DEATH TOLL FROM JOS SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS RISES TO 118 ; CASUALTY FIGURES EXPECTED TO RISE

ABUJA, May 20 (Xinhua)

Death toll of the twin blast on a busy market road in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on Tuesday rose to 118, after casualty figures were further collated from various health facilities, an official told reporters here.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria’s north central region, said more lifeless bodies may be trapped in debris of buildings which collapsed following the loud blasts. He said at least 56 people sustained various degrees of injuries after suspected suicide bombers detonated some improvised explosive devices at the
central business area in the city of Jos,capital of Nigeria’s central Plateau State.

Earlier, police authorities in the West African country had said at least 46 people were killed and 45 others sustained injuries when the two explosions rocked the Nigerian city.

Plateau State police chief Chris Olakpe considered the incidents as suicide bomb attacks, while speaking to reporters. According to him, the first bomber came in a Fiat bus and parked at the market’s central business area. “The second blast, which was concealed in a Toyota Sienna bus, happened 100 meters away from the first one,” said the police chief, at a press conference.

He said the figures given earlier were collated after visits to the state-run Plateau Specialist Hospital and Bingham Hospital in Jos. “As I said earlier, there could be more casualties because we have not gone to the new and old Jos University Teaching Hospitals (JUTH),” he added.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the bomb blasts in a statement made available to Xinhua. He described the perpetrators of the tragic assault on human freedom as “cruel and evil.” The Nigerian leader directed all relevant agencies to mobilize support and relief efforts in aid of the victims, while assuring all citizens that the government would remain fully committed to winning the war against terror. “This administration will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilization,” he added.

Tuesday’s bombings occurred barely 48 hours after an explosion hit a Christian-dominated area in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano on Sunday night, killing five people, according to state officials.

Plateau State is situated in Nigeria’s middle belt, where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet. The state capital Jos was plunged in a pool of blood on March 7, 2010, when religious crises ensued between members of local Muslim and Christian communities in revenge for previous killings.

The state has witnessed some bomb blasts and constant rifts between Berom and Fulani herdsmen, with many, especially women and children, murdered in cold blood.

Nigeria is currently grappling with security challenges, one of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, which seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution.

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56 Responses to DEATH TOLL FROM JOS SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS RISES TO 118 ; CASUALTY FIGURES EXPECTED TO RISE

  1. eniola says:

    NA WA OH! Every day bad news! Cant there be some good news at least? NA WA OH! NA WA OH!! NA WA OH!!!

  2. eniola says:

    Innocent blood! I am freaked out!

  3. Henry says:

    God bless our nation nigeria.

    God bless the innocent dead and may he grant them eternal life.

    Amen.

    • Obix says:

      Sorry to say this, but this NTA report is another PR catastrophe! Why on earth should BH be shown displaying loot captured from the same army which is trying to boost it’s PR image through the same report??? Is the reporter an elementary one pupil trying to read an essay? Na wa oooo!

  4. jimmy says:

    THE LAST PART OF THE VIDEO shows special forces that is why their faces are covered up is this correct oga HENRY?

  5. startrek says:

    YES STOP TERRORISM STOP IT NOW
    The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda.
    Violence against civilians to achieve military or political objectives.
    A psychological strategy of war for gaining political or religious ends by deliberately creating a climate of fear among the population of a state.
    Allah ya Gika Rai-Amen

  6. doziex says:

    Yes nigeria, we have to rise to this challenge, and defeat it.

    Crowded motor parks seems to be a target of choice.

    With painstaking organization, our security services can reduce our vulnerability.

    (1) Private cars, cannot be allowed to drive into the park alongside queuing passengers.

    (2) Luggage should be inspected by bomb sniffing dogs, in ones or twos, prior to joining the bus boarding queue.
    (3) Passengers without luggage, have to subject themselves to more invasive searches, before they queue.

    The public has to be sanitized in small units, before they queue for boarding in large terror attractive groups.

    For market places, car traffic has to be limited .

    We have to study how the iraqis are coping with similar violence.

    Isreali PMCs are in order to train police units across the country.

    Here, the police and civilian groups have to rise to the challenge. NA is over deployed already.

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  7. Eeben says:

    Our thoughts are with you all.

  8. Augustine says:

    Dear Generals in the house, as I said before, if Boko faces high degree of threat in the open war on villages and towns, it is only logical that they switch over to suicide bombing cities, but we should prepare against remotely detonated bombs just in case Boko upgrades tactics.

    The massive 24 hour round the clock search by land and air for the missing 300 girls has made Boko avoid the usual village/town open attacks to avoid early detection and interdiction by Nigerian forces. Boko Haram cannot last long by taking heavy casualties in direct open combat with Nigerian forces, hence to avoid attrition rate that will lead to eventual extinction, Boko has reduced open attacks to say about 10% of total operations, and is trying to raise city suicide or remote bombings to say 90% of total operations.

    Boko is just being intelligent, that’s all, simply smart. Nigeria should stop playing their game, let us formulate new battle strategies and we force them to play our own game. My point of view.

  9. Eeben says:

    Just a caution: You can expect that BH will intensify their actions with more village attacks/kidnappings and bombings. I suspect that a culture of impunity is developing within BH. Being able to get away with their acts of terror adds to their motivation whilst sending a message to everyone. Having been able to get away with these acts will spur them on to exploit the current situation in the belief that they will not be punished.

    • doziex says:

      Dr. Reuben Abati.

      Sir we know you are tuned in.

      Please facilitate a meeting between our CIC and Colonel Eeben Barlow of STTEP.

      There is no harm in trying. Google STTEP or ask beegeagle for contact information.

      Bring in general Minimah, let’s start a parley, and see what we can agree on.

      Our country is now swamped with military advisors of nations, offering long lectures, and little help.

      Colonel Barlow is the only one with a track record of success on the continent.

      Colonel, you said the horses have already bolted. But I guarantee you that a nigerian success story would offer STTEP something money can’t buy.

      • igbi says:

        Here we go again.

      • Eeben says:

        Your confidence in us is humbling doziex. However, no plan can be successful without a strategy – conjuring up a plan at this stage is ultimately akin to a band-aid being put on a chest wound. What happened has sadly happened and nothing will be able to turn the clock back.
        This is about Nigeria and its enemies. Only Nigeria can truly resolve its problems and defeat, disrupt or neutralise its enemies.
        Rgds,
        Eeben

  10. doziex says:

    A town named Alargano just got attacked yesterday by BH.

    They killed 17 people, stole food stuffs and vehicles, then burned down every single house.

    20,000 NA troops in the battle space, and such a large scale attack can’t be prevented or at least interrupted ??

    Gentlemen, either we start calling a spade, a spade here , or we should start getting comfortable with the idea of a full scale civil war in Nigeria.

    Call me an Alarmist and scaremonger a thousand times if you will, but each time I read the tea leaves on this blog, I am proven right.

    The americans are still making up their minds if they really want to help or not.

    For now, the west are focused on the cause celeb du jour, which is our kidnapped girls.

    The americans would give Egypt, isreal, Columbia, Pakistan, and even yemen a pass on not meeting the human rights grade, but not Nigeria.
    They choose us to grandstand for amnesty international, rather than give us much needed help.

    Nigeria the one country that has given on the international stage for years, out of our lack.

    For instance, NA needs helicopters badly in the NE, but we have 4 super pumas deployed with the UN in Darfur.
    With the possible exception of isreal and china, the rest of those offering qualified assistance, are merely grand standing for the world press.

    However, we Nigerians need to stay focused on what our problems are, and where we can find real solutions.

    Let’s stop waiting for hand outs, NA as a force, needs to be equipped, trained and mentored to success by Private Military Companies, Not grand standing nation states.

    We need to get on with it, it is already late in the game.

    Nigeria can afford NA, the right equipment, the right training, the right advise, and the right mentorship to be able to rise to the occasion.

    Every other effort or expenditure we are putting in another basket, would be tantamount to running a fools errand.

  11. Eeben says:

    igbi, This has nothing to do with either STTEP or myself. It is your country and it has to do with your people. We merely sit as spectators and watch with sadness at what is happening. Doziex was merely giving his thoughts and opinion. We approached your government in 2012 on this matter. Their decision was to not accept our proposal. It is after all your country’s problem and your leaders will decide which way to go. Not one of us (I include myself and other foreign visitors to Beegeagle’s blog) will influence their decisions.
    So don’t worry…your comment “Here we go again”…is somewhat irrelevant as are the concerns of others who do not want us there – we won’t be arriving in your country.
    That does, however, not detract from the fact that we have sympathy with Nigeria – after all, we are also Africans and therefore all of us are indirectly victims of BH.
    Rgds,
    Eeben

    • igbi says:

      I have no doubts in your competence, but I just am not of the opinion that this is the way to go. I think Nigeria is powerful enough to deal with this, but for that Nigerian politicians need to do their home-works and fund the military. My comment was not against you but it was directed at Oga Doziex who often asks for PMCs. What I meant was: ” He is asking for PMCs again”.

    • OriginalPato says:

      No disrespect to you @Eeben. @Doziex keeps yapping about PMCs as if they are a magic wand. If a policeman misplaces his rifle hire a PMC, If an infantry man quarrels with his lover call in the PMCs. An APC gets a flat tyre, call in a PMC to fix it.
      Just like a fellow blogger said, Nigerian Defence Policy Makers are yet to identify our problem. When we do that and discover that there are capabilities lacking in certain areas and only a PMC can solve effectively, then we hire them.
      This is our problem and only WE can solve them, not some glory seeking hunters.
      You yourself have said on this blog that Nigeria needs to adapt her military doctrines to the changing times. Once that is done, strategies would be formulated, which would lead to development of tactics, which now influences equipment procurement and training.

      • doziex says:

        Oga original pato, be a gentleman, be respectful.
        There is no need for the insolence.
        Not to me, Not to our guest Colonel Barlow. I would always state my POV on this blog.

        If you disagree, state yours. Just be respectful about it. I don’t need your permission or igbi’s to post do I ?
        This is what I believe nigeria needs now, and you are bound to hear one version or another of it On a daily basis.
        It’s beneath us on this blog to sling mud, and I have no desire to be drawn into any spat.

        I am not yapping on this blog, I will put my foresight and analysis on this blog against anyone’s.
        Colonel Barlow is too accomplished a soldier, to be called a glory seeker.

  12. doziex says:

    Oga Igbi,
    One day, I hope, you will learn the difference between pride and confidence.

  13. Oje says:

    Field Marshall Eeben, i beg to differ in your assertion, this us no longer a Nigerian problem but a regional one. There are multiple fronts being opened in tjis new kind of war from Mali, Kenya and Somalia to Libya,Nigeria and just recently Cameroon. If Africans adopt this its non of my business posture soon these extremist will come knocking, they will drive down South begore we are finally able stop them. There are 175 million Nigerians, thats more than the combined population of the whole of West Africa, in the event of a full scale civil war the refugee crises with be Apocalyptic and easily overwelm the whole of West Africa

    Nigeria, arguably Africa’s only hope for a real reprentation, respect and power in the interest of the black race is under attack, one never seen before in our history by Al Queda wannabees. The international spotlite has emboldened them and given them the much needed incentive and boost to carry out their babarity.

    As of this writing i am watching CNNs Jim Clancy talkng about the Christian Muslim divide bladabladabla. These conjectures are inflamatory, Muslims and Christians are being targetted.

    A combined multinational Africa defence force can be setup, not under the inept African Union but a real sole military force. A 50,000 man army can be created

    Armed Personnel

    Nigeria : 20,000 troops
    Kenya: 2000 troops
    Mali: 2000 troops
    Cameroon: 5000 troops
    Niger: 5000 troops
    Chad:5000 troops
    Somalia: 5000 troops
    Ghana : Ghana’s military sent a team of cooks to Mali as part of its contingent to Mali, i expect nothing concrete from them.
    Logistics/projection assets

    Nigeria : Two Hercules C-150
    South Africa ( if my chance they get involved): Equal number.

    Surveillance

    American Drones from bases in Niger can run round the clock survellance. Nigeria has 5 Satelites in orbit, only God knows what they are doing there. South African drobe technology can be brought to the theater as well

    Boko Haram, Al-Shahab and other upcoming Al-Queda wannabees will have to be extremely very large and powerful to sustain any kind of corwardly attacks for more than a month.

  14. doziex says:

    A nigerian soldier called the bbc saying that NA could wipe out BH within weeks, if the government chose to equip them properly, and provide adequate welfare for the troops.

    Dr Abati, the president has to tell nigerians publicly, how he intends to spend the 1 billion usd in extra defense spending.
    Time table and what items are to be purchased. These don’t have any real national security implications. Except one wants to hide corrupt practices.

    The nigerian officer told bbc, that nothing has changed on the ground. The soldier is confident of NA’s superiority to BH, but government tight fistedness, corruption or both is standing in their way.

    Mr. President, this puts the responsibility about the status quo directly at your feet.

    Your troops are calling out for direct relief from you, you as CIC is sitting on the capacity to answer their call.
    Show nigerians and the world, you are and deserve to be nigeria’s CIC.

  15. Augustine says:

    doziex says:
    May 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    A town named Alargano just got attacked yesterday by BH.
    They killed 17 people, stole food stuffs and vehicles, then burned down every single house.

    20,000 NA troops in the battle space, and such a large scale attack can’t be prevented or at least interrupted ??

    Gentlemen, either we start calling a spade, a spade here , or we should start getting comfortable with the idea of a full scale civil war in Nigeria.

    Call me an Alarmist and scaremonger a thousand times if you will, but each time I read the tea leaves on this blog, I am proven right.

    REPLY

    Bros, I gave been shouting for a garrison to be in every village/town in the red zone of NE Nigeria, only one person in this house seconded it, all others who replied my comment said it is not a viable solution, and somebody called garrison tactics a video game idea.

    How do the Saxons, Normans, Romans, Vikings, Greeks, Persians, and others defend far away remote villages, towns, and stand alone castles in the medieval times when there is no fast means of air or land transport to send a counter-attack force or a reinforcement to save lives of their citizens in remote areas?

    I don’t know why you shout solution in Nigeria hundred times and nobody hears your voice, we are all talking about sharing $1 Billion new weapons funds and buying great weapons, see I second what @doziex is saying, if Boko gets civilian fundamentalist sympathizers in 2015 election time, and gives them one AK-47 rifle each, we will see what I don’t want to type with my own laptop.

    Heaven helps those who help themselves, omo ti o ba shi apa si oke, oun ni a le gbe.

    One garrison of 12 soldiers and 24 mobile policemen, with one MRAP, one APC, one heavy cannon armed AFV/IFV/Tank from current arsenal plus the many personal infantry hardware I listed before…or else this war will continue until we find a political solution.

    It’s simple common sense, but they say common sense is not common.

    Only a garrison can stop a very mobile and stealthy enemy marauding over a land mass as big as Britain, targeting defenseless civilians with impunity.

    Anyone with a better idea or solution can please let us know, we need ideas, I have said my own, I cannot say beyond what I know….gentlemen….we need fresh ideas ! Please talk aloud !

    • asorockweb says:

      “20,000 NA troops in the battle space, and such a large scale attack can’t be prevented or at least interrupted ??”

      Augustine,
      how many troops did the US have in Iraqi?
      With how many helicopters?
      And how many combat aircraft?
      And how many surveillance assets?
      How many up-armoured Humvees and MRAPs?
      How many M1A1 MBTs were deployed?

      And finally, how much did the US spend per soldier per year?

      I know in Afghanistan, they sent US$1million per soldier per year.

      • doziex says:

        Oga asorockweb,
        That statement was meant to emphasize the break down in the spatial orientation of the battle space.
        The US and allies, never lost the ability to rapidly respond to a situation.

        MRAPS enabled them to maintain a physical presence thru mobility, even against the most sophisticated IED campaign ever, tried to disrupt their mobility, hence their presence.
        One could take to the skies, but as the Russians found out in Afghanistan, there is such a thing called Manpads.

        With adequate mobility, 20,000 troops are enough to pacify the NE.
        However, without mobility, 100,000 troops cannot do the job.

        That’s why we are all pleading for Mraps and helicopters.

        Coupled with the small unit implants oga augustine is advocating.

        If NA had the correct spatial orientation in this battle space, even long range artillery, can ben fired from strategically placed fire basis to assist troops on patrol, or besieged FOBs and villages.

      • asorockweb says:

        “…break down in the spatial orientation of the battle space.”
        Dozier, be honest – you are in no position to know about this.

      • doziex says:

        Oga asorockweb,

        That’s what we are all doing here, reading tea leaves combined with news headlines, and formulating an opinion.

        Call it amateur military analysis if you will. However, some of us have been at this consistently for 20 years.
        If you are a student of warfare, or military affairs, after some time, trends begin to emerge.

        Using deductive reasoning, one can say for instance, the battle of Jaffna peninsula (Srilankan war ), has some commonalities with the battle of Nharea (Angolan war)

        Or spot successful maneuvers in the soviet experience in Afghanistan also seen a decade earlier in Vietnam, or even earlier in the French war in Algeria.

        So, as I analyze the situation in the NE, I simply look at the symptoms , and compare them to symptoms I have studied or observed elsewhere.

        The symptoms include inconsistent patrolling. The lack of road dominance, due to the fear of ambush.
        BH large convoys roaming about the battle space at will, showing up at Giwa barracks and large towns unmolested.

        FoBs or small towns being besieged by BH for hours on end, with major NA units not knowing to respond, or not being able to respond.

        So the prevailing situation, paints a picture one way or the other, and we all make analysis based on our individual knowledge and experiences.

        There is a prevailing confusion in the NE, similar to the Iraqi occupation, just before the “Surge”.

        One also observed a similar situation in the dark days on the Algerian civil war, when entire villages were being slaughtered, night after night, and the Algerian armed forces seemed powerless to stop it.
        So, BH attacking one town or village after another with impunity, tells you the same story in the aforementioned cases.

        So, it wouldn’t be a stretch, to suggest that we apply the same solutions, used to solve those problems.

      • asorockweb says:

        A lack of capacity or capability or both does not constitute a “break down in the spatial orientation of the battle space”.

        What I see in the North East, in terms of the NA and the Air Force, is a lack of capacity or capability or both.

      • Augustine says:

        asorockweb says:
        May 22, 2014 at 2:24 am
        “20,000 NA troops in the battle space, and such a large scale attack can’t be prevented or at least interrupted ??”

        Augustine,
        how many troops did the US have in Iraqi?
        With how many helicopters?
        And how many combat aircraft?
        And how many surveillance assets?
        How many up-armoured Humvees and MRAPs?
        How many M1A1 MBTs were deployed?

        And finally, how much did the US spend per soldier per year?

        I know in Afghanistan, they sent US$1million per soldier per year.

        REPLY

        I need a source to make me believe America spends $1 million per soldier per year in Afghanistan, I would rather say it’s about $60,000 average for a low ranking private soldier. Where did you get that your figure o ! Shocked me.

        Chief, America deployed about 100,000 soldiers and equipment to Afghanistan to occupy the whole country, about 70% the size of Nigeria and to fight Islamic insurgents estimated at about 30,000. Ratio is about 3:1.

        Nigeria is not deploying to occupy the whole nation or even the whole NE, just the red zones you can grid map easily. 20,000 NA, but for Boko an estimate with no source…3,000 Bokos, and Ratio is 7:1, much in favour of Nigeria. So why can’t we perform better than America?

        Expenditure is higher for America because an average American ‘recruit’ private soldier earns about =N= 6 million as salary per year…reason why they have a higher budget per soldier.

        20,000 NA should be able to defeat 3,000 Bokos, and a garrison of 12 NA plus 24 MOPOLS should be able to defeat 150 Bokos without much sweat if we give our gallant boys superior firepower by heavy infantry weapons like automatic high velocity multiple grenade launchers and CS/VP3 MRAPS and man portable ground surveillance equipment like mini one man portable radars and high power day/night long range binoculars.

        Otherwise, army no be army again, how do you justify the fact that our NA boys went to school of infantry while Boko was trained in a village backyard?

      • asorockweb says:

        US spending in Afghanistan
        http://news.yahoo.com/it-costs–2-1-million-per-year-for-each-soldier-deployed-in-afghanistan–report-133150602.html

        If you put 10 soldiers in a village to protect it, BH will send in a few observers, scope out the defensive layout, and then attack.
        And when BH attacks what is your planned response time and how do you plan to achieve said time? – please don’t say helicopters because we hardly use them in the North East.

      • asorockweb says:

        One more shocker for you: total compensation for a private in the US Army is about US$100,000 – that includes all benefits

      • doziex says:

        Yeah Oga Asorockweb,
        You are getting there, The break down of capacity, and capability as you see it, leads to the breakdown in road patrols, aerial surveillance, and the overall control or understanding in the battle space.

        It’s not the troops, it is geography. Coupled with a wily, ruthless, unpredictable enemy.

        So one thing leads to the next.

        The lack of capacity, has led to the lack of capability, which has further disintegrated into a loss of control or orientation about the battle space.

        Such that no one knows wither BH cometh or goeth.

    • doziex says:

      Oga augustine, be persistent, in time, a your idea would reach the right ears.

      In vietnam, small units of US special forces deployed in villages, and became force multipliers, as they trained the locals to assist in their own defense.

      In Afghanistan and iraq, similar spec ops , civilian militia combinations served the same purpose of protecting defenseless villages.

      But NA must be able to provide close air support, and timely reinforcements.

      Chibok and other small towns need your proposal implemented asap.

      I remember talking about this tactic for villages around jos, that were frequently slaughtered by fulani herdsmen some years back.

  16. Eeben says:

    Yes Oje, in a sense you are correct – it is developing into a regional problem. But it also remains an African problem. However, the aim is ultimately to divide Nigeria in two – as was done in Sudan and as is planned for Libya and DRC.
    We can discuss options and plans until the cows come home but unless a very critical and hard look is taken at the existing NSS and the rectification of its elements, you will continually find yourselves at a disadvantage with BH continually having the initiative.
    Ultimately though, this war needs to be fought on many levels and not merely targeted at the attrition of BH. It is a matter of time before other criminal elements and forces begin exploiting the current situation and forcing the security forces to deploy over such a wide front that they become over-extended.
    Nigeria needs to take control of the situation – right now it is being done by forces beyond your shores. The international media is painting Nigeria as a dangerous and fragile state with state paralysis. The impact of this perception is going to be felt across the entire country and will linger for a long time.
    You have now attracted a lot of foreign military involvement. Bear in mind that foreign interests do not coincide with Nigeria’s vital and national interests – or do you think they are here because they love Nigerians and Africans?
    Do you not think it is a bit of a coincidence that BH “exploded” (I know they have been around for some time but the international community was oblivious of them and focussed on others such as LRA) across the international arena after Nigeria strengthened ties with Russia and China? Do you not think that as the largest country in West Africa, Nigeria’s now-proven vulnerability will result in more actions by similar groups in the region against governments with less power than Nigeria?
    And, if this is not resolved soon, how are you going to handle the inevitable foreign “mission creep”?
    So, ultimately, it remains primarily a Nigerian problem with a far-reaching regional impact.
    Rgds,
    Eeben

  17. Yagazie says:

    Gutys,- interesting exchanges on this thread. From these and the current security situation in which our beloved country now finds itself- I have come to the following conclusions:

    (1)- While the call for the involvement of PMCs in some aspects of the training of some parts our millitary as advocated by some on this blog may have some merit, for now in the current climate, it is a non-starter.

    (2) The esteemed Col. Eeben has made it abundantly clear that since his outfit’s proposals were rejected by our Govt (for whatever reason) in 2012, he will not be re-submitting the proposals with regard to the current escalation with the BH insurgency as this would amount to ‘closing the stable door after the horse has bolted’- but wil simply be watching events from the sidelines. Fine- that is his decision and we should respect same and leave it at that. He has however made a very important point/observation- ultimately this is primarily a Nigerian problem with far-reaching regional impact – and it is up to us how we solve it.

    (3) Nigeria has the capacity and capability to deal with the BH threat. It is simply a question of mustering the requistite political will to deal with the problem head on. This will involve taking a critical look at our millitary/security infrastructure , seeing where the failings are and taking urgent steps to rectify same. For instance, why are our police formations (in particular MOPOL and CTU units) as well as our Civil Defence Corps not more activiely involved in assisting with garrison duties of schools and isolated villages so as to free up the army to concentrate on its primary task of engaging in search and destroy missions against the BH insurgents.

    (4) Our Govt must now accept the bitter fact that ALL branches of the Nigerian armed forces have been woefully neglected over the years in terms of funding/training and provision of equipment to enable them do their job- and the consequences of this neglect are being played out in the current crises. The near mutiny in the 7 Division is a case in point.

    (5) The solution is not to embark on a rash spree equipment purchase – but in the short term, find out from the millitary commanders on the ground – what is needed to enable them succesfuly contain the insurgency. I would guess that helicopters, IFVs, communciation equipment, adequate arms and ammunition, NVGs etc would be a start- those on the ground would no better.
    As a working template, we could borrow a leaf by looking at the French and the equipment they took to Mali for the purposes of operation Serval (?)- we can start from there.

    (6) For the long term, we have to make a concious decision to engage in a root and branch reform of the millitary/security services and commit to an annual spend at least between 1.5 -2% of our GDP on our millitary to cover training/re-training and purchase of equipment. We currently spend about 0.96% of our GDP annualy on Defence which is below the recomended level of 1.5-2%. Defence is an expensive business and if we want to have a credible, well trained and equipped millitary, we must be prepared to pay for it.

    (7) Our troops need to have regular/joint training with the best foreign forces that have PROVEN combat experience. For now that means training with the Americans, the British, French and Isreali forces. If our army’s human rights record is an impediment to such training, then we should try to overcome such challenges to ensure that we get this training. As has beeen pointed out, these western poweres are not here to assist us because they love us – but because it is in their strategic long term national interests to do so.

    (8) It is also instructive to note that apart from the US, UK, Canada, France, Isreal and China, no African Country (including regional powers like Algeria, Eygpt and South Africa) have offered us any assistance whatsover- probably because at best THEY CAN’T or at worst, it is not in their long term strategic national interest to do so. Not all African countries love us or are happy with our progress/current standing on the continent – despite what we may want to believe to the contrary. So much for all the big talk of Africans solving African problems, creating an AU standby force etc, etc. So please lets not thumb our noses up at the West. They have their reasons for helping us, they have the proven capabilities to assist us- so lets gratefully accept such offers of assistance and use same to our advantage.

    (9) We are africa’s biggest economy, a major oil and gas producing nation and have the larget population in africa – and thus a potential sales market for all sorts of consumer products – so let us leverage these comparative advantages and use them in our favour. Afterall the Americans still have regular millitary excercises with the Eygptian and Saudi millitaries despite their poor human rightrs records – because it is in it’s strategic national interest (ensuring – stability in the middle east) to do so. This is not the time for empty jingoistic national pride- our troops are corrageous and brave- no doubt about that- but they need to have regular training to enhance their combat skills, so we must do what it takes (within reason) to ensure that they train with the best.

    (10) Regional co-operation with our neighbours (Niger, Chad and Cameroun) is a must if we are to effectively deal with the BH insurgency. Thankfully, right steps have been taken in that direction with the Security Summit recently held in Paris with the presidents of France, Benin, Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroun together with officials from the US, UK and EU in attendance. Agreements reached at this meeting must be implemented asap.

    In the final analysis, the ball is firmly in our court and We shall DEFINITELY overcome.

    Good day gentlemen.

    • Eeben says:

      Well said, Yagazie.
      I wish you and your country well.
      Rgds,
      Eeben

      • Augustine says:

        @Eeben, I think the SAS Drakensberg episode spoiled the warmth between Nigeria and South Africa, Zuma should not have displayed a military threat. Supporting Gbagbo while Nigeria supported Ouattara, made South Africa lose Nigeria’s trust. The Brits won’t support an enemy of the Yanks. My personal thoughts aloud. Greetings Eeben.

  18. Yagazie says:

    My apologies for any ‘typos’ in the above posting.

  19. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Yagz, when Ghana offered some moral support, some of us here said they should come and cook etc and we 4got that they were probably the only one to show any support whatsoever! In my opinion our relationship with Ghana show be like the ‘special’ US/UK one and in the 80s/90s it was! If only we can put away childishness! I don’t think that our neibours ‘HATE’ us but I’d rather say they ‘FEAR’ us! Those were the same guys (@ least some of them) who we got to be on our side during the fiery days of the 90s, why can’t we do it again? Soft power will help us here, let our economic power speak…only if we can be discipline and responsible and our political class ‘cut their share’. This takes me to them! Its not that our soldiers are not properly kitted or equipped, its just that those best trained, kitted and equipped are guarding politicians from the military to the police, check it out and u’ll find it true! Look @ our blue beret police protecting government men and women and compare them with our ‘elite’ red beret counter terror policemen and u’ll get a fill of what I’m saying!

  20. ifiok umoeka says:

    Some here have been harping on why we still have our men in peace operations the world over instead of bringing them back home! I’m tempted to support this line of thinking but I’d say, why not try to get our best hands from doing sentry for politicians and businessmen and carrying umbrella for ‘expatrates’! Surely, we’ll recover more men from the later than the roughly one brigade we would get from bringing our peace keepers home! The peace ops at least afford us some training, equipment and experience, not mentioning influence and clout gained! What does this politician’s gate men syndrome do for us as a country? And why do we have vigilante performing civil defence duties, while the military is handling police job and police civil defence etc? While we were making calls for increasing the size of the military with some advocating 1mn man army, I kept asking, what is the role of the police in this? We have way too many soldier handling police duties for lack of the proper equipment and training for and of the police ( a legacy of the military trying to keep the police form becoming a rival or challenge to the dominance in power) and the later settling for illegal and legal but abuse roadblocks! As we use this opportunity to fix our broken security system, any solution centre on the military alone will not succeed, we need to reform they entire structure Police, Military and Interior with prisons, customs, immigration etc overhauled as well!

    • doziex says:

      Oga Ifiok,

      Nigeria has 4 super puma transport helicopters in Darfur. The type that we need badly all over Nigeria.
      Since our FG is not in a hurry to purchase the helicopters needed to save lives in the north east, we have to make the best of what we have.

      Charity begins at home.

      We need to bring back those choppers for use in our own insurgency, and many other better prepared nations, can replace us in Darfur.

  21. Augustine says:

    @Yagazie, your points number 3, 5, and 6…says it all. True talk….can you forward this to our senate committee on defense please ?

  22. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Doziex, 4 super pumas will be a boast but we need to buy 3 squadrons of assault copters ASAP. U know how our leaders think, if u encourage them, they will bring back the copters and then what… they will tell you that we have enough assault copters! 4 pumas will not make a sustainable impact as probably 2 or 3 will be available with 1 in reserve! That said, but if say we make a massive haul of say 40 hips (buy or lease) can we find 50 – 60 pilots to maintain a high tempo utility of these copters? Can we get friendly nations to contribute pilots? Can we then get some contractor to fill in the above is not possible? All these while we put 2gether a crack team of Nigerians to get snap training on the hip? Does the hip have simulators? If it does can we get them too? These are questions we need to ask! Good morning

    • doziex says:

      Point taken.

      Great stuff.

      Well, general Ihejirika said that 40 pilots had been trained for an air mobile unit.

      We also know that the helicopter training school in Enugu has been functional, due to the acquisition of the cheap but effective R-66 helicopter.
      I am not sure if the pilots are then sent to Belarus, to complete their training.

      However, I would be interested in a PMC solution .
      There was once a news report of training difficulties with Nigerian mi=24 crews, during the MEND crises.
      The pilot trainers then were ex soviet bloc folks.
      We should try Col. Neil Ellis, if we can get him.

      No body but a PMC is going to send 60 or so pilots our way.
      So we have to amplify what we have now, using advisors, or accept contractor pilots.

      Simulators would also be a great addition, if we are willing to spend some money.

  23. Oje says:

    @ ifiok umoeka, what Ghanaian morale support are you talking about? giving verbal condemnation? if so 190 countries have given us morale support which counts for nothing. If you would like to see how the average Ghanaian feels ab

    out Nigeria visit their most popular journals and forum and editorial. Captions like ” Is Nigeria a regional giant or a laughing stock” are in abundance. What does Ecowas stand for? why cant a multinational regional military force be setup to counter this threat? Ghana currently holds the position as Ecowas head.

    That said let us not forget 570 of Nigeria’s military assets cannot be used against Boko Haram. Not its Navy, its artillery, its Tanks and field guns. Our military is the best equipped in West Central Africa so if our military is nothing to write home about then we can forget any regional military intervention because their military will be next to obsolete. I still believe the Media frenzy is solely responsible for the spike in attacks, its an avenue for Boko Haram to announce to the world they are the ”new kid on the block” and if bombing motor parks, remote villages and market women is what is needed to sustain the media spotlight then they will be crazy not to grab this opportunity. Bus was gonna bomb Al-Jazeera but Blair staunchly advised against the idea. Such is the power of the media, mainstream media can cause world war 3. The Arab Spring was fueled by Al-Jazeera’s one sided illogical biased coverage but three years after what has been the result? chaos, anarchy. Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen are still suffering from this effect. Do not blame the Chinese and Russian government for censoring independent media, they are potentially destabilizing agents.

  24. ifiok umoeka says:

    My Oga Oje, those online banters are carried by a sub sect of their society but can they serve as a microcosm of that society? Remember that this is the opinion of those dudes abnd not the government at least not publicly and we can’t say its majority of Ghanians either! Moreover, people all over trash talk us and we are not crying not to mention that sometime we actually bring it upon ourselves! Somewhere in this blog someone posted that amongst a few other countries, Ghana offered help and some of us retorted to ‘cook’… Another example is Kenya! Someone brilliantly suggested we get some standing regional army but while pegging others contribution high, Kenya’s was 2000 troops! If u ask me, I’d say WE CAN DO WITHOUT THIS ATTITUDE, they are not the enemy! ‘…That said let us not forget 570 of
    Nigeria’s military assets cannot be
    used against Boko Haram. Not its
    Navy, its artillery, its Tanks and field
    guns…’ Sorry sir, the Navy, our artillery, tanks etc all have a role to play in the fight against BH EVEN IN THE NE!

  25. Oje says:

    Im not sure what you are all about, number of troops is based on an estimated %5 to %10. Kenya has an active duty force of 25,000 and 18,000 of those are in the army. wDo you expect a Kenyan force of 10,000? how is list demtratedy hating?.

  26. Oje says:

    Forgive my consistent typos. Touch screen madness.

  27. ifiok umoeka says:

    Pls can u post a link to that ur post so we look @ it again?

  28. doziex says:

    Guys, if nah yab, other African countries and western nations go yab Nigeria die.

    We have ourselves only to blame for that.

    Dem say if you join small boy for pissing contest, soon enough e go begin measure the size of his prick versus your own.

    But even as yab plenty, I agree with Oga ifiok, Ghana and Nigeria has, and should strengthen our strategic alliance.
    President Mahama is a visionary Ghanaian leader.
    His visit to Akwa Ibom state was very informative, and indicative of the kind of relationship the president is seeking with Nigeria. Especially, the well governed states in Nigeria.

    Of course, GAF’s capacity is limited, but we should see their official support as a heart felt token from an ally.
    The press and the blogosphere, might be full of yabs, but it takes visionary leaders to move the public along with them, not descend to the level of the public.

  29. ifiok umoeka says:

    Thank you sir

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