Chadian soldiers sit on a pickup truck as they leave Bangui on April 4,2014, escorted by African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) forces(not pictured)

26 May, 2014
by Moki Edwin Kindzeka

Cameroon and Chad have sent a thousand troops to their borders with Nigeria to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram. The troops were deployed shortly after leaders from the two countries met in Yaounde and declared war against the violent group.

These are soldiers of Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Battalion singing in excitement as they leave Yaounde, capital of the West African country, for the border with Nigeria. They headed out barely a day after Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Paul Biya of Cameroon announced they are waging war on Boko Haram.

Colonel Didier Badjeck, spokesperson of the Cameroon military told VOA that the soldiers will work with the local people to find out who members of the violent group are, since the soldiers are aware they will be fighting an enemy that uses unconventional tactics.

“We have occupied the field so that the response should be more spontaneous. I want to say that we need total collaboration from the public. This will encourage us in the field to know exactly that people are thinking about us and are supporting their defense forces. We specially await information from the population,” said Badjeck.

Before the soldiers left, Cameroon’s defense minister, Edgard Allain Mebe Ngo’o met with Chad’s minister of national defense, Benaindo Tatola, in Yaounde. Ngo’o said Chad had also deployed troops to work together with Cameroonian forces on the borders with Nigeria. He also said troops from the two countries will cross into Nigeria and fight Boko Haram in collaboration with Nigerian forces.

Nigeria has often accused Cameroon of not doing enough to fight Boko Haram even though the terrorist group frequently crosses into Cameroonian territory. Cameroon has been attacked several times by Boko Haram.

Earlier this month, rebels from the violent group attacked a military post in Kousseri,Far North,Cameroon and freed one of their members being held there. They also attacked the locality of Waza in North Cameroon and stole 12 vehicles, kidnapped 10 Chinese workers and killed a Cameroonian soldier.


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  1. Triggah says:

    Finally they have woken up. They should brace for inpact from boko haram onslaught. But with a combine multi-national force surrounding and outflanking the rebels, we will succeed in defeating them.

  2. doziex says:

    So my fellow bloggers,

    How far for the preferred “Nigeria only” nature of this war ?

    First, the americans, with advisers and drones.

    Then the UK and their HQ implants together with the sentinel.

    Also we have the French, Chinese and the isrealis.

    Now, in comes the Chadian hordes together with the BIR battalion of cameroun. Not only to guard their borders, but to cross into Nigeria and take on BH on our behalf.

    So, I am just checking in with the bloggers that are so adamant that only Nigeria and Nigerians can fight and win this war.

    Oga Jimmy how far ?

    No to Eeben, and yes to this ?

    Just checking .

    • ocelot2006 says:

      No one talked about the BIR operating in Nigeria’s sovereign territory.

      • doziex says:

        Cameroon’s defense minister Ngoo said it in the article above.

        The smirk on paul Biya’s face during the meeting in paris shows that he relishes the status quo.

        A weak Nigeria begging for foreign intervention to save it.

        Let me be clear. Nigeria’s security council permanent seat aspirations, is dashed forever.

        Furthermore, any leadership role in Africa will be challenged across the continent.

        Nigerians have not began to imagine what the implications would be, for our very public show of weakness.

        We didn’t have to let it come to this.

        While our military decay was a longtime in the making, I advocated adjuncts to help us solve some problems, and leave our dignity intact.

        History will be the judge.

      • Deway says:

        Thank you Doziex for analysing our situation in the most accurate manner. Our government and politicians live in a different kind of glass box. Others can see us from outside this box, but we cant see them from inside 🙂

    • asorockweb says:

      You find opportunity everywhere.

      It’s quid pro quo.

      If a militant group attacks a village in cameroun, meets resistance and tries to run into Nigeria, the agreement reached in paris should allow Cameroun to pursue said group, in a combat situation, into Nigerian territory. And vice versa.

      • doziex says:

        Ok, if you say so.

        But do you think the Cameroonians don’t understand self preservation ?

        Biya is a smart man, and didn’t need paris to explain the concept to him.

        He just ain’t scared or worried about BH.

        That’s Nigeria’s problem.

        Our neighbors interested in quid pro quo are niger and benin.

        As for chad and Cameroon, well let’s watch and see.

      • asorockweb says:

        A man that doesn’t understand that a fire inside his neighbour’s house might affect him also cannot be called “smart”.

      • doziex says:

        Well, he doesn’t see us as neighbors, he see’s us as adversaries going back to our confrontations in bakassi.

        Our nation sold out our bakassi citizens, and forgot about the issue.
        Well Paul Biya didn’t.
        He continues to equip his armed forces specifically to neutralize NA as Oga Augustine has aptly noted.

        To biya, the enemy of his enemy is his friend.

        Unless we can bribe or beg him to friend us again (LOL)

  3. G8T Nigeria says:

    A senior French official once ask me WHY must the French president in far away france invite Nigeria and its Neighbouring countries first before a coordinated action is made. Cameroun has not done well in the fight against BH. I only pray and hope Boko boys don’t relocate.

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    Hahaha, Oga Doziex! However, we need more details, can we also cross into Cameroun and Chad in hot pursuit! Hate we established hot lines btw Nigeria and others? Do we have some of them @ DHQ (and vis versa) coordinating the effort for proper sync? Lots of questns

  5. beegeagle says:

    Haba.,,GENTLEMEN, what is there to get hot under the collar for now? We expect to be able, under the tenets of a multilateral agreement, to chase BH into Chad, Cameroon and Niger without conceding the same right to them?

    Do we really imagine it possible for Nigeria to concede the right of pursuit into Nigeria without obtaining same from Chad and Cameroon? Is the current problem not underpinned by the fact that we are constrained in our efforts to pursue BH into Cameroon and we seek to be able to do so legitimately without sparking off a row with insular Cameroon?

    Howbeit then that we expect them to allow our troops chase terrorists who typically retreat into that country without allowing them the right to chase the same terrorists onto our own soil?

    Be bothered by the fact of whether or not they are able to take on BH on their own soil, let alone crossing over onto our own soil to do same.

    Here is the plug. Nigeria already have similar agreements in place with Niger and Chad and it also gives them the right to chase terrorists onto our soil. We can do same in Chad and Niger. Under the auspices of the MJTF, soldiers from Nigeria, Niger and Chad notably fought BH terrorists at Baga in April 2013. I do not see this latest deployment as anything more than Chadian and Cameroonian contributions to a multinational effort by Lake Chad Basin countries.

    Good morning.

  6. peccavi says:

    Oga Doziex, I’m sure there will be opportunities for PMC’s don’t worry, I’m sure a wonderful mercenary army will come and save us from ourselves.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a multinational task force taking on this task, in a previous article I said
    ‘Strike force: A combined Camerounian, Nigerian, Chadian and Nigerien strike force should be generated. Special Forces and surveillance assets should be used to find insurgent and bandit camps, identify their supply routes, rest areas, and other infrastructure. The dedicated strike team will be used to destroy those targets identified with a combination of aerial bombardment and infantry assault.

    Nigerian forces should be given the authorisation to conduct hot pursuits into Cameroun for specified distances, with the authorisation to conduct air strikes with either fixed or rotary wing aircraft. Of course certain control measures would be built into such an agreement such as a limit of exploitation for Nigerian forces, beyond which the Camerounians would either take over or give permission for pursuit to go on. Air strikes again would have a certified chain of authorisation with both a Nigerian and Camerounian sign off.

    As part of the strike force a Nigerian Forward Operating base should be established at Garoua for troops, transport and attack aircraft. Surveillance aircraft and UAV’s should also be given overflight rights, with all products generated fed back into the Multinational HQ Intelligence coordination centre. Units from Chad and Niger would be tasked onto this command for use either offensively or as blocking forces.

    The enemy is unlikely to be completely destroyed but to flee either deeper into Cameroun or into Niger or Chad, as this happens units in the country that becomes the new safe haven will take a more and more prominent role in operations’

    The key question is how are they grouped, commanded and organised

  7. Doziex, your taking this to the extreme…Please cool down. if BH strikes in Cameroun and are being pursued by the Camerounian military, they should be allowed to chase them into Nigerian territory (and vice versa). This your dooms day talk is getting too much. What do you mean that Nigeria’s talk about a permanent seat is over…Do you serve in the Un or are u privy to some information to support that. If your assumption is based on the fact that Cameroun now has access to attack BH in Nigeria, then i would say it’;s really flawed. Yes we have lost some tactical advantage in no seeking out PMC’s but my man this is far from being over. We wopuld fight and we would win. No be only one way enter market!!!

  8. Augustine says:

    What if our 300 girls have been take across international borders? How should we handle that? Well, Nigerian military is doing right by keeping secret the location of the girls which they have known, though the term ‘forest camps’ in the report may mean Sambisa or any other forest.

    We found the girls through a negotiator/mediator, security sources say that a Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, trusted by both the government and the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, acted as a go-between.

    It is a shame on all Africa that a matter of life and death of Africans has to be tabled before the president of France in Paris to tell Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republique to co-operate with their brother Nigeria, shame for the black race, so the white man still rules us in 2014?

    Warning for Nigeria, yes that Paris meeting is a serious warning for Nigeria, arm our military with modern and sophisticated heavy weapons/equipment to the level of countries like Algeria and South Africa, prepare for a day when our survival will be in our own hands according to our level of military strength…what if France refused to help us command Cameroon to co-operate with us against Boko Haram? Can Nigeria intimidate to ‘command’ Cameroon by our own military might?

    I hope someone is not thinking of marching Nigerian armoured vehicles into Cameroon by force if Paris had not saved us, well, Cameroon has about 350 anti-tank guided missiles to stop a Nigerian army armoured vehicle advance in a few hours .Nigeria buys new Chinese OPV, Cameroon replied by buying one Chinese OPV too…so who is the bigger power?

    Hate the fact I have to admit that France saved Nigeria, simple fact that hurts our Naija pride.

    To win this war, Nigerian forces need to be able to hot chase Boko Haram across borders with Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. Every time we have an engagement with Bokos, we need to wipe out that entire cell/group completely by killing every single fighter that came out to engage us, that way, Boko will rapidly reduce in numbers by attrition, then we might be about to win the open field war, and prepare for sporadic suicide bomb attacks across the whole north including Abuja, job for SSS and DMI.

    Going across borders in hot pursuit, check out the speed and range of our army vehicles and availability of money to buy fuel, or else Cobras get stranded across borders, Boko turns back on us and capture them intact….need to evaluate and boost our speed/range/mobility.

    This is where Nigerian army’s 80 km/h to 115 km/h rated engine armoured vehicles may fail, Nigerian army will be out-run by Boko’s 180 km/h rated engine Toyota Hilux 4×4, I think Nigeria should up-armour 1,000 brand new Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 as suggested by Oga Beegeagle, and I think Nigerian PROFORCE company should do that for us I guess.

    NAF, where are the Mi-35 Hinds and Mi-171 Terminator armed helicopters ? Time to fly across borders o !

    Once battle starts, we should launch a drone or any of our long range light aircraft to be ready for tracking the escaping Bokos to aid ground pursuit by our army….and oh my God, where is the sweet show of a helicopter gunship mowing down a fleeing column of enemy vehicles with gun pods and rocket pods? NAF where is your combat helicopter capability? Are those birds functioning, or faulty out of service, or there in no aviation fuel, or NAF and NA are still in contest for supremacy of…. a Colonel cannot give orders to an Air Commodore?

    Which way Nigeria ?

  9. doziex says:

    The chadians and the Cameroonians are not the ones dialing 911, we are.

    Hiding behind this right of pursuit arrangement, belies the fact that the tragedy is largely in Nigeria.
    It’s in Nigeria, that several tens of BH gun trucks roam about unchecked.

    It is in Nigeria, that towns like chibok and others have been terrorized and raised to the ground.

    It is in Nigeria that swathes of territory has become a no go area for our armed forces.

    It is in Nigeria that bases and FOBs are being attacked, overrun and harassed regularly.

    The new York times just recently painted a picture of what really obtains in the north east. They simply confirmed my assumptions, but I know some bloggers would attempt to paint the New York times like sahara reporters.

    Cameroon and chad are doing just fine, they weren’t interested in any mutual cooperation with Nigeria.
    This is because they know the danger is in Nigeria. They know the target of BH and it’s sponsors is Nigeria, not regional not international.
    They are cooperating because france has asked them to, and they relish the spot light of saving the erstwhile giant of Africa.

    For all the cross border arrangements folks are choosing to harp on, to be of any help, our neighbours would have to prevent BH from outside resupplies, and intervene in Nigeria to protect the countless unprotected towns and villages.
    This is ECOMOG 2.0, except this time, it is in Nigeria.

    Oga peccavi, we have been arguing these points for 3 yrs now.

    I said MRAPs is the way to go, you said NO. Now troops cannot effectively patrol for fear of their lives.

    I warned about what the the rise of Technicals would do to Nigeria, beegeagle agreed with me and expanded on the subject.
    I said towns and military Bases would fall, you said no that NAF as is, with it’s alpha jets can handle them. Well, how far with that one.

    Even Oga Beeg, said no one can take and hold territory against NA in Nigeria. Yes, no one is supposed to be able to do that, but I saw the rot long time ago, and said it was bound to happen.

    Oga Peccavi, you are again saying I am calling for PMCs to run NA. When you know I have never said that.

    The use of contractors by existing established military institutions, is way more nuanced than that.
    You are just trying to inflame my POV, so it sounds disrespectful to NA and Nigerians.

    But I am on the record, and have consistently said TRAIN and ADVISE, NOT lead, or take any command.

    At this point, let’s let the whole world in if that’s what you guys want. No problem.

    But Oga optimus prime007, I am not exaggerating as to what the consequences would be.

    By seeming helpless, and calling for help, we are disqualifying ourselves as a leading nation in Africa and beyond.
    And sir You can take that to the bank.

    God willing, if we are still here, I would remind you.

    The civilian JTF, is another concept I called into existence from this blog. You know, based on the sons of Iraq, the montagnards of Vietnam, the kamajors of sierra leone etc etc.

    I spoke of finding a natural opponent to BH within society, and use them against them.

    little did I know, that BH brutality and savagery would create a class of citizenry, bent on revenge and self preservation.

    NA has to recognize the potential and arm them with at least AK-47s and embed spec ops advisers to protect villages , schools and man check points.

  10. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Augustine, we really need those airborne surveillance capacity as well as attack and assault copters! However, hot pursuit in land cruisers! That would be a gift to BH, ambush! Moreover, the terrain will not allow speed over 100kmh but if we can ‘encourage BH to do 180kmh in that terrain, then the war would end soon LOL

    • Augustine says:

      @Ifiok, I said hot pursuit with air survelliance added to monitor battlefield movements, unless NAF is in stone age, then they won’t be able to communicate to NA on ground if they see an ambush ahead in open field, but for bush ambush…LOL…bush am-bush… NAF may not detect, but in war, ambush is normal, if you want to fight war with zero risk of ambush, then we have to go to Hollywood and make a movie.

      In war, both sides will die, if Boko is bold enough to attack Nigerian army Tank Battalion base with Toyota Hilux, then we should be asking who has more courage between Boko boys and Nigerian army. War has come, death comes along with it and gallant Nigerian soldiers will have to fall in battle to save their Nigerian brothers and sisters.

      I said vehicles engine rated 100 km/h, 115km/h, 180 km/h etc, that means engine speed capacity, I did not say that is the speed they will drive in all terrains. The effect of engine rated speed capacity is that if NA and Boko needs to run on bad terrain, the vehicle with higher engine capacity speed rating will always be faster when both sides in the pursuit engagement drop speed to say, 30% of engine capacity…30% of 180 km/h will always be faster than 30% of 100 km/h, the battlefield effect is that after say 20 minutes of hot chase the target is no longer visible to the pursuer.

      Ever guessed why the mobile survivors of every fight we have against Boko has always slipped out of the hands and sight of Nigerian army? One of the reasons is speed…superior Boko speed.

  11. G8T Nigeria says:

    The issue before us dealing with Cameroun is France. They will beg for food if they try arms race with us. I am not singing old songs but stating emphatically that Cameroun can only inflict average damage to Nigeria but will sacrifice its future for complete destruction. Even some world powers cant take out all NA formations and strategic assets spread across the country. I understand we as Nigerians want our country to occupy the global stage in terms of defence hardware but at least, it hasn’t gotten that bad. I must state that Nigeria may be fighting insurgency but its leadership is yet to declare a full scale war not even that declared during the civil war. Cameroun will cry to Nigeria if Boko haram focus attention on them, so if its leadership feels happy with situations in Nigeria, then he should be ready for 20 millions refugees that will overtakes his population if Nigeria goes down or get ready fro his swipes of attacks.

  12. peccavi says:

    Oga Doziex I am not trying to misrepresent your views, I’m simply being hyperbolic.You mention PMC’s for every problem, I have said and will continue to say. everything we need to win is already in Nigeria. We are just improperly arranged, organised, trained and equipped. BH has not captured any towns or bases. It still does not have the ability to hold ground or remain in place longer than 10 hours. Thats way too long but not the same as capturing towns, ala Fallujah or so.
    Technicals yup, I never imagined acountry with UAVs an Airforce and a well trained army could allow convoys of vehicles to not just get close but actually penetrate towns and cities. MRAPs, you are still wrong. The IED threat is still not severe enough to justify MRAPs, you can see the pictures from Sambisa in the other threas, how far do you think heavy MRAPs are going to go on those horrible roads?
    I drove round Iraq in an unarmoured Wolf Landrover, in Afghanistan, my main vehicle was a Landrover WMIK, neither of them are mine resistant yet we survived mine and IED strikes.
    How by applying tactics anbd procedures to defeat the enemy.
    Buying an MRAP will not stop the enemy laying an IED, and preventing the enemy from laying an IED is better than surviving one, preventing detonation is better than surviving one.
    All this obsession with MRAPs does is remove focus from the main task which should be defeating the IED cells, with aggressive offensive actions.
    Nigerians always believe in the magic bullet, There is always that lovely piece of kit that will solve all out problems. Biafra had no armour, airpower, was under blockade and held the superior Nigerian forces for 3 years. The Afghan insurgents with no airpower, limited indirect fire capability have remained in the field for over 10 years against the best trained and equipped Armies in the world. The lesson from Afghanistan and Iraq is not ‘buy MRAPs’ it is neutralise the enemies strength, attack the enemies weakness and prepare to take the pain for a long long time. Victory is not given tpo those with the shiniest kit but to those who remain in the field at the end of the conflict.
    If you give me the choice between MRAPs and fighting vehicle, be it technicals or whatever I will take technicals any day, you will not defeat the enemy sitting in an armoured truck

    • asorockweb says:

      We have beaten Boko Haram before but they were always able to come back because they had safe havens in the region.

      We need everybody to be onboard this time around. BH should not be allowed to feel safe in Nigeria, Cameroun, Niger, Sudan, Chad or CAR.

    • ozed says:

      Hear! Hear!

      Thanks for saying better than i ever could.

      • rka says:

        Well said @asorockweb. It needs the coalition of the willing and only then can this cancer be eradicated.

    • doziex says:

      Oga peccavi,

      So 1st of, you want Oga CIC to cancel NA’s Bigfoot or Caprivi orders, then double down on Toyota hiluxes ??

      There was a recent new York times article posted on a recent thread, I forgot the blogger that posted the link, but I remember Oga Igbi accused the new York times of using the sahara reporters as their source (LOL)

      Please if anyone remembers the new York times article on the war in the NE, please repost the link.

      Anyway the author was talking about ghost towns, no patrol or no go area’s for NA troops.

      A mid level NA officer called BBC, complaining about the same.

      The real picture in the NE has long graduated from a hit and run situation, to a situation, where NA tries to stay out of BH’s way.

      I know some bloggers want to protect NA from the naysayers, especially the ones with other agendas.

      But we must be careful not to put on rose colored glasses ourselves, and refuse to see disaster, even with it staring in our face.

  13. Colonel says:

    Peccavi has said it all. You need to understand the enemy and beat it to its own game. Nigeria is not at war. Our government hasnt declared war. It is important that cameroun and chad join the war because there has been evidence that boko haram fighters cross into their country while running away from NA troops. The NA just needs to be more organised and efficient in its operations. I still believe thet boko haram wont defeat the NA in open confrontation. With chad and cameroun joining the fray, i hope there is better coordination in terms of communications, operational plans and sharing of intelligence. Lets see what this new change will offer.

  14. jimmy says:

    The chadians and the Cameroonians are not the ones dialing 911, we are.” oga DOZIEX those are your words
    “Oga Doziex I am not trying to misrepresent your views, I’m simply being hyperbolic.You mention PMC’s for every problem, I have said and will continue to say. everything we need to win is already in Nigeria. We are just improperly arranged, organised, trained and equipped. BH has not captured any towns or bases.” oga Peccavi than you, oga ASO ROCK though we sometimes disagree thank you for pointing out the fact “A man that doesn’t understand that a fire inside his neighbour’s house might affect him also cannot be called “smart”.
    Now oga Doziex since ” you reached out and touched me”. First we know from confirmed sources that BH have SAFE HAVENS in Cameroon, we also know SF from Nigeria have entered Cameroon REPEATEDLY, Nigeria has arrested Cameroonian NATIONALS with Bags of Money and Multiple Cameroonian Passports and currently 10 Chinese Citizens are missing with one dead Chinese National these are the facts.
    Biya does not strike me as an Exceptionally bright man even with the Bakassi Issue WHICH IN ITSELF IS A TROJAN Horse considering that it is 95 % inhabited by Nigerians, weak leadership gave it to him my question is what happens when Nigeria has STRONG LEADERSHIP?
    The p.m. of FRANCE has come to Nigeria twice and has embraced Nigeria much to Cameroon’s CHAGRIN ( I do not see no Smirk) I believe HOLLANDE has done the MATH that @ just one of TOTAL’s oil fields @250,00 bpd is more than enough for him to reconsider France’s position.
    Nigeria as I will parrot OGA PECCAVI HAS THE SOLUTIONS TO THE BH menace based in Nigeria.
    Better political leadership, better military leadership at the divisional level, better Military operational procedures ( back up means backup, intensified unpredictable Night patrols,, airlift capability, air insertion capability, more cooperation with our reluctant neighbors, oga doziex she make them ( sf) take pictures say them dey Cameroon shey that wan go satisfy you, come on now ! Procurement just for the sake of procurement is useless but task specific procurement is what they need, I do not know whether you have read the latest civil war book ” the tragedy of victory ” by Brig ALABI ISAMA some of the problems he described are still apparent today, one them today is timely” act upon” intelligence with specific air strikes and artillery strikes, no pmc unit can teach A NA UNIT WHO DO NOT HAVE THOSE equipments at their immediate disposal.
    The NA needs drones yesterday 4 to be precise that can can stay in the air for 24 hour cycles measuring the 4 sectors of the north east. I have spoken.

  15. Martin Luther says:

    Una done hear am, now what is the excuse for this beating. Poor arms, poor training, poor command, where are d gunships and jets. How many insurgents died. We spend time on this blog talking on behalf of imcompitent men. This was not s soft target, it was defended by tanks or maybe APCs so what happened. Make army vex na, make them vexxxxxx. U c that does not help, only sound training and discipling with proper arming and right firepower wins a war. I am sure we would soon c the vedio of this attack. Another shame

  16. jimmy says:

    So no US TROOPS GOT KILLED IN afghanistain or FALLOUJAH that held up an entire division for three days? So every time soldiers get killed or policemen get killed it is because they were not trained or they had dane guns? so when they kill boko haram isurgents please tell me are they trained or are they not trained.
    OGA DOZIEX since we are on the subject you must of read about a place in the southern part of AFGHANISTAN CALLED kandahar please tell me why the AMERICANS have not been able to subdue it how come they have launched raid after a raid could they not simply invite some pmc or some black ops to find the previous one eyed president of AFGHANISTAIN? why isit still regarded as the hot bed of the TALIBAN?

    • doziex says:

      Oga jimmy,

      After Obama’s surge, Kandahar was pacified. But as the marines and 101 airborne troops pull out, the the tribal and other rivalries amongst the Pashtun resurfaces.

      There was a lot of targeted assassinations of politicians, thought initially to be carried out by the Taliban, but ended up being one corrupt don versus the next.

      Anyway, comparing what the US and the UK is doing in Afghanistan, the sophistication of their ops, to what NA is doing in the NE, is like comparing a primary student to a graduate level student.

      But if our guys were equipped to at least try their best, then failure would be somewhat understandable.
      But failure clearly for reasons of improper training, and improper equipment is what is unacceptable.

      • ozed says:

        Chief Doziex, i guess what he is alluding to is this, — If the US and UK Armies with their limitless resources cannot put down the situation in Kandahar, How is it that each report of casualties from the Nigerian side elicits virtual victory whoops from you and a never ending stream of ‘i told you so’.

        You are almost getting to the point where you may be mistakenly perceived as jubilant.
        I am sure no one who is really versed in matters regarding defense and security expected that there would be no casualties in this struggle.

      • doziex says:

        Oga Ozed,

        1st of, I can never be happy about any NA set back. That is just ridiculous to suggest.

        On this defsec blog, a certain academic disposition to the issue is needed, to be able to discourse the military merits and demerits dispassionately.

        That is why I have suggested that bloggers should try opining, as though they are not Nigerian.

        Your emotion or perceived patriotism eventually clouds your ability to see, what others can readily see about you.

        I am Ibo, but I have no qualms analyzing the military merits and demerits of the Nigerian/biafran war,
        One can discus the merits of Adekunle, Obasanjo, Gowon etc etc. as commanding officers, without further muddying the waters with issues of genocide.

        Like wise, some on this blog from the niger delta, can discuss that conflict dispassionately.

        So we are debating military tactics , acquisition of weapons, whether or not to employ PMC services to train and advise our troops on the battle field, etc.

        So when my POV is supported by events, pointing that out, is definitely not rejoicing at an NA set back . Haba !

        Furthermore, I only started to tout my own horn, because this blog doesn’t give credit, when someone’s analysis is spot on.

        About Oga Jimmy’s question.

        The issue is not casualties, it is the environment in which they occur.

        In the Vietnam war, US vets usually describe that they won all the battles, and lost the war.

        In the Iraqi occupation, the coalition troops came ready for almost every eventuality, except for the IED.

        Their round the clock close air support of ground troops allowed them to neutralize mounted AA guns, RPG gunners ( with CAGE armor) and other heavy weapons in the Iraqi arsenal.

        Then the insurgents hit a sweet spot with the IEDs . And until the US was able to flood the place with MRAPs, almost all the casualties and KIA’s came from IEDs.

        So as military analysts amateur or not, we should be able to recognize a qualitative difference in Iraq vs the north east.

        Casualties are par for the course in all war zones, but what is the resultant effect on the battle space ?

        Is there a loss in spatial orientation ? ( lack of aerial and ground reconnaissance, inability to place the enemy on a map/ grid, inability to predict whence they come from, and where they are going )

        Is there a sense of confusion ?

        Reports of attacks on villages for hours and no military response, or military units been ambushed and surrounded, with no rescue or air support.
        Reports of no go areas, no patrol areas, rebels using land mines to deny NA troops access to certain camps.

        Sahara reports, Nairaland pictures, the voice of an NA officer on BBC, New York times articles etc.

        These all paint a picture confusion and disorientation about the battle space.

        Switching commanders, hasn’t solved the problem.

        Pushing the troops too far in a callous manner, has led to reports of a revolt at Mailamari barracks.

        So, oga ozed in the latest attack, it’s not just the KIAs, is that yet again BH overpowered what is meant to be a hardened, fortified target.
        By now solutions should have been found to defend against BH in technicals, and of course, captured APCs.

  17. jimmy says:

    *insurgents* pardon my spelling

  18. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Augustine, its not the vehicle’s rated power that is decisive in rough terrain, its traction and suspension! Thus an advantador will crawl in rough terrain while a WWII jeep will fly, never mind that it has 1/8 of the formers power! Remember the recent post where we see hilux bugged down! As for the escape, its actually that little or no pursuit happened and where pursuit took place, the assailants are almost always taken care of! The attack on the barrack where hostages were taken by a fleeing BH comes to mind! What ever happened to those hostages?

    • Augustine says:

      Obong Ifiok Umoeka IV of the kingdom, you and I know the vehicles both Nigeria and Boko have, Toyota 4×4 and Cobra mostly, both Boko and NA have these same vehicles, so none of the combatant sides has anything else used in large numbers, so difference in vehicle traction is not an issue. We have seen NA Cobras sink dead in the mud.

      There is no proof that NA has not been hot pursuing Bokos, if in 4 years of war, NA has never done it many times, then what type of army do we have? Sidon look army?

      Well, a Cobra chasing a Toyota 4×4, the Toyota will out-run the Cobra with ease. When Toyota gets stuck, 10 Bokos jump down and push it free, but who will push a heavier armoured Cobra out of mud?

      Boko is 99% Toyota mobile, and have a speed edge, simple as ABC. Nigerian army is bogged down with hundreds of APCs. Boko also moves on highways and dry land graded roads where they use speed advantage, Borno state or NE is not 100% mud land now, abi? Boko moves around towns and cities, NAF base Maiduguri is not inside mud. Oga, there is room for the use of Toyota speed in this war.

      You will be surprised how fast Toyota 4×4 moves off road, as much as 150 km/h in Sahara desert, try google what is called OFF-ROAD RACING and you will see how your imagination underestimates reality of how Boko Haram speeds away in escape. I won’t post you-tube videos of private people doing 150 km/h off-road, it is not needed on this thread.

      As the road course terrain changes, hot chase vehicles change speed. There is no constant speed on a mixed terrain from Nigeria to Cameroon or Chad.

      Fact remains simple, Nigerian army APC will be out-runned by Boko Haram if they both drive at 30% of engine speed capacity.

      We should up-armour some Toyota Land Cruisers, preferred if we buy a good mix of models including some V8 with over 240 km/h rated engines to make up for the effect of extra weight of armour on speed.

      By the way, if our army is good, well armed, why chase Boko for over 20 minutes? If Nigerian soldiers have 2km range automatic grenade launchers, we just use the Boko vehicles for target practice while they run ahead. Those 40mm grenades don’t need a direct hit to kill, many are lethal even if 15 feet off target. Chief there are light weapons and vehicles, Nigerian army weapons and equipment are just old fashioned and ineffective.

      BTW…Oga Ifiok, them send you to me? Be like say my comments they enter your radar screen so often, then….air to air missile. No worry, I get chaff and flares. LOL.

  19. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Peccavi, the Taliban were and are still able to mount attacks in Afghanistan, that doesn’t mean that ISAF in incompetent! I’m not given holding brief for NA guffs but that doesn’t give! If the theatre is contested and there is no permanent presence of our troops, then there is a possibility of IED and ambush. If yes, we need protection! Whether its a MRAP or a MRAV I don’t care! let it just have sufficient protection against RPGs, 14.5mms and IEDs (in that other) and let it have sufficient mobility and maneuverability! we don’t habve the same scenario like u did during ur tour! For one, u had ur tools from ur night scoped rifle with enough ammo in proper kits and vest to proper TATCOM to proper maps and GPS etc! U had proper support and the knowledge that ur own will always come for u when the chips are down! U have surveillance and recon from deep space sats to hand held drones and there were Apaches and A10s etc somewhere waiting for ur call not to mention artillery support! The Brits didn’t run around Afghanistan in land rovers, in fact it was an excepting rather than the rule! U had challengers, some warriors (b4 being withdrawn), all manner of APC/MRAPs and u are still looking for more! Should we wait till the IED pop up b4 we get them? Oga, pls just leave our MRAP (wish it was a MRAV) alone, while we wait for upgrade in other areas of our fighting capability, let’s start with some protection for our boys, we will add the rest as we get along! We are rebuilding an army and after BH, there will be something else and we need to be prepared to face it!

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Ifiok, an MRAP will not protect you against 14.5mm or RPG only a tank can provide that level of protection and only if not hit in certain places.
      When I figure out how to squiggle faces I will put up photos on my blog and you can see the piece of shit I drove around in. It literally could not stop harsh language much less a bullet.
      Nowadays we have Panthers, Jackals, Mastiffs, Bulldogs etc but my pointy is and remains that an MRAP is an armoured truck, it takes you from A to B. Thats all. If you wish to use it to close with the enemy, then good luck.
      The US has so many MRAPs they don’t know what to do with them, abi no be today Oga Obama talk say them dey withdraw. Did all the technology bring victory?
      Majority of the succesful counter insurgencies revolve around taking the fight to the enemy, fighting him on his own ground and in his safe areas. This is the same from Malaya, Namibia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Oman etc.

      No one says don’t buy or use MRAPs but they are not the solution. They are part of the solution. The main effort should be to train and equip troops to take the fight to the enemy, and in this terrain you need light heavily armed all terrain vehicles.

      I mean what happens when an IED detonates against an MRAP? The troops might survive ( with injuries or not) but the vehicle is written off. So you cannot complete your task, and you are stranded in the middle of a killing area for the enemy to take you one with other weapons. You cannot continue and you cannot manoeuvre.
      So all you have done is survive, you have not defeated or destroyed the enemy or even interfered with his plans.
      With all terrain vehicles like the Hunter, Jackal, WMIK or even technical, you can manoeuvre round vulnerable areas or vulnerable points. You can move vehicles around on the flanks keeping the enemy away. There is limited survivability but there is mobility and firepower.
      It is like the argument between trench warfare and blitzkrieg. Yes a trench keeps you safe but your not going to take the enemies capital from a hole. You have to get out and attack

  20. igbi says:

    Question to whoever wrote that article on premiumtimes: what was attacked ?, a police station, an army barracks, a private residence ? (it would be a little bit odd to find policemen in an army barracks).No precision is given.
    And what exactly is an “armored tank”, is it some sort of new weapon which has just been created. And again i tried to look for other news papers and they are giving different numbers. Some say 24 friendly deaths total. And who are the sources they keep quoting ? Might it be boko haram ?
    The situation is not well reported and is not clear at all.

  21. beegeagle says:


    27 May, 2014

    At least 24 security operatives have been killed in the latest onslaught with suspected Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Yobe, a local resident and military source said on Tuesday.

    The military source, who preferred
    anonymity, said Buni Yadi community,
    located in Gujba local government area of the northern state, witnessed an armed uprising late Monday when insurgents attacked the police on patrol and military officers at their duty posts and engaged them in a gun fight.

    According to the source,lifeless bodies of 14 policemen and 10 soldiers littered the area on Tuesday,following the shooting that lasted several hours. Some injured security operatives were rushed to hospitals in the state capital Damaturu, added the source, who was among military officers deployed to assess the extent of damage caused by the attack.

    Mohammed Adamu, a resident, told a
    Xinhua reporter that the attackers, who drove in about 10 vehicles, also set aflame a local court, a divisional police station and official residence of the traditional ruler of the town.”Some of the residents were even hit by stray bullets. We are still counting our losses” he added.

    Buni Yadi, located in the southern part of Yobe,was under intense attack in February, when more than 49 school children were slain by Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the heinous act.

    “Boko Haram”,which means(Western)
    education is taboo, had been behind
    deadly attacks perpetrated in Nigeria
    since 2009. It seeks to enshrine the
    Islamic Sharia law in the constitution of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. The sect recently claimed responsibility for the mid-April abduction of more than 200 school girls in northeastern state of Borno, which has received tons of condemnation locally and internationally.

  22. Henry says:

    NTA Tuesday live, who’s watching?

    Very informative.

    Information minister

    *nigeria ordered new fighters jets and helicopters 2 years ago, we are awaiting delivery

    Information minister

    Multiple vessels ordered for the navy

    • Augustine says:

      Bros wetin we buy? Any details? L-15, JF-17, Su-27 ? Type 056, LPD, Submarine?

      • Are James says:

        Two years ago, Nigeria made an unprecedented jumbo outlay for defence. The details of the capital expenditure was hidden under some arcane sub heads. So it figures.

  23. beegeagle says:

    Cameroon sends troops to Nigeria border to tackle Boko Haram

    Tue, May 27 16:48 PM BST
    by Bate Felix
    DAKAR (Reuters)

    Cameroon has deployed some 1,000 troops and armoured vehicles to its border region with Nigeria as it steps
    up its military presence to counter a rising threat from Boko Haram Islamist militants,a defence ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

    Boko Haram, which has outraged
    international opinion with the abduction of some 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria seven weeks ago, has also carried out several attacks and kidnappings in northern Cameroon.

    Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck said
    about 1,000 Special Forces of Cameroon’s rapid intervention brigade (BIR) left the capital on Monday. Several new generation armoured vehicles were deployed three days earlier, he said.

    “Their mission will be to carry out
    reconnaissance and be ready to respond
    with enough fire power,” Badjeck told
    Reuters by telephone from Yaounde. “They are patrolling in northern region at the moment.”

    Badjeck said the deployment was part of
    Cameroon’s effort to increase its military presence in the border region.It had already deployed an additional 700 troops under a joint regional effort to fight Boko Haram, announced in March.

    Nigeria’s military said on Monday it knew the whereabouts of the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, but it ruled out using force to rescue them.

    Boko Haram has killed thousands during its five-year insurgency in Africa’s top oil producer and largest economy. Abuja accepted help from the United States,
    Britain, France and China last week and
    around 80 U.S. troops have started arriving in neighbouring Chad to start a mission to try to free the girls.Surveillance drones are scanning the Sambisa forest, where parents say the girls were last sighted.

    Nigeria has complained in the past that
    Cameroon was not doing enough to secure its Far North region which it said is being used by Boko Haram militants to shelter from a Nigerian military offensive and to transport weapons.

    Leaders of Nigeria and neighbouring Chad,Cameroon, Niger and Benin met in Paris on May 17 with Western officials to flesh out a plan to coordinate their actions against the militant group,which they said threatens the security of the whole region.

    Boko Haram is suspected of attacking a
    Chinese workers camp in northern
    Cameroon this month. Ten Chinese workers are still missing following the attack.

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  26. asorockweb says:

    Ok, so the Gulma UAV is not operational; and it might not be in the immediate future.

    Based on blogger gist, I was kind of hoping it will become operational this month.

    So the air force is still missing in action – when BH took out those attack gunships on the ground in December, no one could have guess how big of a blow that was.

    • freeegulf says:

      the said UAV was still in test phase then. full production does take time. please we should be patient and persevere, prototypes are not that fast to be thrown into frontline production. while still working on this RPV, we should get the chinese UAVs and saturate the NE with air assets to be able to make boko haram completely unsafe in that region.

  27. jimmy says:

    oga ASO ROCK
    They have the helios, that is not the problem aferall they bombed Bauchi last week. The helios at Madiguri have not been the cause of these problems, oga augustine has said it best oga peccavi repeated and for emphasis a mid level junior officer called in to bbc and said give us the weapons gives us the equipment and we would defeat boko haram in three weeks.
    LET ME DIG A LITTLE DEEPER and my thinking is based on logic. There have been three Division commanders for 7th division , the last one was removed by the COAS AND THE CDS over an incident that illustrated a breakdown of lack of inherent trust in your DIVISION HEIRACHY as the GOC He takes the fall , the incident I am referring is well known on this , Let go deeper intelligence reaching a group on deep patrol had indicated the area was infested with bh , They wanted to stay in the city over night the order was refused despite several entreaties from those who were in the field who should know.
    Twelve dead soldiers and a battle through a hornets nest they made it back to camp , an ill equipped , ill disciplined group would not of made it back. i have gritted my teeth many time when deaths have been reported, comments have been made to such an extent you would sometimes think the average Nigerian soldier does not even know how cock his rifle, some of the comments are well deserved because of all the armed forces they are the slowest to realize the impact of real time intelligence and social media .
    What is happening now is what we expected as cold blooded as it may seem ambushes of SOLDIERS WILL BE THE NORM GET USED TO IT MY FELLOW BLOGGERS.The officers and ncos that survive these ambushes will be the ones who are going to win this grimy war.
    oga doziex i mentioned FALLOUJAH AND KANDAHAR . FALLOUJAH IS SIX SQUARE MILES it not even as big as the city i live and yet it took the combined power of an brigade and almost 6,000 troops to subdue it ( the operations was supposed to take 30 hours it took more than 72 hours) were the American chicken shy , why did the armor go through falloujah and have to be called back and oh they were fully equipped. my point In any war horrific mistakes are made especially this war we are fighting right now.this is no different what makes the difference is the training , operational procedures and the size of the fight in the men.
    This is my thinking/ solutions the Division commander has to have the respect of his men 100% and has to lead from the front. The brigade Commanders have to be unorthodox in their way of their thinking EVERYDAY MEN ARE SENT OUT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE THEY WILL BE AMBUSHED every stinking day then their thinking will change.THEY ALSO HAVE TO LEAD FROM THE FRONT.
    The company officers ( CAPTAINS AND MAJORS) need to go those villages where bh has unleashed MAYHEM and recruit the survivors they know where all the hidden roads are .
    THE NCO need to recruit smugglers ,prostitutes, petty thieves and some of the wives of the bh with the promise that their husbands will not be killed in exchange for information. Someone has to say it to spy properly, accurately and relay CONSISTENT RELIABLE information back to the division.
    Lastly the OGAS ON TOP need to really think of the next div commander of the 7th….. they need to think of this one very carefully you cannot keep having musical chairs someone who is not familiar with area , the culture the men and the atmosphere will not work they have gone through three so far they need to stop somewhere, he also has to be somewhere who is capable of going to Abuja and has the complete trust of the cds and coas and being able to deliver to his men exactly what they need. and yes he has to ruthless not the touchy- feely type we have passed that stage.

    • doziex says:

      Oga jimmy,

      even Oga peccavi would tell you that you are comparing apples and oranges here.

      Falloujah was an urban war, comparable to the battle of Hue city in Vietnam, and the battle of freetown, in SLR.

      Urban wars are meat grinders, that eat up personnel quick, whole divisions can be swallowed in a few days.
      Casualties are high. because the 3 dimensional nature of the combat (All around you, and above and beneath you)

      However, what obtains in the north east is akin to southern Afghanistan.

      This is all surveillance, and maneuver warfare.

      The expanse is great, and the enemy is mobile. I have said many a time, that the best trained forces, can be defeated by the expanse of the environment, if they do not poses the logistics or platforms, to master this environment.

      Helicopter mobile units lets you get to the enemy the quickest, it cuts down on ambushes, and warning time for the insurgents.

      Yeah we all know that the CIA provided the mujahideen with stinger missiles to frustrate the soviet heliborne tactics in Afghanistan,
      But BH would realize that getting Manpads of the open market is not that easy without a powerful patron.

      Ask the opposition to Assad in Syria.

      So, saying that NAF needs and immediate induction of no less than 100 transport and attack helicopters, is not an exaggeration.

      Drones and tucano turbo props are needed for round the clock surveillance and interdiction.

      Also heavy strike, and heavy attack platforms such as the SU-25s and the SU-24s are needed as increasingly, BH are creating no go areas and bases on Nigerian soil and in neighboring states.
      When located, NAF MUST SMASH THEM. No 2 ways about that one.

      Increased air assets would increase our surveillance capability, which in turn improves our orientation about the battle space.

      Then we must reach out and touch BH in all ungoverned spaces, 1st by air but eventually, improved close air support, MRAPs and APCs would provide the road dominance needed retake territory and close with BH.

      The hold up is the acquisition of assets. In what world, do military acquisitions for a war zone take 2 years to deliver ?

      However, as Oga Ifiok has pointed out before, the acquisition of all these assets, raises the issues of contractors.
      But I say, buy the assets 1st , we will figure out the rest.

      Y’all, could hire trained flying monkeys for all I care.

  28. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Asorockweb, I did say it was a major blow when it happened because taking out 2 or 3 (especially the most modern on) from 12 is big especially when u consider the tempo of ops and that after a while those birds need to be maintained! However, what I’m concerned of the most is whether pilots and maintenance crew were killed in that attack! Those ones will take a while to replace

  29. ifiok umoeka says:

    Sorry o, this will take a while! Oga Peccavi, I have been advocating MRAV (multi role amour vehicle) an example is the Serb Lazar 1/2. That way, it can be used for more than on purpose! And yes, MRAP can be fitted with cage and ERA (which i DON’T prefer…too much collateral damage) amour. The same with MRAV! STANAG 4569 level IV gives that protection and the Lazar has it along with many other APCs!
    Yes, the MRAP are trucks and trucks move from place to place and not an IFV, yes but 2day, platforms are designed and purposes are morphing and merging!
    Until when the point btw A and B are rooted of BH, we will need protection! Talking about protection, it will always be a trade btw mobility, fire power and protection! That means we have lights and heavies, we all know that! We have a lot of hilux, not enough land cruiser ( I actually prefer the jackal or the SA one) and next to nothing of heavies ( if they are not operational and in the field, they don’t count). So while we need what to take the fight to the enemy, we also need what we’ll hit the enemy with when they come to us and yes they will keep coming to us for a while till we get to them! So there is a clear role for amour mobility, that’s a lesson that has been learned and I don’t think we should relearn it the hard way!

  30. ifiok umoeka says:

    Moreover, the light fast hunter killer teams will not make up the entire army! In Iraq, american SF used toyota tacoma TRDs with up tuned suspensions and bigger battery for their TATCOM. The point is, we can’t turn everyone to light infantry, ranger or SF, its not just possible! Thus, while we need tools for them to take the fight to the enemy, we need tools for the rest, those who will garrison and those who will patrol!
    What happens when an IED detonate under an MRAP? Well follow up questn would be what happens when an IED detonates under a hilux or land cruiser? Unlike the MRAP, all will be dead and the mission has absolutely no chance of completion!
    I like ur trench analogy, however look at it as a mobile trench!
    By the way, amour mobility is not the only thing we need! Like u said MRAP ( I prefer MRAV) is part of the solution, u would agree that this has been my point too!

  31. freeegulf says:

    oga doziex, haba, haba, you re really getting out of hand with these your outbursts. very unbecoming for someone with you knowledge. from the way you have been spreading negativity people will begin to think that its the Malian army that is being described here. few Nigerians know much about military matters. if they have only your post to read, they will give up hope and turn refugees. thank God the few that know and others can easily see the holes and fanaticism in your recent write ups.

    you said bases and formations where attacked and overrun. that towns have now been abandoned by the NA to boko haram. please, name one base that was overrun by boko haram and the towns that are now part of republic of boko haram.

    obviously you and the ignorant NY times columnist do not understand guerrilla warfare. how do you expect the army to have boots on every single inch of ground in the north east. there is practically no way for such presence. and boko haram attacking these villages and towns, does not in any way means the army ran away and abandoned these territories. being a hostile ground does not translate into being an enemy occupied territory. please do not automatically interpret them as such.

    this is guerrilla warfare, there will be setbacks and bad news. and please stop gloating, thinking you are being proven right. Nigerians think there is a tailored made one for all solution to this crisis. sorry, there re none such silver bullets. this insurgency will take patience and resources to contain and eviscerate.

    your comments are full of exaggerations and propaganda, to the disservice of your country. you keep meshing political indecisiveness and NA sincerity. what has this got to do with Biya? we had a full brigade in bakassi peninsula for over a decade. what did cameroun do? please the Nigerian army and Nigerian political structure are completely different. you need to stop this protracted disinformation. it was unpatriotic politicians led by OBJ that sold bakassi, not the army. NA stood steadfast and gave no quarter.

    what is highly disturbing is your dooms day narrative and the joy you seem to derive whenever you hear setbacks and bad news. i cant even be bothered to respond to others towing this particular ‘activist’ view. but please you should not join this bunch. sounding like Sahara reporters and premium times does not help the army forward.

    to be fair, i actually blame the NA PR handling desk. they are just sitting like civil servants and drawing monthly salary without doing much to spread the army’s message. they re just sounding like news headlines of defunct East Germany. Major Gen chris olukolade served in SRL during the bitter era of 98/99. its a shame he is not bringing painful lessons of that era and all that experiences and knowledge. a good media work would easily allay the fears of fidgeting nigerians who generally, have no understanding of conflict or insurrections. no documentaries, no newsreel, no military correspondents to explain the hard work of the men with still and motion pictures. they are just busy reading newsprint with others filling the air waves with half truths and disseminating rubbish presenting it as news.

    no one here is trying to paint NA as cool and dandy. NO. we know there are problems and handicaps frustrating the everyday running of an institution. however, criticism should generally be constructive and not condescending or giving moral boost to the terrorists. this is insurgency at its best. it is hard going, teeth grinding, bitter, and above all frustrating. but those of us not on the frontline manning a foxhole with a Kalashnikov should please support the army rightly. question procedures when they seem unavailable, but do not blindly unleash toxic and malign statements as if the sojas are unable to even shoot straight.

    it took Algeria (the second most heavily armed nation in Africa) more than a decade to defeat their islamisic terrorists. we would fight and destroy these islamists and terrorists. hopefully, some fifth columnist within the establishment (army, DSS, police) and the general public would not destroy and derail the war effort.
    God bless the FRN, God bless the Nigerian army.

    • doziex says:

      Oga freeegulf,

      You must 1st remove the log in your eye, before you worry about the speck in your brother’s eye.

      I would also suggest you remove your rose colored glasses, and pretend to be an analyst for a damn second.

      All this fake patriotism folks are throwing about on a defsec blog that requires dispassionate analysis boggles the mind.

      But don’t worry true patriots would not be impressed.

      Since you just heaped emotional abuses, and raised no points, I don’t even know where to start answering you.

      If you are worried about where the Nigerian refugees are, check Niger and cameroun, it’s a growing crises.

      You said no villages and towns are being overrun or burnt down ? Well put your head in the sand, and ignore the news.

      About Giwa barracks, folks on this blog denied it, until BH released it’s footage.

      This morning, what happened in Buni yadi ? FOBs, check points, police stations and military bases have all been lossed and recaptured in the NE.

      About the overall military state of affairs, choosing to say every body is lying is not gonna cut it anymore . If you only listen to the DHQ mantra, then good luck to you.

      The testimonials and news clips coming from the area is painting it’s own picture.

      And you cannot say that , the newyork times, the bbc, and Xinhua news agency all have an anti Nigerian agenda.
      It makes no sense, and it is called paranoia. A very prominent symptom in a fanatic.

      • freeegulf says:

        so giwa barracks was attacked and captured by boko haram abi. also, which towns are now part of their republic. because attacking a town, whether successfully or not does not translate into holding a territory.

        there can never be enough boots on the ground, no matter how much you saturate the NE. even in Algeria were the state and the army where particularly aggressive, the islamists still had havens in the mountains. so just saying boko haram defeated the NA and took over towns and village as their territories is grossly inaccurate.

        another thing, overrunning of checkpoints, so what. classic guerrilla warfare. overwhelming force against a weak and isolated position. but, brother, checkpoint is neither a village nor a town.
        yes, they have havens inside this country, but no square inch of territory have been lost to the terrorists due to the incompetence of the army. the last time a chunk of Nigerian territory was completely out of her control was during the civil war. its like you saying the same situation in Syria exist in Nigeria today. which ground is boko haram holding vis a vis the rebels in Syria?

        i don’t need patriotism nor emotions to understand how armies wage wars. the NA is far from perfect, but please stop all this extremism, is a great disservice to the same institution you think you re trying to save.
        you still do not understand the great handicap of the army. no PMC can solve that particular problem. if the army cant work with the right attitude and internalized, well, we are in for a very long insurgency.

        all of a sudden the army is bad now because 270 girls where abducted abi. if only we know the sacrifices the nation is expected to pay, maybe, just maybe, the culture of impunity that has existed so long (particularly concerning touchy religious issues) for decades would not have been allowed to fester so deep.

      • Are James says:

        I am with you on what should be our approach to the current state of our armed forces. We need to call a spade a spade. I also make bold to say that the BH by themselves do not have the competency to achieve what they are achieving un-aided. I strongly believe the NA has been fighting the NA in some of these set piece battles. We are not being told the full story.

  32. AS Nigeria passes through these troubled times, it is important to admit all inadequacies if the times would ever pass and not become permanent. Apart from other dysfunctions within the polity, the threat posed to the country and its citizens by the campaign of terror of the militant group, Boko Haram, has no doubt opened a can of worms regarding the combat readiness of the country’s security forces, worms that must be banished if the nation would not be swarmed.

    Recently, the Governor of Borno State, the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives and troops that are engaged with the insurgents in combat complained that the military is ill-equipped to fight the insurgents. Indeed, the inability of the country’s security forces to contain the insurgents has now caused the Nigerian military a huge embarrassment in the international community and the setbacks as well as discomforting reports of the state of the troops’ combat readiness is worthy of concern. After all, it has already resulted in avoidable casualty and a consequent mutiny in one of the military formations in the country. This obvious deficit must be addressed for a number of reasons.

    One, the military institution is the material force of the state and must be capable of fulfilling the function of protecting the nation. Secondly, the military is the most unifying institution in the country, and thirdly, the institution has played a critical role in restoring peace and democratic governance to neigbouring countries in West Africa. It has also been active in peace-keeping operations under the auspices of the United Nations globally. So, the Nigerian military has a rich legacy. But for this legacy to be sustained, it must meet its responsibility as the amour of the state and its vitiation by whatever means must be avoided.

    In grappling with the current circumstances, a historical reflection is inevitable. The military institution suffers from a foundational ‘Glover syndrome’, a situation where it has always distanced itself from the society and perceived it as an abstract construct, thereby alienating the rest of society from itself. Whereas in theory and practice, it ought to defend societal interest, the military’s incursion into politics and the corresponding spectacle of counter-coup d’etat brought down its espirit de corps. It was the case that once in politics, certain branches of the armed forces were treated preferentially according to the whims and caprices of whoever was the commander-in-chief as a form of guarantee against possible coup. Such was the state that a former army chief noted that “it became the norm for subordinate officers to sit, not only to discuss their superiors, but to pass judgment, of course in absentia. We became an army where subordinate officers would not only be contemptuous of their superiors but would exhibit total disregard to the legitimate instructions of such superiors.” Indeed, the Nigerian army became “an army of anything goes.” To be sure, military rule so eroded internal cohesion and professionalism of the institution that military officers became political officers chasing after wealth by means of primitive accumulation.

    The point has now been made that the morale of the military is low. And, also, there is dearth of equipment. Data on military expenditure in Nigeria between 1999 and 2005 averaging 1.3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shows that the military may have been underfunded over-time. In recent times, however, an improvement in funding has not resulted in corresponding professionalism and performance. Although military hardware are expensive, a logical question still is: what have the defence officials and National Security Advisers been doing? What happened to the trillions of naira voted for defence in the last three years? What of the security votes and sundry extra-budgetary allocations for security? What is the nature of the procurement process within the military? Military expenditure is very opaque in an environment characterised by almost total non-control by the ministry of defence which, in the past, and in more civilised societies, has pre-eminence over the armed forces. Then there are the additional issues of absence of sound and steady defence policy as well as strategic, engineering and accounting expertise for arms purchase. Certainly, the Nigerian military needs to be reformed to restore professionalism.

    Regardless, of the current contradictions, the service chiefs must be responsible to the defence ministry as well as the president who appoints them all. The procurement process must become more transparent. This should be easy as armament purchase is done on government to government basis. Loopholes for the purchase of second rated materials in the black market should be plugged. Professionalism is a categorical imperative and it entails, among others, strictly disciplined conduct, sound equipment, great motivation as well as rigorous and strategic training of the fighting components of the military. The glory of the Nigerian armed forces must be restored. And the time is now.

    Editor Guardian Nigeria

  33. rka says:

    ” Amosu, however, wondered whether the NAF by this time, should not have in place, early warning systems and credible response to multiple and simultaneous incursions into Nigeria’s air space or the possibility of employing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to give the service a decisive advantage.
    “How can the NAF achieve continuous real-time surveillance of the nation’s airspace? Should we not by now have robust radar systems interfaced with surface-to-air missile components,” Amosu asked. He said since the commencement of ‘Operation Zaman Lafia,’ to contain Boko Haram in the North Eastern part of the country, well over 1,148 missions have been conducted in the prosecution of the air effort.
    “These include over 644 ground attack/close air support missions, more than 332 for reconnaissance/surveillance as well as over 172 for airlift and troop rotation. This sustained high tempo of operations is unprecedented in NAF and indeed, worthy of commendation,” he said.
    Amosu said the NAF constitutionally has the responsibility to ensure a fast, versatile mobility of armed forces; and provision of close support for ground-based and sea-born forces in all phases of operation and to ensure the territorial integrity of a united Nigeria.”

  34. peccavi says:

    Oga Ifiok: we wont turn everyone into light infantry, but as I’ve said the current crisis in the NE is a light infantry war and it is being fought as some sort of adhoc combined arms, ‘throw whatever’ into the mix party.
    I’ve said it once, twice and three times, 7 Div needs to be withdrawn.
    Its been in the field too long.
    Personally I would withdraw it right now, relieving each battalion in place with another, for 3 months.
    Those 3 months will be used to train up another division plus, the division will have the fat stripped off it with virtually everyone trained for an infantry role. either ground holding, patrol or strike ops, re equip and re role, and then push them into the field, take Navy/ Air force/ Police, train them up and use them for force protection at major bases releasing troops for infantry tasks.
    The emphasis is on mobility, both protected and offensive, protected mobility to maintain links between the fixed positions (this is where MRAPs and helicopters come in) and offensive mobility, with fire support provided from the air and from the ground.
    So you want a unit heavy with infantry, the attached infantry will have an increased scaling of mortars, grenade launchers etc.
    at the same time civilian or military engineers will be brought in to ensure that there are all weather roads going from key point to key point, logistics FOBs set up in key points between locations.

    This is obviously not the only solution or even the best but using what Naija already has it is a way to start reversing the issues in the conflict.
    Because I can assure you when we get MRAPs, SU 27s or whatever it will not change anything,m the same way UAVs that we bought are not changing anything. Unless you change the system, all of these items are a waste

  35. ifiok umoeka says:

    My Oga Augustino, no worry, if ur post no interest me, I no for comment! I may not agree with some, but I do respect u!
    1stly, rough terrain doesn’t consist of only muddy terrain! By the way, we can’t tell much from the pic of the cobra, though I’ve always thought it as under powered!
    As for the proof of hot pursuit, when it happens, we know! Check older treads say 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2013!
    10 BH jump out and push, more like jump into another and abandon it, remember, its hot pursuit! As for the cobra, it will not pursue alone remember!
    If we had hundreds of proper(with cage amour, 25mm and all) operational APCs, the war would have ended long ago!
    Moreover, we are supposed to an airforce, its the Nigerian military after all!
    4x4s used in Dakar rally are not the type u buy at elizade! They are heavily modified! If I had my way to encourage BH to do 150kmh in rough terrain, the war will end sooner than later and cheaper too! LOL
    In rough terrain, no two types will drive at the same % of power!
    As for fire power, we all agree that fire power is not sufficient! However, I don’t know of any grenade launcher with up to 2km effective range! Mortar seems the cost effective option except u are thinking of the Israeli Spike mini and the likes. I was wondering thought if say a portable ground fire version of the Turkish roketsan cirit and the likes can be made, they should have the range and precision needed!
    ‘…By the way, if our army is good,
    well armed, why chase Boko for
    over 20 minutes? If Nigerian
    soldiers have 2km range
    automatic grenade launchers,…’
    Our army is not that good and its not well equipped (not just armed) is that not the whole point of this? To get us to a better place?
    As for ur flares and chaffs, I get ECCM and my AAM and e de discriminate (sees and goes through them
    )! LOL

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Ifiok, remember what I said, hot chase from Nigeria into Cameroon or Chad will have different terrain at different points and different speeds will be used by vehicles at different points in time, Boko drives on highways , plain clear sand, graded solid roads, then mud…Chibok where they kidnapped 200 girls is not inside mud. Fact is, there is far less mud than you think, Boko has good roads to speed on maybe 60% of the times.

      Ordinary private people carry ordinary Toyota Landcruisers without any special configuration into desert land and drive 150 km/h right there, and professional off-road racers with configured vehicles drive 250 km/h in the desert. I won’t post videos of those on this thread so that I don’t go off topic, spend some time on google and youtube, you will see them there for free.

      If Bokos are as bad drivers as you think they are, then they would have been found dead in many road accidents when they do their speed. Let us begin to think about a fact that Bokos are better off-road drivers than Nigerian army, we are not off-road experts in Nigeria, the Chad, Mali, Niger Republique people are born desert ‘road warriors’ because nature put them there. We Nigerians are better drivers inside traffic jam on Third Mainland Bridge to Obalende CMS.

      Bros me, na we get problem for Naija o ! Lack of modern infantry weapons and equipment, there are modern man portable 1 to 3 men operated automatic high velocity multiple grenade launchers with computerized or electro-optical accurate targeting systems that fire 40mm grenades to a range of 2.2 km, na Nigeria no get am for our army and we get beaten by Boko boys…

      Man portable enemy approach early warning ground to ground radars…

      Some of these cheap weapons and equipment cost between $10,000 to $70,000 a piece.

      Can somebody please help us buy these things in large numbers for Nigerian army? Nigeria exports millions of barrels of oil and gas everyday now, abi?

      Our leaders please have mercy, we are dying o !

  36. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Peccavi, this one I can swallow well! Everyone has it place! What do u propose as the right mix? 50% infantry with 50% support, artillery, amour, engineer, signal etc? Combine arms? They may be combine but I’m squinting to see the arms! As for the UAV, that was OBJ and aeronautical having fun with our money! Interestingly, ADS is quoted as saying that its a ‘maintenance’ issue while the former CAS says it was a ‘vendor related issue’! This will always happen as we continue in the so call ‘secret’ orders instead of having open tenders or/and gov to gov FMS! So, I do agree with ur system argument!

  37. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Optimus, which day’s guardian is this? Our dailies are beginning to wake up! Makes an interesting read

  38. peccavi says:

    Depends on how configured but I’d have each Infantry company with 6 platoons of 30-40 men each, each platoon has a 60mm mortars, each company has 2 x 81 mm mortars, each battalion has an artillery piece/ 120mm mortar or a battery of mortars attached.
    The fire support has to be both local and general, in other words each unti has its own organic fire support but can also call on each higehr formation for support, a platoon in trouble can fight its way out with RPGs, mortars, MGs and AGL but if it gets too much, they call the company for support who adds their own fire power, like wise the Coy cmdr could group all his firepower together to for a concentrated fire suport.
    Then there is engineer support, each platoon will have a Counter IED team, this consist of basic riflemen trained in CIED and equipped with detectors etc.they will also have a basic demolitions capability so they can destroy IEDs in place.
    Each company will have an Engineer advisor attached, each Battallion a team of Engineers specifically to build outposts and defensive positions and pother obstacles.
    The actual carpentry and construction can be done by contracted teams with the specialists acting as project managers
    The other thing is logistics
    First off soldiers need webbing and daysacks/ rucksacks so they can carry adequate ammo properly.
    Rather than having everything centralised, a series of heavily fortified FOBs that serve as log bases, means that fuel, water, food and ammo can be stored close by to the troops
    None of this needs new kit or imported fancy goods or PMCs just the good sense to use what we have to close with the enemy

  39. Martin Luther says:

    Sorry for my earlier outburst, my anger is that so many women have just been widowed unjustly and children orphaned. Somebody should be made to pay for the crime on the part of planners, there is criminal negligence unabated.

    I do not believe a militia would be beating my army flat-out over and over again with the same tactics again and again no Nigerian SOIL

    The Haskanita attack is been replicated over and over again, please jug your memories

    What would we say now?

    1. I have recently sighted Mi-35’s on takeoff and Land
    2. Elints on ground

    So the Airpower exists and Air assets are there

    Then, where was the air cover for this troops?
    1. Poor communication between formations
    2. Poor coordination of action
    3. No force protection plans for services
    4. Inter service communication none existent

    During the Gulf War, the French Foreign Legion protected the flanks of the Allied Forces, what is the force protection strategy of the NA.

    One problem with the Nigerian Military is that they believe that Kaki and gun should scare the lame man, now we are seeing just the opposite.

    Like Museveni, I would rather committee suicide than see a militia over run my troops if I was the head.

    • asorockweb says:

      Where did you sight the Mi-35? In Maiduguri?

      Please don’t say PH or Abuja.
      I sighted a Hind when the CDS visited Chibok; for me, that was just VIP escort.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Martin Luther,
      Stand your ground son !
      We are making the same point.
      There is a qualitative difference in the casualties we are taking, and it is indicative of some thing catastrophic.

      NA has faced catastrophic situations in the past, and moved heaven and earth to rectify the situation.
      We saw it in Monrovia circa 1990
      and again in freetown 1999.
      There is no use burying our heads in the sand, and saying it’s not a big deal.
      NA again has to see the urgency of the situation, and again move the necessary mountains.

      NA is supposed to be setting ambushes for these roaming gun trucks. We are supposed to detect their movement thru aerial surveillance, and attack the trucks, so they just don’t pull up to a Buni Yadi un announced.

      And even when they do, NA should be dug in or fortified well enough to withstand the assault, and crush it.

  40. freeegulf says:

    oga its war. things like these happens, particularly in insurgency at home. the citizens are still dazed and in a shock. thats what the terrorists wants. they will always go for the most jaw dropping operations and brutal atrocities. its the one place the army can never compete with them. the army can only educate the citizens as best, to show the true nature of the counter insurgency effort. unfortunately, our army PR team are just too lazy to be that creative.

    it helps to mask the real truth, that is, failure by the terrorists to confront and defeat the national forces. such is the nature of terrorism and irregular warfare. it takes a lot to demystify them. sadly, we haven’t taken the insurgency serious to that point yet.
    Nigerians are not used to conflict of this nature, at such, there will be lots of allegations and counter allegations flying around. the more we go berserk, the more will help the vermin spread their ideology.
    personally, i m glad that these terrs are getting bolder. they will get more cocky, and expose their strongest side. hopefully the armed forces should be able to destroy them once they see these terrorist organisation being overstretched.

  41. freeegulf says:

    @ oga martin luther

  42. freeegulf says:

    what is currently happening is tragic. however, the bright side to this boko haram insurgency is that the inadequacies of the armed forces will be fixed and corrected.

    those of us that have been screaming for defence acquisitions for years should now see that this is one big opportunity to face the armament issue and recapitalize the military. just like the ND crisis where the army seemed to have forgotten all about amphibious warfare initially. they did manage to put their acts together and plug the holes in terms of gunboats and aerial assets. the crisis helped the NN to the limelight and attention on the issue of IPCs and OPVs.

    before this, the nigerian armed forces was fast becoming a mirror image of the Ghanian armed forces. a force that have been garnered for one particular purpose; UN peace keeping. our politicians where quite satisfied with the military being geared for simple PKO. well, the time has come to buy serious hardware and face true martial prospects. its sink or swim time.

    any military that wants to be taken seriously should go to war at least once in a decade. its just so sad that ours will now have to do their battles within our borders. this insurgency is winnable. it can be won, and it will be. the military is learning slowly and painfully, but there is progress across the board.

  43. jimmy says:

    oga Freegulf, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS I know i am not the lone voice in the wilderness shouting awof al the time, i have said this many a time this is the steep learning curve of coin operations that the Nigerian army, the milticans, and everyone else.
    There is nothing in the classroom that prepares for the real thing, personally I don’t give a rat’s as whether that dog is dead or whatever, he is irrelevant right now to the context of what we are dealing with which is 24 hour constant air cover over the North east.
    I know I will never be president of Nigeria but for those people who are taking 2 years to bring our Helios home hopefully someone with my type of inclination will one day be president and these military folks and mod official will one day will have to explain when they are being charged with treason why it took so long to order air assets .

    • asorockweb says:

      “The escaped girl was found by the Nigerian special forces, which means the Army is close to the location of the Boko Haram militants”
      At least some news organisations still find it within themselves to be positive about the Nigerian Armed Forces.

      “The Army is understood to have spotted the abducted schoolgirls in three camps operated by Boko Haram, in the north of Kukawa at the western corridors of Lake Chad.

      According to reports, the Boko Haram militants had divided the girls into batches and were being kept in camps in Madayi, Dogon Chuku and Meri”

      Does anyone know anything about this part of the Lake Chad region?

      Is it possible that most of our highly prized assets – SFs, attack helicopters, Surveillance – have been dedicated to the rescue of the young girls?

      I hope our political and military leaders now know that you fight with the Army you have got, not the army you can pay for.

  44. freeegulf says:

    Thanks o jare oga Jimmy. like you said, the learning curve is steep. the army will bumble around a bit, but its all part of fighting a COIN warfare. the best a foreigner can do is provide training like the israelis have been doing for a number of years. but that’s all they can do. they cant fight nor help us win this war. if we cant win this war by putting our acts together then is good bye to the federation.

    the army will now revert back to real combat standing and not just training for blue helmet PSO. hopefully, the politicians and the top brass take this war serious enough and follow a robust policy and defeat this insurgency

  45. jimmy says:

    what is going on?
    who really knows the girls did the SF find them first before the AMERICANS EEWO !

  46. ifiok umoeka says:

    Hear the Sultan say
    ‘… There are too many sordid details that are not clear to us in respect of provisioning of our troops and the spending of budgeted
    monies. A combination of acts of corruption, impunity, crass irresponsibility and gross incompetence are rubbing negatively off our fighting men and women.
    Those in charge must be held accountable for the opprobrium that is being visited on our armed forces
    today. We must insist that our troops are properly provisioned to be able to
    carry out their duties of securing Nigeria and Nigerians effectively!’
    This is apt! The questn is, what do we do next?

    As an aside, I’m wondering what they are shopping for in Turkey. More cobras? NVGs? Wish them success!

  47. ifiok umoeka says:

    ‘…We must not be drawn into the geopolitical agenda of Israel or any other country for that matter…’
    I agree on u on this on too prof! And yes, we have no evidence linking BH with Iran except that they use our territory to run arms! I hope non of those arms has reached BH!

  48. ifiok umoeka says:

    Or could it be cobra II? Check it out here!

  49. Oga Ifiok, what armament does it carry?

  50. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Optimusprime, thanks. Waiting

  51. ifiok umoeka says:

    Thanks o for the link! Hahaha. No be u post am?
    ‘…A Cobra vehicle has been fitted with the Rafael overhead weapon station
    (OWS), armed with the Rafael Spike anti-tank missile system…
    In June 2008, Otokar unveiled two new variants of the Cobra, the Cobra 20mm
    cannon carrier, which is armed with a Nexter Systems 20mm M621 cannon weapon system and a vehicle fitted with the Cobra remote controlled
    weapon station (RCWS), which has day and thermal imaging sights…’

    However, that was 6yrs ago! The mix will be a lot better 2day!

  52. rugged7 says:

    Cameroon weakest link in fight against Boko Haram
    Sarkin-Yaki Bello, Coordinator-General Counter Terrorism Centre

  53. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Augustine! I haven’t seen anything to indicate that the hilux I watch was going at 150kmh! Forget that u have ur team at the back! I no go argue with u on this one! As for those grenade launchers, non has a 2km EFFECTIVE RANGE! Maybe a 30mm automatic cannon

  54. Just saw a pic of some American Humvees donated to the Ghana Armed force. Was this not the same Humvees we applied for from the USA? If it is, i think it’s high time we dumped these guys once and for all and get real with our life’s and Defence institutions. No be only one road enter market na!!!! I mean let those in charge of our security wake up and smell the coffee!!!!

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