bit of information is yet to be confirmed.

They were supervised by heavily armed men who spoke English and also members of the former Rebellion Seleka. According to our source, close to the anti- Balaka, the convoy of two trucks and a pickup was previously seen at Tiroungoulou (about 170 kilometers southwest of Birao) and perhaps came through Chad. This bit of information was contradicted by the Embassy of Chad in Paris.

“Upon arrival, some were frightened , cried and were violently reprimanded in English ,” says our source. The adolescents and their guardians were then housed several days in a house Birao whose inhabitants could not be approached. The group reportedly left the scene on the night of Sunday to Monday, May 5 without a trace.

Nigerian authorities, now backed by experts from several Western countries are still without news of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by gunmen in their establishment at Chibok (northeast Nigeria ) on the night of April 14.

Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist organization Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the abduction in a video and said that the girls would be sold and enslaved.

SOURCE

http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20140509130501/

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81 Responses to CHIBOK ABDUCTIONS: 50 ENGLISH-SPEAKING GIRLS ESCORTED BY GUNMEN REPORTEDLY SPOTTED AT BIRAO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

  1. Are James says:

    This is terrible. The region is particularly lawless so I doubt the CAR government would be able to do much to free the girls. The move of the FG to seek international assistance is commendable.

    • doziex says:

      But you are against private assistance ?

      Please sir what is the difference in your opinion.

      Why congratulate US charity for oil rich Nigeria, and despise the idea of a well run company of similarly skilled and more experienced private operators whose allegiance is only to their professionalism and good business sense ?

      You think the charity from the west is really free ?

      What’s the opportunity cost ?

      Tomorrow, we will shamelessly resume our unserious demand for a seat at the security council.

    • ugobassey says:

      If Nigeria wasn’t lawless, these girls wouldn’t have been there in the first place. That CAR is lawless is like a kettle calling a pot black.

  2. beegeagle says:

    The effects of living in an anarchical neighbourhood…the impact of neighbourhood influences foretold 4 years ago

    SEE

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/nigeria-needs-a-dedicated-border-security-force/

  3. beegeagle says:

    Like we foretold while academics and neoliberals in the West were lying to the world about this being a local problem so as to isolate the rotten Nigerians and allow them to stew in their own juice, this was always on the cards.

    Situated in a contiguous violent neighbourhood stretching from Libya, Algeria, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, the CAR and Sudan, meant that BH were always going to profit from the prevailing state of insecurity in the neighbourhood, profitting from the availability of illegally-held weaponry and operating in remote or rebel-dominated areas where the authority of the State is weak or non-existent. Is it not unfolding now?

    – BH have trained and operated in northern Mali

    – after the Police HQ bombing of June 2011, the Algerian head of AQIM told Al Jazeera TV that they were providing support and cash to BH

    – BH have been majorly based in and operating out of northern Cameroon

    – BH militants have been apprehended in and have had armed clashes with security forces in Niger

    – BH militants have been operating out of Chad and in the MJTF area of responsibility

    – BH now spotted in the CAR and obviously in the CAR. Remember that Shekau threatened not too long ago in a video released on Youtube, that BH were going to take revenge on behalf of muslims in the ongoing conflict in the CAR? So they are almost certainly already in alliance with the SELEKA rebels.

    So much for it being a local Nigerian problem..

  4. beegeagle says:

    ELSEWHERE, BEEGEAGLE WROTE:
    February 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/seven-french-nationals-abducted-in-far-northern-cameroon-by-suspected-nigerian-terrorists/

    For those who continue to dwell on the rhetoric of GOVERNANCE ISSUES, they are free to do so. Assured in the infallibility of their omniscient extrapolation and stuck in the rationalisation of the indefensible, they continue to dash between pillar and post to justify the antics of bare-faced and unscrupulous terrorists. As we speak, Boko Haram and Ansaru have clearly stated their grouses.

    Boko Haram say they are committed to the enthronement of a Sharia-driven theocratic order across Nigeria. They do not recognise the Constitution or the institutions of state either.

    ANSARU are similarly committed to the pursuit of redress for ‘persecuted muslims’ across the globe.

    So those who know that it is a governance issue and that it is a local problem should only watch closely as the real issues unfold. The plot is set to thicken from this point onwards and the scourge of terror foisted on Nigeria by Nigerian, Nigeriens, Chadians,Cameroonians and Malians working together, looks set to become regionalised.

    Personally, I am not a bit perturbed because many chose to take the myopic isolationalist view of the situation whereas universally, “terror is terror” and there are no jihadists with a local agenda anywhere. For reasons steeped in logistics, ideological guidance, training or finance, ‘local terrorists’ invariably get subsumed in a ‘globalised struggle’.

    When terrorists struck in the West, Nigeria vociferously condemned them. They did not lapse into a treatise about how the exertions of the West in Middle Eastern politics served to shape the global jihadist agenda and to create suicidal ideologues and enemies. With BH, they have told us that they are poor, aggrieved and marginalised malcontents. To them, BH are a manifestation of the failure of governance and little else. We wait to hear what the rationale for terror attacks in Cameroon shall be.

    The Nigerian Insurgency was always bound to transcend frontiers. The ethnocultural and religious ties to the neighbouring states made this abundantly clear. Unfortunately, foreign commentators sensing an opportunity to ‘exact a pound of flesh from the Nigerian political elite’ saw in the BH insurgency a chance to isolate and possibly bring down the existing order through their disingenious imputation of unstated motives to odious actions as carried out by terrorists.

    It has never mattered that the said ‘rotten politicians’ have dozens of trained and well-armed security forces attending to them at any time while it is the downtrodden and oppressed masses who these foreign interlopers and experts imagine themselves to be fighting for, that get killed by IEDs detonated by Boko Haram and who have their throats slit by same.

    Unlike the experts who have faltered with every reading of the situation, plebians such as yours truly have thus far not failed in our reading of the situation until now and that is not about to change. Watch this space.

  5. beegeagle says:

    ELSEWHERE, BEEGEAGLE WROTE
    February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    “It is a local Nigerian problem. Nail thr rotten political elite. Allow them to stew in their own juice” The plot thickens.

    Elsewhere, BEEGEAGLE WROTE;

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/nigeria-interested-in-malis-stability-because-nigerian-terrorists-train-there-nigerian-air-force-will-deploy-fighter-aircraft-chief-of-army-staff/

    Elsewhere, BEEGEAGLE WROTE

    QUOTE

    ” There are some people in the libertarian community, fixated with engineering a Nigeria Spring revolution, who would go to any length to deny BH linkages to regional terrorist groups. To them, the only way to force change in Nigeria is to pretend that BH are rebels with a cause.
    The same people who love to mouth off about haven spoken to experts and authorities and love to claim impartiality have ignored the following

    – TIME magazine say BH train in the mountains of Mali (Sept 2011)

    – 100 BH militants led the attack which resulted in the seizure of Gao from the Malian Army (AFP reported April,2012)

    – The AQIM leader, speaking to Al Jazeera in June 2011 following the suicide attack on Police HQ, admitted that AQIM support BH with training and finance

    – In November 2011, Algeria’s Minister for Maghrebian and African Affairs confirmed the AQIM-BH collabo

    – In January 2012, Messrs Bazoum and Maiga, the Foreign Ministers of Niger and Mali openly affirmed BH activity via collaboration with local terrorist groups in their respective countries

    – Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria met at a regional counterterrorism in Nouakchott with Nigeria attending as guests on account of the fact confirmed linkages between BH and terrorists groups active in Mali, Mauritania, Algeria and Niger.

    – General Carter Ham who, when it suits their unclear purpose would be an eminently qualified ‘expert’, has an intelligence gathering machinery at his disposal on account being US AFRICOM Commander, has stated copiously that BH and AQIM are cooperating. Our foreign media antagonists feign ignorance of that fact because it is counterpoised to their own designs of forcing regime change in the name of good governance and sundry rights – open society they call it. Well, look at open Libya now without Gaddafi.

    – were this Financial Times report related to a scandal, it would not have gone unnoticed by you know who. But because their Hausa Service is a tool of the CPC party, they do not want the FG to fight BH at home and abroad which would speed up the decimation of the group to the credit of President Jonathan’s government, since that would up the regime’s popularity ratings thereby making it harder to dislodge him from power at the 2015 presidential polls.

    That is why they are in total denial, even in the face of overwhelmingly NON Nigeria-derived evidence. All of those who have affirmed AQIM-BH-ANSARU ties would, on another day and in different circumstances be held up as “EXPERTS”.

    Now that an affirmation of their authoritative proclamations would expose BH as terrorists rather than victims of bad governance which apologists and liberals pretend that they are, it is convenient to downplay the transnational nuisance which they represent. ”

    END OF QUOTE

    Let the lies continue.

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/boko-haram-informant-killed-in-kousseri-far-north-region-of-cameroon/

    • Are James says:

      My particular worry is the increasing ties of BB with the Islamic Seleka rebels. This means there is a crescent shaped belt of radical Islam from Mali to CAR trying to radiate downwards and inwards towards the Atlantic and we are square in the middle of everything.
      Our defence policy cannot now be based on the narrow objective of containing BH locally, we should start thinking in a more regionally geo political way as we are buying defence materiel and developing capabilities.

  6. Bigbrovar says:

    Gentlemen I think our country is facing a barrage of international media war with the goal of getting foreign boots on the ground. Everyone here who has followed my comment already knows my opinion on the Nigerian government and the performance of the military. But this is not a time to be bipartisan we have to put down our grievances with the govt and military and fight this campaign to discredit our nation our forces with the aim of putting western boots and surveillance asset in this country. Today US is at the forefront talking about how it is eager to help.. They are shouting to the world how Nigeria rejected their help immediately this abduction took place.. Yet the same US government ignored our request for help with Intel and non lethal aid in areas of Mine Resistance Arnbush Protection vehicles from the excess used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US reasons was corruption and human right abuse.. This stands doesn’t fly given the overwhelming support the Egyptian military gets. Billions of dollars have been given not to the Egyptian people but to their military who have removed elected president, jailed/killed protesters, jailed opposition leaders yet just last week the same Egyptian military will be getting 6 apache helicopters from the US. Hillary Clinton now is standing on a hill talking down on Nigeria when in fact she fought tooth and nail every attempt to label Boko Haram a terrorist organization http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/07/hillary-s-state-department-refused-to-brand-boko-haram-as-terrorists.html

    Now this same countries are fighting over themselves to help nigeria with Intel and training and advise.. How well did that advise help Mali? Why has the US been selective of the help it wants to grant Nigeria. Any help that involves giving our boys intel and materials needed to end this crisis was denied. Yet they don’t mine sending boots on the ground and their drones to help.. We know we have a government that has an abysmal information management team. It might be up to us to fight back and expose our so-called saviour. If today the girls are found thanks to the blood and sweat of our men. We all know who will claim the glory and probably push for a need to have bases here. This is where this blog plays a pivot role. Telling our stories as our govt and press sleep on the wheel. We have to tell the world our side of the story.

    • doziex says:

      Yeah men, they said when you eat with the devil, use a long spoon.

      UK and the US have varying interests in Nigeria, that contradict each other.

      Some are good for us, but we must take the grand standing and condescending lectures first.
      Also, they can see that Nigeria is designed for a global leadership role, though our politicians could care less.

      Putting us in our place, motivates a lot of the west’s policy to Nigeria.

      But our clueless establishment, of all the other ways to acquire COIN expertise, and related equipment, we choose western charity.

      SMH.

    • ugobassey says:

      You seem to make a lot of good points but can some please explain to me why it took the international media and notable western figures to spur GEJ to really begin to act. Before then it seemed to have been politics as usual.

  7. Henry says:

    Vanguardngr.com has apologised for running the Fake “boko-haram arrest” story. The apology is on the front page of today’s newspaper.

  8. Oje says:

    This is and always be about national interest. Egypt as an important American ally in the middle east, Egypt, Israel and Taiwan are basically American aircraft carriers. But then we are the 5th largest supply of crude to Americs, the biggest outside the volatile middle east, why is the Obama administratiobmn do disengaged with Africa? Neo Conservative Bush did more for Africa and visited Nigeria twice.

  9. beegeagle says:

    The FG must also remember our chequered political past and the fact that Nigerians are fiercely independent and famously sensitive about issues which fringe on the sovereignty of this country. We must not compromise the long-term interests of the country while pursuing solutions to short-term security challenges.

    If we do not think and act clearly on this, it is a matter sensitive enough to shake this country to its foundations. If this FG does not pull through the storm, the first act of whichever FG takes its place would almost certainly be to send foreign troops packing.

    Let us be clear about this. All that is needed here, regardless of the scare mongering and mushy tale bearing by the foreign media and their activist allies, remains

    – SIGINT, HUMINT and ELINT support using the ISTAR assets of the foreigners.

    – hardware pooled from surplus stocks…uparmored Hummers, scout helicopters

    – qualitative training support.

    Anything beyond that would be uncalled for. What would the fighting troops who have borne the brunt of this insurgency feel about foreign troops coming stealing their thunder yet again after a similar fate had befallen their hard-fighting ECOMOG forebears?

    Let us bear that in mind and THINK.

    • The only problem i have with my people Nigerians is we have a very very low IQ, very low memory, very low self esteem, very low self realization, history suppose to be our teacher, but we tend to forget past event very fast, we have never learn from the past, we have expert in all advance field you may think of, science, high-tech, anything you think of i ve meet Nigerian working in NASA, but how we do we love ourselves, instead of we looking inward and develop ourselves like the rest of the western and Asian world, we prefer looking outward, we do not value ourselves, there is nothing we gonna say here that will change things until we start loving ourselves value, and build ourselves in all areas, if we are unit in heart we can achieve greater things a s a country, we have everything but we lack the will, there is no amount of money we spend on military that will change things, if we as people do not change, buy this buy that, what about the people using it, a gun is just a dead iron if it left alone, but it became weapon in the hand of a user, we should work on ourselves first, there will be change. no foreign help can solve our problem, it will only make it worse, they are here to achieve their plan, we forgot so soon that they said Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015, but we all forgot now, we have to unit at this point and face the only enemy we have, the only weapon we need is our strong unity, as the saying goes united we stand divided we fall. let do away with all foreign religions and embrace who we are as black Africans

  10. Martin Luther says:

    I once stated on this blog that Nigeria was facing all Islamic radicals from Northern Cameroun, CAR to Southern Chad to Southern Niger, Mali, Sudan, Somalia and all of the Sahara, No person commentted

  11. rka says:

    This is where light infantry in the mould of NA Rangers will come to the fore.

    It will be these kind of operations into foreign fields that they will also be most useful for along with SF troops. Travel light, hit hard (in small or larger units) and get out.

    Air mobility is even more essential now, so please pick up the pace with medium/heavy tactical transport helos procurement please..

    • doziex says:

      Spot on !
      Helicopters are the chariots of the modern day warriors/ special forces.
      Where would the roman legion be, without it’s chariots ?

  12. Blackrev says:

    I don’t seem to understand what games this western hypocrites keep playing with Nigeria and what our people are actually protesting for.

    what is their priority? to help us with logistics to end boko haram or just to find the kidnapped girls?
    so after they rescue the girls and another 300 is kidnapped what next? start another hash tag and pretend to the world that they care about us while Nigerians foolishly buy it?

    I like the Nigerian spirit whenever we chose to speak out but we always tend to do that for the wrong purpose.
    boko haram have been killing children long before now. where was our voice before now?

    why are we only talking about freeing the girls when the government has been stingy with the welfare (both logistics) of the brave men that have volunteered to die so we can sleep well?

    when the politicians that we call our leaders would rather play the blame game than find a decisive solution to this menace?

    where was our voice and where is it now?

    if eventually those girls are found (of which I doubt), what next? do we take down the #BringBackOurGirls and go hack to looking over our shoulders out of fear?

    why have we not asked these hypocrites where they were with their surveillance equipments and diplomatic powers when we needed them the most? why now and why only about the girls that we all know would be long gone by now?

    if billions of dollars can go missing in months and the economy is not shaken, then why have billions of dollars not been decisively put aside to sponsor programs (both military and social) that would have made boko haram a yesterday’s experience.

    I aplogize to the relatives of the girls kidnapped cos my comments will sound offensive, but the truth needs to be told.

    we also owe our apologies to those that have long lost their loved ones, lost their limbs and yet faced neglect by the society and the government.

    I’ve been an active participant of the #BringBackOurGirls protest until I realized I was raising my voice for the wrong purpose.

    please, president Jonathan. we have suffered enough embarrassment from this small group and enough is enough. if you cannot do anything to stop this menace then do what any honorable leader would do and resign.

    this countty will not collapse if $8 billion is provided to revamp and modernize our armed forces in one swoop.

    if we want to thoroughly calculate it we will realize that more than $30 billion have been lost to corruption in the past year. yet we remain the biggest economy and the fastest growing one on the continent.

    doesn’t that say something about the unseriousness of our politicians to spend this monies to keep us safe as they swore to do? it is up to us Nigerians.

    #EndBokoHaramNow

    • gbash10 says:

      @Blackrev,thank you bros,I thought I am the only person observing and sensing the barrage of attack on Nigeria by foreign media especially the BBC ,they said we are a proud people!

    • Are James says:

      If we spent $8bn on defence in one fell swoop?
      That money would have to come from foreign reserves.
      The Naira will crash to about N180 to the dollar for six months, fuel price will increase because it is an imported commodity, inflation will increase by about 50%.

      However after nine months things will self correct.
      This is the power of being in the oil and gas business.
      On the credit side of the accounts, we gain foundational defence and security improvement, increase in GDP because of new Aerospace joint programs, a revamped DICON, new local defence services and support industries, reduction in oil theft, improvement in economic activity in the north-east, reduction in the frequency of destruction of infrastructure (BH blew two bridges last week), and so many other gains that are far above $8bn.
      So let us go for it, after all $8bn is just a fraction of $20bn and heavens have not fallen.

    • doziex says:

      @Blackrev,
      Thank you sir.

  13. Are James says:

    The western world needs a big foot in the region and the FG has handed them a wonderful opportunity. The negative news barrage is just a first step.
    Someone should tell us the real details of Northern Governors meeting with US officials recently.
    I am very disappointed in the FG. We need to shoo off the business men, rent seekers and political jobbers milling around aso rock and get real men with patriotic fore in their hearts to talk to the Oga about the geo political realities and nation hijacking agenda going on.
    Let the boys leave and the real men take charge..and the real men don’t have $25bn in assets.
    The Oga at the top himself needs to outgrow the neophyte orientation and the parochial regional interests that informs all his decisions and become more pan Africanist. Radical Islam is spreading across the region but Nigeria should be the player building the bulwark of nations to stamp it out not the subservient follower saying yes to everything France, UK and USA bring up.
    Gentlemen, I see a second colonialism in the horizon and our national divisions are going to be the main thing that makes it happen.

  14. tim says:

    In August 1996 while attached to USS Sides during counter drug operations in Colombia, SBS1 came under attack in the Antioquia Valley region while conducting field operations by members of FARC, Colombia’s counter revolutionary movement. Six SBS1 members held off a force of approximately 150 rebels. The battle lasted for three days and nights and members of SBS1 found themselves surrounded and cut off from each other on several occasions. Short of ammunition and water, SBS1 held on until first light on day three, regrouped and counter-attacked, punching a hole in the FARC defense line and linking up with Colombian special forces sent there to assist them. An estimated 43 FARC rebels were killed during the battle and four were captured with only one team member being wounded. Members of the team were cited for their heroism and bravery…………… I keep on saying it is possible even with BH, all I ask, give us the right equipment!!!!!

    • doziex says:

      Oga Tim,
      What if the members of that SBS1 team retired, and formed a company.

      Do you not see value in hiring such a team to mentor our nascent SBS ?

      We are beginners in this game and cannot say that we know it all.

      Does one know the confidence, mindset and testicular fortitude it takes for men to pull of this aforementioned feat ?

      This sort of training/mentorship plus the right equipment equals success for the NA.

      Us rangers, if they want could stand up 1st class ranger units in Nigeria as they have done elsewhere, Columbia included.
      I am just worried about their excessive baggage.

  15. asorockweb says:

    It’s all clear now.

    Mail, Libya and CAR are destabilized, and locked within this massive triangle are weak governments.

    It’s harvest time.

  16. asorockweb says:

    Dear Nigerian Political Leadership, the short term relief gained by shifting responsibility to foreign actors will not last. Please refer to history as a guide.

    Mail, Libya and CAR are destabilized, and locked within this massive triangle, are weak governments.

    The national-power machines of the US – Defence and State Dept., along with their media allies, are now in over drive.

    They see a massive opportunity to lock-in another client-state. They will not let go easily.

    Egypt was locked-in a long time ago in 1979, and South Africa is already a “super friend”. All that is left in Africa is Nigeria.

    The citizens of the US do not want another foreign adventure, but the kidnapping of 300 young girls from Chibok got everybody in an emotional frenzy.

    We know Boko Haram well enough now. They are ruthless, merciless and evil.

    If the girls are alive, it’s because they want them to be.
    If the girls are dead, it’s because they want them to be.

    If we have any leadership left in Nigeria, this is what they should concentrate on.

    1) With or without foreign experts, takeover the Sambisa forest and setup permanent camp there.

    2) Provide protected mobility for our troops so that they can take back the roads and open spaces. Do this with or without US help. If we need additional training for this mode of fighting, bring in private contractors to help with the training.

    3) Provide night fighting equipment for all land and air forces. Do this with or without US help.

    4) Provide round the clock surveillance assets. Lease from Israel like the Canadians did for Afghanistan. Until we learn how to derive intelligence from the data capture by these assets, we may need private contractors to help with the analysis.

    5) Provide armed air patrols for the area. For round the clock patrols, we will need at least 24 armed helicopters IN the area. FOB for these helicopters are also required.

    6) Prepare our forces for future foreign expeditions. We may have to pay brief visits to locations in Chad, Libya, or CAR.

    The objectives listed above should be the focus of the US$1billion “defense intervention fund.” The truth is, we need more US$1billion.

  17. beegeagle says:

    If all of that hobnobbing with governors upcountry is aimed at currying favour in that region, the US should be mindful of alienating people in the Middle Belt and South where she enjoys a natural headstart and where the overwhelming majority want BH to be destroyed militarily for their brazen affront of all our sensibilities as Nigerians. It would only take a flare-up in the Middle East for public opinion to turn against Israel and their American backers. Whatever political point she hopes to score with this dalliance, it must not appear as if the USA are strengthening the hands of these governors to undermine the authority of the FGN.

    Make no mistake about it, there are people who are also inspired to take up arms if the incumbent is squeezed out of office. That is street-level knowledge in the Niger Delta where he comes from and where any resurgence of armed struggle is bound to have more far-reaching effects. You know that some resource control buffs are still hellbent on 50% derivation? So what gives?

    In diplomatic relations with Nigeria, the only government to be strengthened is the national government. America would be advised to stand behind the democratically elected national government of the day and quit this flirtation with sections thereof.

    Nigeria only need security-related support and not any political gimmickry which would only set the country off on another armed conflict. Why are all those discredited governors who refused to cooperate with the FG now taking umbrage under the USA? They failed their people, even as foreign commentators keep on blaming the FG. We are a federation, not a unitary republic. The primary cause of the problems in any state is that state’s government.

    Babangida Aliyu never gets his big face off television. He and his wingmen would rather play North-South politics to hoodwink plebians into looking for causes where they do not lie. Is Enugu State or Cross River State oil producing? Why are they getting on well even when several states upcountry run bigger budgets yet blame the FG for all their failings by hiding behind the ethnoreligious and regional divide to pull the wool over their peoples’ eyes?

    • asorockweb says:

      The US plays “hardball”, and by passes whomever it wishes. That is, if you let them by pass you.

      US foreign-relations institutions are well funded machines and will automatically go for whatever goal it is that they seek at the moment.

      The Middle Belt and South are mind-bonded to the US. The US doesn’t fear losing them at all. The Middle Belt and South can’t re-orientated themselves to eastern nations like china.

      The “young maiden” that needs courting are the northern governors.

      • Are James says:

        The barrage on CNN, CBC, BBC and Sky News is getting almost unbearable. Some people are manipulating things to achieve an end.

    • Martin Luther says:

      U sabi vex o

  18. beegeagle says:

    It does look like there is subterfuge in all of this. What is this monumental outpouring all about? Since when did they have any love to give Nigeria? How many thousands of girls did Joseph Kony abduct in northern Uganda? He got forced out of northern Uganda by the UPDF after twenty years of plundering that region. Why did we not witness this kind of outpouring? Because Uganda had no oil?

    It is clear that Nigeria is a very, very big prize in the eyes of many – most populous nation in Africa and the Middle East, biggest oil producer in Africa, largest economy in Africa. The FG needs to come out and tell us what the scope of activities shall encompass. The process cannot run on autopilot and there is no room for timidity or morbid secrecy under the guise of some nebulous national security concern. Tell Nigerians what you are doing and when the help shall cease so that we know when to scream “offside”

    Have you heard any of those buccaneering Nigerians who call themselves activists raise a whimper? Obviously, their paymasters and clients who fund their activities are in so our national interest takes a back seat. At other times, they would claim to be civil society folk who are trying to keep government accountable. Why not now?

    PLEASE, I am becoming exceptionally wary of this whole thing. Nigeria should activate PLAN B. Our leaders have to show courage at this time. 2015 – the date fixed by externals for the breakup of Nigeria is just round the corner. Tell the Russians, Chinese and Israelis to standby. If the handshake gets past the elbow, we try nextdoor. Lord..is this the same Nigeria of the Non-Aligned Nations? When did we become so compromised? We need to see China and Russia as well in this scheme of things to vouchsafe the effort and ensure that we do not set ourselves up for recolonisation.

    Our country will not be recolonised and we shall not be a star in anybody’s constellation. We are even looking to build our own constellation. Let the partners clearly spell out the limits of what they are trying to do.

    Kai, Nigeria yab. All of this because our governments criminally refused to pay attention to building up our military since 1999? Telling us stuff about competing demands?

    And our ogas in khaki brought this upon the military. Only naval brasshats consistently bemoaned the paucity of resources available to them while the NAF went everywhere boasting about a mythical capacity to defend the country from internal and external aggression at every twist and turn…playing the fiddle while Rome burns? Alas they do not have the capacity to even cover the whole gamut of air power requirements in the SoE areas. See where we are now?

    Since the insurgency began, has any Oga ever mentioned MRAP or spoken against the undesirability of soft-skinned 4WD trucks for combat operations?

    Na so, so “all correct, sir” we don dey hear. Why? Hmm..na wa o. Abeg, I don comot for hia. Haba…na wetin be dis?

    • doziex says:

      Oga beeg, I agree with you.

      The western soldiers may be fine, but the western interests/bad belle is too dangerous to let them in.
      You said we must move to plan B,

      At the risk of pissing you off, NA advised by Eeben plus the billion usd expenditure should be the plan b.
      Satellite surveillance, we can get from china,

      The Chinese don’t have to put us down, to feel great about themselves.

      We just have to tell the west thanks but no thanks. Provided we be responsible and do the necessary.

    • Naijaseal says:

      Ogabeegs,
      This Chibok thing is beginning to look way too organized for my liking. The sudden western love, the quick response, the media coverage etc. Its looking eerily similar to the beginning of the current mess in Ukraine…

      Our leaders should seriously have and look at a plan B. Russia, China, no (much) strings attached. I no fit cry abeg…

      • OriginalPato says:

        I agree with you Oga Naijaseal. I smell conspiracy.
        First the 19th Northern governors met in the US, the abduction and media outrage, every Tom, Dick and Harry is chipping in to assist after initially rebuffing our request for non lethal assistance and intelligence. Then all of a sudden the 19 northern governors now decide to behave and are predicting the insurgency would be over in 3 months.
        *smh*

  19. Julius says:

    http://www.punchng.com/news/abducted-girls-joint-military-operation-begins-this-week/

    At the end of that link,the reference for the used assets of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan was mentioned.

  20. menatti says:

    In other news did anyone see the interview on CNN with the “escaped Chibok student”? Did you find it strange that an SS3 Science student couldnt speak a word of english?

    • Are James says:

      I thought it strange as well. I was juggling possibilities in my mind as to how this could be.
      Maybe she was in SS1 and was not taking the exams with the seniors, maybe she was not a student but some girl who happened to be around, maybe the standard of education had really become so bad that SS3 students now have difficulty communicating effectively, et.c, et.c none of the possibilities seemed to add up and moreover WAEC is a regional exam so how come?.

  21. ozed says:

    More surprising for me is the discrepancies in the stories. Some have said the girls were in class writing exams when the girls came. but this girls said this happened at about 10pm at night.
    How were they so efficient at gathering the girls and in that time no one of the teaching staff suspected these were not Nigerian army soldiers?? This whole thing screams of complicity (at a minimum from the teaching staff and possibly up to the higher levels of the State govt)!!

    Also a bit shocking is the fact that it took 4 days to get there from maiduguri (i assume or were they driving from Abuja?) and the correspondent says as they got closer to Chibok all military presence disappeared.
    Obviously these places are not properly garrisoned given the known presence of BH around there.
    Sometimes you have to ask whether we are not lying to ourselves? e.g. does the Army actually have 120,000 men? If they do is the bottle neck to deploying them logistics?
    Of course the Army is not going to admit these to the populace, but are they even admitting this to the leadership??
    I wonder.

    • Are James says:

      No exams are done at night and in any case the first lady’s ‘televised investigations’ revealed that school generator was not working.
      Based on the stories heard so far one can blame the state gov’t for the gross mismanagement of the welfare of the students. The school is for mainly Chibok residents so it is understandable why they may have called a quick crash program to clear a backlog of exams but the arrangements were poor.
      COMPLICITY
      All accusations of the state gov’t’s complicity initially seem fly in the face of evidence that the military were informed via intelligence of the 11pm attack as far back as 4pm but nothing was done to deploy assets to the place.
      If this was so and we combine it with the state gov’t complicity theory then it appears we have a dangerous conclusion in front of us that is not even related to NA capability or effectiveness or valour or anything we have read or heard in the media so far.
      Something more sinister.

  22. Yagazie says:

    @Oga Mennatti- GOD Bless YOU!! I watched the CNN interview and was also struck by the fact that a girl who was supposed to be taking her School Certificate Exams- could not string together a simple sentence in English or even understand the nature of the question put to her.

    In any event this is all academic. We as a country are where we are because our leadership (past and present) have failed to do the needful and train, equip and fund our security agencies (police, civil defence corp, customs, the millitary and DSS) to enable them properly perform their responsibilities. Worse still, the top brass in these institutions (with the possible exception of the navy) have refused to speak truth to power and tell it as it really it in terms of equipment, funding and logistics. This is why a CDS can be appointed on the basis of the fact that he ‘managed available rescources and did not complain or ask for more’. What business should the nigerian army have guarding schools or towns/villages – if our Civil Defence Corps, Police Force and more importantly Mobile Police Units /Squadrons were properly funded, manned and equipped? How can we have a police force of about 300,000 men for a country of about 167 million people?

    I have never been an advocate of oga Doziex’s view of having PMCs come in to train our troops in counter-insurgency operations – but I am reluctantly begining to see some merit in his arguements- which he has consistently held. Only a mad man consistently does the same thing and expects to get a different result.

    We claim to have about 4-5 sattellites in orbit and yet cannot monitor our own territory to find out where BH are holding our daughters? We have a millitary that engages in peacekeeping operations abroad but cannot (because of poor funding) effectively deal with the BH menance within our country’s borders?

    Our standing in Africa has fallen so low that countries like Chad, Cameroun and Niger would rather annoy us (by not securing their borders) than risk annoying BH terrorists who criss-cross their borders freely to engage in their dastardly acts? How can our leaders attend an ECOWAS or AU summit and hold their heads up high when our country has been exposed to such an avoidable riddicule? – currently, Nigeria must be the butt of jokes, pity and amazement (as to how a country so well endowed with human and material resources could have allowed itself to be put in such a humiliating position) in most African Capitals – though the leaders of such countries would in the most part be too polite to voice such views. Talk less of the contempt with which the leadership our counrty is now held in the West and yes China too – over our handling of this BH insurgency.

    With the possible exception of our Navy, when was the last time our millitary actually conducted proper ‘war games’ /military excercises with credible foreign powers partricipating? When was the last time that the NAF conducted aerial combat excercises/ practised bombing runs on our millitary ranges?- Silly question- how could any of this be done when the millitary is not equipped with the right equipment that would attact the participation of a credible foreign millitary power in such excercises.

    We have a Govt and more worringly a millitary – who do not undertand the importance of the media and PROPAGANDA WARFARE- and are thus always re-acting to media events instead of shaping them. Could the Govt not learn from the brilliant propaganda strategies employed by Biafra during the civil war (Sen Uche Chukwumerijie-the head of Biafra’s propaganda machinerey during the civil war, is still alive and currently is currently serving as a Senator in the present political dispensation)- What would it cost our Govt to ensure that NTA International is received on Satellite Channels worldwide – and is used as an arm of our Foreign Ministry to put out our country’s policies (‘soft power’) – the same way the BBC is used as a tool of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commenwealth office (despite its claims to be independent).

    Truth be told- we deserve all the blitz of negative publicity coming our way – from the world media (BBC, France 24, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the latest pulication in the Economist magazine) as well as from some notable world leaders (Kofi Annan and Hillary Clinton’s latest broadside comes to mind) because we have simply refused to do the right thing by our country. If putting foreign troops on our soil is what it would take to get our girls back- then so be it. In my humble opinion, for now, until we put our house in order, we are not really in a position to dictiate to the foreign powers who have offered to help us -(and whose offer we have accepted )- as to the nature of the assistance we are prepared to take- this may be controversial and unpalatable to some- but this is not the time for displaying ’empty pride’ in the guise of maintaining our sovereignty.

    Gentlemen, the self professed ‘Giant of Africa’ – has been cruelly exposed to be a ‘hollow giant’ ‘crippled by corruption, self-serving interests and insincereity of purpose as well as a lack of requisite political will to deal with its’ myriad of surmountable challenges. Thus for now (until we put our house in order) we should swallow our empty pride (‘wey no get head’), eat humble pie and do the needful to get our daughters back. If that means foreign boots on the ground (in addition to technical assistance offered) then so be it. Remember – it is Chibok commnity today- it could be any our our own local communites or close female relations tommorow.

  23. Obix says:

    My ogas, the show is getting more interesting. I have information on abducted girls – Borno State governor Kashim Shettima! http://www.punchng.com/news/i-have-information-on-abducted-girls-shettima/

  24. Obix says:

    New video claiming to show some of the 300 kidnapped schoolgirls released by Boko Haram.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/boko-haram-video-300-kidnapped-3530510#ixzz31VA61YYz

    • drag_on says:

      On my way home about an hour ago i saw what looked like an AN124 flying over-head at low altitude. Could it be Russian supplies?

    • Are James says:

      Olay, this is looking too well choreographed.
      Parents should come forward to authenticate the pictures and this is where we need the list of names.

  25. peccavi says:

    Ogas this is good news.
    The negotiation has started.
    The video is a proof of life, it shows (some) girls are alive
    He has also made a fairly logical request, prisoner release etc
    As long as no one messes up the girls will be freed

    • Bigbrovar says:

      No negotiation with terrorist… doing so would put more girls in danger and weaken our position even further. We should stand firm and not let anyone bully us into compromising our security further. This country is bigger and anyone or group of persons. We should attempt to rescue this girls dead or alive.

      • peccavi says:

        When dem kidnap your pikin, please let me know your stance again. There is no option other than negotiation. Rhetoric such as no negotiation with terrorists is wonderful, but EVERYBODY negotiates with terrorists. EVERYBODY.
        Stop believing the nonsense you see on TV,
        Negotiate, get the girls back and then unleash hell.

        Note anyway that it is Shekau Part 2 that is in this video.
        Shekau part one in a scrub/ savanna area
        Shekau part two with girls, read earth, fuller greener trees.

        What does that indicate?

      • igbi says:

        No negotiations sounds right to me. Either they have my pikin or not.

      • igbi says:

        It seems many people here don’t understand the difference between the Nigerian situation and the french one. France would never negotiate with terrorists on its own soil. Once they are on your soil, you must kill them all. And it sends a very wrong message. Given that our borders have still not been blocked by ditches or land mines or great walls, every criminal in Africa will be enticed to take advantage of our porous borders to kidnap some little girls and get payed. Guys don’t confuse Nigeria with the western country in which you live. Nigeria can not afford to negotiate with terrorists.

      • OriginalPato says:

        @Peecavi,

        “Shekau part one in a scrub/ savanna area
        Shekau part two with girls, read earth, fuller greener
        trees”

        No wonder DHQ said the name Abubakar Shekau is a title, not an individual as we once believed.

  26. Julius says:

    http://saharareporters.com/gallery/photonews-nigerian-secret-police-parades-abuja-bus-station-bombers

    Its amazing how they catch this bombers pretty quick…Not drawing any conclusions yet.

    • Are James says:

      For every act of ineffectiveness that the Nigerian organs of security display, multiply that by three and you would come close to the slackness and dumbness of the terrorists including all criminals operating in Nigeria for that matter. I am sure that BH leaves troves of evidence like GSM tracks, DNA, chemical residue, K-9 markers, fingerprints, explosive chemical signatures, tore tracks and so on with every operation they carry out. All you need is the right people using the right tools to nail them.
      The shortage of investigation skills and our poor investment in forensic technology has been a boom period for criminals, fortunately things have begun to change in the last two years.

  27. Yagazie says:

    Oga Bigbrovar- with all due respect to your point of view – if a close blood relative of yours was amongst these kidnapped girls, would you truly advocate such a hardline and inflexible approach? These are young innocent school girls. If ‘prisoner exchange’ is the price we have to pay for the safe return of ALL THE GIRLS then so be it. Our Government MUST begin to place a premiun on the life of its citizens whom it is constitutionally bound to protect. Remember that these ‘hostages’ are not fully grown adults but young school girls.

    I know that this point of view may sound unpalatable to most of us (myself inclusive)- but are we as a country truly prepared for the enormous fall-out and irreparable damage to our national psyche that would occur if a millitary operation is launched and some/all of these innocent girls are killed? Please let us remember what happened with the Isrealis and their failed commando raid to free Isreali school children kidnapped and held by palastinian terrorists at Ma’alot in 1974. The damage this failed raid inflicted on the Isreali psyche was immense and was only partially asuaged by the subsequent successful comando raid to free captive Isreali passangers held captive at Entebbe Uganda in 1976.

    Even Isreal – which adopts a hardline against negotiations wiith terrorists, is pragmatic enough to engage in prisoner swaps when the occassion calls for it. France for all its protestations to the contrary – pays ransomes to secure the release of its citizens who have been unfortunate enough to be kdinapped by Islamic Insurgents. The United Kingdom- settled for a political solution to the IRA campaign in the form of the ‘Good Friday’ Agreement – which involved the release of convicted IRA terrorists.

    These aforementioned countries all have excellent intelligence (ELINT, HUMINT and SIGNIT) capabiities coupled with well trained, equipped and properly funded professional millitaries. If they can be pragmatic and negotiate with terrorists when the occassion demands it- why should we (who have nowhere near the intelligence or millitary capabilites of these countries- no disrespect to the courange of our gallant armed forces intended) be any different?- Again it is the manifestation of the ’empty pride’ syndrome.

    Getting all the girls home safely first MUST be our first priority – and then we can start dealing seriously with our intelligence/equipment/security/millitary short-comings that allowed such a fiasco to occur in the first place and correct same by whatever means necessary, so as to ensure that such an event (i.e. mass kidnapping of young school children by BH terrorists) can NEVER AGAIN be allowed to happen in our country.

    • igbi says:

      With all due respect, it is wrong to ask him what he would have done if one of the kidnapped people were related to him. Because then you are not talking to his brain but to his heart. What we need here is to use our brains. What is the point of fighting against the terrorists, arresting them and losing soldiers and civilians in the process if we were now to release their killers ? What would we have gained from all this ? The guys you would be releasing will kill an average of 15 girls each, so what have gained by freeing them ? I suggest an extensive use of force the Algerian style.

  28. Bigbrovar says:

    The fact that France, Britain, and all aforementioned countries deal with Terrorist through ransom and prisoner exchange is why their citizens are most sorted after world wide by terrorist. Anyone criminal/terrorist org who kidnaps their citizen has hit a jackpot and just have to wait for the eventual windfall.. Again we have to look at the greater good, using the girls for prisoner exchange of all imprisoned BH members will only put my innocent girls at risk. Russia and Algeria have showed us the type of language this people understand. Any Terrorist would think twice before carrying out a raid on Algerian soil with the aim of making quick money/demand through ransom. And I have a kid.. nieces and younger ones. If any of them happen to find themselves in this type of situation,, I would feel bad.. but I would rather that they are rescued in a way as not to put other children in danger.

    • igbi says:

      given our 175 million population, agreeing to boko haram demands as a strategy for the release of our people is a losing strategy. The use of force is all we can afford to do.

  29. igbi says:

    I think many of you are letting your hearts get into the way. We are not France, the enemy is on our territory, nothing is stopping him from doing this again and again. So negociating is a wrong strategy, unless you want to negociate boko haram’s way to power. Let them negociate with our bullets.

  30. Yagazie says:

    Oga Bigbrovar- much as I respect your position on this mater, your response has still not answered my question – if one of your close blood relatives was amongst these kidnapped school girls, would you still adopt your hardline and rigid stance of no negotiations with the terrorists – even if it meant knowing for certain that such a relative could not be rescued and would most certainly lose her life- all in pursuit of the greater good? If you can honestly answer that question in the affirmative – then so be it.

  31. ozed says:

    Trust me guys if any of our pikins were captured, you would not be trusted to make the decisions.
    Just as Doctors are advised not to treat close relatives.

    The truth is that sometimes, life calls for hard decisions which may seem cruel on a minority but favour the majority. e.g. when ebola break out in an area. you immediately quarantine that area irrespective of the number of women and children there. that is the basic survival instinct at its most pragmatic and most cruel.

    Bottom line, if we agree to this exchange we better have an answer for the next cases, because they will certainly happen.
    Sad but true.

    • Are James says:

      Factors that will influence decision:
      Character and core values of our political leadership, how close we are to 2015 elections, what will the whole world think about each option?, what will the western world think?, what will Nigerian Christians think?.

    • igbi says:

      My friend, I think some people are honestly being emotional and therefore illogical while others are supporting boko haram and pretending to be emotional. My heart bleeds for my country because I can see the consequences of the decisions people are trying to push us to make.

  32. Yagazie says:

    News Flahs on the BBC news channel indicates that the Nigerian Govt has reversed it’s initial hardline position and has stated that it is now ready to negotiate with the BH insurgents over the terms for the release of the kidnapped school girls. A wise and sensible decision. The Govt has to adopt a flexible approach in this matter. Adopting this approach is not a sign of weakness.

    Unpalatable as this reversal of position may seem to most of us, make no mistake – ALL countries (despite pubic protestations or statements to the contrary) negotiate with terrorists. It is a question of the negotiating format and the ‘red line(s)’ which the country in question is not prepared to cross/compromise.

    The Govt does not have to negotiate directly with the BH insurgents – the negotiations can be done through trusted intermediaries on both sides. Even though BH has demaned for the release of all their personnel being held by the Govt- I am of the view that this is simply their initial negotiating position.

    The Govt could for instance refuse to release the ‘hardcore prisoners’ with blood on their hands, but could release those members who are on the fringes of the BH movement/wives or children of BH insurgents in exchange for our daughters currently being held. The important point is to ensure the safe return of all the school children. Thereafter we can then turn our attention to plugging the gaps in our security infrastructure to prevent a future re-occurence of such an event.

    Finally, the fact that negotiations are on-going, does not preclude the Govt from excersing the milliary option – if the factors for their use are in our favour and the circumstances warrant it.

    • asorockweb says:

      It’s not a reversal.

      The FG does not have one voice.

      Sad.

      The minister of the interior says “no negotiations”
      The special adviser on reconciliation says “Boko Haram, bring your representatives”.

      Two contradicting statements, one government.

      • Are James says:

        When in doubt …please ask the special adviser on reconciliation or Ibrahim Sabo.

        We have to do the prisoner exchange for many reasons.
        First they won’t release the girls if we don’t.
        Second, if this was an inside job, it is the only way that we can even approach getting to know the truth and the people involved.
        Third even if you say don’t want to set a bad precedent by doing prisoner exchange, it doesn’t stop the future abduction of girls, greater dastardly acts or the future abduction of other persons for that matter. It is not a credible deterrent. BH is not a rational operator, principles are meaningless, they thrive on senseless braggadocio.This is a group that attacked a particular location in Abuja twice and they are saying they will come a third time, it is not because they are powerful, it is because they need us to think are out of control and they won’t give away that need. There are possibly a hundred reasons why girls are required by Boko Haram – prisoner exchange and money are just the minor ones and they don’t lose much if you say NO.
        Fourthly doing the exchange brings the enemy closer in ways that confer intelligence, information gathering and other strategic advantages on Nigeria
        Fifth, it reassures Christians and Muslim civilians in the North East that the FGN cares about them. 2015 is around the corner.
        Sixth, releasing the prisoners for the girls makes all hesitation in doing a total bombardment and occupation of all the militant camps disappear. The security forces would then have to tell, us why those camps are still existing.
        Seventh, it could be argued that we already set the precedent years ago.
        The ND militants, killed oil workers, abducted the wives and children of ND billionaires, kidnapped foreigners for ransom, stole oil from pipelines and committed other dastardly acts. The Nigerian state rewarded them with overseas training, government contracts and made more than 20 of them billionaires.. all, because of oil money accruing to the federation how much more 200 innocent young lives.

        So let us discountenance that statement by an interior minister who is merely trying to appear relevant since his future is still in doubt after the un-employment terrorism at the NIS recruitment grounds.

    • igbi says:

      The worse decision ever, prepare for mass kidnapping this year or next year. I will log on next year and I will say: I told you so !

    • igbi says:

      Oga Yagazy, you know about weapons and military history but you are terribly wrong on this. Imagine the biggest economy in Africa with 175 million people in it. Porous borders, a lot of jobless people, neighboring countries full of mercenaries and terrorists. Now you send a message that to get gold all you need to do is to kidnap our little girls !
      Next year expect millions of kidnapping. Nigeria is not france, Nigeria is not a western country and you guys don’t get that ! We have limited options. Look how well the handling of the Nigerdelta payed out: the entire west African coast is now infested by pirates. When will you guys understand that this is Africa ! No time for emotions!

  33. Cyril Ojo says:

    Prisoner swap for our daughters is very sane, humane and logical what other option do we have at this moment ? Do the deal and then unleash terror on the terrorist with whatever we have even dropping bombs with our F-7, just anything that is lethal.

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