NIGERIAN FORCES LACK HARDWARE TO PROTECT; FIGHTING QUALITIES OF THE NIGERIAN SOLDIER EXTOLLED

Nigerian soldiers in high spirits arrive the scene of a terror attack in a less-than-ideal soft-skinned civil utility 4WD truck.

SKY NEWS
by Sam Kiley
Foreign Affairs Editor

On arrival at the Nigerian armed forces Head Quarters in Abuja recently,a senior foreign official noted that the sentry was using a new piece of equipment.

“What is that?”

“It’s a bomb detector.”

“How does it work?”

“It detects bombs.” “I know.

But where to the batteries go?”

“It doesn’t have batteries. It’s a bomb
detector.”

And so the dialogue went on, leaving the visitor with a sense of futility and fear – Nigeria had bought equipment to keep it safe that could not work. This is typical.

Last year, Nigerian troops were deployed as part of an African Union mission to Mali – they arrived without transport, armour, very little ammunition, and almost no communications equipment.

Nigerians have fought with considerable bravery in many international operations. This correspondent saw ordinary Nigerian infanteers stand their ground and fight to the last man, who was captured, when Italian paratroopers broke and ran from an ambush in Mogadishu 21 years ago.

In Sierra Leone, Nigerian squaddies held the line against the Revolutionary United Front, beating overwhelming odds and amid fainter hearts from richer countries. Nigerian officers are as well educated as any in the world.

But, today, the Nigerian armed forces struggle to match Boko Haram’s insurgency. Many of the soldiers have not been paid.How come?

Ironically Nigeria’s armed forces have been allowed to collapse in terms of its materiel over many decades of military rule. Ruling juntas plundered the state coffers for fake procurement operations and pocketed the money.

Even today under democratic rule, sources say, Nigerian military procurement focuses on buying high-end expensive equipment like “bomb detectors” because they offer an easy way to skim government money.

In the northeast, where the army has been fighting for four years, most units have no communications equipment other than mobile phones, which often don’t work. The soldiers are brave but do not have much equipment

“On paper, it (Nigeria) maintains the broadest spectrum of capabilities in the region, but in reality much of its equipment is unfit to be deployed for prolonged periods of time,” the International Institute of Strategic Studies said in its annual review The Military Balance – 2014. Most of the military’s armoured vehicles are unserviceable. Soldiers often do not get paid.

“Nigerian officers tend not to want to listen to advice. They believe that an insurgency can be won by killing the people running it,and that the West has secret technology that means they could do that if only we sold it to them. We don’t have it and would not sell it if we did,” said one seasoned Western officer with years of experience in Nigeria.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he has offered aerial surveillance aircraft, probably an RAF Sentinel spy plane, plus liaison officers to interpret its signals and work with American intelligence officers also involved in the hunt for more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

He may also find that he has to put guns into the hands of soldiers and soldiers into new trucks,if any military action can be taken by Nigerian forces to free them.

http://www.news.sky.com/story/1261599/nigerias-forces-lack-hardware-to-protect

BACKGROUNDER

WHEN ITALIAN SOLDIERS’ TREACHERY LED TO THE DEATHS OF NIGERIAN TROOPS IN MOGADISHU

http://www.articles.latimes.com/1993-09-06/news/mn-32213_1_nigerian-soldier

MORE HEROICS

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/flashback-somalia-1993-nigerian-troops-us-marines-halt-shootings/

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  1. beegeagle says:

    WORDS ON MARBLE

    “Nigerian officers tend not to want to listen to advice. They believe that an insurgency can be won by killing the people running it, and that the West has secret technology that means they could do that if only we sold it to them. We don’t have it and would not sell it if we did,” said one seasoned Western officer with years of experience in Nigeria.”

    END

    Good morning, gentlemen

    The paraphrased is emblematic of the message which we have tried to drum into the heads of compatriots for over a decade now. We keep on waxing rhythmic about F16, Apache, Challenger tanks etc. Those do not matter to anyone else but the impressionable Nigerian. They are not on the rack for us, so move on already. WISDOM consists in having the courage to accept the things that we cannot change and the courage to change the things that we CAN.

    Good and exciting as these options might be, there are potent alternatives….some of them even more powerful than competing Western brands. So give me a Sukhoi Su-30 over any F16 variant. If you cannot get a Challenger tank, try the MBT 2000 or T90. Go for the baggage-free C802/C704 AShM with their near-inescapable 97+% kill ratios. Those are world class systems that is why they elude countermeasures. It cannot be EXOCET or nothing. That is why we are empty-handed. We fixate on the unattainable and lack the available. That is why the same powers who we spend every waking moment trying to affirm our loyalty to are now mocking us over non-existent items in our armouries.

    Personally, I am guided in these matters only by my national interest and do not give a hoot about any fanciful and self-adulatory stuff which we see on DISCOVERY CHANNEL. Just gimme what works well.

    We hope that this provides a reality check. Last week, we read about how our request for MRAPs and utility helicopters was turned down by another world power. Now this commentator – probably the retired Colonel James Hall who once served as British Defense Adviser in NGR – has told us that for stuff as ephemeral as COIN hardware “even if they had, they would not sell”. That is as direct ad it gets. Being a typically blunt and straight-talking Taurean myself, I welcome the headsup.

    Reason why the USA have gifted Nigeria six oceangoing ships in a decade while the UK sold seven 1,200/1,800 ton OPVs to Bangladesh over the corresponding period while pontificating about maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.

    Heads up for those who think we should not operate a world-class jet until we can get the Typhoon. Una go wait taya. Siddon look na dog name…

    When we seem to be more interested in Russian, Israeli, Ukrainian and Chinese options, THE FOREGOING eye-opener is the reason why.

    • Martin Luther says:

      You made me cry this morning

    • Are James says:

      Love the anecdote about the bomb detector without batteries …lol.
      The challenges in front of defence planners in Nigeria are legion. They need to break out all the text books – all the theory learnt from Sandhurst, Mons, Warwick, Kaduna and Jaji and design a transformation plan for a completely new type of armed forces. All from the scratch. The new armed forces would have to be equipped to tackle insurgencies at home whilst retaining the orbat to fight major conventional wars against external aggression on at least three major types theatre around our borders and further away.

    • AOk says:

      I seriously hope the ‘bomb detectors’ were not the ones or similar to the ones in the link below.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23148375

      • rugged7 says:

        “What is that?”

        “It’s a bomb detector.”

        “How does it work?”

        “It detects bombs.” “I know.

        But where to the batteries go?”

        “It doesn’t have batteries. It’s a bomb
        detector.”
        Oga AOK, ur link is quite valid, beware of these foreign correspondents. They are such liars.
        The above comments looks like a copy and paste from an article about the iraqi war, equally insulting Iraqi troops about bomb detecting equipments….i vividly remember hearing these same comments in a program by al jazeera about an Ex U.S special forces black ops guy with a direct link to then defence secretary donald rumsfeld called William Steiner. This guy was responsible for organizing Iraqi death squads against the alqaeda elements and sunni militia in Iraq.

    • bigbenjy says:

      In as much I respect u guys on this blog,it is really sad only few on hear know little bit of what is going on in our fatherland.Nigeria entire government is being blackmailed by the west who are scared of our potential and skills in acquiring full knowledge when giving d opportunity,they west actually control Nigeria with that woman of world bank who is d real controller of everything.I wish u guys could dig deeper Nigeria will have to b dis integrated to republic or federation so as to easily control strategic resources by the west.but d made a huge mistake……

  2. ozed says:

    Well said Oga Beeg.
    Also in addition to equipment, we need to look at the softer stuff. The military has to open itself more to self and third party introspection, this is the only way to improve without unacceptable losses in life.

    I have read books by soldiers who fought in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the lessons which were already identified there seem not to have been internalized at all.

    we continue to rely unduly on the undoubted bravery and elan of the Nigerian infantry man. We cannot continue to do this. Simple things some of which can be addressed even with indigenously derived technology have not been pursued e.g. dry rations which can be stock piled and taken into action where it may be difficult to keep the boys supplied with warm food (so that supply troops don’t have to fill food flasks with jollof rice to deliver to troops on the front line), simple pieces of kit which improve the quality of life of the basic infantry man in the trench.
    Even basic empathy for the boys has proven difficult to find among the top brass, other wise why would a GOC insist soldiers who have no night vision equipment drive in soft skinned trucks through BH held territory at night?

    These are actually not expensive problems to fix, all that is needed is a mind set shift among the officer class, which should start from NDA, to Jaji to the War College.

    This is a wake up call, if we heed it. This can be like Vietnam was for the US military, a chance to take a clear look at ourselves in the harsh light of day and make needed changes.

    • freeegulf says:

      i m with you on this one. without this basic attitude change, i m afraid we re walking a tightrope.
      like you said, these things are not even expensive to fix. we really need to internalized. the erstwhile COAS will be remembered for his transformation mindset. this ought to be the current core value of the army, especially its officer corp.
      our troops deserve better. we presently have a seasoned hand at the MOD, we all pray his actions will better improve the lot of the armed forces.

  3. Solorex says:

    These Changes can only come from the top of the political echelon, it will involve drastic steps, finances and very strong will- it could be fashioned after the greatest military re-organization in history-The Russian Story from 1991-2010(ours should be considerably shorter-say 10 years).

    After the break up, Russian military was deeply fragmented, suffered extremely low morale, technologically backwardness and nearly directionless-they struggled with comparably smaller foes in Chechnya and could not intervene in the Baltic conflict when national interest was been pillaged before them by NATO in day light! yet with careful planning and right political will, today, the Russians are the only country with a valid certificate of territory grabbing for free in the world -courtesy of no body wants Russian military trouble!

    While we should not de-emphasize warrior spirit and ruggedness, we need to be tending more towards providing overwhelming tactical, technological and morale related advantages over the adversary.

    We need re-organization and deep strategic rethinking of what we hope to achieve with the subsisting military structures-without lying to ourselves, it would be difficult for us to close in and defeat an organized enemy of comparable sizing if not impossible; it will be done at a grave price of pyric victory .

    The only Solution to this plight is “Beagles blog”-Surprising? This needs to be brought to the front burner of national politics and the powers that be needs to know what the citizenry feels and what the military expects of its government. Since the advent of democracy-all we have heard is barracks renovation, pension arrangement anti- terror training….. We have not heard about how we intend to protect an average soldier in the field. In every conflict, US military spends hours explaining to congress how they intend to protect the average soldier and confer an advantage on him above the enemy severally. I doubt id this ever happens in Nigeria

    We need to advertise beagle in the dailies, attach a beagle link to every mail we send to friends, start the “#Protect our Soldiers campaign” or “Soldier not Vigilante”

    • Martin Luther says:

      “After the break up, Russian military was deeply fragmented, suffered extremely low morale, technologically backwardness and nearly directionless-they struggled with comparably smaller foes in Chechnya and could not intervene in the Baltic conflict when national interest was been pillaged before them by NATO in day light! yet with careful planning and right political will, today, the Russians are the only country with a valid certificate of territory grabbing for free in the world -courtesy of no body wants Russian military trouble!”

      The Russians Had it really bad in the 1st Chechnya war, their methods was to lay waste a vast area and send in troop to mop up but it failed woefully.

      By the 2nd Chechnya war they had re organized over ran the rebels to extinction

      Their next move in Georgia was classical

      And now Ukraine is admirably legend

      We can do the same

      #DO THE RIGHT THING

      • bigbenjy says:

        Respect to u solo ur insights are real,but on all of this every soldier know CTCOIN can never work in this situation because of absence of real time intelligence,NA needs a new doctrine based on national and constitutional law.U know what we need a national defense force now if not everyone will start arming themselves

    • freeegulf says:

      Seconded!!
      always on point, well done oga solorex

      the military institution should not bother on ‘managing’ like every other parts of our society. without efficiency i doubt if the army can win wars, and like you said without Pyrrhic victories.

      when there are no overwhelming changes and transformation, indiscipline will continue to be a major headache in the army. the generals should continue preaching for all they like, but with no hard work ethics to show for it, it will only be a matter of time before they start putting the NA in the same category as Mali and Guinea Bissau. hopefully it never comes to this. we really need to walk the talk for the sake of this brave institution.

      maybe with the world spotlights currently on us, they might just shame us into doing the needful.
      as for our politicians, pheww… i m still depressed about bakassi peninsula. we don’t have a Putin, our current political climate does not even allow for a strong willed and focused leadership. we have a long way to go to set us in the right path

  4. johnbest1 says:

    Oga beeg I agree with you 100% in our bid to get western made hardware we play the all or nothing game,if we no get am we no go buy any other one,thereby passing up equally good or even better Chinese,Russian hardware.I have been on this blog for over 5 yes,following silently and I believe that there are Russian and Chinese hardware better than western hardware,the basic believe of the average Nigerian is if its made in U.S.A its the best but if its made in china,Russia,India,or my beloved naija its a fake.
    Nigerian soldiers are among the bravest on the planet and Nigerians would rather see the mission finished than be disgraced or Called a coward and am proud of this but how do you want our brave boys to fight an insurgency with inferior weapons and improper protection? Its ludicrous. I plead with the Nigerian government if una broke ask the people(Nigerians)for help and I know Nigerians they would give,.
    I love my country
    I love the armed forces
    But this doesn’t mean we support them blindly and won’t state when they have erred.

    Oga beeg pls what happened to the proforce range of armored vehicles and also the igirigi.
    If compared which is better and can they not be deployed to the northern theater?

  5. peccavi says:

    Hmm
    Shebi oyibo don talk am everybody now dey gree. How many times have I used the analogy of buying equipment we cant use.
    How many times have I said the raw Nigerian soldier is awesomeness personified completely let down by leadership?

    but more interestingly in my latest analysis I said this
    “UK

    What they offered: the UK has offered a Sentinel ISTAR aircraft, SOF planning cell and a team of experts from Defence, International Development and intelligence.

    What they want: in the long term the UK primarily wants to maintain the complex networks of alliances, partnerships, nods, winks and mutually beneficial influences and interests by which it has maintained its independence in Europe, built its Empire and maintained its standing even when in decline. France is the second most militarily powerful nation in the EU and has rather seamlessly taken the lead from the UK in terms of unilateral expeditionary actions. This has resulted in 3 interventions in sub Saharan Africa in the last 3 years. The UK is more content than it would appear with this arrangement providing basing, logistic and specialist assistance for these ops but no more. However it cannot allow the French greater influence in Nigeria which the UK still believes is in its sphere of influence, likewise with the US committed the UK must step up in order to prevent the French from again snapping at the heels of the ‘special relationship’ and more importantly to make sure the UK is at the table if there are any spoils to be shared. In the short term the UK would seek to ensure that the British roots and traditions of the Nigerian Army are maintained, I also believe that the UK is slightly worried about the possibility of a coup in Nigeria by a frustrated military (ala Sierra Leone or Mali) and wishes to try and maintain stability, this informs the slightly more complimentary terms by which the Nigerian military has been described in the press of recent.

    http://peccaviconsulting.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/we-are-the-world-hastags-help-and-hinderance/

    I see articles like this as confirmation of the last sentence

  6. shangy says:

    This is exactly what we’ve been screaming about in this blessed blog, every blessed day. “He who have ear, let him hear”.

  7. Yagazie says:

    When the Governor of Borno State cried out that BH was better equipped and more motivated than the Nigerian Army- a lot of people screamed ‘Na lie! off with his head!!’ and called him all sorts of names….well the chickens have come home to roost. You would recall that even our current Permanent Rep to the UN – Prof. Joy Ogwu (who has lectured in Nigerian millitary institutions) decried the fact that our peace-keepers were deployed on peace keeping missions without adequate equipment/kit- a fact that the UN itself has commented on. For me the most heartbreaking part of this sorry saga – is the fact that money which is released for the purchase of equipment is ‘pocketed’ by vested interests millitary and civilian alike – and this goes way back to when we under millitary rule – in other words -CORRUPTION. No one is doubting the tenacity of our fighting men and women (thank GOD for that)- but the sad fact is that they are continously being let down by corrupt self-seeking leaders ranging from the politicians to the millitary commanders who refuse to speak truth to power – about the true state of the millitary’s equipment holdings/capabilities. A case of LIONS BEING LED BY SHEEP!! The mutiney/near fatal shooting of the GOC 7 Div by disgruntled soldiers is just the tip of the ice-berg. The warning signs are there for all to see….. the question is WILL THOSE IN AUTHORITY LISTEN???

  8. Yagazie says:

    Fellow Cybergenerals- I guess now we are ALL beginning to see the REAL reasons why the Nigerian millitary establishment/Defence Headquaters (with the exception to some extent of the Navy) have been reluctant to incorporate Oga Beegz on operational tours of the front line with ‘hand picked journalists’ or even support this great blog , despite our clamours that they do so.

    Unlike most our clueless and useless nigerian defence correspndentswho can’t tell the difference between an Infantry fighting vehicle and an Amoured Personal Carrier or between an attack helicopter and a transport plane- Oga Beegz would have immeadiately picked up on the ‘rot’ that has set in – with regards to the millitary’s equipment holdings and would have exposed same together with the Corrupt machinery that allows such a state of affairs to exist. No wonder they don’t want to partner with him or this blog.

    Our equipment purchase policy and rocedures have to be changed and OPENED UP TO PUBLIC TENDERS/BIDS. Furthermore equipment SHOULD BE PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE MANUFACTURERS /GOVTS and not the usual nigerian practice of purchasing same at vastly inflated prices through ‘middle men’ and other ‘rent seekers’.

    Every cloud has a silver lining- and maybe JUST MAYBE – this national embarrasment of exposing to the whole world, our cripling lack of equipment to enable our armed forces fight the BH menance in the North East or to takle illegal oil bunkering /piracey in the Niger Delta/Gulf of Guinea (again because the politicians with vested interests in this dastardly practice refuse to adequately fund our Navy) – will be seriously addressed.

    • naijaseal says:

      @Yagazie,
      Sadly, i think you are right here…😦
      Oga Beegs would have said it as it is really.

      Anyway, this is all out in the open now and is symptomatic of the whole of Nigeria, the rot is all over the place, from Power to roads, to schools. This is a 20+ year rot. Its only in the past 3-4years that the government has been doing a few things for the military and even then halfheartedly.

      The (good) thing, i hope, out of this international embarrassment is that the government will do the needful and fund the military properly through an OPEN process. Most of the obfuscation is to enrich a few people in MoD and the military hierarchy, not for state secrets or such.

      I hope GEJ knows the whole world is watching and waiting… We can not be the biggest economy on the continent and not be the best militarily… I tire o

    • Henry says:

      Mighty Yagz, your comments are spot on. We are a “paper tiger”, living in denial. When a different article claimed the Ugandans are better trained and armed than the nigerians, many bloggers were up in arms, cursing and crying blue murder.

      The fact of the matter is, when you compare nigeria’s insurgency campaign to that of the ugandans in somalia and south-sudan, it is clear that the Ugandans are better armed and protected.

      The Ugandans deploy MRAPS for COIN, nigeria use pick-up trucks.

      The ugandans use OTT hunter light strike vehicles(LSV) for their special forces

      Nigerian special forces use pick-up trucks.

      The differences are very clear, the ugandans show a military that is a military, while we present a military that is Ragtag and peasant.

      • doziex says:

        Thank you sir !!

      • Deway says:

        Thank you Oga Henry. Dont forget to add that the Ugandans sometimes bring their MBTs to COIN. Though it seems unnecessary in COIN tactics, which insurgent would want to look down the barrel of an MBT or feel the heat from the missile? We lost 4 or more soldiers yesterday in their Hilux because they were easily picked by boko haram bullets. Enough said.

  9. johnbest1 says:

    My oga’s there’s something I would like to add,we need to stop laying blame of the military decline on past military regimes,not that I support what was done then but I believe it was a collective effort,both civilian and military,
    The military regime destroyed the fighting ability of the once great Nigerian military but what has successive civilian governments done to rearm the military other than beg for scraps and celebrate 40yr old platforms and dream of a worthy navy.
    Almost 70% of the equipment currently used by the Nigerian military was procured by a military regime(not begged for) either refurbished or brand new,from rifles to same to warships to jets to troop transport, tanks,artillery and so on,and civilian governments purchased the flying coffins in obj’s tenure and were strutting around like peacocks, apart from President GEJ purchasing the two warships n begging for two more could anyone name a civilian regime that did half as much?even our famed role in sierra Leone and Liberia,the feats witnessed by us all were performed under military regimes.
    My point is this even though the military stole and were corrupt they still procured to maintain the military,why?because they loved their country,our politicians spend all their stolen money building and buying multi billion dollar housed overseas.our government is full of unpatriotic officials who are only loyal to their own wallets,the regimes were wrong and I support democracy fully but I’d like to ask why is it that militancy and insurgency were unheard of during military regimes?
    I want to share with my fellow bloggers and oga beeg information am Privillaged to from an authoritative source.,
    (1)the navy requested for warships,replenishment vessels and lpd’s and more a long time ago and were shot down and the paperwork vanished,
    (2)the army gave a list during the obj tenure for more modern weaponry and tanks,kitting and more but that also vanished.
    (3)the air force has been the most outspoken of all the arms of the armed forces requesting for fighter jets,helics and air defence systems but were turned down citing high cost of purchase and maintainance,
    (4)during the Niger delta insurgency the .military arms again used it as a medium to ask again for procurement funds and we all see the peacemeal procurements,the air force asked for 3 squadrons of mil helics but got 3 then 4 den 3 again and people expect them to perform miracles,even to fuel what we currently have is a problem,
    Apart from the GEJ administration all others have disgraced us,including the senate.the 1 billion dollar gej promised can anyone say authoritatively where it is oR how its been spent?.
    What the military does is agitate for funds from government but try to keep morale of its men and officers up so they can fight,
    Do we on this blog think it would be wise to announce publicly that we lack this and that? First it would embolden book haram to fight,the civilian population would start reprisal killings because the army isn’t equipped to stop them,those agitating for the nation to break would begin and result in a whole other set of problems,
    The military has a reason for its deeds,for saying its battle ready which is to keep morale and fighting spirit up and the population in check and that’s why we haven’t called home our peacekeepers.
    In summary we should stop blaming the military for doing their best with limited resources and blame the government and senate for not providing for them.but now procure.went has been moved to mod let’s wait and see.

  10. AOk says:

    Do I detect a seismic shift in attitudes on this blog over the last few days? Over the past years, anyone here who proffered a moderate or reasonable view on procurement and the skills of the military was shot down with ferocity and near threats of treason. Seems some of the ultra hawks on here have either become quiet or changed their tone. Hope they soon come back to act as a counterbalance as should be in any debating aspect of society.

    The fanciful wish lists of top of the range hardware (pray go back over the threads) would make humorous reading, if the situation was not so dire.

    We have given almost mythical status to our military. Terms like ‘brilliant and intelligent officer/s’ became bywords in the media. Are they all? We have sent officers on the best courses and university post graduate degree programs globally.
    To what gain for the country?
    As a citizen, what I want is someone to lead, fight and hopefully win and not dazzle me with his degrees. Do we accord such training to NCOs and lower ranks?
    All those courses now have to be reviewed for the positives to the military as a whole and not just the individual.

    The air force decides to create an airline and starts to purchase 737s which we are told could also help in military airlift. Another airline when we have many in the country? Why not buy used C130s or G222s which could also carry heavy equipment and land in rough fields close to combat zones? However we are mostly unquestioning or get threatened by security for asking.

    The Presidential Air Fleet keeps getting bigger when some airframes can be withdrawn from it to be fitted with surveillance suites.

    I could go on and on but it should now be about the future and the changes that must arise from our past. There is of course the elephant in the room that no one wants to mention. You all know what that is…..

    • doziex says:

      Preach brother preach !!!

      • Nnamdi says:

        @ AOK,…. I can’t thank you enough…

        @ Doziex,….Thank you for not “conforming” when it was the easiest thing to do. I never knew this sober reflection will come so soon.

        @ all,

        I am sure that these undignifying events surrounding our security forces is a major watershed. I hope those who have been turning blind eyes in high places will now raise brows at this time. I hope and pray this sobriety extends to the canker-worms and those who have authority to act will act rightly . I don’t think there’s much to expect for next 9 months, …but by next 12th month we should start seeing appreciable differences if we are coming out of this mess sincerely.

    • Deway says:

      Oga Aok, I remember about 2 years ago or less if my memory serves me well, when I mentioned that the our approach to tackling this insurgency was cat and mice tactics. We kill xx number of terr, they kill xx number of soldiers and recruit more terr. Some of our respected bloggers said the army was “hollowing out”. Well, the world watches us while we do the unbelievable. Which government would pay some lobbying firm $3m annually to ask the US for excess defense articles?? and what did the lobbyists do with $3m, write letters to Pentagon and to the US embassy in Abuja? Tell me how they’ll take us seriously? Did we use a lobbying firm to get the OPVs? Countries requesting EDA do a straight government to government interaction. And if they shut us out, fine, we look elsewhere. Having said this, we must commend the bravery and strong character of the individual Nigerian soldier. But lets get this straight: recent developments in terms of rapidly declining morale among front line troops, may see us have serious mutiny in the coming months if nothing is done to address the present situation.

      • AOk says:

        @ Oga Nnamdi- Your point about a 12 month time line is spot. No instant big wins here.

        @Oga Deway- Salient points especially the one on morale. Part of the Billion extra allocation should be spent on paying salaries ON TIME. Death and injury payments to be paid to identified dependents ON TIME. These will further increase morale of the frontline troops.

        @all. I’ve been very reluctant to mention two sensitive points:

        With all the uncertainty in the air and that flux seems to be the norm, Could there be temptation by some groups for regime change? (see me tippy toeing there)

        With more security agencies than ever before and consequent weapon availability all over, will we then face more unrest of a criminal nature i.e. armed robbery and gangs when the BH situation ends? I remember the immediate post civil war period.

        I’m ready to be slaughtered for the above two points I raise, as we have to risk assess any situation we find ourselves in.

  11. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, think about this for a minute.

    Five years after the Sri Lanka Armed Forces defeated the LTTE, ‘activists’ and their allies in the Western media are still trying to make the country pay the price of victory in a facet of warfare where First World armies have failed.

    During the course of that 26 year-long conflict, there were times when that country’s military seemed to have been overwhelmed. Amnesty International and HRW had a boatload to say about human rights abuses and of course, Western arms ceased to trickle down to Sri Lanka. But they refused to sit down and whine about it. Neither did they sit down and wait for validation from anywhere else.

    Defiantly, they changed their sources of supply and met their requirements by turning to CHINA for F7 jets, Harbin Y12 planes, WZ 551 APCs, heavy artillery, Shanghai II and other large patrol and landing craft, rifles and 23mmm cannons; RUSSIA for Mi-24 attack helics; ISRAEL for Kfir jets, Shaldag and Super Dvora FPCs, Sa’ar missile craft and drones; UKRAINE for MiG 27s; SOUTH AFRICA for Buffel MRAPs and SINGAPORE for HMGs and AGLs. So SRI LANKA won that war largely without relying on Western arms. We have no reason to fail…with or without Western-made arms.

    It will be recalled that during our Civil War, Nigeria had to turn to an unlikely Soviet Union before we were able to get on with it. NIGERIA need to regrow that kind of brain. The less said about that, the better.

    • igbi says:

      For God’s sake they should put you in the MoD.
      So the west has been starving our military and yet we keep being “loyal” to them !
      For what ?
      Lets look elsewhere, these fake friends from the west don’t seem to believe in our sovereignty.

    • naijaseal says:

      My Oga, our leaders need a serious rethink i tell you
      What is it with our leaders and western validation? These guys do not care one bit about us, and rightly so to.

      There are other players out there, get what we need from them and move on!!!

  12. rka says:

    All we need is better equipment which is what I have consistently said, Our soldiers fight bravely even against overwhelming odds. Withdrawing when ammo runs out or when outgunned isn’t a sign of weakness. It is self preservation and living to fight another day.

    A campaign must be started to re-arm the armed forces pronto and away with too much talking and debates. It is typical of a crisis situation where people carry out debates regarding where we have failed and how we are not doing anything about it while everything around us falls to pieces.

    Powers that be in charge of procurement, don’t let me hop on a plane to come and find you guys o!

    Enough is enough.

  13. rka says:

    Now, we are apparently well funded;

    “With Nigeria’s large and well-funded army seemingly unable to quell the threat from Boko Haram, many fear that impoverished Niger and an increasing lawless northern Cameroon could struggle to deal with a serious attack.”
    http://www.trust.org/item/20140516123838-1mjl1/?source=gep

  14. peccavi says:

    Oga AOk: Interesting comments and on point.
    As the resident trouble maker I will happily take on your points.
    In ref to your first comment, please do not believe this will be the game changer in Nigerian defence and security issues. This is a sticking plaster to buy time until 2015, at which point the leadership will either be fighting for a 3rd term or else fighting for a successor. Please do not take this as an endorsement of any political grouping, if the opposing political group takes over, it will be 4 years of chopping while the choppings good.
    This is not a game changer. Until there is a comprehensive defence and security review by all the service and paramilitary chiefs identifying the key threats to Nigeria, our strengths, weaknesses and proposed solutions and they all threaten to resign unless implemented it will not happen. And that will not happen.
    As to your point on regime change I will lay out several points. To undertake any action you need means, motive and opportunity
    Means: There is currently almost a division plus deployed in an (if looking at a clockface from 12’oc lock to 7’o clock around Abuja. 31(I think) of the 36 states have military units deployed on some sort of internal security. We have the Airforce and Navy on operational combat duty.
    In essence all the material ingredients for a coup are in place
    Motive: the government is deeply unpopular. It is even unpopular in its own regional area the south south. The opposition is vociferous but also deeply unpopular. Short of a few Governors all politicians are hated. The economy is paper awesome but reality crap. We still struggle for power, imported fuel, cost of living is high and even in the non insurgency areas, insecurity from robbery, kidnapping, 419 etc is high. 7 Div has been shouldering the burden of the insurgency in one form or another for years. Daily they are getting klilled and wounded. They cannot get air support but Presidential fleet increases year on year and ministers fly private jets like we go to the bathroom. They have untold sacrifices and rather than being honoured daily by the nation deaths are hushed up and we are told 200 insurgents were killed for 1 friendly wounded. Now to add to their pain we have decided to import American/ British/ French/ Chinese/ Ghanaian/ Israeli wonder to show us how its done, and every sweaty correspondent who didn’t give a shit about Nigeria is wondering up with a microphone asking stupid fucking questions. Nzeogwu overthrew the 1st Republic over the 10 percenters. Now we have the 100 percenters and even 200 percenters. I mean how many times has the contract for Ajaokuta Steel, 2nd Niger Bridge and Nigeria Railways and the refineries been awarded. Which one dey work? So I would strongly suggest that the motivation is there.
    So what about opportunity? Well na here sand enter gari. One of the reasons I tend not to use my name is that it would give my tribe away. Well simply identifying myself as a British soldier/ citizen means to some half my comments are due to being British as opposed to any intellectual output. If I add my tribe then my comments became proof of attempts by whatever section I come from to take over the Nigeria or at least the internet. Nzeogwu was at best a fervent patriot and nationalist at worst a misguided idealist, someone from an Igbo sub tribe who was more at ease with Northerners to the point his middle name was Kaduna and was buried with honours by the very people he allegedly rose against. Yet the narrative is that the first coup was an Igbo coup and the latter one a Northern coup with nary a nuance in between. That is Naija.
    So if whoever decided to march on Abuja is from the North, then the south will turn around and say ‘So una no even allow us to finish the small one we get’ The oil wells will burn. If he is from the South then the North will turn and see ‘You see, these people have not only robbed us of our turn unleashed Bh n us now they wan use coup finish us, Boko Haram will suddenly become Robin Hood and Goldilocks rolled into one’. If he is from a minority tribe then the nearest majority tribe will be responsible. In essence it doesn’t matter if Nelson Mandela, crossed with Jesus Christ, sprinkled with Mohammed served with a side order of Bhudda overthrows the government, every other tribe in Nigeria will see it as part of some grand conspiracy that they and only they have been subject to.
    And thus it is my opinion that there will be no coup/ regime change or mild expressions of dissatisfaction as a result.

  15. jimmy says:

    Oga peccavi you have said everything that needs to be said especially for those who walk around in NAIJA WITH ROSE COLORED glasses.

  16. Blackrev says:

    gentlemen. please, in as much as we are all frustrated by the criminality our military top brass to the detriment of the brave warriors that volunteer to fight on the frontlines and die in large numbers due to the negligence of their senior officers.

    let us also be extremely careful not to fall for the games these Americans like to play whenever a third world military achieves what they can only dream of with their high tech weapons.

    yes. we know that our forces need all the protection and ammo they can get to effectively rout this group from these “REMOTE” areas.

    yes. we know our military top brass are extremely corrupt and their actions show they lack strategic visions to build a proper military infrastructure with a $3B budget. (which is awfully a lot of money)

    but what is this nonsense about our military not being able or afraid to fight boko haram? I read that part and almost grind my teeth to dust with anger.

    before we can start taking the reports of some stupid and dull American senators and officials seriously, let us first consider the following:

    1) was it not Nigerian military and intelligence agencies that fought boko haram out of all, and i mean “ALL” urban settlements in “ALL” northern states of the country in one year? at a time terrorism was still very new to us.

    2) if Boko haram can only have the capability to attack only boarder/isolated communities, compared to how terrorists have always based their attacks in capitals and urban settlements in iraq and Afghanistan under US, NATO and ISAF forces of about more than 100,000 elite forces with high tech military equipments.

    doesn’t that speak of how effective our anti terror campaign has been? despite the political obstacle the military faces from our criminals disguised as leaders?

    3) accepted that these remote areas still need to be protected, how can we do the job when our weak and reluctant neighbors are unable to make their territories unsafe for these insurgents? in such a scenario you use the strategy of containment until we can work out something with our neighbors.

    in one year of state of emergency our unprofessional military has taken down the leader of boko haram, weakened their capability to base their attacks in cities and inland northern Nigeria, they now have to drive into a small isolated community and kill people to remind us they are still alive.

    anyone who knows the geography of nigeria will know that boko haram is an isolated group that wants to seek attention by all means necessary.

    our military did that. yes, the Nigerian Military did in 1 year what world powers failed to do in 12.

    so tell me why the US shouldn’t undermine this third world military with such feat in 1 year.

    ever wondered why their assesment is based on just the kidnapped girls rather than the state of the country as a whole?

    please, as we criticize, let us not do it because some hypocrites with a devilish agenda said something out of stupidity and ignorance. yes. america also has them.

    if i were GEJ, with all these comotions and deliberations going on in the US senate I will start arming up for a possible invasion. GEJ needs to start being proactive and stop being a reactive leader.

    • rugged7 says:

      TOTALLY on point

    • drag_on says:

      Round of applause, my fear is that all that negative information blitz against our country is food for their people not us,a reason to send their troops in.It may also be to save face,after-all, they have not achieved anything yet after condemning our inability. IF we allow them to bring troops,let us expect alqaeda in a very short time at our borders. The U.S. with all is weapons and tech has never entered a country (in the last 20yrs) and left it better than they found it.We have,twice.
      The idea that our forces are less equiped than BH is revolting,this is not a conventional war but an insurgency.By its definition the enemy KNOWS they cant match you and only attacks perceived weak points.The inability we have,is hunting down BH, and it is beginning to appear that the U.S. is doing no better,they are beginning to complain about poor infrastructure,well let them suck up and work.

  17. toondey says:

    I find the skynews article repugnant and written with the normal western media attidute of “nigeria bashing” as said by former bbc presenter Robin white. Yahoo news reported that the US is not sharing intell by their drone and manned flight over Nigeria because of their “distrust of the nigerians” you need to view the follow up comments by the average naïve westerners. Why on earth are they still allowed to keep flying over the country. In a report by the cnn they showed clips taken by our ATR survey plane as those taken by the US what is that meant to achieve?! Bringing in this countries might give us a bit of respite in the short term but in the long run the consequence will be damming. Yes there are short commings, this needs a serious inward evaluation of all our structures if we need to buy or partner with countries we should partner with those that see us as equals and we have mutuall benefit from. Not countries that see us as subhumans then come to lecture us about human rights which they themselves are guilty of, then gloat over our situation in a very ignorant way on the floor of their senate for their media to take cue.

    After four years of following this blog this will be my third attempt at comment within two months. Please do we need a sort of visa to do so Mr. Beeg thumbs up though.

    • igbi says:

      We have to be careful though, ms friend and co might just be trying to frustrate the cooperation between the Nigerian army and the US army. But I am very disappointing in the USA once again, this is the moment for them to show that they take friendship seriously, but instead they seem to be trying to chit us. It seems very clear that they are trying to make Nigerians lose confidence in their military and call for a permanent US base in Nigeria. Listen US: it is not going to happen.

    • igbi says:

      Sorry I wrote my comment on the wrong place.

    • rugged7 says:

      What the hell is really going on????

      • igbi says:

        For starters, it you want to see clearly then stop reading sahara reporters.

      • doziex says:

        These reports cannot be wished away.
        They ring true, and correspond with other sources of information emanating from the area.
        They alarm l have been raising for months, if not years is justified.
        The greed and wickedness of some of our civilian and military brass, is going to lead to Nigeria’s demise.

        All nigerian Patriots must now speak up.

        All those with presidential aspirations, we need your input NOW.

      • igbi says:

        Oga Doziex, I do not agree with you on the truthfulness of the sahara reporters report, and the other sources of information you are talking about are only quoting sahara reporters. You have to understand how the media works, they quote each other with out verification ! So hearing the same thing from an other news paper doesn’t constitute proof.

      • Giles says:

        oga igbi,dis tym s.reprter are sayin d truth.d service chiefs said so wen dey appear’d b4 d national assembly NTA carried d news

      • igbi says:

        OK I haven’t checked for myself and I do not receive NTA, but since you sought credible news instead of sahara reporters and co, I can only encourage you in this way.

  18. ifiok umoeka says:

    Wow

  19. ifiok umoeka says:

    I kept saying 2015…

  20. ifiok umoeka says:

    My oga Beegz the great, we should not 4get that the west doesn’t consist of the US alone! Why have we Not pursued links with Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada etc! I ones pointed that the European economic problems occasioned a great opportunity to befriend one or more of these guys but for lack of strategic thinking we can’t even leverage opportuNities! I also it would pay to look @ India, Brazil and co and learn from them, how they manage their international relationships! If western relationship is good for them, why not us? You do remember that there was a reason why we chose to be non aligned. I’m sure that u are aware of the pressure the Russians have exerted on us to free those gun runners (on two occasions)! If we hand over our national security to Russia, will we not get a ‘Ukrainian’ if we look ‘outside’? We may not get annexed but kiss our spares good bye! Because, when our interest and theirs don’t align, u can roast in hell! Welcome to real politik! U can ask the Cubans! So why is India different? THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT AS A NATION! THEY HAVE A NATIONAL VISION…WE DON’T! That’s why the Indians will buy Russian but when they get a rough deal, they do American or French! They will not play pawn on any bodies chess game, they are PLAYERS TOO. Until we decide to be players, we will always be PAWNS for other, even our Beloved Chinese

  21. rugged7 says:

    A middle finger to all the “expert” white foreigners “military advisers”.
    arrogant, insolent blue eyed white demons.
    they want to turn nigeria into another afghanistan
    Nigeria should just spend 3 billion dollars, buy all the weapons and technology they need from china,south africa and russia, get sri lankan advisers and then send 5 nigerian army divisions into the north east.
    Damn the consequences and shoot anything that moves.
    Be ready for collateral damage including some of the chibok girls and get their PR machine into gear for all the negative flak…

    • Triggah says:

      Funny.. Thats even if they know where the chibok girls are.

    • Triggah says:

      During the Nigeria civil war the Egyptian/Nigeria pilot preferred night bombing raids, with obsolete ilyushin bombers and mig attack planes. How come Naf of today still cant do a bloody thing at night.

  22. Delavegas says:

    Been trying to even introduce really affordable quad-copters with FPV capabilities to the military to no success. Then I tried civilian govt parastatals and private sector/security, still no way. Been wondering why there is no interest for any persistent situational awareness. Geez, what they teach them in those military academies. Waiting to buy reapers instead of equipping squads with these really affordable stuff.

    • Are James says:

      Do you have pictures, brochures and website links?
      Please post and lets see them here or send to @Beegeagle by mail.

      • Delavegas says:

        Mr James,
        I can forward my brochures to anyone interested and even schedule demonstration in Lagos for now. My plan has been to increase or sensitize Nigerians on the efficacy of the usage of these inexpensive and easily deployed aerial frames.
        For more info:-

        Email: centurionbond@gmail.com

    • igbi says:

      Finally the Nigerian spirit showing up.
      Those terrorists will soon understand what Nigeria stands for.
      Adamawa Villagers Nigeria is with you, you are our heroes !

  23. toondey says:

    I just watched a CNN report showing Amb. Campbell former US ambassador to nigeria saying that our troops in Mali were begging for food, Mrs/Miss friend on the floor of the US senate specifically mentioned the 7div in Borno saying they are not reliable that. The submission is that even if intel is given to nigeria we cannot rescue the girls. As for this woman I’m not surprised with her cmment because when she was in nigeria she had this opius air of arrogance about her while our officials were busy drooling over her. The question now is are they preparing the ground for failure so the nigerian military/government can be blamed or is it a strong case for US boots on the ground since that is what the correspondents where harping on?

    • igbi says:

      We have to be careful though, ms friend and co might just be trying to frustrate the cooperation between the Nigerian army and the US army. But I am very disappointing in the USA once again, this is the moment for them to show that they take friendship seriously, but instead they seem to be trying to chit us. It seems very clear that they are trying to make Nigerians lose confidence in their military and call for a permanent US base in Nigeria. Listen US: it is not going to happen.

  24. ifiok umoeka says:

    Pls pardon my typos! Look at the flanker we all love and wet dream about, the MKI is the standard every one aspires to (even the makers got around to buying some) save for the 35bm and when the super MKI shows that will be the lord of all flankers! Why is it so successful? They have chosen to take the best of both worlds! We can learn from that or perhaps we should remember that we may have thought them that since our civil war days! May we not make a grave mistake in our quest for greatness. Israel quarrels with the US but keep receiving billions every year, how do they do it? See until we make them see that they need us, that we are relevant (and not just them but the whole world) they wouldn’t come running to court us! So how do we achieve is perhaps the most important question!

  25. jimmy says:

    In answer to your question oga IFIOK buy your OWN EQUIPMENT from alternative sources that are not made in the USA, quit asking for donated equipment.
    This fixation that we have with John Campbell needs to stop, so does this fixation with EVERYTHING SAHARA REPORTERS I BEG MAKE WE STOP NOW. a 155mm ARTILLERY shell is one of the heaviest shells on god’s earth no nine soldiers gets 200. Can we for lack of censorship stop quoting unreliable sources and everything John Campbell says does not need to be repeated.
    If people do not like Nigeria if they feel that our SOLDIERS cannot even tie their shoes laces it is not by force now make THEM GO HUG TRANSFORMER, none of these people talking have have anything to do with policy making issues in the America, this just their 15 seconds of shame , “kilode now” why are we spending so much time on senile old men who don’t make sense grabbing space here.

    • Are James says:

      I believe they stole 81mm mortar bombs not 155mm shells and definitely not up to 200pieces but whatever number it still equals a lot of IEDs. I suspect that the hidden problem we had then (a few months ago which probably still persists) was the NAF was in the middle of a minor transition that temporarily affected their ability to cover the entire AOR in a timely and effective manner. Hopefully some crash program of re-training and/or new platform induction will be completed soon and we can then dominate the ground from the skies again.
      The funny voice of a NA rating (on the clip of the attack) lamenting the theft of his N30000 by BH insurgents is still cracking me up.

  26. ozed says:

    in my opinion, the US is appreciating for the first time the enormity of the situation and is preparing excuses for their possible failure. Already they are saying any rescue will be difficult, and that their special forces will not take part.

    This is a lesson for us all, at the end of the day, if you want anything done properly do it yourself.

    • Are James says:

      Quite possible.
      I actually believe the setting is a lot more difficult than Afghanistan and Iraq. There is thick Sudan Savannah on mountain ranges, bunkers and tunnels everywhere, all manner of boobies and land mines and on top of that the ubiquitous suicide bombers holding on to hostages.

  27. asorockweb says:

    http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mutiny-gen-ibrahim-replaces-mohammed-as-goc-7div-maiduguri/178669/

    “This is the fourth time since the creation of the 7 Division that the GOC has been removed. Major-General Obida Ethan was the pioneer GOC, but was replaced by Major-General Unsaid Bindawa, shortly before the retirement of Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika in January this year.
    Bindawa was retained by Minimah after the current COAS assumed office but was subsequently removed and replaced by Mohammed on February 7.”

    Could the issues with the 7th Div be related to the fact that it is made up of new soldiers and has no regimental history to inspire or protect?

    IF 7th div is made up of mostly new recruits, could that be related to the Leahy law; was the FG trying to ensure possible assistance from the US for 7th Div?

    Is 7th Div failing because of the perceived need to use only “clean” units?

    Are proven NA units not being deployed into the North East because of “Foreign concerns”?

    Questions, questions, questions

    • doziex says:

      America still doesn’t regard them as “clean”

      We need to do what is best for us, and forget about America.

      Their afghan and iraqi veterans, are equally tainted.

      This is the baggage I worried about, when we deal with nation states.
      Nigeria should approach STTEP with a serious proposal, if they no longer want to work with us, we should seek assistance from isreali PMCs.
      Their presense on the ground I believe would discourage the impunity of our own corrupt officials.

    • Are James says:

      This is very thoughtful. All questions you raised here are relevant.
      One other possible answer is that the whole philosophy behind the creation of the 7th Division was to be a “static” formation. Recall the old mission statement of “to administer the state of emergency in the AOR” statement. This was always and is still is a very wimpish mission statement for a military division tasked with rooting out an insurgency aligned with AQ.
      We were more all less saying;
      “you guys are tasked with, patrolling roads, mounting checkpoints, doing stop and search, cordon and search and maintaining law and order”.
      Then we under equipped the division to do just that and nothing more.

      A better mission statement (and focus) should d have been to ;
      “actively search for and kill terrorists in the AOR, dominate the theatre, apply modern techniques/platforms in conjunction with the NAF and Special forces command to mount surveillance and ‘destroy’ BH bases, provide infrastructural support for special forces et.c” …and not some administrative UN-peacekeeping-sounding verbiage related to internal security.

      • jimmy says:

        Thank you oga are james You are in essence capturing my thoughts.The whole division from their mission statement should be put on,tasked with coin operations. In short an analogy would be a divison on the move.anything that is not deemed important is left behind or destroyed,this is how the 7th should operate. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

    • doziex says:

      Yeah men, this is no news to some of us.

      I have used words like “a shadow of it’s former self” , “a house of cards” to describe the unfortunate state of our armed forces, and I have been accused of being insulting or scaring the populus.

      The president has to do some unconventional things. He should let madam okonjo and the vice president run everything else, but he must keep the defense portfolio.

      This means he must have the best advisors, foreign and domestic.

      The president should reach out to the presidents of algeria and sri lanka for sage advice.

      Recently retired generals should be recalled to form an advisory group.

      The CIC must seek unique, extra systemic ways of getting his frontline troops equipped and paid.
      (1) privatize the feeding of our troops.
      (2) privatize the base and FOB construction
      (3) privatize the payment of all soldiers.
      (4) privatize and publicize military equipment procurement.

      The president himself should supervise the release of funds, and the transaction with these extra systemic private firms
      A bipartisan general accounting office should monitor all transactions.

      Bypassing the endemic corruption in our systems, is the only way budgeted funds will make it’s way to the front line troops.

      Communication gear, night vision goggles, MRAPs, gpmgs, and a myriad of other infantry weaponry must get to all units of the 7th division ASAP. no excuses acceptable.

  28. Martin Luther says:

    You know, you cannot be militarily competent and a ready fighter by default

    Years of corruption and mediocrity has finally cropped up

    YOU CANNOT GROW CORN IN 10 DAYS

  29. igbi says:

    I propose allowing the COAS to put a bullet in the head of every and any corrupt officer.
    I believe we have some corruption problems in the army, but I think we can solve it, let us just use the roman way: if there is any officer or soldier in a unit of 12 men makes a mistake or commits a felony (e.g corruption) then send all twelve into hard labor and have them humiliated. If an officer is guilty of corruption then have him hanged. But we will have to extend this to the political class as well.

  30. Are James says:

    The NA Provost Marshall took a tour of the US recently, I initially thought this was to study the US systems for processing enemy POWs but it may have been more than that. I personally have a good feeling about this general’s abilities to meet the challenges of sanitizing the force.
    Also there have been ‘speculative’ reports in the papers about some ongoing rash of internal investigations of some units in the NA using the resources of DSS, DMI and NIA ….almost along the lines of what was suggested on this blog weeks ago.
    I expect a quick surgical purging of ranks and a rash of court marshal sessions soon if just to show that the force is doing something.

    • gbash10 says:

      @ Are James,I from the boys in the front-line that the 7 Div GOC was arrested and taken to Abuja by military police,that he would be court-marshal.

  31. peccavi says:

    Oga Doziex, have you actually met a problem that cannot be solved by PMCs? I tire oh.
    Oga Asorockweb, that is an interesting theory but I believe 7 Div was made up of existing formations transferred from other units to the JTF thus the Leahy law still applies.
    However the Nigerian Ranger Batttallion is brand new hence we are getting 35 days and $400,000 worth of shouting ‘Hooaah’ and naming operations XYZ Freedom.

    Final point, how about rather than buying weapons abroad and breaking the world down into who loves us and hates us we just make our own?

    • jimmy says:

      Amen my brother and to add to that make we stop begging because na yanga e dey bring. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

    • doziex says:

      Oga peccavi, it’s much better than dealing with the Americans.

      • WachanGuy says:

        Preach oga peccavi, preach! And let those who have ears heed. I have previously proposed the adoption of a made in Nigeria Marshall Plan aimed at funding exactly what my Oga here has stated. We have two options:
        Option 1 is to spend $400k, rising to the announced $1billion plus the free help offered by allies now. We will all still continue sleeping with one eye open due to BH.

        Option 2 would be to immediately get military (tri-service) planners together to lay out a comprehensive, all encompassing(including training, support and tech transfers as applicable) and corruption-free spending plan worth at least an extra $3 billion in 2014 ($1 billion is very good, but we all know it’s not enough) to begin re-positioning and re-equipping our military.We need to heed the loudly beating drums of war NOW.

        To cover our long-term needs, this plan should be funded with at least $12 billion by 2019. The goal of this is to have the most professional and best equipped armed forces in sub-Saharan Africa, which should boast the best battle-hardened COIN corps in the region.

        I have personally always seen BH as a chance for our government to enable positive changes in our national system while capturing a place of glory in Nigeria’s history books.These suggestions cost chicken change in comparison to some of our national corruption scandals. I pray our leaders can rise above the political system and act with bravery, safe in the knowledge that history will judge them positively.

  32. beegeagle says:

    Not entirely so, brethren.

    In the AOR of 7 Division, only 21 Armoured Bde is an old formation. After the 7 Division was formed in August 2014, the following brand-new infantry brigades which never existed ANYWHERE prior to 2013 were brought under command

    5 Brigade
    12 Brigade
    37 Brigade

    • Are James says:

      @Beegeagle
      Were the brand new formation made up of new recruits?… or transferees from existing formations some of them not even combatant formations.
      I won’t be surprised if what we are hinting at here was true.
      At the time of formation, the religious faith of soldiers making up the 7th Div. was a valid concern, however the split of ‘faiths’ in the army was already skewed in a certain direction.
      So how to make quick adjustments in a short period of time was of ultimate importance.
      Very complex dynamics.

      • Are James says:

        *formations*

      • asorockweb says:

        “At the time of formation, the religious faith of soldiers making up the 7th Div. was a valid concern, however the split of ‘faiths’ in the army was already skewed in a certain direction.”

        What does that mean?

        I hope you are not you a religion nutcase.

      • Are James says:

        I take exception to the word ‘nutcase’.
        To make the point clearer, more xtian / southern soldiers were probably needed in the AOR to prevent conflicts of interest. The army had to be sensitive to the message of the enemy and the effect on troops.So a soldier from outside the NE not familiar with the terrain was preferred to one whose loyalty could not be assured. Has this made them more susceptible to ambushes?. Have they had difficulty with getting support from the local population because of this?. I am not judging this strategy, I am only speculating and trying to generate discussions along this line.
        Please let us keep the discourse civil. I will restrain myself and not reply in kind.

      • asorockweb says:

        @AreJames,

        You should never select your soldiers based on their religions.

        It is illegal and unethical.

        How would the conversation go? “religion x to the left, and religion y to the right?”

        Or do the top commanders now have to meet in secret to decide the religion policy?

        How do nations like Egypt and Algeria fight extremists?

        If you have the notion that one religion will fight Boko Haram better than the other, you are completely wrong.

      • Are James says:

        Point taken.

    • peccavi says:

      Thanks. But were the constituent battalions drawn from other formations or stood up as brand new units. I’m sure its a mix of the two.
      Either which way it is a difficult process to mold a new unit in the middle of a vicious insurgency

  33. drag_on says:

    On the issue of corrupt officials.
    http://nigerianpilot.com/boko-haram-9-generals-probe-arms-deal/
    please take with a pinch of salt.

    Nine serving Generals in the Nigerian Army and other senior military officers are now under investigation for their alleged role in the sale of arms to members of the Boko Haram sect.
    They are also fingered in the movement of weapons and Army armouries in some northern states.
    A top security chief confirmed to Nigerian Pilot yesterday that the military authorities had made progress in the investigation of the affected Army officers, adding that they would soon be court-martialed.
    He said the delay in their arraignment before a military court was because of the concentration of activities on how to rescue the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram sect.
    According to the source, some detained Boko Haram suspects allegedly named the Generals and other military officers as supplying them arms.
    He explained that the military High Command would only make the matter public after concluding its internal checks to ensure that there are no loose ends……
    more at the link.

    • rka says:

      Oga Drag_on, this is too serious to have been kept under wraps if true as the Generals in question would surely have been arrested at some point for national security reasons.

      Well, they would have to be arrested now if true as the story has leaked. Although it would explain some of the reasons why BH appear to be able to ambush troops and have NA equipment, there is still this niggling doubt because of all these negative stories flying about.

      It is getting more and more difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  34. Oje says:

    As much as i respect the Western Media in their objective news stories i beg to differ on this one. This report is part of the ongoing anti Nigeria bashing from the Western Media. I watch Aisha Sesays CONSISTENT negative reporting on Nigeria. Ex British priminister Gordon Brown had to remind her to focus on getting the girls back before mudslinging and irating the president. It was Nigerian soldiers who came to the rescue of her country S-Leon and allowed for democracy they are still enjoying today, if not that country would still be under the shackles of armed fighters. I was livid watching her dsrespect a Nigerian minister in an earlier interview, if was so intense the expression of her face was full of anger and spite. Nigeria is the only country that still retains control of %99 of her territory despite fighting a protracted war of attrition with terrorists for 4 years. Syria, Mali, Iraq, A-Stan have all had at least half their territory under rebbel control.

    I am not implying the Nigerian military and gocernment are doing a good job so far, far from it actually but the overlwelming negative report of this country from a fellow African journalist is appalling. Its begining to look like no one wants a strong united Nigeria. Giving Boko Haram the publicity and hyperbolic coverage is exactly what any terrorist dreams of.

  35. ifiok umoeka says:

    @ Peccavi and Jimmy, amen! @ Oje, I beginning to get sick of all this cry about what this journalist said or didn’t say! I would be rather more concern with how we can get our art 2gether. I found out a long time ago that people change, u see failure they say is an orphan! Tiger Woods guffed a while ago and was the scorn of the world…2day? Let’s get our art 2gether and spare me. Dogs will always back and goats bleat! Wake me up when u find a goat barking!

  36. jimmy says:

    The loss of life of any human being at the hands of boko haram is regrettable, however we can not but tell Cameroon we have been shouting ourselves hoarse in this regard.
    When paul biya can take his mind of choosing the next color/ hairstyle for his wife maybe someone brave enough will tell him his country is fast become a haven of safe houses for boko haram with minimum fear of harassment,
    In between sips of CHAMPAGNE and legs of frogs and snails maybe just maybe gej can tell pb that “Cameroon we have a problem” oga igbi please translate into french for me.
    My ogas please forgive me these last few days have been rough for me both at work and on the quest to find our DAUGHTERS, not whining, just stating facts just feeling a little frustrated.

    • igbi says:

      OK I will translate:
      Toute perte de vie aux mains de boko haram est fort regrettable.
      Cependant nous nous devons de rappeler au Cameroon que nous avions essayé de les prévenir de toutes nos forces mais ce fut en vain.
      Quand Paul Biya ne sera plus débordé par les achats de produits cosmétiques pour sa femme, peut-être que quelqu’un aura le courage de l’informer que son pays est pratiquement devenu un agrégat de bases arrières pour boko haram qui n’a pas à craindre quoi que ce soit au Cameroon.
      Peut-être qu’entre deux verres de champagne et quelques grenouilles et escargots Goodluck Jonathan pourra dire a Biya qu’il nous pose problème.

  37. Oje says:

    @ ifiok umoeka,
    It is sad you do not see the correlation between negative reporting, media attention and our countries security. Boko Haram is arguably today the most reverred terrorist group in the world today, Al Qeada is impressed, Al-Shahab has taken note. Before long you will see collaboration as the media glorification led by CNN will act as the much needed boost they need. Its simple logic, if bestiality and babaric action yields such attention by the global media why not continue. If the Americans and British gets involved now you are bound to see Al Queda coming to Nigeria to support and fund the new kid of the block.

    The CNN reporter was adamant on having the minister tell her what military plans are being taken, the minister of course shrugged it off by saying it is a bad idea to divulge to the world what military actions are being planned. Boko Haram watches CNN too, if they need information on Nigeria’s next plan all they need do is watch CNN.

  38. Oje says:

    @ Jimmy, We cannot allow American, Israel and British military perssonel directly involved, if they do then we just fueled another Jihad. Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shahhab willl surely relish an opportunity to open another front in Nigeria.

  39. ifiok umoeka says:

    Brother, CNN, BBC etc will always talk, they are in the talking business for crying out loud! Since we have abandon our reputation to the intl media, can we just focus on fixing our mess? Since we been shouting ourselves coarse about controlling the discus managing our PR and propaganda, have the authorities done anything? No, rather the likes of Oga Beegz, Peccavi and co have been trying to put in a word or 2 to counter! If u want to be of service to ur country, brother don’t cry about it, like I said over a year ago, GET INVOLVE IN THE DISCUS! If the shut u out, perhaps its time someone thought of a beegz like platform that will address the issue of intl media bashing of Nigeria!

  40. Augustine says:

    Boko Haram attacks Cameroon, kill one Chinese worker, kidnap 10 Chinese engineers, kill one Cameroonian soldier.

    http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-suspected-boko-haram-rebels-target-chinese-work-site-in-cameroon/1916629.html

    West African leaders meet in France over Boko Harm’s expanding threat in the region.

    Britain seeks ‘semi-permanent military base’ for British forces inside Nigeria until Boko Haram is defeated, news according to British Foreign and Commonwealth office .

    Meanwhile, where are our Cascavels ? Nigerian army’s 900 km range and 100 km speed ‘Armoured Tank On Wheels’ with 90 mm tank destroying gun and 7.62 mm machine gun and 12.7 mm anti-aircraft guns ? We have 75 units of Cascavels , where are they? We need their speed, armour, range and firepower in this war !

    Nigerian army, please roll out the Cascavels now….and let’s think deep about quick buy of 200 second hand units from Brazil that has about 600 units and is modernizing them to remain in service till year 2020. They are relatively very cheap combat vehicles with good armour and heavy firepower, good road speed and road range, 6×6 all wheel drive for harsh terrain.

    It’s better to re-arm ourselves than to open a semi-permanent British military base in Nigeria just because we lack firepower and technology now.

    • Are James says:

      No British bases in Nigeria. Lai lai. I’m ready to come back and carry placard.

      • Are James says:

        In spite of the regional and global nature of the enemy we are fighting. It is better to keep it a Nigerian affair. If you go the route of allowing semi permanent foreign bases in Nigerian soil you turn the country into a magnet for every pimpled, young, idealistic, freshly brained washed zealot fighting ‘to keep crusaders off Muslim lands’.
        As if animist people were not living there before they embraced Islam.

    • Deway says:

      Like other fighting equipment, they are mostly good for Nigeria Army Day celebrations. Just like the field kitchen purportedly developed by DICON has not been used in the fiel

    • igbi says:

      Of course they seek a permanent base in Nigeria, that is why BBc has been trashing us for decades !

  41. Oje says:

    Augustine, this is not the Battle of Bastone or the Guns of Navarone, Tanks are built to fight other Tanks and Armoured Carriers not guerilla infantry, Tanks cannot go into the Sambisa, we are not fighting a conventional enemy and i can say the bulk of our military assets cannot be used in this theater. NNS Thunder and NNS Aradu cannot be employed. You can only engage a enemy you can see with Tanks not one that hits and retreats. Special forces perssonel, advanced surveilance systems, ground attack fighter jets and helicopter gunships are what we can employ against Urban Guerilla’s.

  42. beegeagle says:

    8,000 troops drafted from other divisions plus a few thousand rookies fresh from training formed the start-up complemènt of 7 Division

  43. Oje says:

    The American drone is currently running round the clock survelliance from 50,000 ft in the air, are the drones armed with Hell Fire Missiles, are they allowed to strike if Boko Haram convoys or fighters are found.

  44. Are James says:

    @Augustine

    ” Boko Haram attacks Cameroon, kill one Chinese worker, kidnap 10 Chinese engineers, kill one Cameroonian soldier…..”

    I bet you this was a ‘FALSE FLAG’ thing done to charge the atmosphere, pressure the regional governments…force issues so as to bring about a ‘desired end’.
    The real BH is supposed to be hunkered down, hiding from surveillance aircraft and ground patrols,
    struggling to manage hostages in a region where MNJTF, Nigerian 7 Division and other unnamed forces are operating.

    • igbi says:

      Please take your conspiracy theory else where, especially when it helps only boko haram.

      • Are James says:

        So they call your president to paris where they are talking about foreign bases on your soil among other things, they are shouting everywhere that your forces are incompetent and a ragtag insurgent group has suddenly become super stars on the field of play.
        So that does not provoke questions?. I think not.
        In what way is what I posted of help to Boko Haram?. I am not absolving them of any crime. It might well be that they are trying to increase the number and international spread of their hostage stock to pressure China not to get in …. but my discriminatory faculties challenge me to question every news item pushed on me.
        I think you need to cultivate the same faculties.
        If you are still smarting about my earlier posts about our defsec inadequacies then no apologies, events have since vindicated them and the institutions involved have admitted even more and commenced remedial actions. So let us move on.

    • igbi says:

      You need to learn how to be an adult and stop making these kinds of statements.
      Tell me what was your purpose, apart from showing that you know the expression “false flag” ?

      • Are James says:

        I have been making the point about suspected western designs for the region for months. I have kept saying helicopter supplies for BH need to be investigated in a region where France has intelligence assets. I am even now starting independent research on natural resources available in the region trying to match them with projected scarcity of international supply as a way of trying to find an alternative explanation for why a small group of insurgents fighting for religious reasons or national power have suddenly become international operators. Who is hijacking them for reasons we don’t know?.
        I have no need to impress you with words sir, you are not my employer or romantic interest…. and judging from your reactions I think I am at least 15 years your elder so get off my back.

      • Martin Luther says:

        You are back?
        Wao!
        You still in the denials stage of reality I believe?
        Don’t worry, it’s just one of the five stages
        You would soon wake up and become more constructive in your outlook

      • bigbenjy says:

        Abeg no vex we call them sheeples

    • igbi says:

      You talk too much and quite frankly you are ridiculing yourself.
      Go outside for a while and breath in some fresh air.
      You need help.

      • Are James says:

        Out of respect for all commentators on this blog I will not dignify you with an appropriate response !!!.

  45. ifiok umoeka says:

    I beg to differ, the Brazilians are not tanks but amoured cars like the french aml series. Their speed, mobility and fire power would be appreciated in theater. However, their serviceability are suspect while their amour may not survive a .50 cal or RPG hit! If the get up amoured and a higher rated engine and … See, those car are old and needed replacement years ago! However, if we can get wheeled APC in good no. with superb mobility, speed, amour and fire power, as well as the training and proper tactics to use them, it will go a long way

  46. Kay says:

    I think most issue concerning concerning the state of the army has been addressed. The current state of the army is by extension the half hearted attempts or lack of it by those in office (past & present) to prop up our institutions.
    Time to get things right, square pegs in square holes and all that…corruption, weak judiciary and impunity of some needs to be done away with.I do not believe all the rhetorics about the state of our army, but we cannot deny there has been lapses, critical at that, that’s boxed us into this corner we’re at now.

  47. Julius says:

    Live now the CNN trip to chibok,being adapted into a Hollywood clip is showing live on CNN.
    Its really sad.

  48. Are James says:

    If we continue to squirm about the western media and their antics we will derail.
    CNN has serious ratings issue, they are market driven and are losing ground to rival networks. They need topical content to keep their audience and improve advertising revenue. It hurts us but to them it is just business. Let us get our own house in order in terms of defending our national interest and being hard on our institutions till we get the value we deserve from them.

  49. metador says:

    some of us are so gullible that it makes me wonder wat will happen Nigeria if some of us are NSA or MoD or the C-in-C with the amount of security briefs arriving on thier disk everyday.
    yes the nigerian millitary obviously need Modern Equipments
    Yes there is corruption but this is not why they are here rite now, it is strictly about finding and getting bact the Girls.
    This super men have offered to help us find our missing sisters knowing the life threatened situation .. only time is of the essence Nigeria is being bashed for not reacting fast which is why the government promptly agreed to this humiliation if only to bring about the swift action that will save this innocents. let’s have the active help, the girls at home then may be we can talk about other things its either these guys give us actionable intel and equipment or they all fuck off and let us with our bows and arrows fight to the last man standing like our fathers did in memorial times… all this leacture being delivered about our army being so, so & so is design to frieghtten our politicians into signing a treaty with the so called super-west. on a scale ratio 70/100 if they are allowed to put boot on ground the world will witness a bloodbath such as never seen since WWII
    I suggest we be careful less our emotion gets the better of us.

    • rugged7 says:

      Well taken points.
      “Those supermen” should never be trusted past the tip of the nose.
      Anyhow u look at it, they are harbingers of bigger, more existential threats to Nigeria. Evidence their xenophobic, pontifical and near racist insults against Nigeria and its military.
      I’m all for there helping out with the girls but a great man once said:
      “When u dine with the devil better use a very long spoon”

    • doziex says:

      Now that some bullshit.
      With all due respect mr. President, BH units are initiating night time raids with night vision googles, rpgs, pkms and AA mounted on trucks aka technicals.

      And NA soldiers are fighting that with only AK 47s and the occasional Otokar.
      NA, is mounting night patrols in hilux trucks, with no night vision equipment, no armor, no air cover and unreliable communication gear.

      That is what you call a death sentence.

      The American soldier would mutiny, if they were subjected to these conditions.

      Sir, let’s fix the problem, and quit denying it exists.

      • Are James says:

        There you go again, supporting Boko Haram. LOL.

      • jimmy says:

        Oga igbi ,you really need to calm down.I normally detest giving advice on this blog because that is not the purpose of this blog.I would hate for this blog to be place where we all agree on every issue,that is why I told doziex. I will always respect his dissenting opinions ditto oga peccavi.Please learn to respect other people’s dissenting opinions and refrain from name calling. I do not always agree with what you say but I respect your opinion.I do not agree with what oga doziex believes about pmcs but I respect and cherish his dissenting voice, I have the greatest amount of respect for oga peccavi who put his life on the line for another country but I do disagree with his views on mraps and apcs.please learn the distinction. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • igbi says:

        Indeed I wasn’t very respectful and I apologize to oga are james and the others I didn’t respect, but please conspiracy theory doesn’t help us at all or satyric comments or lies do not help us at all. Let everybody deal with things he knows.

  50. Augustine says:

    Oje says:
    May 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm
    Augustine, this is not the Battle of Bastone or the Guns of Navarone, Tanks are built to fight other Tanks and Armoured Carriers not guerilla infantry.

    REPLY :
    Oje read my post well again, I said ‘Armoured Tank On Wheels’ the inverted commas mean it is not a tank as it had wheels not tracks. People gave Cascavel that nickname ‘Armoured Tank On Wheels’ many years ago. We all know it was never a tank. However, Cascavel is qualified for anti-guerrilla warfare with its armour, gunfire – cannon fire armament and speed plus long range, it is a better offensive battle wagon than NA Cobra APCs we use now. Boko is not only inside Sambisa forest, they attack sub-urban towns, like the school in Chibok. Let us be careful how we condemn standard universally tested and proven battlefield tactics so that we don`t mislead our readers, the worldwide public is reading us on this blog. Thanks.

    ifiok umoeka says:
    May 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    I beg to differ, the Brazilians are not tanks but amoured cars like the french aml series. Their speed, mobility and fire power would be appreciated in theater. However, their serviceability are suspect while their amour may not survive a .50 cal or RPG hit!

    REPLY
    I just cleared the issues above, I put my comment in inverted commas ‘Armoured Tank On Wheels’ ….meaning not exactly what the phrase says.
    Cascavel is good to go against Boko in guarding our border towns, RPG will destroy a Cobra and we still use Cobras. Many MRAPS we are crying for will be penetrated by RPG except the high class ballistic level and very expensive $ 3 million MRAPS like South African Mbombe and Israeli Golan which are not even in service anywhere yet. Cascavel is very cheap to buy.

    The Casspir or Springbok MRAPs were are praying to buy will all be penetrated by RPG. There are many RPGs that will penetrate even a main battle tank by using a HEAT warhead, a Challenger MBT was recently penetrated by RPG firing HEAT warhead. If we want to fight war and win, we must be ready for war without 100% protection, about 4,000 USA and NATO troops died in Afghanistan anti-terror war, they had all the armoured vehicles we dont have, and still….

  51. Hussein says:

    General Beeg, can you help me with these informations?
    1- how many of our boys are serving in various UN peace keeping mission abroad
    2- what’s d average age of the APC’s in our inventory
    3- what do you think has happened to the FN-FaL battle rifles in the inventory of the Nigerian army

  52. peccavi says:

    Oga Augustine: where did you see that Britain wants a semi permanent base in Nigeria?

    Cascavels are a good platform for ops in the NE, however we must be mindful that once we have the platforms we need the appropriate tactics to deploy them to best effect

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Peccavi, Britain wants a semi-permanent military base in Nigeria. Size of the base not yet defined though, but they want it…..
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kay-guinane/us-law-limits-options-for_b_5339013.html

      • jimmy says:

        I honestly do not see anywhere it implies explictly in this article that Britain wants a base.Also this unfortunately is9 just the views of a misguided western journalists.I honestly do not see any meaningful negotiation outside of a prisoner swap.The alienation of boko haram is 90%, no govt that wants to survive will negotiate with sub human species. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Augustine, I’ve just read that article and there is barely a mention of Britain much less a semi permanent base. Is this the source for your comment?

  53. igbi says:

    You guys should all watch this video: focus on the questions addressed to Biya:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixCIuAHppC4

  54. Bigbrovar says:

    Guys I stumbled on this video documentary on AU mission to Somalia. It’s a most watch especially with regards to what our armed forces can learn in our fight against BH Haram. Here are some key points I got from the documentary

    Faces Of Africa – AMISOM: Africans Save Somalia: http://youtu.be/X4tMJxi3sDE

    PR: documentaries like this is what we should be getting from our armed forces. This video was complete and hits every note showing real life battle scenes, even going as far as to show battles from inside MRAPs, i use of sophisticated technologies like UAVs, urban street battles etc.. The video also focuses on AMISOM public building efforts, their hospitals and operating theaters, efforts at training Somalis on how to run their country from policing to fire brigade..even showing the coffins of fallen comrade so the world can see their sacrifice The Nigerian army needs this type of PR.. U can imagine how much it will go in changing perception when people see their forces in actual combat situation. It will go a long way

    Equipment : this documentary shows what type of equipment needed in an insurgency like BH.. U won’t see a single civilian pickup truck in this documentary everything from Casspair to Gila MRAP, MBT, hand held UAVs and soldiers armed to the teeth with all the body armour. I was hugely impressed with columns of MRAPs as far as the eye can see heading to hand Al Shabaab behind to them.

    Public relations: The Ugandan commander stated maintaining strategic relationship with local population is part of their mission and integral to their over all strategy.. Simple things like handing out food, setting up clinics can go along way in achieving this. Once the local population accept u.. Then 50% of your job is done.

    AMISOM has shown the world that with the right leadership, strategy and political will one can be successful even with meager resources. They have succeeded where bigger nations have failed. I wish those In authority can take a look at his video on how we can better organize and win this war.

    • peccavi says:

      I follow the AMISOM channel. It is 1st class, grade A media ops, well presented and packaged.

      • Bigbrovar says:

        It’s high time the army retool their media strategy from the Soviet era of spoke person.. It’s 2014 for Christ sake.. Propaganda is one of the most important elements of coin.. It’s not all about press releases

    • doziex says:

      Oga big brovar, great stuff.

      I have been harping on the AMISOM example on this blog for years now.
      It is however, not magic.
      It is PMC advice plus western funded MRAPS plus updf and burundian grit that has produced this remarkable success story.

      First off, the UPDF came armed to the teeth. AL shabab was not going to out gun them no way.
      Their units are dense with PKMs, RPGs, ZSU-23-2s and 4s.
      Mortars, 130 mm artillery , t- 55 mbts, and bmp2s.
      This allowed them to hold their ground against shabab.

      The introduction of south african gila mraps, and RG-31 Nyalas, allowed them to dominate the streets of mogadishu and beyond
      They survived the ambush, and suppressed it.

      The US was generous with livable trailers, hesco material, flack jackets, kevlar helmets and more.
      The updf received some of the best military advise/training/mentorship money could buy becoming experts in urban warfare.

      A good example indeed for NA troops.

      • doziex says:

        See how the UPDF moved their hesco barrier from street to street, rapidly setting up new fobs, and impregnable defensive positions.

        I said it years ago Updf is rising to new heights on the continent.

        Humility allows one to learn from whomever has something to teach.

        It’s time for NA and nigerians to eat some humble pie.

  55. rugged7 says:

    “…FBI had to say:
    “Sources in Nigeria confirm that the opposition party is working closely with Boko Haram and that the recent kidnappings were ordered from inside the senate in Abuja and not by “terrorists.” ”
    -according to Press TV
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/17/362954/boko-haram-terror-tied-to-gaddafi-cash/

    • igbi says:

      Press tv is an Iranian propaganda network and it is boko haram friendly. I would advice you to do a lot of research on any news paper you read, or else you will be deceived.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Igbi, i am well aware of the allegiances of Press TV. True, they might possibly be lying, BUT, that does not mean u discountenance all information out of hand.
        I would expect, at the minimum, an engaged analyst to be able to sift some of the wheat from the chaff…

      • igbi says:

        I am sorry but I did not understand a word of what you said. Presstv is boko haram friendly and is well known for making propaganda. Am I clear enough ?
        Or do you need a confirmed “analyst” to tell you that ?

  56. rka says:

    The Ugandans have been engaged in COIN/CT for a long time and have every reason to be ahead. It is not a competition. There is nothing to suggest we are not following behind after all, as of last night, we didn’t know there were MRAPS being used.

    I will continue to harp on about us not being privy to what is going on and no use pretending we are.

    We should continue to encourage the military to be more open as the video on the night time operation revealed what we didn’t know already about MRAPS along with the air surveillance aircraft in use.

  57. igbi says:

    I think it might be high time to kick the yanks out of Nigeria. I don’t know what they call what they are doing but I don’t call this helping. Their media and politicians are destroying our image more than they ever did before. Either they help and share intelligence and keep their big mouths shut, either they get out of the way.

  58. ifiok umoeka says:

    @ Austine, that was directed @ Oga Oje! However, yes the challenger was penetrated by an RPG as well as M1s and Merkava, it wasn’t just any RPG, it was the RPG29 with tandem charge HEAT warheads! Thankfully, Qadaffi never had them! However, I’m worried about the tons of other AT missiles he had as well as MANPADs etc! That said, the only time a challenger was destroyed by another challenger in a blue on blue! On another incidence it survived 70 RPG shots, now that’s a feat! While we must be prepared to take losses, we must avoid stupid, senseless and avoidable losses

    • Augustine says:

      ifiok umoeka says:
      May 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm
      @ Austine, yes the challenger was penetrated by an RPG as well as M1s and Merkava, it wasn’t just any RPG, it was the RPG29 with tandem charge HEAT warheads!

      Reply

      @ifiok , please if you do not have the patience to read other people’s comments, don’t bother to add or subtract from it since you seem not to be free with the art and act of retracting wrong statements when you make one. It’s second time around you are implying what I did not say, look up again at my post, I said RPG HEAT warhead penetrated Challenger MBT.

      Not good to always create loopholes in other people’s post where there is none, it would be more productive to create your own comments and ignore others if you cannot read and quote them correctly. Would appreciate it if there is no third time around.

      Thanks bros. Enjoy your new week, happy Monday to you.

  59. Oje says:

    I agree with igbi, as much as i love the U.S i.must say it is pretty evident they are irritated and their decision to help is bourne out of diplomatic niceties while at the same time their media is tearing the Nigerian image in the eyes of the world. Holland jas been to Nigeria twice now. Its ironic we have an African as presodent yet America has become so disengaged in African affairs its unbelievable.

    • igbi says:

      There are some things which a white president could not have done without being called a racist. That is why it is useful to the US’s 70% white majority to elect a semi-black man in office. So now whatever anti-black policy the US presidency takes, nobody will cry foul.
      How meaningful is it that a “black” man gets elected in a 70% white nation ?

  60. Yagazie says:

    Gentlemen, much as I am not too happy with the ferrocious citicism coming our way from the Yanks- most of it is well deserved as the bitter truth is that we have put ourselves in this wholly avoidable situation by failing to do the needful – so lets simply swallow humble pie- get the girls back- and then learn the lessons from this bitter experience and do the right thing by our armed forces to ensure that we are NEVER AGAIN put in such a shameful position.

    • igbi says:

      I agree with what you are saying but I don’t think that is why the US is doing what it is doing. It is quite obvious that we have to reconsider our alliance with the USA. This kind of conduct from the yanks betrays their intentions. The US is not interested in making friends, it wants servants. If by “ferocious criticism” you mean damaging and dangerous anti-Nigerian propaganda which builds confidence among boko haram terrorists then I agree with you.

  61. peccavi says:

    Ha Oga Doziex, I bin no wan talk because I no say you go begin dey over happy, but yes PMC’s were a major aspect of the AMISOM success story, however again it as not just a matter of call oyibo to solve the problem, they had a defined problem and sought out a specific solution. These oyibo did not go and do the fighting for them as you seem to be latterly advocating.
    They are like everything else a part of a solution

    • Augustine says:

      @Peccavi @Jimmy, it’s the craft of a white man’s undertone, not easy to see the undercurrent, but getting used to the way they speak, one is able to ‘read’ them. Here are excerpts…

      Although President Obama ruled out sending in troops and said the U.S. is providing intelligence and other, unspecified help…

      **other countries have not ruled out force in assisting the Nigerian military.

      **A statement from the British Foreign and Commonwealth office made it clear they have a larger agenda in offering help: defeat of Boko Haram.

      The Obama administration and Congress should make it clear that dialog is needed to free the girls of Chibok…..

      ** It should actively discourage all parties from using the tragedy of the schoolgirls as a wedge for larger, long term military presence in Nigeria.

      The British want it, but they won’t say it in plain language in public, their government is discussing it…’Defeat of Boko Haram…it wont be overnight’ …they won’t go public in plain language, the British are more cunning than that, we all know them.

      • peccavi says:

        Una don come. The thing wey nobody talk or write na only you see am.
        The UK does not want any bases in Nigeria. What for? To do what exactly? The Uk is withdrawing from its bases in Germany, bases in Falklands and Kenya cost a fortune.
        The U Khas what it wants in Nigeria, it can sell us technology and skills without the risk of any commitment

  62. Augustine says:

    peccavi says:
    May 21, 2014 at 11:34 am
    Una don come. The thing wey nobody talk or write na only you see am.
    The UK does not want any bases in Nigeria. What for? To do what exactly? The Uk is withdrawing from its bases in Germany, bases in Falklands and Kenya cost a fortune.
    The U Khas what it wants in Nigeria, it can sell us technology and skills without the risk of any commitment

    REPLY :

    LOL, @Peccavi, you expect a sly British government to open it’s mouth wide publicly in bold font and capital letters on a very sensitive issue? Anyone who does not know how to decipher undertones in an Anglo man’s voice will be caught by surprise many times. We do not all have the same human perception levels. You may not be privy to inner room discussions going on in British leadership as this time, so If you want that undertone in clear public language, sorry, the British won’t give that to you. I have said my own as far as I can decode from my personal dealings with these sly Anglos. Everybody does not have to agree with me. Lone voices do sometimes emerge correct after time in many instances.

    Try interpret the statement below culled from the newspaper report in the context of the entire long report, not in isolation.

    “A statement from the British Foreign and Commonwealth office made it clear they have a larger agenda in offering help: defeat of Boko Haram.”

    Means…..

    • igbi says:

      For God’s sakes please stop these childish debates. If you are expressing your opinion then say so. Stop pretending you saw something somewhere. And no need to reply to me in your usual fashion. I don’t want to have any sort of debate with you, that is not why I am on this blog. Just try and be professional instead of the childish things.

      • Augustine says:

        @Igbi, I would like to assume that your reply just next to my comment was not meant for me, or am I mistaken? Just trying to place it, I could be reading a reply meant for someone else.

  63. Augustine says:

    peccavi says:
    May 21, 2014 at 11:34 am
    Una don come. The thing wey nobody talk or write na only you see am.
    The UK does not want any bases in Nigeria. What for? To do what exactly? The Uk is withdrawing from its bases in Germany, bases in Falklands and Kenya cost a fortune.
    The U K has what it wants in Nigeria, it can sell us technology and skills without the risk of any commitment.

    FURTHER

    Chief Peccavi, could you kindly list how many barrels of crude oil per day and how many cubic feet of natural gas per day Britain’s Shell Petroleum gets from those countries you mentioned above where it is closing down or running at a loss it’s military bases? Then compare the figures with those of Nigeria since 1956 that the British found oil at Oloibiri till 2014 production date form all oil and gas wells onshore and offshore….

    If you were Prime Minister of Britain, where would you build your military base today among those countries and Nigeria?

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