“NIGERIANS RIGHT TO BE WARY OF U.S. INTENTIONS” – CNN SPECIAL ; BEEGEAGLE BARES HIS MIND TO CNN ON U.S-NIGERIA DEFENSE COOPERATION

Colonel (rtd) Sambo Dasuki, National Security Adviser

(CNN)
13 May, 2014
by Tolu Ogunlesi

The Nigerian government is up against a wall. The inability to locate the more than 200 school girls abducted a month ago has embarrassed the government and forced President Goodluck Jonathan to appeal for foreign help as Nigeria’s five-year struggle with terrorist group Boko Haram escalates.

It does seem that Nigerians are caught in the difficult position of having to welcome the help and be deeply wary of it. On the one hand we know, from the evident helplessness of our government, that we’re at the point where we cannot make any progress without the skills and knowledge and technology that Western countries will bring to this battle.

On the other hand, there are questions (running the gamut of conspiracy theory to reasonable concern)about America’s motivations, and its track record.

“I have my reservations,” says Debo Bashorun, a retired Nigerian army major who served as press secretary to military president Ibrahim Babangida in the late 1980s, and is now a vocal critic of the Nigerian military. “[Now] this is a good time [for the Americans] to do what they’ve always wanted to do,” Bashorun says. He’s referring to the U.S. Africa Command(AFRICOM), run by the U.S.Department of Defense, and established by President George W. Bush in 2007.

From early on African leaders opposed attempts to site AFRICOM’s headquarters in Africa . On his first official trip to Washington as
president in December 2007, on the invitation of President Bush, Nigeria’s President Yar’Adua made comments that were interpreted back home to mean that Nigeria was acceding to America’s AFRICOM-in-Africa push.

Outrage in Nigeria compelled the president to declare that he “did not agree that AFRICOM should be based in Africa.” “What we discussed with [President] Bush is that if they have something to do for Africa that has to do with peace and security, they should contribute. I told him that we African countries have our own plan to establish a joint military command in every sub-region …” he said.

Segun Adeniyi, Yar’Adua’s spokesperson, says those comments
displeased America. “[By] openly repudiating the idea of AFRICOM, Nigeria’s relationship with the U.S. on Yar’Adua’s watch had started on a very bad note. It was a relationship that would remain at a less-than-inspiring note throughout his tenure,” Adeniyi writes in his book, “Power, Politics and Death,” an account of the Yar’Adua administration.

Nigerians are right to be wary of America’s military intentions,with the cautionary tales of countries like Iraq and Pakistan. “This is a transactional relationship; there’s nothing strategic about it,” said Ehsan ul-Haq, retired Pakistani general and one-time head of the country’s Intelligence Agency ISI,of U.S.-Pakistani military relations, at a reporting seminar for journalists which I attended in London in 2011.

He added that the cumulative value of U.S. military assistance to Pakistan ($20 billion at that time, he said) paled into insignificance compared to Pakistan’s losses from the war on terror — which he put at not less than $68 billion.

Bashorun echoes those views “America will not do it out of honest intentions,” he told me. “It’s a matter of giving you 10 naira and in the long run they will collect 50 naira,” he says. But he is pragmatic enough to realize that at this point Nigeria has got little choice in the matter. “If we had done what we were supposed to have done,things wouldn’t have turned out like this,” he says. Then again there’s the strong possibility that suggestions of the United States turning Nigeria into another Iraq or Pakistan are unfounded.

Anonymous Nigerian defense blogger, Beegeagle, points out that Nigeria has long enjoyed significant levels of cooperation with the United States, in terms of receiving donations of hardware and training. “The difference in this latest American effort is that the U.S are going to collaborate with Nigeria in the field — an undisguised first,” he wrote in an email message to me. But even that field work, he says, will not involve “putting [American]soldiers on the ground to fight alongside Nigerian soldiers.”

That will no doubt be comforting to many observers. But there’s obviously still a lot that needs to be clarified regarding the extent and mode of foreign help Nigeria will be getting. For now the solidarity mounts; at the last count America, Britain, China, Canada, France and Israel had already thrown in offers of assistance.

Nigerians will of course continue to be wary, and quick to bristle at any threats, real or imagined, to Nigeria’s sovereignty. It doesn’t help that many Nigerians believe,on the strength of pessimistic American assessments of Nigeria’s fate, that its inclinations towards their country are sinister.

And Nigerians have been there before. Shortly after Independence in October 1960, Nigeria’s Parliament formally approved the terms of a controversial “Anglo-Nigerian Defence Pact,” which the Nigerian public had come to believe would give the departing colonial power the right to set up military bases in Nigeria. The protests that followed, led by student and labor groups, resulted in the speedy repeal of the agreement by the Federal Government barely a year-and-half later.

http://www.edition.cnn.com/2014/05/13/opinion/nigeria-us-military-ogunlesi/

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74 Responses to “NIGERIANS RIGHT TO BE WARY OF U.S. INTENTIONS” – CNN SPECIAL ; BEEGEAGLE BARES HIS MIND TO CNN ON U.S-NIGERIA DEFENSE COOPERATION

  1. johnbest1 says:

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    • Max Siollun says:

      Field Marshal Beeg Eagle, well done. Your blog is fantastic. Glad to see you are still doing great work here. Keep up the great work.

  2. Akin Oges says:

    How it should be, just right. You are an authority, Oga Beeg. You can’t ‘hide’ anymore. Lol… It will only get better. I raise and clink my glass to you, Sir.

  3. beegeagle says:

    @Johnbest1. on point?🙂

    @Akin Oges. Thank you too, bro. Was supposed to have been on the public broadcaster of another major Western broadcaster last Friday. My SIM card acted up like never before but they promised to come back in a bit….

    • Akin Oges says:

      I am entirely happy for you my Oga. Keep up the good work, Sir. Remain Blessed.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Beegeagle, I am glad to hear your name on CNN. My suggestion…if you could be more aggressively vocal to international media in times like this, they want to hear a Nigerian voice of up to date knowledge, but they need proof of your competence and track record, so always refer them to the contents of this blog from archives till current.

      Fame comes from strategically planned noise making when the world is tired of silence…there may not be a better time to send your blog address to several international media of the USA, UK, France, and Canada that have military forces in Nigeria now, just ask them to peruse it and give them your email and phone numbers, I believe the long awaited fame will slowly but steadily flow in…and when you prove to a white man that you know what he does not know, which he needs to know and wants to know….he is ready to part with dollars in your direction.

      If a prophet has no honour in his own country, he can get honours somewhere else, nothing wrong with brain drain without immigrating.

      My top suggestions, USA and Canadian news hunter agencies/media and child/women rights NGOs. The Canadians are confused about the truth of Nigeria’s Boko Haram war and the effect on the civilian population like the kidnapped girls….French and British second choice if you ask me, they are a bit Ijebu with their pockets. Canada is very liberal and their parliament has been screaming…”What is happening in Nigeria and how can we help, because we are ready to do anything necessary”….they could need an experienced and independent non-governmental ‘Voice Of Nigeria’ to show them the light and be remunerated for his job.

    • jimmy says:

      You may now become the prophet recognized everywhere else except at his birthplace.

  4. die9myte says:

    http://mobile.defensenews.com/article/305130042
    Quote
    (“The talks are focused in part on forging an agreement that will enable the United States to share intelligence with Nigeria from spy planes and other sources, officials said Tuesday.

    “At this point, we are not sharing the raw intelligence data” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren told reporters.”
    “We are working closely with the Nigerians to establish intelligence sharing protocols, he said.
    The US government insists on elaborate safeguards to govern intelligence sharing with other countries, fearing that sensitive information could fall into an adversary’s hands.)

    But why is it taking this long though, Nigerian counterpart should have assemble vetted and competent personnels to get the work started already or someone is just been been over-sensitive with their help. Just thinking SiRs

  5. beegeagle says:

    The said other major Western broadcaster alluded to the fact that they realise that Africans should be the lead commentators on African issues rather than the broad range of ‘experts’ chiming in from the Western world.

    We only wish that our own people here in Nigeria can take a cue therefrom. They have been too slow on the draw.

  6. Obix says:

    Marshal Beag, a big congrats there. I paid attention to how the article introduced you- “Anonymous Nigerian defense blogger, Beegeagle”. This supports my advice to you that for you to get the necessary recognition by the necessary quarters, the “anonymous” shroud has to be removed. ……….Time to re-package!. More backstage! Kudos!

    • igbi says:

      Seconded. By the way we all knew that it was only a matter of time.
      Something tells me that there is much more ahead.

  7. AOk says:

    Unfortunately by coming out of the shadows, your links with the government of that time might taint past, present and future comments/ views you express.

  8. AOk says:

    In the eyes of some observers…

  9. Spirit says:

    Beeg,

    You are a goldfish, you have no hiding place.

    “Seeth thou a man that is dilligent in his work, he shall stand before kings and not before mean men”

    “The rejected stone has become the cornerstone’.

    A big congrats to my commander!

    I guess the FGN, NA etc will now come rushing.

  10. beegeagle says:

    AOK might be right about preserving one’s anonymous status.

    Much as I do not have links to government as I write , serious locals and internationals with whom we might interact can similarly use a pseudonym which I might provide or we could set up private meetings and discuss or have a phone chat. Be that as it may, CNN accept adverts from corporate bodies and governments in Nigeria but has that impacted their reportorial preferences? No. In any case, even if I had links to government, journalistic objectivity demands that all sides to the story get heard. It is unfortunate that most global media believe that your have to be a rabidly anti-government “activist” to earn your right of say. That is why most of them have derailed.

    My experience has shown that serious takers will reach out to you regardless and even ask you to tell them if you want to be introduced as “the Publisher of Nigeria’s foremost defence and security blog”, Mr XY (a Nigerian defence analyst who writes under that pseudonym) or would you rather be described as “a competent source who preferred to remain anonymous”. They know that anyone who visits this corner would immediately understand why your opinion was sought after.

    ANONYMOUS is not a pejorative term. It is our people who fixate on the shadows rather than the substance who would make a meal of that. Being unimpressed by the antics of Boko Haram and being vociferously opposed to same, we have to take steps to keep ourselves safe. THAT is the main reason behind our choice to operate in the background. If any serious takers mean to see or talk to me, nothing stops them from reaching out to us quietly, setting up a face-to-face meeting and I can give them personal details. That was what the SBS did, that was what PROFORCE did.

    Did “THE ECONOMIST” not chat with Max Siollun – a pseudonym used by a worthy compatriot in this line of activity? Think about that.

  11. AOk says:

    Good points Beeg. It will be interesting to see if there are changes in either direction, of traffic on this site. Also to note changes in the tone and volume of past key contributors. Be well.

  12. rugged7 says:

    Beegeagle, people like u continue to give us the hope that Nigeria, despite it’s problems will one day be one of the most powerful nations on earth.
    -Boko haram or no boko haram, this nation must answer the callings of its TRUE potentials and make us- the people, eternally proud…

  13. doziex says:

    Hehe he……. Oga beeg, you mean after this blog has been parroted by the press inside and outside Nigeria, someone actually had the courtesy of asking your opinion on a nigerian defense related matter ?
    Anyway, congratulations. I pray this is a first of many.

    • igbi says:

      I didn’t want to talk about this before because I was more concerned about doing my bit against boko haram monsters, but I have recognized a lot of the comments on this blog being reproduced on the french media and passed out as testimony from anonymous high ranking soldiers. I have caught Defenceweb more than once copying beegeagle’s or some of his best commenters’ comments (eg: Henry, Yagazy, Gbash , …)
      In many articles produced by big media houses I recognized the fingerprints of this blog. But I was contempt with the fact that at least they were saying the right things and not their usual guess work produced by fake experts, so I didn’t rush to condemn their theft.

  14. Giles says:

    pls i hav a question. Sir are u still considering going AWOL? As a saying goes GOOD PROPHET ARE ALWAYS RESPECTED EVERYWHERE apart from their own town(Nigeria). Pls more grease to ur elbow but still waiting for d day BBC will kneel and beg for your comments

  15. Obix says:

    You are right, Beag! In our country it will quite difficult to handle such a situation especially with the security concerns involved.

  16. beegeagle says:

    The BBC do not need to beg since I would not be doing them a favour. If they need to get the full picture, they should know that they are duty-bound to seek opinions across the spectrum. Right now, they give the impression that you have to be an activist or an anti-government rabble rouser to get heard and it suggests a predetermined game plan.

    To be sure, I listen to and watch the BBC and have done so since HILTON FYLE, OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, ELIZABETH OHENE and ELIZABETH OBADINA were there. I began listening before I was a teenager and have done so for a quarter of a century already. I am an avid DXer and still prefer to listen to the more comprehensive coverage on their radio channel. I listened to the respectable and balanced content marshalled by Bilkisu Labaran before I left home this morning.

    You might not know this but once upon a time, hark back ten years, I used to get phone calls on the streets and invites to participate from BBC. I pulled back from them over their seemingly overriding fixation with Nigeria bashing. They know who I am and that is probably why they are standing off. Or they are too aloof to go back to the core ethics of professional journalism. Otherwise, the quality of what we have on offer is not in doubt. We are eminently qualified to speak on the subject matter which forms the theme of this blog. I am not angry with them at all but I shall continue to speak out against the inconsistencies in what they do that I observe.

    They have to be fair to Nigeria and not report on her affairs with any seeming predispositions or agendas standing in the way. Like I said elsewhere yesterday, how come it is that they are suddenly realising that the size of the conflict area is one of the challenges entailed in our War on Terror, just because the British have now been saddled with a task in that war? We were expected to just go after the terrorists and uproot them. What they never told the world was that the State of Emergency AOR is equal in size to England and Wales put together. Neither did they tell the world that the IRA who terrorised Northern Ireland for 28 years were crammed into an less than one-sixth the size of BORNO. Was that selective amnesia?

    Even when the mother of a minister got kidnapped, someone from there emailed to ask for guidance in his quest to get hold of something which he needed to have. I freely obliged because he is a fair-minded chap.

  17. Buchi says:

    God knows that I am elated highly to hear Oga Beegeagle’s name in the broadcast medium. Please lets keep up the tempo its time that Nigeria gets to know its experts in the field. More grease to your elbow, Oga Beegs.

  18. Deway says:

    Nice one Beegeagle. High credibility of the blog and your opinions. Many defense blogs worldwide have been waiting for something like this. Thanks for being a consistent voice.

  19. jimmy says:

    OGA BEEGS
    Congrats are truly in order NO BUTS ABOUT IT.
    i hope the first storm is not brewing , can your sources tell us are the Americans going to share the data gleaned or are they going to keep vetting and vetting we are all aware of the SEN LEAHY act that vets U.S aid to countries ACCUSED OF HUMAN RIGHTS ( unless of course you are PAKISTAN AND EGYPT) .
    So what is the deal ? Last night on AMERICAN they showed the drones that are now crisscrossing the NE (probably from Niger). Last time I checked the NAF has not been implicated in any human rights violations so why can’t they work out these protocols faster?
    Hopefully this is not fancy foot dragging? AS SKEPTICAL AS I AM FROM DAY ONE I HOPE THE US IS actually willing to help Nigeria because both countries interests converge.

  20. jimmy says:

    *Sorry I meant last night on American TV world news tonight*

  21. Eeben says:

    Well done, Beegeagle!!!

  22. Henry says:

    It’s an insult saying “congratulations” to you, Oga Beeg. You are the most respectable, reliable and authoritative source on the nigerian defence space. Every nigerian depends on you for accurate information on the nigerian military, including the nigerian military ( check the navy’s general news).

    It’s imperative that you re-package. Kudos!!!

  23. saints says:

    oga beegs Saints is here to congratulate your good work. a city that is set on an hill cannot be hidden

  24. Henry says:

    Exactly Oga saints.

    Kudos for the extra-ordinary he has done with this blog, as a “congratulatory” message does not accurately represent exceptional the work he has and continues to do.

  25. EastMan says:

    Oga Beeg, double tuale for you! We read you loud and clear jare.

  26. rugged7 says:

    Nigeria has to be extremely careful with all these foreigners, especially the americans. Insults are already coming in thick and fast….
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/14/should-mccain-apologize-to-nigerias-president/
    “This is a transactional relationship; there’s nothing strategic about it,” said Ehsan ul-Haq, retired Pakistani general and one-time head of the country’s Intelligence Agency ISI, of U.S.-Pakistani military relations, at a reporting seminar for journalists which I attended in London in 2011.
    This says it all about the amount of caution Nigeria should have….

  27. Deway says:

    Just wondering, did anyone read this crap? Who is James Hall?
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27396702

    • Are James says:

      The article has some impressive analytics on the spatial spread of the insurgency. He has interviewed a UK retired defense attaché who is probably advising the Nigerian military.
      It is a little weak in conclusions and recommendations but it is surely not crap.

  28. lordfej says:

    congrats Le general, besides has anyone heard of the supposed mutiny in 7th division. is it true?

  29. shangy says:

    Baba beeg, Oga Giles asked a question that have been largely ignored. Are you still considering AWOL?

  30. rugged7 says:

    Sometimes i almost throw up reading some of these arrogant, condescending and insulting remarks about Nigeria and it’s military. Really annoying….
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rescuing-the-kidnapped-girls-should-be-only-a-first-step-for-nigeria-to-counter-boko-haram/2014/05/13/4fa7ff92-dac0-11e3-8009-71de85b9c527_story.html

  31. smartboy2000 says:

    My Lord CyberService Chief BeegEagle, congratulations on the due recognition you deserve by the western media. Your blog has been an inspiration for me and I’m glad that other western entities are beginning to see it’s value as a direct insight into the Nigerian Military Structure. Sir, your anonymous stand so far has being exemplarily befitting, but now is the time that you would have to start making the media rounds in the western world. As you have mentioned above United States and Canada should be your first port of call, then you can head eastbound to UK, France and Germany for follow ups. Going further east, Moscow, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Qatar and Israel should give you central coverage while Beijing, New-Delhi and Islamabad far-east coverage. We Nigerians need a neutral non-partisan envoy to promote our countries DEFSEC to the rest of the world, and I know by God’s grace it shall be done.

  32. Spirit says:

    AWOL ke?
    I am sure the love Beeg has for his country will not allow him to do that. It is ‘No retreat, no surrender’ now.
    Kudos to Beegeagle.

  33. peccavi says:

    Oga I would strongly suggest you dust off your old contacts and get back out there because we have completely lost the media war.
    We have had 2 completely contradictory responses to the latest video,
    Footage from Chibok, even from an AH aerial patrol is all coming from foreign sources. I just tire

  34. beegeagle says:

    Na wa, Oga Peccavi. Man nor fit waka dia now until DDI or DAPR ushers us in ke. Even the CNN went to Chibok under MOPOL escort.

    I am willing to serve. I have yet to receive that call to service despite innumerable offers made.

    Nigeria lost the media war to Biafra who had MarkPress serving as image makers for them. Jomo Gbomo had the propaganda edge also during the Gunboat War.

    Supporting the effort at information dissemination does not compromise my position. We have a solid, SERIOUS institutional followership across the globe which would sit up and listen if we tell the story from here, given vantage views as facilitated by DHQ. Even Premium Times and Sahara Reporters receive releases from DHQ and it has not compromised their independent, anti-government credentials.

    “Na pikin wey stretch hand dem dey kari”. Someone only needs to usher us in and we can tell our compelling and transformational story. See how PROFORCE and the Navy SBS fare? Remember when we threw the spotlight on their activities?

    • peccavi says:

      A prophet is never recognised in his own country, when Al Jazeera, BBC and CNN started referencing you, you will become acceptable to the powers that be

  35. Augustine says:

    WHILE THE MULTI-NATIONAL SEARCH GOES ON, THIS….

    “DHQ blames locals for misleading soldiers, sets up investigative panel

    Soldiers in Maiduguri Wednesday shot sporadically to express their displeasure over the killing of their colleagues while returning from an operation in pursuit of members of the Boko Haram sect,
    According to sources, the soldiers shot into the air when the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the newly-established 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Maiduguri in Borno State, Maj. Gen. Ahmadu Mohammed, visited the Maimalari Barracks within the metropolis where some of the soldiers allegedly killed were mobilised from.

    It was also gathered that the incident happened when the GOC was at the barracks ostensibly to calm frayed nerves.

    The soldiers were said to have started shooting into the air in protest against what they described as a wrong order from their boss which led to the killing of over 10 of their colleagues.
    A source within the barracks, told journalists that some soldiers were sent on an operation in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation and had indicated their willingness to spend the night in a village on Tuesday but were allegedly ordered by the army leadership in the division to proceed to Maiduguri in the night.

    The order however proved disastrous as they were ambushed by Boko Haram, leading to the death of over 10 of them.

    Although it could not be officially ascertained, there was strong rumour in town that the GOC was shot at in the milieu.

    Efforts to get the reaction from the spokesman of the 7 Division, Col Mohammed Dole, did not yield result as his mobile phone was switched off.

    Meanwhile, facts later emerged how the ambush by Boko Haram terrorists against the soldiers led to a mutiny at Maimalari Barracks against the GOC. A security source who spoke to THISDAY on the development, disclosed that this was the third or fourth time such act of mutiny had occurred in the state, with soldiers turning against their officers and commanders to express their displeasure with the operations.

    According him, the soldiers were not happy at the heavy toll inflicted on their colleagues by the terrorists and “shooting in the air is one of the ways to express their anger.”

    He said the military were also fed up with the way locals who claimed to know the whereabouts of the sect always lead them into the terrorists’ den, while on operational patrol to Chibok where the over 200 female students of Government Secondary School where recently kidnapped.

    “The current casualty resulted from locals who mislead the soldiers into an ambush and that is why the military has always been sceptical of the information being given by these locals. This is not the first time this has taken place,” the source said.

    In the same vein, a top military officer also disclosed to THISDAY how apart from misinformation, the high case of indiscipline, and financial demands had led to incessant cases of mutiny.
    “This is not the first time this is happening as there have been previous cases where soldiers have beaten up their officers and Commanders,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has set up an investigative panel to find out what led to the mutiny, which hosts Artillery Corps, the Ordinance, as well as Army Signals in Borno State.

    The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, confirmed this in a statement, saying that a board of enquiry to ascertain the circumstances that led to the protest had been set up.

    “The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army is to institute a military board of inquiry to look into the circumstances surrounding the conduct of soldiers who fired some shots today while the General Officers Commanding was addressing troops in Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri,” Olukolade stated.
    He said the incident occurred when the corpses of four soldiers who died in an ambush while returning from patrol duties in Chibok was being conveyed to the morgue.

    He, however, promised that calm had returned the cantonment and all normal operations activities are ongoing.”

    http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mutiny-soldiers-protest-shoot-sporadically-in-maiduguri-over-dead-colleagues/178576/

    • doziex says:

      Yeah men, myself and @nnamdi raised this issue of troop welfare, force protection, and the under equipping of NA troops recently.

      The Proverbial shit was bound to hit the fan.

      For president GEJ, this issue has national security implications.
      Sir, you must find out for yourself what is true, and what is not.
      Do not discourage bad news.
      Incent your subordinates to give you the truthful report. And punish those who lie or embellish the truth for selfish reasons.

      The billion dollar allocation to defense, must rapidly address the need for well designed APCs and MRAPs for the troops at the front.
      Hire an accounting firm to handle the payment of troop salaries and extra combat pay.

      Sir, make a one time order of 100 gila mraps, and 100 cougar mraps from south africa.
      (Oga peccavi, l beg no opposition for the sake of opposition here, as you aptly said, ” water don pass garri” )

      Nigeria owes the NA troops at the front the best support possible, and certainly, all that was promised to them.
      We are creating another man made disaster by short changing them, and breaking our side of the bargain.
      This releases them, from their sworn oat to the nation.

      # It’s a two way street

  36. adickmish says:

    Congratulations for the timely recognition Oga Beeg. you truely deserves it.

  37. Number one says:

    Congratulations Gen. Beeg. The NA should do the needful,partner with this blog to tell their story as it is.

  38. beegeagle says:

    Before I slept off last night, I found out that I have to speak to a global electronic media house this weekend as President GEJ goes abroad to meet with our next-door neighbours over the transnational angle to the threat posed by BH terrorists.

    Good morning, gentlemen.

    • Are James says:

      Kindly make the case that Nigeria is a union of nations (old empires) with very strong historical ties, similarities in world. Prior to amalgamation we have done business with each other, intermarried, warred and made peace. The creation of Nigeria has only made us even more closer.
      Nigeria’s population, wealth, growing and emancipated middle class are the only stabilizing factors in the region.
      Mistakes have been made but they do not subtract from our capacity to deal with our own Internal problems.
      Nigerians will not take kindly to the ceding of territory for UN or multi lateral agencies administration, security patrols or overflys on a permanent basis.
      Nigerians accept that ethnic nationalism, internal wealth distribution inequalities, religion and corruption are directly responsible for the current insurgency and are doing a lot of painful, internal soul searching/self criticism to correct the problems.
      Nigeria needs strong defence and security institutions and wants to partner with Europe and the US in the training of a transformed military and the immediate acquisition of 4th generation fighter jets, air defence infrastructure, surveillance technologies, MRAPs, CCTV systems, advanced helicopters and modern light firearms.
      The unique balance of Christian/Muslim populations (almost 50/50) affords a good opportunity for Nigeria to be a key player in the global effort against terror.

      • Are James says:

        *Continued*

        -The region encompassing Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan and CAR is becoming a new front for radical Islam and all efforts must be made to confront and defeat this front.
        -Nigerians recognizes that the radical Islam toga could just be a ruse to grab national resources of countries in West and Central Africa, currently the richest regions in the world in terms of natural resources.
        -France should be a honest player in Chad, Cameroon and Niger, nurturing democratic institutions and developing the capacities of these countries to independently curb insurgencies and terrorism.
        – The Nigerian government may need and wants to acquire MALE UAVs to patrol the region.
        – Nigerians will be positively disposed to a revamped MNJTF patrolling and maintaining security within the region comprising Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan and CAR without administrative or political control of these areas.

      • Are James says:

        *world view*

  39. cryptologist says:

    Bravo Gen. Beeg. I for one can’t stop relishing the stories and analysis in here everyday. I read the CNN chat with you on tuesday and i said ‘yes you peeps are now talking with the right source with ears on ground. I suppose you are alluding to the meeting in france with our neighbours. Do go ahead and grant the interview boss. Tualee sir.

  40. jimmy says:

    I forgot to add this to the budding relationship between the US and Nigeria
    . There is a very logical possibility that these girls are being moved from place to place at Night on foot.
    1) One thought came to my restless , sleepless mind Helios make too much noise at night compared to drones and spy planes that the us that are fitted with heat signatures,
    2) When this debacle is over every helicopter in the armed forces should be fitted with night capabilities that can detect heat and human signatures if you think this expensive try the other options out there.

    • Augustine says:

      @Jimmy, I was wondering why NAF ATR-42 Surveyor FLIR cannot find human movement inside Sambisa forest by detecting body heat signatures, Well maybe confusion with animals in the bush, but I think a good FLIR display screen will show shapes of the bodies and the navigator will differentiate a human tall-erect and on two legs from a monkey short and crouched or having a tail behind it. The FLIR i guess has a range of between 10km to 30km detection range.

      Also, I think the ATR-42 Surveyor’s ground search radar with 330km range should pick up metal objects like Boko heavy guns and vehicles inside the forest, not much clutter exist in the bush.

      Maybe we do overestimate the ATR-42 capabilities when the search is not in a maritime environment, or NAF is afraid of flying the expensive plane low over Sambisa and lose it to enemy AAA ground fire, Boko has 14.5mm AAA.

      Where are Nigerian army’s advertised home made spy balloons? Where are NN Aerostar drones, are they still unserviceable or irreparably defective?

      We also need help from the USA in tracking satellite phone calls transmitted within the entire north of Nigeria from river Niger and river Benue up to 300km into the territories of Chad, Niger Republique, and Cameroon.

      • Are James says:

        I think you may be correct that the new Elint upgrades to ATR 42 were supposed to have provided these capabilities. The insurgency may indeed have been the main reasons why the platforms were upgraded to that standard in the first place.
        If the aircraft are not being used fully now maybe it is a training/certification issue.
        In any case we would never know the truth. Classified information.

  41. Augustine says:

    beegeagle says:
    May 15, 2014 at 6:43 am
    Before I slept off last night, I found out that I have to speak to a global electronic media house this weekend as President GEJ goes abroad to meet with our next-door neighbours over the transnational angle to the threat posed by BH terrorists.

    Good morning, gentlemen.
    Reply

    Marshal Beegeagle tell them the koko, Beegeagle yarn them the koko…..

  42. Oje says:

    Oga Beeg has been quoted in Janes and Global security, two of the leading defense journals in the world, this is but the beginning comrade Beeg.

    • Are James says:

      There was really nothing wrong with this interview. From the point of view of CNN ratings, I think the network would have loved the off the cuff, unstaged performance of the correspondent and the minister. The interview was raw, aggressive, unpackaged, honest, brutal as was required when the issue was the meaningless loss of lives, bombings and kidnapping of girls.
      The woman also wanted to capture the mood of Nigerians so being respectful was not required at that point. I can bet a million naira that it was ordinary numerous Nigerians on the street who told her to take the battle to the minister during the Interview which she did exceptionally well.

      • rugged7 says:

        I disagree.
        A professional journalist does not seek to demean or insult the interviewee.
        She’s expected to remain neutral, irrespective of whoever is pushing her buttons.
        Clearly, BBC and CNN are pushing a negative agenda against Nigeria. This is crystal clear for all but the blind.

      • Are James says:

        @Rugged7
        You need to watch old episodes of BBC HardTalk with the following people:
        Obasanjo, Muhammad Buhari, Pakistan’s former military leader, Gordon Brown et.c

  43. kenee2k says:

    Mutiny by soldiers is reprehensible is inexcusable and against a very high senior officer, however this is Nigeria, what could have pushed our soldiers to the brink.

    I am informed reliably about lack of equipment in our armed forces the, perversion of procurement by senior CO’s and the obvious conflicts of personal interest.

    I will presume they would be driving back to Maiduguri in the standard transports soft skinned Ford and Toyota pick ups in a battle zone and at night clearly almost suicidal. The result gallant soldiers lost their lives for no good reason. I have said before our guys are going through hell and they caught up in military convention have no voice to complain and must remain silent even to the death.

    Dudes we have to make public the shocking circumstances under which our soldier are expected to a job even without the basic tools of a modern army.

    • Are James says:

      The military is the only institution in a society that cannot and must not attempt to do self cleansing. It is against military discipline, order and regimentation for an army to change itself. The change usually domes from the top i.e a powerful CIC or from members of civil society demanding it. What is required is for Nigerians to talk to their reps and senators about the need for change. Newspaper articles, internet posts and blogging can also help.

  44. jimmy says:

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/goc-redeployed-soldiers-mutiny-borno/
    Well it has been confirmed officially,this will be the second GOC to be removd less than a year into his tenure.
    i want to go on record the troops have to be well equipped, FATALITIES IN COMBAT OPERATIONS AS COLD BLOODED AS IT MIGHT SOUND SOMETIMES IS INEVITABLE , POOR PLANNING AND EXECUTION excuse the pun is not.
    Good luck to the next GOC to be on the hottest military seat in Nigeria.
    Rule #1 Speak in a reasonable voice for the welfare and well being of your troops
    Rule #2 Demand just like ADEKUNE did for more equipment and I do not mean ak 47s or rpgs i mean apcs, ifvs, 60mm and 81mm mortars and aerial recee and back up
    Rule #3
    the 7th must be on a constant coin war footing and embed a respected Nigerian def blogger who will give an objective of the 7TH.
    Yours sincerely
    P.S. for public relations try some community work in the surrounding areas it might surprise YOU the effect this might have in getting real solid intelligence, as a civil engineer i would suggests something as simple as drilling bore holes ( wells for the community), vetting and recruiting recent university graduates from the N.E. AREA.

  45. jimmy says:

    i meant an objective view of the 7th division.

  46. ugobassey says:

    Keep Flying that flag high Oga Beegeagle. Congrats!

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