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    • Yagazie says:

      Nice to see that our President will now travel in extra comfort on ‘Aso Rock 1″. However could someone please entlighten me as to what was wrong with the existing AW-139 currently in service with the Presidential Fleet?

      Also at the risk of sounding like a ‘wet blanket’ – with thie critical stage reached in the Counter-Insurgency War going on in the North East, my humble and educated guess is that we all will most likely be more interested in seeing photos of newly acquired assets that will also enable our airmen to ‘fight in comfort’ . The newly acquired assets being attack/transport helos OR COIN Super Turcanos OR JF-17s OR Su-27/30s rather than VIP transport that will make no difference whatsoever on the battlefield – no offence intended..

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga Yagazie. I respect your hustle sir.
        hehehehehe, you dont want oga to move in this sexy toy, whats strong with you 🙂 🙂 I feel your pain brother, one can only look on the bright side, these acquisitions should at least free the AW139’s for more arduous tasks. Apparently AugustaWestland and the likes will quickly sell us helicopters like these rather than gunships, we might as well keep on patronizing this market, acquiring transport and vvip helicopters from Europe and America, giving us access to thier latest technology, i don’t see anything wrong with that, as long as we dedicate same effrontery to gunships in their numbers from the east, as we’ve already seen, the gunships are coming in brother, they are coming in.

      • jimmy says:

        No you are not sounding like a wet blanket the oloroiburku that requested it should know we are not dancing. Sorry I no go translate make una ask your Yoruba friends.

  1. saleh says:

    Not happy with news of vip helicopter acquisitions. That’s not what we need

  2. beegeagle says:

    Big men’s shuttle. This year alone, we have acquired six Beechraft 350 King Air and two AW 101s.

    With the assets which are meant to have a mollifying effect on the populace namely, combat aircraft, we are still playing hide-and-seek.

    We want to see air superiority Su-27/30s with the NAF roundel, multirole JF17 Block IIs, ALX Super Tucano ground attack aircraft, Mi-171Sh Terminator and Mi-35M combat helos.

    Personally, I have no love to give the Kfir Block 60. The NAF must quit romanticising yesterday. First, we got F-7s which were derived from MiG 21s and now someone is playing around with Kfir Block 60s derived from Mirage Vs. Why don’t we just leave all these derivatives of museum relics alone and face the McCoy? I do not care if it is said to possess the capabilities of the F16 Block 50. Why are the IAF not flying the Kfir? Is it a 4G jet?

    If we have again attempted national suicide by plunging down that route, we must peg it down to four units…add-ons to about eight Alpha Jet to form a ground attack squadron.

    What we need from the Israelis? COIN-adaptable armoured tactical vehicles, artillery, Super Dvora/Shaldag FPCs. Otherwise, they should champion the upgradation of our in-service assets.

    • Jon says:

      Oga Beeg,

      Sorry to change topic. But I had a question Sir! Why doesn;t NN acquire destroyers? I can’t recall anytime in NN’S history when it operated destroyers. Is there a strategic, tacticcal or even a financial reason for this.

      The reason I ask is that there seems to be a groundswell including my own posts that suggest frigates as the surface ship de jour. When in fact owing and operating a couple of destroyers would drastically reduce the need to acquire and operate so many frigatves, corvettes, and opv’s.

    • igbi says:

      Oga Beeg, sorry for derailing, I just wanted to inform you that peccavi was insulting me on your blog, so according to your own rules, you must do something.
      You must at least make a statement, unless ofcourse some people have the right to be abusive against others. Each time I defend myself, you call me out, so please I am letting you take care of this one.

      • peccavi says:

        Pikin, abeg, have the courage to engage me directly or else please try and endeavour to maintain a strong and consistent silence on issues that I might raise.
        If you do engage me directly, make your points intelligent and logical so I might either respond properly or at the bare minimum not be irritated.
        You have insulted and attacked people on this board for aeons and cry when I tell you to hush?
        Kpele, now dry your eyes

      • saleh says:

        Haba be more matured, Igbi complained and oga beegs handled it, it was cool Igbi accepted, u don’t need to raise provocative comments again. It will only start a new chain of undesirable comments. Pls let us face what this blog is for

      • igbi says:

        Oga beegeagle, i urge you to take action against peccavi who is proving unruly. Please show us that your rules apply to all. I let the first insult go, and he comes back with an other one.

    • igbi says:

      This is the page on which peccavi i insulting me.

    • gbash10 says:

      Fellow cyber generals, I saw 1of the Mi-35M attack helicopter as it flew into TAC from Abuja yesterday, beautiful with its desert camouflage and two drop tanks.A lot sorties flown by the G222 transport plane.
      More platforms for the VVIP,it is really Aso Rock NAF 01.
      That story may be an old one, that of the 20 AH-1W Cobra attack helicopters that were to be acquired from Israel. The Russian built Mi-26 has more engine power than the Chinook helicopter. The US and her NATO allies have been getting services of the Mi-26 halo in Afghanistan.
      BH fighters surrendering en mass,Shakau’s body suspected to have been flown to Abuja for DNA test.
      The war might be over already,Victory, Victory, Victory…..
      God bless Nigeria and her Good People!

      • jimmy says:

        I hope to God what you are saying is true The Naf has put in some serious work.

      • igbi says:

        Victory for Nigeria !!!

      • rugged7 says:

        Gentlemen, this fight is by no means over.
        We need a heightened state of alertness especially now.
        We need to pour everything we have into the North east to consolidate.
        To prevent any attempt at re-grouping by the terrorists.
        Anyway, well played Nigerian Armed Forces for neutralizing shekau.
        U guys make us so proud…

  3. drag_on says:
    These guys are suggesting that NAF 281 is on its way too.It’s not yet on the service records at but the 280 is there and it states that it (280) is definitely ex-indian.

  4. AreJames says:

    How much are these things anyway?

  5. jimmy says:

    WHY una dey try pour sand for my garri wetin we need this for nah wah o when una go stop to dey shake (gbon) for oyinbo nah only one whole wey them yansh wey them dey take —- for morning o!:X(

  6. They need these birds for election campaign!😈

  7. doziex says:

    I hope it’s a ruse, to get around Obama’s sanctions.

    A unit of about 12 of these, would do our special forces a world of good.

    It would actually enable them to do “special” things.

  8. ocelot2006 says:

    *SMH*……Nigerian Air Force Transport Company….

    Anyway, have the transport helos for the troops arrived? No?….okay oh..

  9. Startrek says:

    Gentlemen even black and white has grey. in due cause every thing will become clearer.
    moreover after shopping for the family a little ice cream wont be too bad . is it?

  10. Henry says:

    Gentlemen, some very disturbing news.

    Concerns mount over double standards, US’ intent over Boko
    More terrorists surrender after death of Shekau’s double
    Senator Iroegbu and Daji Sani
    Efforts by the Nigerian military to procure US-made Chinook
    helicopters from Israel, to facilitate the movement of troops and the
    injured, have been blocked by the United States Government,
    THISDAY has learnt.
    This, among other issues, including the US’ refusal to provide
    Nigeria’s security agencies with timely intelligence needed to defeat
    Boko Haram insurgents who have been riding rough shod in the
    North-east, would form part of the discussions when President
    Goodluck Jonathan meets with US President Barack Obama in New
    York this week.
    Jonathan departed for New York on Sunday for the 69th General
    Assembly of the United Nations.
    The Chinook is a versatile and reliable American twin-engine,
    tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter produced by Boeing. Its primary
    roles are troops movement, artillery placement and battlefield
    In a war where Boko Haram insurgents move in convoys through
    arid towns and villages, the helicopters are required to checkmate
    them, reinforce troops and supplies and recover dead and wounded
    Although it has a number of variants and is used primarily for the
    transportation of troops, supplies and search and rescue operations,
    limited weaponry can be mounted on its door and window for the
    purpose of enemy attacks.
    However, according to defence and intelligence sources, attempts to
    buy the helicopters and other munitions from, first the US and other
    Western European countries, have proved to be an impossible task,
    thus compelling the military to resort to Israel and several retired
    members of the Israeli defense forces.
    Opening up on the challenges the Nigerian military has faced dealing
    with the procurement of arms for the war effort in the North-east, a
    knowledgeable official, who did not want to be named as he was
    not authorised to speak with the press, said: “The US government
    has frustrated Nigeria all the way in our war against terrorism
    despite its public statements in support of Nigeria, as it fights the
    Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east… They want us to fight
    Boko Haram with our arms tied to our backs.
    “They have refused to sell us arms and equipment and even our
    recent attempt to buy Chinook helicopters, which are manufactured
    in the US, from the Israelis was blocked, based on unfounded
    allegations of human rights violations by our troops. This is after
    the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu had initially
    approved the purchase.
    “But because they were supplied by the Americans, the Israelis
    required a ‘No Objection’ letter from Washington which was refused.
    “We had even tried to procure arms from Russia but this was stalled
    because of the Ukrainian crisis, thus compelling us to turn to other
    nations like Israel. But even this has been frustrated by the US,” he
    He said it was not just in the area of arms procurement that US has
    been most unhelpful, adding that contrary to its public stance that it
    was assisting in the rescue operations of the abducted Chibok
    secondary school girls it has done nothing significant to help
    Nigeria in this regard.
    Other intelligence sources also cited the fact that the US has refused
    to share intelligence with Nigerian security forces in a timely
    They said: “When we complained they started sharing some
    intelligence, but days after the fact when such intelligence is of little
    “They have blocked us from procuring the helicopters and would
    not provide us with intelligence despite the fact that they have
    several drones and sophisticated aircraft overflying the North-east
    of Nigeria from bases in Niger and Chad where the Boko Haram
    fighters and movements are clearly in their sights.
    “This belies their stance they want to help us to defeat the terrorists
    and help to rescue the Chibok girls.”
    Indeed, a security analyst who spoke to THISDAY on the issue said
    the US’ role smacks of double standards and questioned its intent
    over the Boko Haram insurgency.
    He warned that ignoring the threat of Boko Haram could be a
    strategy that could come to haunt the US in the future.
    He also wondered why the same US would refuse to assist Nigeria
    based on unsubstantiated claims of human rights violations, which
    the military has repeatedly denied and insisted are carried out by
    Boko Haram insurgents wearing Nigerian military uniforms, yet the
    same US turns a blind eye to the same human rights violations
    committed by countries like Israel.
    “Look at what happened in the recent war between Israel and
    Hamas in the Gaza strip. Israel repeatedly bombed school
    compounds and UN buildings and in the process killed scores of
    women and children.
    “Even the UN cried out against the targeting of its facilities by Israeli
    forces, yet the US did nothing and will continue to supply arms and
    ammunition to Israel to defend itself against Palestinians and other
    hostile neighbours in the Middle East,” the security analyst said.
    Efforts by THISDAY to get the White House to respond to the
    allegations were not successful.
    Two questions to the White House and the US National Security
    Adviser’s office which were unanswered as at press time are: The
    Nigerian military, through its agents, tried to buy Chinook
    helicopters for the prosecution of the war against terrorism, from
    Israel. But this was blocked by the U.S. National Security Council
    and the White House. If so, why was the procurement blocked?; and
    the decision to block the procurement of the helicopters may have
    stemmed from U.S.’ concerns over human rights abuses by
    Nigerian troops who have been fighting the insurgents in the North-
    eastern part of the country. Does this not appear contradictory
    given the fact that the U.S. continues to supply equipment and
    ammunition to Israel, which is also accused of human rights
    violations in Palestinian territories?

    • toondey says:

      Can we stop crying over this US thing its becoming boring and really is beginning to irritate my system russia makes the biggest helicopter in the world. If we need choppers to carry troops artillery or even light tanks go EAST. I will be disappointed if our president goes begging, I expected that they should have sinced bn banned from surveylance flight over the country it has always been no use moreover they will use that opportunity to spy on what “you no send them”.

    • igbi says:

      Who knows if the us spy drones are not providing intelligence to boko haram ?
      I mean, if they are not helping us with their intelligence, who else is there to help with it ?
      I am starting to believe that the US might be behind boko haram. And since we are in a world where allagationns need no proof (aka amnesty international allegations taken as proof by western media), I alledge that the US are helping boko haram. Their new drive of arming terrorists in syria and negociating with terrorists in afghanistan and friendship with terror loving countries (qatar) surely makes the point that they have a new love affair with terrorism, just like the one they had when they were creating alqaida in the 70’s.

      • keviadano says:

        Oga igbi i like the way you think…. those of us who think that the yanks are innocent and they want the best for us should think again. China has shown them it only takes 20-30 years of hard work to grow an become a super power or a “threat” to them… they are not willing to sit and watch it happen again especially not an African country

      • Are James says:

        The last time this was suggested here. I recall the word ”conspiracy theorist” was thrown around a lot.
        Anyway if that item came from ThisDay then it is another one of those paid-for stories.
        It has the right smattering of the nrmalmphrases used in the template of planted stories ;
        ‘a knowledgeable official who does not want to be named’, …’security analysts who spoke to ThisDay’..and …’an unnamed military source’.
        What the article does not explain of course is how the deal was framed. Was it gov’t to gov’t? or was a supply contract using a favoured Nigerian company? …and also, what was the value?.
        The good thing is that the government has actually began to fight its own battles in the information space and now increasingly sees itself not as passive victim of contemporary events but as a creative shaper of them, including the world of public opinion.
        The dog is finally wagging its tail instead of the other way round.

    • asorockweb says:

      Let’s get the Mi-26 instead.

      4 would be nice.

      For me, the main disadvantage is that it requires a crew of 5.

    • Bigbrovar says:

      Israel don’t use or own Chinooks.. or am I missing something?

    • chynedoo says:

      Nigeria should stop whimpering and start squaring up to those who do not act as allies. Why cant the Nigerian government tell the Americans they are no longer welcome to fly over our territory in the north east!

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Henry abeg no make laugh no kill me.
      Since when did Israel use Chinooks much less have them surplus to sell.
      Please don’t let these silly articles fool you, they are so riddled with nonsense I don’t know where to start.
      We fly Russian Hips and we are now buying Chinooks? Do you know NATO uses Mi-8s in Afghanistan to supplement their Chinooks and Blackhawks?
      This is a silly article, political spin doctors are throwing out these stories to whip up anti US sentiment nothing more

      • Henry says:

        Oga peccavi, I know the Israeli airforce use the CH-53 and Black-hawk helicopters for Helo transport. However, the could have mixed up the story with the thwarted Cobra AH deal.

        I’m fully aware U.S, Afghan and Polish forces use the MI-17 in AFghanistan, neither am I a U.S “hater”. The fact is, their are real issues regarding the Un-willingness of the U.S to sell/Block arms to Nigeria. The problem is with you not acknowledging/ simply brushing aware this reality.

        I pasted an unrelated German article, with German defence manufacturing firms threatening to move out of germany over these same issues.

        The essence is not to take the story(thisday story) hook, line and sinker, but to use your initiative to figure out some of the genuine concerns raised in the article.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Henry,
        my issue is this, I am yet to see any reports in the US or Israeli press of a thwarted deal either of aircraft or any other weapon systems. Be it in the news or trade media. Unless I’ve missed them and can be directed towards them.
        Any purchases from the US would be between the FGN and private companies, the only thing the US can do is deny export licenses, these export licenses are public documents, can we see which have been denied?
        Nigeria is a lucrative market. The US arms makers are so powerful that the US Army is still being given tanks despite having twice they need even with all redundancies in storage, simply because the arms companies lobby to keep selling them.
        Same reason Iraq despite traditionally using Russian/ French/ UK kit has now switched to US kit.
        I struggle to believe that US arms dealers would not lobby against any export controls to Nigeria, I am yet to hear of this.
        Oga I believe this is simply ass covering.
        Those who should have proactively retrained and re equipped the military failed to do so, rather than facing up to their failures they are diverting attention by whipping up anti Western sentiments.
        None of the stories make sense. Chinooks from Israel? Attack helicopters for $9.3m cash? But they didn’t block the VIP aircraft sales? Could we not strip[ out the luxury crap from those choppers and use them for lift and support?
        Please lets not allow the corrupt and incompetent to distract us from holding them to account. The US preventing us from buying stuff is a lie. The evidence of this lie is the photo above

      • Henry says:

        Oga Peccavi, on this particular issue, let’s agree to disagree. We both are clearly looking at this issue from 2 very different angles.

        My main priority is , we build our defence industry. We can import expertise from latin america ( brazil, colombia or mexico), or Asia ( china, south-korea, india, pakistan or the Philippines). We just have to build up.

      • doziex says:

        Oga peccavi,

        according to the Obama administration, Nigeria is in breach of their so called senator Leahy laws.
        That prevents the arming and equipping of human rights violators.

        There are definitely vested interests in the white house that is understandably frustrated with NA and Nigerian leadership.

        Our argument is that (1) The leahy law is applied way too selectively, for the white house to be doubling down on punishing Nigeria.

        BH is as serious as ISIS or is it DAESH. The Obama administration should not be making moral equivalencies between our flawed army and corrupt leadership and BH. HABA !!!

        They can show their displeasure in a thousand other ways.

        IT’s ONLY “CAN’T DO RIGHT NIGERIA” , that can manage to entangle itself in so many unnecessary webs.

        In a world market awash with military equipment, GEJ’s administration is saying they can’t get shit done because of Washington ???

        US has sanctions on Sudan, but nothing is stopping Omar Bashir from equipping his military.

        Even south sudan, the youngest country on the continent, and land locked for that matter, went around UN sanctions to acquire 120 plus T-72 M MBTs.

        Resourceful nations like Sudan and Chad, are in Libya, buying up BM-21 MBRLs, tank and artillery tubes and shells, and basically any weapon system in gaddafi’s ex arsenal that the myriad of rebel groups don’t need.

        OK so what Ukraine has a war ?? Go talk to Russian, Georgia, belarus and so on.

        To be honest, I have about had it with the incompetence emanating from asorock.

        Mr. president, there are knowledgeable Nigerians on this blog that can advise you on exactly what to do, and who to engage with in order to properly and rapidly re equip our armed forces.

        Enough of this ridicule on the world stage.

        South Africa and the US have now shown us what “friends” would do to us if we continue in this folly.

  11. rka says:

    “However, things are changing for the better. Thanks to the sacrifice, commitment and patriotism showed by the officers and men in the trenches. All military personnel have been stopped from proceeding on annual leave, pass and pilgrimages to either Mecca or Jerusalem, so that effort could be concentrated on the counter-insurgency. The military has engaged the insurgents in Bama, Michika, Konduga and surrounding villages. They have succeeded in foiling the attempt by the insurgents to take over Maiduguri. Things are beginning to look up. The military has received new equipment, including fighter jets, over 30 armoured tanks and two helicopter gunships with in-built night vision technology. It is clear to the leadership of the military, including the commander-in-chief, that the military has to re-equip as it increasingly takes a lead role in the law enforcement response to Boko Haram and other difficult crime and conflict situations in the country.”

  12. Augustine says:

    USA blocked the sale of Israeli Chinooks Helicopters to Nigeria. I warned you before, I warn you again, that is what will happen to your NAF Kfir Block 60 jet fighters.

    Russian made Mi-171 terminator has under sling like Chinnok to airlift Nigeria’s M-56 105mm artillery and deliver them to our army anywhere, it can also airlift VBL armoured mini-APC , so we don’t need American helicopters for this war. FG and NAF, go buy all your helicopters from Russia.

    Nigeria, arm yourselves with the best weapons that are needed for today and the future, by 2020 get four nuclear warheads with help from Russia and 1,500 km range ICBM missiles with help from India, and the evil western enemies in ‘friends’ clothing will fear you like they fear India and Pakistan. Obama black oyinbo in power, yet America is damaging Nigeria. FG be warned, America and Britain NEVER want Nigeria to rise tall and strong !

  13. jimmy says:

    oga Henry
    THE F.G has turned the corner on the US AND BRITAIN @ this stage it is just a formality this meeting between GEJ and BH it is doubtful that it will produce anything significant. Nigeria has moved on. The best thing / worst thing was for the US to deny ARMS / HELIOS to Nigeria. Nigeria as I said has moved to another customer. OTHER COUNTRIES sell the same type of HELIOS ,personally IF i were GEJ i would BHO when the AMERICANS are going to leave Nigeria it does not mean any hard feelings they came, they saw , they did not find the girls, they COULD OF USED ONE OF THEIR SATELLITES TO MAP Nigeria from out of space so they did not need to PARK THEIR DRONES IN Niger.
    Someone even said what is the obsession with AMERICAN HELIOS the COBRA does 150 m.p.h the mi35 does 150 they both dhoot cannons and rockets, they both can fly at night, they both can withstand small arms fire, so what is the problem? let us concentrate on this blog on making Nigeria stronger and better let us concentrate on those countries who are reliable and dependable let us not spend so much time and energy on countries that are unreliable and simply just talk the talk and not walk the walk.
    When the bh criss ends and it will ends, Nigeria needs to focus on joint partnerships with countries that are reliable. Military training should be done with countries should be done with countries that are dependable it REALLY IS NO LONGER IN Nigeria’s interests to do MILITARY TRAINING WITH COUNTRIES that during times of CRISIS will find reasons not to sell or share information it is not a put down thing it just does not make sense period.
    Let us move on this is becoming an overworked topic we are continuously talking about two countries that are doing absolutely nothing. Let us obsess about the countries that are DOING SOMETHING.
    Our next set of training exercises should be done with these countries what ever naval or military exercise we have with the unreliable countries should be scrapped, not out of revenge but because they are meaningless.
    It is better to conduct a marine simulated invasion with PAKISTAIN and compare logistics with them because you know they will share information with you, procure weapons for you andhelp you in your time of crises.
    It is also becoming absolutely STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT NOT OUT OF SPITE BUT necessity Nigeria needs to invite an armored tank battalion from RUSSIA to conduct maneuvers, this is not pitting one side against the other, Nigeria honestly should train only with countries that are going to sell to her. The Americans can say what they want ditto the brits, at this stage it does not make any sense really the back biting and the needless chatter needs to stop, closer to home is Algeria and Angola these are the countries we should be doing biz with my two kobo. I have moved on, i implore the rest of the bloggers to move on, and take the mindset anytime the us refuses to the f.g something they should consider it a blessing and go to the very next country and acquire it. There are many routes into the market place.
    P.S It is in NIGERIA’S OWN strategic interest to strengthen the military ties with the following three countries
    1. Algeria
    2. Russia
    3. China.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Thank you for saying it as it is.

    • rugged7 says:

      Sri lanka, nepal, india and pakistan as well

    • Blackrev says:

      my brother, thank you. can we blame the US, UK, CNN and other back stabbing so called allies(as our government chose to see them)?

      only a country with a weak foreign policy and non existent national defence/security strategy will be picked on like this. look at Algeria, about 60 expertriates of which most were from powerful countries were kidnapped and no fly from any foreign country dared enter their airspace. as if that wasn’t enough, the Algerian special forces went in guns blazing and killed almost 20 of the hostages yet we didn’t ear sh1t about that operation till date.

      i watched a documentry about that saga on BBC and here’s what the Algerian foreign minister had to say “what can we do. we couldn’t allow ransom money to enter the terrorists hands to torment algerians so something had to be done” please look for it if you doubt it.

      the french had to beg and do a lot of diplomatic manouvering before they were allowed close to the algerian border and air space. their former colony o.

      i just dey laugh because it was our inferiority complex that made us opened our air space and country to be exploited by these so called allies. now the same people that prayed for the yanks to come have seen the bigger picture.
      i pray they will leave because the same mistakes the Pakistanis made during the afgan war by the US comes to mind.

      it’s not that these countries cannot respect us, we have not done anything to earn that respect.

      mr Jonathan or whoever will occupy aso rock next year, please bring back our pride. this current administration has made a mess of it.

    • Henry says:

      Oga jimmy, spot on.

  14. jimmy says:

    * I would tell BHO* Thank you for all your help please can you tell your men to leave Nigeria”

  15. alade says:

    I’d b ashamed 2 see GEJ go 2 d yanks 2 beg…the way forward is to procure whatever from the east…EAST ALL D WAY

    • Are James says:

      Iraqi and Libya have much lower oil exports now so we may have secretly taken up the slack. And the price is steady/ rising which is mollifying any reduced OPEC quota. The Nigerian LNG also should be booming soon if Putin continues to play Fascist-Nationalist.
      Now all this revenue demands people in gov’t that will not steal our Children’s future. People that will keep the country extremely strong within the continent, like Algeria.
      This is a rallying call and it transcends politics. If we get it wrong this time and poverty and unemployment continue Boko Haram or successor insurgency groups may even march on AsoRock. We are hearing already hundreds of young people swelling the ranks of BH.
      There may not be enough bullets to handle them all. Ka Chineke meziokwu.

    • igbi says:

      boko haram was not caused by poverty. Let me remind people this simple fact: There are 175 million Nigerians in Nigeria with a GDP of 510 billion dollars. In france there are 65 million french with a GDP of 2 trillion dollars, yet there is still unemployment and poverty in France. America is less than double Nigerian population and has 28 times Nigerian GDP, yet it still has poor and unemployment.
      The types of statements some people make somtimes make them look like boko haram sympathizers : “If we get it wrong this time and poverty and unemployment continue Boko Haram or successor insurgency groups may even march on AsoRock. We are hearing already hundreds of young people swelling the ranks of BH.
      There may not be enough bullets to handle them all”.
      That quote sounds like tacit support to boko haram to me.
      Reality check: boko haram wants to kill all teachers, christians, muslim who disagree with them, african religionists, scientists, students… So trying to threten the government by glorifying a group that wants you dead doesn’t really make sense. And this kind of behaviour is dangerous. Make a political party instead of threatening bloodshed.

      • rugged7 says:

        @ Igbi, Totally on point.
        There are lots of poor areas in Nigeria who don’t take up arms against the government on such a spurious claim.
        We all know that the premise of poverty is a political agenda set up by key Northern financial backers of Boko haram and amplified by the western media.
        Having said that however, the centripetal issue is corruption which undermines every other attempt at improving key indices for the common man.
        Gentlemen, corruption, is what Nigerians should attack with all gusto.

      • Are James says:

        Boko Haram is not caused by poverty but POVERTY was required to create it, escalate it and to solve it you need to tackle that problem. The President once made the point about a young man wearing $10 clothes and carrying $2500 AK 47 and completely missed the point. He e was confusing terrorism for full blown insurgency. But then all this is in the realm of social psychology.
        Saying poverty is not the cause of Boko Haram is to make the valid point that petrol by itself does not cause fire and then you let a toddler fiddle around with a keg of petrol in an apartment all day, day in day out. An informed observer will give that house a life of two weeks maximum and the insurers will also raise the premium.
        The point is there are many negative change agents around, THE MATCHSTICKS we call them. Every society has them and they select their target groups carefully, so having a median level of standard of living, reduced poverty reduces the size target group of these people. Another issues is that society itself has barriers to these issues coming up and one important barrier is poverty alleviation.To make the case that poverty is not the cause is to accept the popular but wrong one that it is religion that is th cause but Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman are Islamic countries so whitening we have active insurgencies on the scale of Nigeria and Yemen and Pakistan. Could this be because they have more effective systems of poverty alleviation and most people are in the ‘material middle class’ due to their low populations?. Another misconception is that because we don’t have a current insurgency in the south, then it is a proof that it is not poverty. This is cowardly thinking and not facing the truth. We just put an insurgency down in the south and there is a major nascent ethnic nationalist element in the S.East just rearing its head. In any case the criminal element is always the relief valve to social.insurrection in majority Christian areas because it is less harsh on punishing crime than the Shariah so look at the rise in the level of kidnappings, baby factories, cultism and prostitution in the south and see if you can just dismiss it as statistical insignificant.
        Anyway one of the less negative projections for Nigeria, if it remains one country (which is the worst) is Islamic insurgency in the North and very destructive, organised, armed criminal gangs of the south American ilk in the South. Whether you believe that poverty can escalate current issues and make these projections come to pass is based on the degree that heads are buried in the sand.

      • igbi says:

        I have little time and a lot to do, so no “ping pong” meaningless debates.
        boko haram is caused by one thing alone : terrorisme.
        It has nothing to do with poverty. there are poor people, there have always been and there will always be. boko haram terrorists said their motivations in their countless propaganda videos which I am sure you watched several times.
        Their aim: kill, kill, kill teachers, christians, scientists, doctors, non muslim, most muslim (because they disagree with boko haram genocidal madness), …
        If a country with less than twice our population and 28 times our economy haven’t eradicated poverty then which magical formula would make us archieve that ?

        Please arejames, never respond to me directly again.

      • Are James says:

        All evidence have pointed to an increase in the number of BokoHaram members by a factor of 3 in just a few months. So this is caused by what juju?. The facts are there to judge. Nigeria’s peculiar type insurgency is feeding on widespread poverty in the north which root cause is traced to incompetence of their leaders and corruption . All informed observers including CIA, KGB, MI5 have said so.
        Only in Nigeria would we reject the truth because natural social laws don’t work here or if they work we should ignore them because the consequences for discipline are just too hard.

      • jimmy says:

        Oga Arejames Much respect for your comments I beg to disagree BH has from day one disavowed anything to do with poverty and they have been very cosistent on message it has been about ideology and the establishment of a caliphate in Northern Nigeria followed by Nigeria. If it was about poverty would be endemic in Zamfara state which by all accounts as one of the poorest states .The top cadre or members of Bh are Dominated by the Kanuri and a smattering of Hausa,yet in Kano the most populus Hausa state has been a graveyard for bh ,there are a lot of poor people in Kano too again it boils down really to ideology.Bh started out with the christain,then it was the southerners,then it was the moderate muslims,then it was anyone who opposed them.The CIA who cannot predict themselves out of anything failed miserably in Iraq,literally cant think straight when it comes to Afghanistan and Pakistan and disastrously failed the Ambassador in Libya is now the gold standard? Uh Uh. Since the onslaught@ Bama We honestly have started to see the cookie crumble hence the nonsensical suicidal attacks.Incessant aerial bombing has been known to make men mad.We in the last four days have witnessed unprecedented levels of surrender ,fleeing from areas they allegedly control.I am not going to call…yet I await the offensive on Gwoza and Sambisa Forests where food is in such short supply bh resorted to a day time raid,one of their vehicles broke down and they were slaughtered Draw your own conclusions. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  16. jimmy says:

    “The kids gloves treatment or the Iron fist”
    When this war started @ it’s zenith in q4 2013/q12014 . i agreed the only good bh is one that it’s on it’s way to meet his demonic virgins – a dead one.
    However there are signs of three things that are happening
    1) Attrition as hard to believe is setting in.Religious fanatics seldom surrender out of hand, OGA ARE JAMES I believe mentioned the incessant bombings in bama and baga is estimated to kill 1100 bh+ plus another 1000+ in Kondunga it is beginning to show the cookie is beginning to crumble not yet but things are unraveling.
    2) The equipment is arriving/ has arrived and whether it is the night stalkers or the AGLs it is beginning to have an effect. A grenade launched from an AGL will do serious
    damage to anyone in control of a technical .
    3) The reorganization , surge is paying dividends that is all I am going to say about that.
    How do you now handle these set of prisoners, i say you handle them with care especially if they are coming from the gwoza damboa axis

  17. chynedoo says:

    A little digression.
    Low cost ISTAR…we could have one of those….

    • igbi says:

      The only problem is that the brits are unreliable.

    • Are James says:

      We have King Airs and Diamonds. Maybe we should put money into the AHRLAC owned paramount group. The best one is the small Cessna sharpshooter missiles but the price is probably $12million which is already too much considering that some full combat aircraft are $15million. The overall lesson is every subsonic aircraft is a potential ISTAR platform so maybe we should just convert some underutilized planes in our impressive fleet of transport aircraft.

      • Are James says:

        *owned by Paramount group*
        *small Cessna plane that shoots missiles*

      • chynedoo says:

        You are right there, a little bit of innovation and creativity with what we already have could save us millions and still prove useful….
        What happened to all the talk of the Nigeria Air Force built drones Amebo I and ii?
        Are they in operation? Or gathering dust in some corner?

    • asorockweb says:

      Really good read, that is.

      Lots of low cost ISTAR options.

      The one that got me thinking of the police was the “Seabird Seeker”

      At $100/hour operating cost, the police could use this to monitor our highways for armed robbers mounting road blocks.

      I believe we need an auxiliary air arm for surveillance. We have a lot of unmonitored spaces that have proven to be good hiding ground for militants and mass-murders.

      The civil defence corps could train the pilots. Air Force pilots are expensive to train; better we use them for our 4th gen jets, helicopters and more expensive aircraft.

      Just saying.

    • peccavi says:

      These are all good options, Paramount in RSA has a new aircraft in this vein, this is what we need to be looking at for border security and pipeline surveillance

      • doziex says:

        I mentioned paramount on this blog almost a year ago.

        It’s an RSA company that combines security services and security hardware or systems to arrive at complex solutions.

        Par example, Nigeria’s unsecured borders that left us vulnerable to BH.

        Nigeria’s unsecured wealth in the niger delta. It must be secured and regulated.

        Crime offshore in our congested ports.

        Police and military training and re equipment.

        Paramount owns Drakensberg that has partnered with a Nigerian firm to produce the MEKAHOG MRAP for the police.

        They also own the Nautica company that has built armored gunboats for NN in the delta.

        The Ahrlac is a turbo prop plane with the design of a jet trainer, it can serve as a jet trainer and a COIN platform.

        A good company. Our shaky political relations with Zuma’s administration complicates things though.

  18. chynedoo says:

    Yes we still need the Americans and the British because in all honesty, we are better off getting along with them than not especially at this time some kind of the old cold war spat is brewing between east and west.
    It is perfectly in our interest to play all the sides, get on with the Russians for what we need, and also the Americans and the British as well. In international scheme of things, no one is a better friend and no one is a worse enemy.
    Who would have thought the USA would be spying on the EU? They installed computer bugs on servers in the EU hq to monitor computers of top EU officials. The Americans were more than happy to spy on the German Chancellor. So friendship is just an empty word as far as diplomacy is concerned, it only has some meaning when there is mutual benefit. Even the Americans have expressed happiness to work with Iran in tackling ISIS, there again, the word ‘enemy’ applies only when mutual interest is absent and difficult to harmonise.
    So we should have be friends with other countries when we share strategic interests, and enemies when such is absent.
    If not we would be shedding more tears than the bereaved

    • igbi says:

      Fair enough, you have a point. But the masses and the future leaders must be educated on this. We have been brainwashed by hollywood movies always painting the US as saving the world and always fighting against evil. to most people, US = Good. While reality doesn’t support that, the US do things according to US interests, not according to the things being good or bad.
      Nigeria should alwys do things according to Nigeria’s interests, not according to US’s interest ( a blink to our UN embassador ).

      • chynedoo says:

        Very true. Only problem is, unless we change our approach to doing things, these people would take us for a ride as long as it suits them. I don’t want to go into a long winded narrative, but if we look at America’s relationship with Iran of today, and refer back to the Iran under Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, there is very little difference in terms of the suppressive nature of both governments. Shah was backed by the British and Americans and helped him rule the country like a Stasi enclave until the 1979 revolution. The only thing that changed in Iran under the Ayatollahs is hard-line stance on religion compared to the secular atmosphere under the Shah. But because Western interest is no longer considered by the Iranian leadership, the narrative changed from a western ally to an enemy. Tehran in the 1950s, 60s and part of 70s used to be the most westernised cities in the mid-east.
        So we need to do things differently, act smarter in our relationships but bearing in mind our strategic and national interests remain paramount. How do we do this?
        We should put smart people in the right places. Our foreign affairs ministry is a good place to start, we could make a policy that only top class graduates with first class degrees in a number of courses, and who meet the rigorous tests and exams and pass the interviews are allowed to fill up positions in our foreign service.
        When you have intelligent and smart people running strategic institutions of government, the standard definitely change. I went to one of our High commissions in one of the most important cities in Europe and the SSS guy at the door was only interested in personally ‘servicing’ this good looking Caucasian lady to the point he abandoned his security post to pick and form for her. He drooled over her all day until I left the place.
        I guess this is the sort of quality that we send overseas to represent us and negotiate bilateral deals, including procuring hardware for our military. The result is what we see in other countries not taking us serious to the point a backwater country like Cameroun is now trying to blatantly undermine us.
        Didn’t Shehu Shagari order Buhari to send the military into Chad in pursuit of some Chadian marauders who killed some Nigerian service personnel in 1983? The story then was Nigeria soldiers nearly overran the Chadian capital. Compare this to now and you see what I mean. This is not vain patriotism but rather a lesson of history which we always never learn

    • Are James says:

      This is very good stuff. There are only a couple of issues.
      1. There is nothing new in these pseudo nationalistic noises we are hearing now which to me is very shallow and quite dis honest. The direction you are painting for Nigeria we were already on that road after Gowon regime …before the military had this western governments’ sponsored series of coups and then we stopped thinking and started chopping.
      Nigeria was going to develop home grown military industries and develop the atomic bomb in 1976. All the infrastructural plans were more ambitious than Singapore and S. Korea. We practically freed south Africa. When I was in secondary school, American movies were also the rave but everyone hated American politics. Anti western radicalism and nationalism was cool.So let us not get it twisted.
      2. Everything bad started with a certain General from Minna. Now this guy is the God father of most people in gov t now so how can you tell me these people have suddenly gotten religion. I think what we have now is intra factional fighting between a certain corrupt political leaning group of people who are aligned to western interest. Please don’t let them fool you. The government’s anti western propaganda actually has an air about it of a trade union issue, a ‘we no go gree kind of thing’, an inferior protesting against a superior’ s withdrawal of support. The situation reads like .. ”you asked us to do this and that even to the detriment of our people and we did everything you asked us and now you don’t want to help with this small BH matter” kind of thing. Iam just not buying it, you can but I think i am at an emancipated level of independent judgement.
      Meanwhile the President is in the US again like I predicted for the …xx time.
      Na quarrel be dat?.
      The Ayatollahs Khameni’s of this world, The Chinese President and Putin’s number of visits to the US can be counted on one finger. This is gravitas, this is respect.
      3. You are also a little wrong about the kind of people we need in gov t to solve the problem. It is not necessarily cademically good people but people with good ‘mentality’. You may be well read and still be an Uncle Tom. I think we need people with gravitas, seriousness and the ideological orientation in politics. People who know that it does not get better than being a Nigerian. People who can restore national lost glories. Otherwise it is just a shallow exercise and btw The Chinese or Russian is not less racist or oppressive of the black man than the American, so it is not a problem of the west alone.
      It is we who have to wow the world so they start learning from us, buying from us. Nigerians do not lack national self confidence but have leaders who don’t project that confidence and the result is what we have now. You want them to arm your military, treat ebola for you, find your girls, find the location of BH camps and on top of that have respect for you. Ok maybe we are all mission something.

      • chynedoo says:

        Yes. I absolutely agree with some of your points. But on the issue of putting intelligent and smart people to man strategic institutions of government, well it is the bedrock of nation building.
        But we need first class brains, intelligent people, of course we also need to balance this with the mentality thing you talked about, people with the right mentality, but again it is a must for strategic Nigerian institutions to be manned by the best brains and most capable hands in the country. At the moment, we are not doing that.
        You may have to wonder why MI5 recruit from a certain class of individuals in universities just as they are graduating from their courses, the NSA, CIA, IBM, US justice department, almost all the tech and blue chip companies. There is this thing about putting your best in the places where the make the most contribution to the nation. It is like extracting your money’s worth out of a bottle of beer.
        We need to harness our best minds, our best talents, put them in the most sensitive places, and see what happens. Until we do that, we might just always come out as the second or third best because we always don’t bother to bring our best minds when we go to meet the brightest from other countries.

      • Are James says:

        I concur. The ‘Right Mentality’ also can be grown on the raw material of being ‘smart and intelligent’

  19. asorockweb says:


    “the Obama administration fast-tracked the shipment of 1,100 hellfire missiles to Iraq, which affixes them to its Russian-made helicopters and Cessna fixed-wing airplanes”

    I don’t know Russian Helics could launch hellfire missiles.

    • Are James says:

      Amazing. The US was a actually ‘begging’ Iraq to take Apache helicopters and they refused. Okay, in my next life I know which countries to avoid.
      As for the MI 35s and HELLFIRE missiles, it is a mere systems integration issue. The Israelis were making MIG 21s able to fire NATO standard missiles and making money from that some years back.

  20. drag_on says:

    Oga Are James you are right.
    Nation building and patriotism is all about proving that in some way you are special.
    American’s love their country because they believe that no one can do what they do. That is why you see their flags everywhere.
    Why do most feel that Europe is a declining power? Well,Europe is not a country and no single nation there can boast of doing something spectacular on its own in recent times.
    That is why the moment third world/developing countries want to compete with them they cry about the hunger and lack of health care in those nations(they have a point there though).
    Do you know why people are beginning to notice India and China? They too build stuff and do what many others can’t on their own.
    Many a western press blasted India when they(the Indians) launched a mission to Mars citing poverty, disease and lack of basic healthcare,but guess what? It’s a boost to patriotism and the feel good factor in India.It’s a reminder that if all hands are on the pump,the future is bright. That despite the challenges they are in the right direction.
    The mission cost $70 million.{ *cough *cough a Certain Governor in a Nigerian state bought a plane worth $72 million}.
    Naturally,the western press keep mute when their home companies are winning defence contracts worth billions from the same India.
    Go to any Pakistani blog,and you will see a lot of chest beating and flag waving over their
    JF-17,because they are the first in the sub-continent(India,Pakistan,Bangladesh) to build one.

    Can you imagine the boost to National pride if our air-force could build a large transport plane that can be used as a domestic carrier/cargo plane, no matter how crude while at the same time building our own unique variant of the JF-17.
    It gives people a reason to believe in the Nigeria project. It allows them to see that their belief in Nigeria is not in vain.

    We here were feeling proud to see our boys in OUR own APC,now multiply that by 1000 and you will understand the sense of American pride and patriotism.
    Disillusionment with the Nigeria project is bound to increase if nations around us continue to develop and progress and we remain stagnant. This administration more than most has gone out on a limb to tackle the problem, but we need a head spinning project for national orientation while the quiet rise in human development continues.
    If you ain’t developing you are going backwards.
    Let’s not look at West-Africa and feel comfortable because the black race looks to us for pride and a sense of dignity.

    • Bharat says:

      Nicely written! Oga drag_on

    • asorockweb says:

      Good inspirational write up for our leaders

      Some comments:
      “Disillusionment with the Nigeria project is bound to increase if nations around us continue to develop and progress and we remain stagnant”

      Nigeria is not stagnating. we couldn’t stagnant even if we tried.

      A wise leader should consider the “Nigeria Project” as the Nigerian People.
      A great leader should concentrate on ensuring that the people have the best opportunity to be the best that they can be.

      But we have massive structural problems

      1) Defence and security
      2) Power
      3) Transportation infrastructure (think railways, ports, roads)
      4) Subsidised and regulated energy sector (fuel subsidy included)

      Deal with those and everything else will come naturally.

  21. Delavegas says:

    Belarus might be an option too for military hardware.
    A 25 year old boy (civilian) just bought an APC for $10,000 and he claims he was just simply like shopping for groceries.
    Belarus Defence Ministry shopping website

    His story:

  22. Augustine says:

    I just hope the absence of Super Tucano in NAF action on the North East war zone does not have an American hand in the slow progress. The aircraft has American engines, Brazil could face problems if America wants to block the sale to Nigeria as usual.

    • peccavi says:

      Yes it is also Obamas fault that we don’t have constant light, import expensive foreign fuel and armed robbers worry us.
      I tire

      • Are James says:

        What of the bad roads in Aba?. Let’s not even go into all this man has done against us.😁

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga peccavi, i don’t see where your sarcasm comes in. Are you postulating that it is impossible for America to block Tucano sales if it contains american engines?
        I think Oga augustine is only stating the obvious…

      • peccavi says:

        Oga rugged7 please define the obvious for me, The Super Tucnos Nigeria has confirmed?Or that Embraer or the Brazilian government has confirmed selling? But this unconfirmed, based on rumour purchase is not happening not because its not happening but because of Obama and America and Sanctions. Since when was Nigeria under sanctions?
        It is this same Nigerian mentality of always looking for sabo, witches and wizards rather than facing our problems head on.
        Abeg make I hear word. Show me the purported arms deal the US and co have halted and I’ll be marching in lockstep.
        When I critisied US policy I was pro British, now I am pro West, tomorrow I will b pro Namibia.
        Blame America, I guess your leaders are blameless? As I said before the answer to that question is at the top of the page

    • igbi says:

      Oga Augustine, you are right to raise these concerns, some people more interested in defending the US and UK than interested in standing up for Nigeria’s interests will ofcourse try to ridicule you. But your statement is an intelligent one.

  23. saleh says:

    Let us be objective in this discussion if any country doesn’t want to sell lethal equipment for any reason whatsoever even though they sell to other nations that do not have a good human right record then that nation does not have our interest at heart. Let us remove political discussions of if our Govt have provided constant electricity or good roads from this discussion becos the last time I checked I am following a defence blog. I will prefer to go to a political blog or nairaland if I want to discuss Govt politics. My pain is why the C in C even botherd to go to the US for any discussion on the topic. If they don’t want to sell let us just move to who will sell. Oga Peecavi from ur comments u sound pro west and its cool for a balanced discussion however I guess this forum is pro Nigeria defence so pls let us bring idea to better Nigeria defence and security sector even if it will mean buying stuff from Togo.

  24. Kay says:

    So yeah, the West ain’t selling to us, let’s throw tantrums and toys out of the pram. After all that’s happened in the past regarding arms deals that fell through the net, you’d have expected those within the relevant quarters to make contingency plans.
    So after all that hyped ‘biggest economy in Africa’ our most modest military hardware achievement is Igigiri,drone and a lil more.
    In other words, it means the bulk of the fabled financial prowress has been carted away. See why they love secret arms deals? Tavors at a million each, inflated base level Cobra APC prices. Far from rocket science, please do check how much their true costs are before the Nigerian factor of ‘magical prices’ rears up.

    SA,Algeria,Egypt,Sudan can not match the kind of oil funds that accrues yearly, yet have all managed to advance hardware manufacturing whilst over here they preferred sitting in their air conditioned offices abi.
    There’s no way we can hope for a ‘world beating’ military power without a sincere government that has foresight and abhors corruption.
    Besides the only reason why this administration relative to other civilian regimes, has been able to spend much more militarily has been due to the benefit of higher oil price benchmarks. Even at that, the response has been tepid. It took BH to blow open deficiencies before common sense started to kick in.

    Here’s what Pakistan did decades ago when they met stumbling blocks despite having similar population, problems et al. They manage to build their own jets, drones,extensive in house repairs, technology transfer and so. They are well past the stage of calling out the easy ‘Western Bogeyman’. The sooner we start asking for our politicians to serve our collective interests rather than stashing away for their unborn generations…

  25. peccavi says:

    Oga Henry, on the America issue we can agrre to disagree, however n the self reliance issue we agree 200%.
    All this go west, go east nonsense precludes the reality that whatever we are doing we are dependant on others, Iran has been making armed drones since the 80s, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka all indiginised their arms industires, and are benefitting from it, we are still chasing who loves and hates us.
    Buy the Tucano and set up a JV to manufacture here in Nigeria, sell to other West African countries.
    Thee same leaders who are telling you how the west is short changing us, their kids are schooling here, when thyee have catarrh they charter air ambulance to their doctors in Europe, their money is laundered through Europe they come here for shopping and holiday.
    Na wetin I dey see with my own eye, I dey talk.
    This is not a political rant, but if ee are going to talk strategy and geopolitics we have to be sensible and not get sidetracked into petty love/ hate games

    • ozed says:

      In deed Peccavi, we can reverse engineer the Tucano from any other trainer prop aircraft (which the West would not mind selling us since they are non-lethal, or we could beef up the air beetle and use it). We can then integrate the components like FLIR, rocket pods, gun pods etc. to get something close to the Tucano, and no one would complain.

      Sadly the roots of the attitude of the Nigerian military to indigenous technology are quite deep. During the civil war Col Godwin Ally of the 2nd Division (at that time) was quoted as saying of Biafran home-made rockets –‘ except they land on your head, you should be quite fine’, meanwhile if we had built on that we would be making our own MLRS by now.
      Even today is it not funny that Boko haram have various ranges of IEDs including those they lob like hand grenades, yet with all our resources and undoubted intelligence, we still run abroad to buy even the most basic dumb bombs and rockets for our airforce (in spite of the fact that these bombs have evolved only minimally since WWII).

      Like i say all the time, these challenges will hopefully teach us a few lessons.

      • asorockweb says:

        Oga Ozed,
        The example you gave about how BH can manufacture hand grenades while our military-industrial complex cannot, is interesting.

        I would blame this, not on the leaders of the armed forces, but on political will, and the lack of a long term view concerning arms and armed forces.

        When OBJ decided to massively increase the size of the police force, DICON’s assault rifle production rate was 500 rifles a YEAR. That is a little more than 1 rifle per day.

        If our needs are planned out and made public, then manufacturers will know the size of the market and may decide to have the capacity available in-country. I am sure DICON can make or makes hand grenades, but their rate of production may be 5 per day. When BH is now about to overrun Maiduguri, funds will be released to buy 200,000 hand grenades, and of cause, no manufacturer in Nigeria will be able to fulfill the orders.

        The same applies to rockets. If the army commits to buying 5000 rockets each year for 5 years (for stock piling, training, exercise, etc), then DICON or other manufacturers could bid for the contract to supply rockets, knowing fully well that their production line will run for 5 years and that they can make x amount of profit from it.

        Another major drawback from buying from DICON is that corrupt officials find it more difficult to get sizeable kickbacks from a government owned establishment that publishes it’s price list. Nigerian projects and contracts has a lot to do with personal gain.

        The IGIRIGI (or another locally manufactured APC,) gives us a way out. The IGIRIGI should be adopted by ALL the armed forces including the police.

        If the IGIRIGI, which has now seen combat, can have a production run of 150 vehicles per year for 10 years, then the manufacturer will have financial security and can take a long term view of itself and the IGIRIGI. With that financial security, it can start pushing for sale outside the country.

        Our people and politicians will also have to learn that research involves waste. There was already political murmurings about the fact that the Amebo UAV was not flying missions in the NE in the early part of the year. All research ventures will not be successful and the people will have to be ready for that.

        The technology for the simple stuff like unguided rockets, small arms, APCs/IFVs, mortars, AGL/MGL, uniforms, ballistics protection and all manner of ammunition are already in-country. The political will and long term planning is all that is left.

      • igbi says:

        Dicon does make hand grenades, ak47, FNFAL and other weapons. The problem I have with them is that they are not at the level they should be. They shoulf be making jets and submarines by now. They are not well funded at all.

    • Are James says:

      Yes there is some cynical manipulation of public opinion that is going on by the MOD.
      I am not entirely against it because that is what you do in war time. Information warfare is ok but this particular one I suspect is aimed at covering some individual asses and divert negative attention to a world power nobody can punish. However the narrative is childish if all it says is that we want to buy stuff, we have the money and the US wont sell.
      All the answer that brings out is ..’SO’.

    • chynedoo says:

      Some private tech initiates at making stuff in Nigeria exists but the support from government is woeful. Like the Nigerian guy who made a working helicopter, as then the next minute he was snapped up by a US university and invited to a tech conference. I don’t know whether he returned to Nigeria afterwards, most likely stayed in America.
      Recently Unilag students built a racing car with no government support, and even took it to a tech competition, and from what I heard they seemed to have done well in the competition. We used to have the Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (J.E.T.S) club in secondary schools and they were able to do great stuff in competitions in Africa. If only we develop and harness those talents.
      There is no way any one would argue that a country of 176 odd million people do not have the brains to develop the sort of technological tools and hardware to meet our needs like done in other countries.
      Something is not being done right. We put the wrong people in the right positions. Someone who discouraged people from reading books including holding public book burning sessions couldn’t of course be seen as being suitable to head the institution responsible for education, but then we do that sort of thing in Nigeria. And that’s very sad.

  26. Yagazie says:

    Na wa o!! Our Millitary REALLY NEED TO GET THEIR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ACT TOGETHER- twice now they have put out and then subsequently retracted information on the rescue/release of the Chibok school girls. This is becoming embarrasing and surely heads should roll.

  27. Prinx Arthur says:

    if u think of the US and British isolation from another dimension u ‘ll notice that it is for our own good,it will make us realize our place militarily thereby pushing for a stronger military domination at home,Africa and in the whole world at large,thereby making us less dependent.

  28. Martin Luther says:

    A country under sanctions may still be able to get their fighting gear faster than Nigeria (Summary). I thank God for the share bravery of the NA fighting men, I am still trying to see what sectional support weapons are configured like in the NA and if they are in required qtys This is the basic place to start rearmaments from. Not Tucanos and JF17s and T84s and the latest AK74s and all the talk since last year that we have not seen

    Section – support weapons (3ft mortar, GPM, blow pipe)

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Martin Luther. I respect your hustle sir.
      I think its the mere fact that Nigeria’s not under sanction that makes the pivot to the east more daunting for the top echelon. At least, when we know for sure that sanctions and embargo’s have been placed on our nation then its easier and quicker to look for alternatives because the normal channels are officially blocked, but this state of limbo that we’re in gives the impression that if we push harder, if only we talk louder, if we diplomatically caress and kiss, then maybe the booty shall open, hehehehe, safe to say we are on a long tin. There’s nothing worse than an enemy pretending to be a friend. Nigeria had better realize that our military industrial interests no longer align with certain countries and begin to work ever more closely with countries which interests are mutually beneficial. Thank God, the more we suffer at the hand of legacy/colonial powers, the more we realize that a leopard never changes its spots. So, if there’s one thing i pray for, its embargo’s, its sanctions, because nothing gingereth a man to action more than animosity and fear. Naija, open ya eye ohh

  29. superboi79 says:

    Just read saw where that Egypt has acquired the S-300…..
    Seem they are looking east too

    • asorockweb says:

      If you are like me, and your Russian is a bit rusty, try the link below:

    • Obix says:

      @superboi79 Here you go-
      Egypt’s Ministry of Defense and the “Rosoboronexport” have signed an agreement for the supply of S-300VM anti-missile air defense system. The contract is worth half a billion dollars.

      Production of these systems began on September 11 at the Kirov plant in St. Petersburg. This company produces track-wheeled chassis for S-300VM systems. Information that the Russian side has commenced production of the defense systems for export, was made by a source close to the leadership of “Rosoboronexport”.

      It is noted that the plant was recently visited the governor of the northern capital (St. Petersburg) Georgy Poltavchenko, who took photos of the company and published them on the web. In the pictures you can see part of the system’s chassis painted in sand color. It is noted that these items are intended for a certain “foreign customer.”

      The representative of “Rosoboronexport” declined to comment on the information regarding foreign supplies of Russian anti-aircraft systems, according to “Vedomosti”. It wasn’t possible to get comments from “Almaz-Antey”, which is a major enterprise for the production of anti-missile systems of this type………

  30. jimmy says:
    For those who continue to see with rose colored glasses.
    It is a blessing that the US and the U.K have decided ultimately not to give not give sell not sell weapons based on Nigeria’s OXYMORON policy of seeking what you can not have. I had wanted to drop this topic but for one comment made by OGA P about the next prediction for Nigeria concerning 2015
    Afghanistain- Failed state
    IRAQ- Failed state aided by the US and now for all intents and purposes a quasi vassal state of IRAN
    LIBYA- Failed State belongs to everybody and nobody.
    All three countries relied heavily on Western aid .
    Nigerian Armed Forces short term goals
    Procure weapons from
    1Russia, 2. China., 3 Pakistan,, 4. India,
    Nigerian Armed Forces long term goals
    ARMY: Build on the IGIRIGI for another beefier version, then develop within a fiver year period a MBT
    Navy : Complete the ANDONI 2, complete with a missile system, then in a joint venture with the chinee build a 100 ft opv from scratch in Nigeria.
    Airforce: Complete AMEBO III ,Enter into a joint venture with Pakistan to produce a jet fighter within a 5 year period based on the jf17

    • jimmy says:

      AIR FORCE: It is going to be very important the AIR FORCE develop an integrated missile air defence of their own with their own communication network.

    • Kay says:

      GULMA (Amebo III) should be modified to allow for modular components and composites. By now, their focus should be a MALE drone.

      • Are James says:

        Gulma is a little small and range restricted. A good technology demonstrator but we need an increase in its size and endurance. MALE on the other hand is a logical next step requiring maybe five to six years of serious work.

  31. mcshegz says:

    Chairmen, abeg, listen to the so called Agence France-Presse: “Nigeria’s military claimed to have killed man posing as bokoharam leader.” Official statements from DHQ(Maj. Gen Chris Olukayode) is referred to as claims, while statements and uncorroborated messages from faceless individuals are termed evidence on good authority? mehn, its obvious these people have an agenda, clear as day, mchew. Anyways, DHQ has come out with an official statement confirming the annihilation of shekau2, complete with side by side pictures pointing to unique bump on his head, visible in both pictures, #VictoryforNigeria. Salute to the heroes.

  32. asorockweb says:

    I believe this is the “bigfoot”

  33. Yagazie says:

    Back on the question of poor information management/coverage by Nigeria.

    Have just watched a live session on France 24 of the UN Security Council (in respect of a resolution on Internatinal terrorism )being chaired by President Obama (as US holds the rotational Security Council presidency for the month of September)- after he spoke, the floor was handed over to our President GEJ.

    As soon as our President started speaking, France 24 left the session to get an analysis from one of their correspondents. ‘Nothing Spoil’ I said and flicked over to NTA International- no coverage, flicked over to AIT- no coverage, flicked over to TVC (nigerian satellite channel)- no coverage, so flicked over to Al-Jazeera- thankfully they were covering our President’s Thereafter the floor was handed over to President Hollande of France- out of curiousity, I flicked back to France24- of course they had gone back to the Security Council session to cover the speech of their President.

    My point is our President is speaking live at a specially convened session (heads of state/government) of the UN Security Council- which is being convened at this level for only the 6th time in over 70 years AND NO NIGERIAN NEWS CHANNEL DEEMS IT FIT TO COVER THE LIVE SESSION WHERE THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENT IS SPEAKING.

    If it had been President Zuma of South Africa speaking- you can bet your bottom ‘rand’ that the South African cable channel eNCA would have covered it live. We criticize BBC, France 24 and other international news channels for their ‘slanted’ coverage of Nigerian news- but we can’t even get our act together to ensure that we have a news network channel that covers our interests/reports news from a nigerian perspective. I tire for our country o!!

    • Are James says:

      I personally am no more commenting on this kind of issue.
      Let things go on the way they are.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Yagazie, that is how the west insults Nigeria. Goodluck Jonathan according to the French, is a lesser head of state than Hollande. No wonder my friend says the worst city for a black man to live in Europe is Paris.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Augustine, I think you missed the point of his post

      • Are James says:

        How about a strategic alliance with three or four Nigerian international broadcast networks AIT, STV and CHANNELS to expand their technical infrastructure and globalise their operations. A $300m bond or soft loan from BOI would do this nicely for a start. This is calling for a major transformation of external broadcasting and the AIT external broadcasting for instance would need to be completely rebranded.
        Hapless Nollywood got a similar amount as a grant from gov’t, degraded into accusations and quality of the industry has not improved… so this should be a loan.
        The Nigerian story has to be told and this is not to be done by the amateurish 9 to 5 civil servant. In the communist days there should to be a Ministry of Propaganda in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, things have not changed from then in terms of a country trying to attract good reviews in the community of nations.

        @Yagazie: we want to be careful what we say here. Our president has been known to travel to New York with a large entourage. This time I think the list was deliberately pruned to about 100 after a lot of almost degrading criticism. Now kindly tell me how many Nigerian journalists were allowed on this trip or even the previous trips of 600 men and women?. Were arrangements made for Nigerian media; NTA, Channels, STV to cover the trip or indeed the speech from the UN floor?. Just to put things in perspective, I proudly watched all Nigerian military heads of states address UN generals assemblies on Nigerian national TV in the 70s. I don’t mind if guys continue to debate why French and US news media should give free airtime to a Nigerian President but I just reckon there would be more rewarding things to discuss.

  34. Shekau confirmed dead…DH

  35. Terrorists surrendering, 200 so far….DH

  36. Henry says:


    Nigerian army confirms the killing of Abubakar shekau II.

  37. Henry says:

    DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA @DefenceInfoNG37m
    FYI: Current Developments in Counter Terrorism Campaign, September 2014… #VictoryforNigeria RT
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    DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA @DefenceInfoNG55m
    On ‘Shekau’ Brand: The Nigerian military will serve justice to anyone who assumes that Designation/Title #COINupdate
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    DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA @DefenceInfoNG59m
    A group of 88 submitted themselves at Mairiga/Bun – Yadi, another group of 45 terrorists were taken in around Mubi – Michika #COINUpdate
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    135 terrorists yesterday evening surrendered along with equipment to troops around Biu Local Government Area #VictoryforNigeria #CoinUpdate
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    The recent devastation on the insurgents’ leadership is attributable to the renewed commitment to eradicating terrorism #COINUpdate
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    Mohammed Bashir who has been acting or posing on videos as the deceased Shekau, the eccentric character died. #VictoryforNigeria #COINUpdate
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  38. igbi says:

    Nigeria, one drum beat for tenacity.
    Nigeria, two drum beats for doggedness.
    Nigeria, three drum beats for our ancestors.
    Nigeria four drum beats to remember to stay alert.
    Nigeria, five drum beats because education is universal and has no origin.
    Nigeria I hail thee.

  39. mcshegz says:

    Nigeria Human Rights Commission today publicly criticized the recent Amnesty international report which lay claims to uncorroborated insinuations that the military is guilty of human right abuses. NHRC says that, there is no evidence to suggest that the Nigerian military deliberately or otherwise killed innocent citizens. Executive secretary Ben Angwe called on so called international community to do more than just pay lip service to the fight against terror, NHRC went as far as lashing countries that smile to the bank cashing cheque’s of sorrow and blood derived from the sale of weapons to criminal elements. hehehehe, we need more courageous fellows like these to speak up, speak up and let your voice be heard, some of these same weapons were gotten from a certain state up north destabilized and eviscerated by the same people who claim to be advocates for human right, puhleaseeee, na today. #VictoryforNigeria. abeg

  40. drag_on says:


  41. peccavi says:

    Oga doziex, the Leahy Law does not apply to countries as a whole, but only to militaries.
    Thee US just trained a Nigerian Ranger Bn, Ex Obangame, there were US Marines training soldiers in Calabar.
    The restrictions on Nigeria are not as stringent as you think, what the Leahy Law prevents is specific officers, soldiers or units implicated in human rights or LOAC offences from US aid.
    It doesn’t prevent arms sales or training with the military in general but as you have said these claims that it is the perfidious US/ West that is failing to provide us with weapons and is thus the cause of our issues is simply a ruse.

    As Oga Ozed said the Biafrans survived by making their own armaments and in their case they were under blockade, sanctions and at war. So what excuse do we have truly?

    • saleh says:

      In as much as I don’t care where arms are purchased from as far as the arms can do the required task at hand and even ashamed we have to beg for arms to be sold to us when we should be selling to others. The Leahy Law prohibits assistance to foreign military and police units accused of human right violations until individuals responsible are brought to justice (sic), the denial of assistance is done discreetly without publicly flagging the units. Units in this case doesn’t distinguish sizes as in battalion, brigades or divisions. They have at numerous times accused the jtf / 7 div of various human right violations consequently a refusal of arm sale could be part of the imposition of Leahy Law. No one needs a soothsayer to know that most arm purchases by Nigeria now is for 7 div and other elements in the AO. However, I think the refusal of US should not be an issue becos there are substitutes for every US weapon we want in the east.

    • jimmy says:

      The biafrans lost T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • peccavi says:

        So what Oga Jimmy?
        So did the Germans, but its their rockets that took satellites into space and became the first ballistic missiles.
        Todays AIr Land Battle doctrine is German blitzkrieg, the battle group/ Company group system is based on the German kampfgruppen.
        Seriously not sure what your point is

      • jimmy says:

        I am sorry to all the ogas I spoke ( typed) without thinking in the context to which you were refering for that i sincerely apologize not just you but to everyone on the blog. You are right and i am wrong we can learn from what the Biafrans did in inventing and improving on weapons ,and the sooner we start doing it the better.

      • CHYDE says:

        Oga Peccavi you are right, very right. Oga Jimmy with the loss the Biafran army suffered,one would have expected the brains behind their military ‘exploits’ would have been taken into custody and encouraged to help develop our MIL INDUS Complex. Like Peccavi said, see what the Americans and Russians achieved by taking in the German scientists they could lay hands on

      • jimmy says:

        You are correct OGA CHYDE.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Jimmy, na gist we dey gist, no need for apologies

    • Augustine says:

      DICON has been silent in this war, maybe too busy producing critically needed ammunition and ordnace. I also see the MGL looking home made.

  42. drag_on says:

    What do you guys think of the man in this video?

    • drag_on says:

      Never mind,most answers will be subjective. Oga beeg,you can remove the post if you want.

      • igbi says:

        I don’t know if it is shekau 2, but I know it is one of boko haram commanders.
        The sc*m is suffering from the pains related to the wound inflicted on him during the battle.

      • igbi says:

        may I retract my comment. I can’t explain the presence of the fat guy and the other one with sleepers and the sword. It doesn’t quite look like the Nigerian military. I retract my earlier statement.

      • igbi says:

        I am sorry, I retract my first 2 comments. I now realize that that is indeed shekau and i rserve the right to not mention who is interrogating him. And this video does belong here. As a person who has been waiting for almost a year to see this sc*m in that very situation, I am happy, joyful. I bet you his sympathizers are getting crazy while seeing this video. i notice some people never object when boko haram propaganda is posted, but object when animal’s interrogation is posted. And yes, world hold on, this is Nigeria !!!!

    • Are James says:

      Why we would anybody circulate this short clip video without editing?. This is just the problem. We refuse to do things right then get touchily emotional when we are faced with the consequences that come from it. As if the world should stop revolving for Nigeria. Please take it away it does not belong to this blog.

  43. Augustine says:

    My Ogas, I have a question.

    Has anyone noticed there were two ‘Shekaus’ at the time the Chibok girls were kidnapped?

    The first one with a large face that stands in front of Cobra APC and Mowag shouting “Zan sayad da mata” …I will sell wives. He has a large head and bigger face. He speaks fairly good English. Deep baritone voice.

    The second one with smaller face and very thin legs that stands in from of Spartan APC and Mowag..he has a smaller head and he speaks bad english. He is the one that has the swelling on his forehead in the photos alive, and in the army photos of a dead body. He is the one that said “Jonathans brings back our army”. Light tenor voice.

    I don’t know who is superior between both, and who holds the Chibok girls. They could both be different factional leaders. Maybe that is why Salkida the negotiator says the ‘Shekau’ holding the Chibok girls is not the one killed.

    However, the one killed seems to be a controller of more assorted combat vehicles and a more radical anti-christian anti-Jonathan vocalist.

    What do you think sirs ?

  44. Cryptologist says:

    Think Defence @thinkdefence : Blog Watch – Nigeria (Beegeagle)

    • drag_on says:

      Actually, the embassy’s press attaché did not deny anything.

      …….“The United States remains committed to helping the government of Nigeria address the threat posed by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram. We continue to support Nigerian efforts to bring about the safe recovery of the abductees and to advise the government of Nigeria on its response,” he said.

      He further added that, “We are advising on issues of survivor support, humanitarian assistance, criminal investigations, intelligence and strategic communications.”

      He, however, declined to give any assurance of a mutual complement of arms purchase policy that is not in conformity with that of his country and its interests.

      “U.S. Departments of State and Defense review all potential arms transfers for their consistency with US policy and interests, as detailed in the US Conventional Arms Transfer Policy, updated by President Obama in January. This includes any requests for one country to transfer US-origin defence items to another country,” McIntosh said, emphasising that he could not comment on any specific application of the policy.”……

      Also, it was the Cobra helicopter not the Chinook. Our journalists need to do better.
      Finally, if they won’t help we will turn to those who will.
      More importantly, we need to gain strategic military independence. We can’t keep begging for arms and ammo. Lets work with those willing to help us develop our local defense industry.

      • rka says:

        I know, I was just putting it out there for discussion. I already intimated in an earlier post that the newspaper report was probably referrring to the Cobra, which the attache’ skillfully avoided.

        Nigeria is rich enough to buy whatever arms we want from genuine no strings attached allies who are will to sell and collaborate with in order to develop our own capacity.

  45. Spirit says:

    I totally agree with you on the “Right Mentality’ issue.

    Just this morning somewhere in Lagos, I saw a man lying in a pool of his own blood. Obviously he was hit by a vehicle. The guy was gasping and spurting blood from his mouth. I immidiately looked for a safe place to park and I asked the on-lookers if anybody has called the Lagos State Emergency number to which the commonest answers were “Wetin concern me, na me hit am?” “U better leave the man if una no want police palaver” etc. I was surprised to see guys in suits standing and watching this poor guy bleed to death and doing nothing about it. Other motorist were just manouvering there way around this guy without a care in the world.I had to stand in the middle of the expressway in order to force them to stop so the guy could be moved to the kerb.
    I called the emergency no 767 (which most of the people there did not even know) and waited for over 30 minutes for the ambulance to show up. All the while people were warning me to be careful so that I dont get into trouble!
    To cut a long story short, the guy died by the kerb as all attempts to get hospitals in the area admit him and apply emergency procedures to save this guys life prooved abortive.
    I have been reflecting since.
    How did we as a nation get here?
    1) How could (as recanted by witnesses) the driver of the Federal Assisted bus that hit the guy have left the victim and go?
    2) How come out of over 30 people I met at the scene, none deemed it fit to call any of the emergency nos?
    3) How come it took over 30 minutes for emergency ambulance to arrive at the scene?
    4) How come hospitals refused to admit him (scared of police? wanted down-payment?)
    Very soon , one or two of these witnesses will become a Rep/Senator, what do you expect from such?
    Is this not the same things that happens to us as a nation?
    1) How come it took over 6,000 deaths, 20,000 IDP and Billions of Naira worth of property before we took the battle to BH?
    2) Why did we wait until BH decided to take territory before we acted?
    3) How come we dont value our own lives and we expect oyinbos to respect/value our lives?
    4) How come an Egypt Air personel can tear a Nigeria passport into shreds?
    5) How come my cousin was pushed off a skycrapper in Dubai and nothing has been done till now?
    6) How come our government has done nothing about the kidnappers den that was discovered at Soka in Ibadan?
    7) How come NTA cannot cover the speech of PON at the UN and we expect France 24, CNN, CCTV etc to cover his speech?
    I remember this statement made by a British Officer some months back; “Nigeria Gov thinks we have a kind of super weapon that they can deploy against BH.No, we dont and even if we do, we will not give them”

    The way we contained the Ebola virus, the onslaught on BH/killing of Shekau/Abacha/Damasack, the construction of our own Andoni, the construction of Igirigi and Gulma, genuine fight against corruption, dispensation of justice, improvement in the standard of living, respect for human lives. Those are the things that will earn us the respect we so much crave from the international society. Its not the size of the population,the volume of petroleum per day, the length of our ‘agbada’, the number of aircraft in the presidential fleet.

    Nigeria, develop the ‘right mentality’, respect yourself first, other nations will follow suit. A country that is respected can get away with murder any time, any day.

    May God bless Nigeria

    • peccavi says:

      Oga I hear you.
      Hopefully your kindness at least gave the unfortunate fellow some peace as he departed, this world.
      It is indeed a tragedy, without getting personal exactly the same thing happened to a family member, whereby no one would render assistance, and even hospitals would do nothing without down payment. They of course died. No one cares. If na oyibo do am we would fill pages with our outrage.
      When we value ourselves as much as we want to be valued we will get somewhere.
      Its the same mentality that would have a minister of education proudly telling us his children graduated from Kings College London that year, or a minister of health that still flies abroad for treatment. I tire
      Anyway lets leave such matters

      • I have experienced something similar close to Yaba tech. A lady on ”Okada” had an accident right in from of me. Though I was in shock but all I could hear from behind me was eya eya eya. Luckily, the bus that hit the lady stopped. I and another guy quickly helped the lady up, helped her into the bus to take her to the hospital. Our mindset in Nigeria is really pathetic.

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga camouflage1984. I respect your hustle sir.
        How do you mean”our mindset in Nigeria is really pathetic?” aren’t you Nigerian, how about the other guy who helped you, isn’t he Nigerian?, did you guys not help her? so whats up with the generalizations Oga? You do not expect everybody to act, behave and respond to trauma the same way, its not possible, not in this country, not in any country, you have does who are willing to act, and those who prefer to stand by and watch, such is life. The gravest misconception, i believe is that, people think it requires every citizen working together in tandem to change a country, wrong, it takes just a handful of people willing to stand for what they believe in, so citizens, keep on acting on your convictions, you just might be the Nigerian Nigeria needs. Nice work brother.

    • freeegulf says:

      oga spirit, its always good to read your post. i completely agree with everything you wrote. we don’t have respect for ourselves and yet, we expect others to respect us.
      to move this nation forward, the first goal would be for social conscience input. we need the right mentality. this is the biggest drawback for us as a nation.
      for as long as we continue to ignore the right mentality approach, we would continue to wallow and suffer, unable to reach our true potential. we are so de-sensitized!

      during the heydays of the insurgencies in the mano river union areas, ‘experts’ would ask, ‘why are these rebels so brutal?’. in most cases, the uniform reply is lack of good governance, blame it on the govt. but then, i always countered that is wasn’t just lack of governance or good leadership. rather, its the lack of empathy from the general population, the ‘every man for himself mentality’ and basic primordial mentality of the general population, including the elite educated class. when these bad govt where in power and misruling, what did the population do? when these kleptocrats where looting the nation, how did the population bring them to account? when some few good men stood up and denounced these corrupt practices, where was the support from the general population? no, we would here, ‘oh, he is such a deviant’, ‘he is simply a troublemaker’, ‘oh corruption was really small then’. well, its the little corruption of then that has grown so big that it has taken a life of its own. its the lack of active participation in civic duties by the general population that has brought about corruption, inadequate infrastructure, poverty, crime, strife and general upheaval. all we are dealing with today are the symptoms of these whole sums.

      now please i do not want anyone to confuse this with the BH menace. that is pure islamo-facism. even with good development this ugly political islam with its facist agenda would have still reared its ugly head. but as we know, in this country BH is presently the most serious problem we are facing, that does not mean others are not there. we have armed robbery, kidnapping, scam, religious strife, ethnic conflict and so much more. sometimes i feel sorry for our country. not until we come together as a nation would we achieve peace and prosperity.

      no one cares about his neighbour, until his house suffers the same fate as his neighbour’s. without the right attitude, nothing can go well for a nation; economy, socio-politico, military. our greatest drawback is our inability to work in group. lack of total management. if you put one black man among Europeans, he would do well. but bring in more black men, he would see them more as competition rather than working as a bunch together. individually, we are great, as a group, we are lost and still dwelling with primordial instincts.

  46. peccavi says:

    Decision points:

    Images from the battles in Konduga appear to show an individual who bears a strong semblance to one of the ‘Shekaus’.

    Is this ‘Shekau’ or is it not? Is he dead or alive and what does either mean for the conflict?
    Before we can look at the campaign in general we must look at two battles in particular namely those at Konduga and Fotokol.

    Both these battles have seen the enemy throw themselves at Nigerian and Camerounian forces and repeatedly experience defeat breaking their current run of form.

    The enemy has suffered significant casualties and discipline has broken down to the point that weapons and bodies have been abandoned by the enemy and they have begun to surrender in reasonable numbers to both the Nigerian and Camrounian armies, which are good indicators of a breakdown in command, fear and discipline on the enemies part.

    However the enemy is not homogenous, there are numerous factions and it is this diversity that makes the fate of ‘Shekau’ and the battles at Konduga and Fotokol interesting.

    Reports indicate that several insurgent factions have joined forces for this offensive on Maiduguri. It is no secret that these are marriages of convenience particularly for Ansaru which was decimated several years ago after ‘Shekau’ attacked and then betrayed them to the security forces causing the surviving leadership to flee. A rapprochement was reportedly brokered by MUJAO/ AQIM, however it is unlikely that this betrayal has been forgiven.

    This marriage of convenience has resulted in several successful kidnappings and ransom payments in Cameroun (which like Kano is Ansarus area) allowing the various factions to rearm and reequip for this offensive.

    In Konduga the enemy attacked several times over 3-4 days each time being repulsed with heavy casualties. Each time friendly forces knew when and where Boko Haram would attack. They were able to lay ambushes with such precision and with such well defined killing zones that the enemy not only suffered significant casualties but abandoned their dead and lost several prestige weapons including the armoured vehicle that ‘Shekau’ used in several of his propaganda videos.

    The presence of this vehicle suggests that the faction assaulting Konduga is ‘Shekaus’, its loss is also indicative of the heavy defeat suffered by the attackers.

    These defeats could simply be good tactics, use of ground and intelligence by friendly forces
    Or else it is entirely conceivable that Ansaru has got their revenge on ‘Shekau’, by paying him back in his own coin and betraying him to the security forces and ensuring that they are the dominant group on both sides of the border.

    However conversely at Fotokol at the other end of the Area of Operations, Ansaru/ Boko Haram have been repeatedly defeated by Camerounian forces in their attempts to try and capture the El Beid Bridge and control the last motorable crossing in the area between Nigeria and Cameroun.

    The reason this is the last bridge is because the enemy destroyed all the others in order to fix Nigerian forces and channel them into killing areas in the event of a counter attack, unfortunately for them they have become victims of their own success.

    The reason this is important to them is that Boko Harams key strength has been their mobility, which has given them the ability to rapidly move and concentrate forces against targets, disperse them preventing entrapment and move rapidly through and around friendly forces and maintain the initiative

    This mobility has been maintained through the use of motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, however their inventory now includes heavier armoured vehicles and the scale of their operations means supplies, weapons and reinforcements can no longer be moved piecemeal.

    Thus like most conventional forces they need motorable, all weather roads and bridges to sustain their operations particularly in the rainy season. To defend the territory they now hold they need to place their forces in and around these towns and villages thus their forces are in essence fixed, in exactly the same way friendly forces were and their movements are now as predictable as friendly forces.

    This loss of mobility, repeated defeats, loss of senior commanders and prestige weapons and the surrender of foot soldiers are bad but more importantly this has profound psychological effect on enemy and friendly forces alike.

    If Shekau is dead it means his faction of Boko Haram is leaderless, they will need to get another one quickly or be absorbed by another faction. If they were betrayed they may try and take revenge or flee or surrender.

    If Ansaru cannot take the El Beid Bridge or Fotokol, they still have the hostages seized from Kolofata as a bargaining chip but rather than negotiating from a position of strength they are doing so from a position of weakness.

    If Boko Haram rather than investing Maiduguri and controlling territory from Kolofata to Maiduguri as planned, are licking their wounds around Konduga and Fotokol then it would appear they have reached the high watermark of their offensive. The IED and small arms attack in Kano and other attacks outside the Area of Operations, that seek to distract the security forces and disperse their strength, somewhat reinforce this viewpoint.

    The enemy retains a huge swath of territory across North Eastern Nigeria and Northern Cameroun a lot of men and weapons. They are not defeated, they are far from defeated but they are subject to certain factors.

    The loss of ‘Shekau’ creates an opportunity for negotiations to begin. The grounds or basis for this negotiation are unclear but ‘Shekau’ has always cheerfully portrayed himself as a bloodthirsty fanatic whilst Ansaru has portrayed themselves as the more reasonable alternative. In reality these differences generally cosmetic as Ansaru is as brutal and ruthless as the ‘Shekau’ faction however they understand the value of buying civilian consent, are more business minded and maintain strong and consistent links with Camerounian government officials, Nigerian politicians, journalists and activists.

    The loss of so many commanders means there are vacancies which several other commanders will be jockeying to fill, these are unlikely to be amicable negotiations over tea and biscuits.
    The defeats at Fotokol and Konduga have demonstrated to commanders and foot soldiers alike that victory, (whatever that was conceived to be) is unlikely and they now have a long hard fight with no tangible reward.

    Boko Harams best chances of survival lie in maintaining a certain level of control of the captured areas and their key terrain until the dry season, where upon the Sambisa Forest and other areas becomes motorable again opening up more crossings into Cameroun, Chad and Niger, so if the objective is to destroy the different Boko Haram factions as a unified fighting force then this period of enemy flux, confusion and strategic uncertainty is ideal for a counter strike.

    Thus it can be considered that the crisis of the campaign has been reached and friendly forces are able to safely go over to the offensive.

    To destroy Boko Haram as a coherent fighting force it is necessary to exploit their weaknesses, such as loss of commanders, restricted mobility, widely dispersed forces, leadership differences, damaged morale, lack of food and popular support and attack their strengths, which is their mobility and ability to move across through inhospitable terrain. In the opinion of this reviewer this is best represented by clearing and holding the Mandara Mountains and the towns that act as gateways to it such as Michika, Madagali, Mubi, Fotokol, Ashigashiya, Ziguague and most importantly Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala.

    The enemy presence in Bama or Buni Yadi might threaten Maiduguri but they do not have the strength to push beyond there, those in Bazza, Vimtim might be irritants but cut off from the Mandaras they are vulnerable to being destroyed piecemeal.

    Thus the key decision is not whether too counter to attack but where. And that decision will decide whether this campaign marks the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning.

    • I support your proposal oga Peccavi, I also share the opinion that the army needs to launch its own counter-offensive immediately as the enemy is weak now and would be seeking for time to enable it refurbish and re-organise its men and equipment.
      Like you have said the army needs to devise a fail-proof strategy for this offensive. Securing the towns along the border areas is key in order to deprive the enemy access to replenish the men and equipment it has lost so far during its recent offensive and committing them to counter any NA offensives.
      One would expect round the clock surveillance from the air force platforms on enemy positions, in order to identify its areas of strength and weak points. One very key area where the NA can concentrate upon is the extended enemy lines of communication. These should be identified and breached as much as possible thereby isolating insurgents who have deeply entrenched their positions in the towns they presently occupy from their respective main forces. One this has been done, the NA can wait for the enemy to make a mistake as they try to break ranks in order to re-establish their lines of communication. Once this occurs, the NA can execute a full-fledged assault on their disarrayed positions and expose their incompetence in conventional warfare.
      The insurgents are over-extended and experiencing serious logistical issues presently which they would be dying for time to resolve. The NA must deny them this time whilst the momentum has changed. The NA needs to seize the initiative and explore it to the fullest.

    • Kay says:

      All well and stated.
      However, no negotiations for BH. It’ll only give another ragtag group with relative strength to wreak havoc and mayhem for yonder, then seek ‘negotiations’ when they’re at the risk of capitulation. ‘No’, go the Algerian army’s way, they would NEVER negotiate with any armed group. Let’s ‘Answer slap with thunder’. Too many rogues in the wings waiting and watching how this episode would pan out.

      Btw, how about the army buys some AVLBs (military bridges) instead of grinding to a halt because they can’t get their heavy hardware across. Logistics too counts.

  47. Oga mcshegz, if it were about trauma, I am supposed to be the last person to have respond becos the Okada wud have run into me as well. Moreso I was not trying to make a ”hasty generalization” I meant to say ”largely” by ”our”. In Oga Spirit’s case, he was the only one who made an attempt to help the injured man. In relative terms the ratio is very very poor. However I get your point. Thanks

  48. Good news.

    The senate has approved the Jonathans request of $1 billion for military hardware.

  49. igbi says:

    It seems some boko haram terrorists are seeking asylum in cameroon, we should never let that happen, it is a ploy to buy time:,+Nigeria/@11.649597,13.4169846,9z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x11035132bec50b87:0xcfc7cb19b7c619a1

  50. jimmy says:

    Oga Beegs most respectfully
    I am appealing for a new thread on this good news about the approved $1b loan. I something to say.

  51. zachary999 says:

    12 Mi-35 Helicopters from Belarus with payment over a 7 year period as part of the loan deal…

    • jimmy says:

      oga zachary
      Please with the greatest amount of respect, I also have confidential sources to you posted something on theT-72 without disclosing anything can you at least confirm for my b.p and peace of my mind one more time, is Nigeria getting modern t-72 tanks, I BEG NO VEX

  52. jimmy says:

    * SORRY i meant i have confidential sources just like you so MUTUAL RESPECT ASSURED .However you posted……..

  53. Spirit says:

    Oga mi Zachary999,
    You have just lifted my ‘spirit’ up with this news. Please will these ‘dirty dozen’ be delivered this year?

  54. Martin Luther says:

    Until Nigeria acquired the J7s does it mean Nigeria did not have a functional interceptor for like over 15yrs? Guys no matter how bad J7s may be they are better than nothing at all. So no interceptors for like say 15yrs, how did Nigeria survive? It is scary to think that Nigeria had more VIP transports than defense jets. That means Air Force 1 could at any time been forced to land anywhere by criminal fighter pilots from a criminal state. That means that while Abacha or Abdulsalam where flying in midair and a criminal fighter advanced toward them there is nothing they could have done.

    These guys where surely toothless bull dogs and mostly only bullies to their armless citizens hahahahaha

  55. Spirit says:

    Im asking because these animals are waiting for for the dry season when their mobility will be enhanced (assuming they still have sufficient weapons, men and will to continue). We need these ‘birds’ to cut them off from the rear and checkmate them.

  56. Obix says:

    Confirmed: T-72 tanks from Ukraine awaiting delivery to Nigeria………..

    • jimmy says:

      Ose ose o ose baba translation thank you thank you father.My b.p just went down. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  57. Obix says:

    I don’t mean to burst bubbles, but i Just got an update that 4 brand new T-72 tanks are ready, but have been there for a year and half awaiting delivery. What the heck ? 😦

    • Bharat says:

      You were getting T-84 isn’t it?

      • Obix says:

        @Bharat, yes we are getting the T-84 Oplot. That’s apart from this order. The Oplot is manufactured at the Malishov tank factory in Kharkov, while these T-72 were produced at the L’vov tank factory, L’vov.

    • Obix says:

      From the report: …….. “As you can tell, this is the T-72A or B, equipped with 4S20 dynamic protection accessories. In the courtyard, there are four tanks ready to be sent to Nigeria , and representatives of the plant says that ” if it’s the desire to be the Ministry of Defence, then tomorrow the tanks instead of Nigeria would be sent to Anit-terrorist Operation (Donetks and Luganks regions).”

      Until now, there are no public records on the purchase of T-72 tanks by Nigeria from Ukraine.

  58. Bharat says:

    Oga Obix T-84 is any-day better than T-72. If you are getting them, you needn’t bother about T-72 anymore.

  59. zachary999 says:

    Oga Jimmy,

    T-72 confirmed and enough to fully equip 5 tank battalions. That means the quantity procured is in 3 digits. Don’t want to reveal quantities as it’s classified.

    Do your maths….

    I pray our NAEME guys keep busy and do a lot of R&D like the Indians to take this tanks beyond the T-72B1… The T-90 is basically same chassis and Diesel engine as a T-72 but with more modern weapon systems and armament.

    We can do it….

  60. Delavegas says:

    Seems my previous comment is still awaiting moderation.

  61. freeegulf says:

    thanks you very much oga zachary. it shows the top brass are listening. not only are the ogas following this blog, they are acting on good wisdom.
    once we wound down this BH bush fighting, we need to conduct a serious tri-service exercise. our army is regaining its punch, the air force is getting its wings back, and the navy, bless them, they are leading the way.
    God bless the FRN

  62. Some who managed to escape from the regions of Boko Haram in local government Madagali Michika appear outbreak of fighting between militants Boko Haram.
    Over attackers Boko Haram thirty people died in the town Madagali after a fight broke out between regarding disagreement on the need to cease fire and to transfer weapons to the Nigerian authorities or not.
    Eyewitnesses revealed that the gunmen were shot between as the crisis lead to aggravate the group in Madagali as those who fled from the area appeared.
    And seems to have separated the two while others fall on leadership and others fall on their arms. Banda palace and they are also suffering from shortage of oil in vehicles. However it’s still surprising to Boko Haram’s continued hold Madagali Michika all the achievements of military claim recent days.
    Until now the nations of the region are desert and others Mubi or Yola. Not enough troops Michika or Madagali.

    VOA, Hausa service translated using google translate

    This is another translation by a Nairalander-dekronik
    According to VOA Hausa, no fewer than 30 boko haram fighters were killed as a result of internal fighting among the sect members in Madagali LGA Adamawa state. The disagreement started when majority of the sect members decided that they will abandon the senseless killings and surrender all their weapons to the Army and plead for mercy. Angered by this development, the other members accused the first group of betrayal and in the process tempers were flared and guns corked. Serious exchange of gunfire occoured between the group that wants to repent and the other faction that wants to continue their jihad. In the end up to 30 BH members were killed. Now the group is split into 2 in Madagali. Reports indicate that there is scarcity of fuel which are needed for their cars as a result of the current blockade of Michika-Madagali axis by the Nigerian Army which is causing a lot of aprehension among BH boys as they will have no cars to flee if the military enters those areas.

  63. rugged7 says:

    US, Nigeria’s relations under threat over arms purchase
    ship load of arms and ammunition meant to prosecute the ongoing fight delayed in a port in Singapore.

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