REVIEW OF NIGERIA’S NATIONAL DEFENCE POLICY: MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS HERE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Issues to be considered include

* NATIONAL INTEREST

* MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY RESOURCES

* EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO MEET CONTEMPORARY SECURITY CHALLENGES

* EVOLVING CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS

* CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL DEFENCE

* TOTAL DEFENCE CONCEPTS AND PRACTICE

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  1. Dario says:

    In my assessment as someone with experience in rhetoric and communication management, the review’s key points of focus need to be twofold”
    1.) Bringing the Nigerian military closer to the Nigerian populace in terms of
    a. Perception
    b.Recruitment
    c. Feedback
    and
    2.) Repositioning the entire national defense doctrine of Nigeria (and to an extent Nigeria’s larger foreign policy) to view Nigeria as the centre of the world and stop being unduly concerned with “partnerships” which are often weighted against us and which we derive little if any strategic benefit from.
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    1.) a.) Perception
    Most Nigerians simply do not know or understand what the military does and why it does it. A general and dangerous public perception (born out of years of military governance) is that soldiers are people who flog civilians on the road, siphon money from the country and generally oppress everyone else. It must be noted that a small minority of armed forces personnel perhaps do have this very mindset though the reason for this and the solution will be covered in the next subheading.
    Now that Nigeria is governed by civilians as it should, and the military is back to focusing on military work as it should, it is time to enact a paradigm shift in the minds of Nigerians regarding what their military does. The first and most important thing to be done obviously is winning the physical war with Boko Haram and projecting dominance over Nigerian territorial integrity. There exists a widespread but wrong perception that the Nigerian military is “poorly armed” or “poorly trained”. Destroying an opponent which has been perceived as “formidable” will go a long way toward addressing this but in the longer term, the military needs to find a way of projecting its capability into the psyche of the general public.
    Without trying to ape the American system, there needs to be a lot more investment in public presence of the military through media channels such as Nollywood as well as Below The Line campaigns geared toward implanting pro-military thoughts in the minds of the public. The rest of the world is spending MILLIONS on social media shills, trolls and dummy accounts alone. The Nigerian military relies on being an honest, Above The Line fighting machine which does its work in a quiet, efficient and unassuming way. This approach might have been good in the 1970s, but nowadays – and this is by far the most important point to take away from all that I will say – war is no longer fought on the battlefield alone. War is now fought by BBC telling the world that the enemy killed 2,000 Nigerians when no such event took place. War is fought by CNN staging an interview with an actor impersonating a Nigerian soldier, claiming that the Nigerian military is so inept that soldiers pay for their own kit. War is fought by the conversion of a kidnap story into a global media campaign calculated to frame “success” in the conflict as dependent on whether 237 girls who may or may not even exist are returned.
    The Nigerian military simply has to convert its propaganda units from their old-school orientation into modern, fit-for-purpose psychological warfare units. Propaganda has moved on from referring to soldiers as “gallant troops” (even though they are). Some other nations have so successfully inserted pro-military thinking into their populations that their military personnel are referred to as “our boys”. That may seem like a simple phrase to you but analyse it further – “our boys”. “Our” denoting belonging and emotional attachments. “Boys” denoting a sentimental connection as that of a parent to his/her son. Now think of when “their boys” suffer some reversal or lose men in the field. Their reaction is sorrow and grief, and the connection they have to “their boys” is even further ENHANCED by such events. Now compare and contrast that to our “gallant troops”. “Gallant” denoting bravery and courage, ergo their value is determined by their perceived bravery and only by that. “Troops” denoting something impersonal, even non-human. What is a “troop”? A man? Or a duck? So when the military suffers a reversal against BH, Nigerians rather than rally around them, rather recoil and distance themselves from the perceived “failure” because the very LANGUAGE of our military doctrine has defined a soldier primarily as a brave fighting machine who must not lose. Soldiers in turn, sense the disconnect from the populace and whether they admit it or not, this affects their morale.
    And so gentlemen, the Nigerian Armed Forces need a BIG TIME and collaborative revamp of their PR/Propaganda techniques. War is now fought in the public space too. We need to get used to this.

    b.) Recruitment
    I won’t spend too much time on this point because it has already been discussed to death and I am sure the brass hats are all too aware that selection and entry into the Nigerian Armed Forces needs to be urgently reviewed. There are in fact plenty of young Nigerian men and women who WANT to fight for their country and are willing to obey orders and exhibit operational and non-operational discipline. They need to be given a chance now. The military as a matter of emergency can no longer afford to admit university graduates who are merely in search of a job in an air-conditioned office with an official car and the chance to order people around. There can no longer be any tolerance whatsoever for those who wish to turn the military into the civil service. If no public institution in Nigeria works as it should, the military MUST be the exception because without the military, there is no Nigeria – it is that simple.

    c.) Feedback
    Typical DefenceHQ public release after a successful anti-BH operation:
    “PHOTOS: AFTERMATH OF THE BIU OPERATION
    15 Jan
    6 photos”

    THE END
    http://defenceinfo.mil.ng/photos-aftermath-of-the-biu-operation/

    This is simply not good enough either to convince hordes of skeptical Nigerians about the success the military is currently enjoying, or to discredit the BBC/CNN hoaxes being circulated about North-Eastern Nigeria everyday. Whether we want to accept it or not, war has evolved to the point where we now need the weight of the general Nigerian public behind the military. Our boys are currently fighting two wars – one against the real physical enemy and the other against the perception of their own country people who are convinced that the Nigerian Army is “losing” this war. The very ludicrousness of the notion that BH and a bunch of Toyota trucks can withstand the Nigerian Army in a direct conflict is something most Nigerians don’t even KNOW. They do not know the geography of the North-East, or the capability of Boko Haram, or the capability of the Nigerian Armed Forces, or the intricacies surrounding the conflict. To most of them, it is a simple cut and dried case of “storming Sambisa forest” and dropping tons of C4 all over the place and BH is defeated. They do not know that the “Sambisa Forest’ covers an area about 40 times the size of London and straddles 4 international boundaries, and that levelling the entire North-East will result in hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and violation of several international treaties.
    They do not know all this – BECAUSE THE MILITARY DOES NOT SAY SO.
    Most Nigerians do not go to google.com to find out the most basic of facts. They rather have to be told. Rather than getting angry at the perceived block headedness of millions of our people, it is more expedient to work with that reality and spend resources educating them about their country, their military and their enemies.
    Nigerians are people who are visually led. CNN and BBC have long realised this, which is why their fake reports always have actors and impersonators purportedly lending credence to them. We haven’t caught on to this yet for some reason. Nigerians need pictures and videos!
    Don’t just say “Nigerian soldiers kill 241 BH insurgents in Adamawa” – upload a 3 minute youtube video of heavy gunfire, rolling tanks and APCs and maybe an Alpha jet overhead, just rudimentary stuff like that – most Nigerians are yet to see any footage whatsoever of their soldiers in battlefield action. There is no modern for this. This culture of unnecessary secrecy is something which needs to be addressed. Let the people see and they will come onside!

    2.) Repositioning of National Interest doctrine
    As left-field as this may sound, I think as part of the NDA’s graduation requirements, cadets must complete a course in Black Nationalism where they study the writings and lives of people like Kwame Nkrumah, Murtala Mohammed, Amos Wilson and even Claude Andersen. They should also be required to study pre-colonial African history and get to understand who they are and where they come from. An incomplete human being can be an excellent soldier but can never be an excellent decision maker. Too many policy makers, both in the military and in the wider public sector are mentally colonised people who simply do not see the need to own and control their own destiny because they have never learned who they are, where they come from or what they represent.
    Beegeagle has been a regular and vocal critic of being pro-this or anti-that and I agree 100% with that. It’s not about being pro-West or pro-East, it’s about being PRO-NIGERIA and to a lesser extent pro-Africa. If we had been thinking like this since the civil war, we would not be needing to import certain hardware whose sale refusal we are stamping our foot and throwing tantrums over today.
    Beyond that, it’s time we understand that aside from cosmetic differences, the world has NOT changed from what it was in 1897 – it’s still a mad, violent racial struggle for resources and supremacy. If Nigeria had no Armed Forces to serve as a deterrent, some Asian or European-populated country would simply roll in and claim all its wealth for itself as they have done in the past – indeed even with our Armed Forces, you should realise that certain powers continue to draw up blueprints to do exactly that! No amount of treaty-signing or membership of international organisations should blind us to the basic fact that we are first and foremost Black Africans who are struggling to create a better future for ourselves.
    So rather than continuously relying on “partnerships” with this or that country, the only type of partnership we should be cultivating now is one which results in skills and technology transfer. Currently only the Chinese are offering this on an appreciable scale so those are who we should be cosying up to – for now. Eventually they too inevitably will show their hand as all international “friends” do – war strategists understood this as far back as the 4th century BCE, I wonder why this fact doesn’t seem able to permeate our consciousness as a country and indeed as a continent.
    We need as a matter of urgency to aggressively embark on a technology and infrastructure building programme for the military. If the JF-17 Thunder deal comes with a factory in Nigeria, even better. We should start including clauses in our arms purchase contracts stipulating on-site assembly percentages and use of local content. Not only will this boost the capabilities of the military, but it will also boost the economy which results in higher tax revenues for the government which results in more money spent on the military. That is how development happens.
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  2. Oje says:

    My contribution:

    Lots of MLRS : THE Russians used this to great effect in Chechya. We could use a couple of thermobaric warheads, this should induce fear in those drug addicted terrorists so long Amnesty International gets off our back.

    Air defence missiles, we are lucky our air defence have not been put to the test by an external aggressor m let’s not wait for that to happen In the absence of interceptor jets a comprehensive air defence unit independent of the army should be set up.

    Civil Defence: restructure the Civil Defence Corp with real combat training and live arms.

    Prepare for war: Military conflict between Nigeria and Cameroon is inevitable. France will continue to use its puppet State as a proxy to fit her it’s interest against a strong Anglophone Nigeria whose economic and cultural hegemony will always be a threat to French interest. We need a credible and strong deterrent like 200 Tanks, lots of anti Tank missiles and an anti submarine capable Navy. The a Snowden leak which states France and Cameroon had planned a military incursion into Nigerian territory to take Obudu, Calabar was unsettling m more unsettling is that would gave been a very embarassing scenario for us cos there is absolutely nothing we could have done to stop that, by the time our forces would have been mobilized Calabar would have been a contested territory, it took Boko Harams violence to have the Franco conspirators shelve the invasion plan.

    Increase Defence spending by % 10 over the next decade and support home grown defence companies, gradually we could sell arms and vessels to other African militaries. Can cell moribund agencies like NASRDA that are of no use to anyone and funnel these funds into the military for capital expenditure.

  3. Oje says:

    Oga Dario, we are having a hard enough time kitting up a 150,000 army and paying wages unless we lower the training treshold and move from a professional army to a conscript one I suggest the current size of the armed forces remain the same.

  4. Dario says:

    @ Oga Oje I wasn’t suggesting that we engage on an immediate recruitment drive. I think the size of the Armed Forces is enough – for now. With time as we grow into a trillion dollar economy, our objectives inevitably will move to continental power projection and beyond and that is when we can start talking about a 500,000 strong Army. For now, we’re good. My point about recruitment was that the recruitment criteria need to be stringent and transparent so that only those who have the right mentality and make-up to be soldiers get to become cadets.
    When both military cadets and civilians get to see that entry to the military is merit-based, it will help both in terms of internal discipline and external respect for and deference to the Armed Forces. I hope you get my point.

    On a side note, yourself and Igbi are two of my favourite contributors on this blog.

  5. Augustine says:

    Oga Oje, your patriotism is appreciated, nice you tube video on the other thread for Nigeria as a Sub Saharan power, some weapons there are not in service with Nigeria, please redo the video for youtube. Military ranking, though we are NOT number one, we are not bottom either, there is Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, South Africa, and Angola that have either a more powerful army, air force or navy than Nigeria.

    We are here to talk about a review of Nigeria’s defense policy to help us rise to where God has destined Nigeria to be, we are far below our expected level.

    Nigeria is suffering economic agony, battered international image, death of thousands of innocent Nigerians, mass rape of Nigerian virgin girls and housewives, plus any other humiliation you can see in Boko Haram’s war against our dear country. This is the reward Boko Haram promised Nigeria for intervening in Mali war, and the Bokos have kept their promise 100%.

    Defence policy review, well I am not posting my full comment yet and my full comment may be short and simple, but I will say this….He that protects, must himself be protected.

    Nigeria is playing Voltron defender of the universe and Rambo one man army with our poorly prepared military forces, bad equipment, obsolete equipment, small numbers of equipment, expensive equipment with poor ordnance, a 1940s vintage military that has no single surface to air missile and zero guided bombs, missing operational capabilities like ISTAR plus STRIKE platforms, etc etc….

    When the repercussion or reprisal attacks for our bravado comes upon us Nigerians, can we defend ourselves as a nation? We got knocked down to our knees by Boko Haram, we displayed intervention zeal without shielding ourselves from counter attack on home soil, we always thought nobody is bold enough in Africa to challenge Nigeria into battle at home, well Boko Haram has proved us wrong.

    Defence policy should begin to consider where we intervene and our capability to defend against reprisal attacks.

    Nigeria has always been a global and continental target for Islamist extremism and domination, our secular status is hated, some Arab and Arabized nations want to Islamize Nigeria at all costs, but our law and constitution says we are a secular state.

    Nigeria, don’t go out fighting around the world if your home is not excellently protected.

    Defense policy makers, please take not, don’t let enemy come kill us for house here o !

  6. chynedoo says:

    From my humble viewpoint, we should build a new defence policy on the following foundations:
    1. Meritocracy:
    Recruitment, training, education, deployment, posting, positions,promotions and further training should be clearly based on merit.
    Any other considerations should only be secondary.
    All the leading forces in the world have take the time honoured approach of having the best men and women in the armed forces.
    2. The armed forces doctrine should be tweaked to reflect that Nigeria is the only supreme sovereign authority and the interest of the Nigerian state is paramount.
    3. Nigeria needs a new defence policy that is both aggressive to external threats and balance of power as it is proactive amd conscious of possible internal threats. Thus this new policy must reflect the regional position of Nigeria, and geo political balance of power in the world and be ready to function smartly within this framework. In forming and building relationships with other nations Nigeria’s national interest must be non-negotiable at all times. Where a relationship with an international partner country is likely to negate this national interest, Nigeria must be able to assert, defend and protect its nationals interests.
    4. Military Industrial Complex: Nigeria’s new defence policy must develop a new military industrial complex at least within the next 10 years. The programme should be given utmost priority with a dedicated consolidated fund of at least £2 billion (Pounds Sterling) deducted at source from a range of sources including excess crude, luxury good, over-flight permits on cargo flights of military and para-military hardware passing through Nigeria to any neighbouring country, income tax (an extra 20 naira income tax for this purpose will not be too much to ask from Nigerians), year long fund raising at all levels of government (if we could raise hundreds of millions for political campaigns I’m sure Nigerians could raise even more for something tied to their security).
    We should build a comprehensive military industrial master plan to suit our needs for at least the next 25 years. The master plan should look at developing and building in-country 90 per cent of the military hardware we need for the defence of the country with focus on R&D and manufacturing capacity factoring into the plan the worst case scenario of being required on a short notice to mass produce the arms and weapons required for Nigeria’s defence. So R&D and capacity are key to an industrial military complex. Next step should be recruitment or reverse braim drain. The approach should of course be tge recruitment of the best brains who must be Nigerian but not of dual nationality. Employment should be on renewable contract terms so that only the best who fits into the aggressive merit-based, short and long term plans of the contract and who are productive and useful are retained. The military industrial complex should not think of being an assembley plant like Dicon or Peugeot Automobile Nigeria.
    We should also embark on an aggressive policy of technology transfer. We build international partnerships with countries willing to transfer only useful technology and what we cant find or are unable to complete with local training we must steal. Espionage is a necessary part of every defence policy. The most important espionage in the modern period is for stealing tech know how to understand the missing link and spur homegrown capability.
    5. Strucure of the armed forces and security services. One of our greatest problems is we have a poor structured armed forces. We do not have an operational structure that suits the complex needs of a country of nearly 180 million Nigerians. We have a military doctrine and structure suited for a nation of 45 million or less. So we need to re-build and strengthen that structure. First we need to create an order in the structure of the military by locating troops to the ratio of needs or possible threats, and the defence of critical national infrastructure. We also need to look at modernising the regimental and divisional arragements to suit current realities
    Second issue is training. It is absurd we have no functional special forces battalions when our current needs require a whole division of special forces with different levels of operational specialim. We need these sets of elite forces who bring rare skills sets to the battle ground. They are force multipliers and we need them as badly as we need regular troops. We cannot over-emphasise on the requirement for SF element of the army because SF personnel are worth every kobo spent on them. Many of them after years of active military service could be deployed to other paramilitary units in the country such as the police, intel agencies, dss and sensitive govt departments such as the national assembley and immigration. One SF operative is worth a lot in naira terms and as such the training of these personnel is an invest. This does not mean we have to water down the training of regular troops, not at all.
    Next is the police and para-military agencies. We need to re-draw the defence map and place these agencies to perform their constitutional roles without political inteferrence. Theses agencies such as the police, dss, nia, civil defence should be firewalled from political influence by making it possible to have the core of operational costs deducted at source rather than being routed through the finance ministry which is under the control of the federal governement. Another way of dping it is to grant states semi-autonomy on policing so that states will control local police, in terms of operational issues while training, and policy directions will issue from the federal level. But whichever approach is best, the paramilitary forces require restructuring, re-orientation, re-training, re-tooling and a more professional non-partisan approach to their work.
    Again, we also need to take special operations needs of paramilitary agencies seriously. The army is currently overstretched because it is involved in internal policing and at the same time engaging Boko Haram on multiple fronts because the police is almost non-existent in the fight against Boko Haram. The Mobile police force was established as the special ops unit of the police force in the manner of a SWAT unit or rapid response units. We should revert back to the modernised version of that doctrine. Regular police in Nigeria have no need of bearing Ak47s outside their service pistol, radio comms and handy law and other gadgets such as electric batons and CS spray. States and large cities should be made to have more units of quick response armed police who are well trained, better armed and of paramilitary background better equiped to degrade and neutralise any armed or violent threat to the civil population. With a mobile specialist armed teams of officers in their stations or units able to deploy to any location in relevant city with 15-25 mins the regular police with good comms n plain common sense policing will be able to contain threats to civil populations better than poorly trained regular police patrolling cities in rusty AK47s with 6 bullets per officer. Common sense policing should be a part of our national defence policy.
    Finally, I have tried to highlight the issues as much as space and time permits. So this is by no means an exhaustive list. In any new defence policy the military and of course the government must understand that the defence of the country would be impossible and meaningless if Nigerians view them with suspicion, and as occupying forces rather than as fellow citizens who share a common cause. There is no formular for building a good relationship with the civilian population other than if they are made to genuinely share in the views of the armed forces and be willing to defend these forces at any opportunity without holding anything back. So without this understanding that the armed forces derive legitimacy not from theor specialized skillset, their battle experience, or their uniform and guns but rather from the ordinary citizens of Nigeria. The armed forces must understand that they are not the masters of the civilian population even though they have they ability to kill but rather as servants of the people. Without the support of Nigerians the armed forces would be no different to say any other armed group from across the region.

  7. doziex says:

    Where should I start ?

    Nigeria needs a strong and resourceful military.

    For such an institution makes up for a myriad of other national faults.

    (1) A competent army could serve as a vehicle to promote national unity and pride, especially when other vehicles such as sports, the economy and other indices are lackluster.

    (2) NA has provided security, when civil security structures had largely collapsed.

    (3) An indigenously focused military industrial complex to requip NA could lead the way to the mechanization and industrialization of other sectors in our economy

    (4) A country’s interests and purpose on the international stage, is under girt by the strength of it’s military, and the status of it’s economy.

    So Nigeria cannot be militarily irrelevant regionally, continentally or internationally, and expect any of our contributions to be taken seriously.

    SO HOWEVER NIGERIANS WANT TO SLICE THIS CAKE, WE NEED A STRONG MILITARY.

    Economy, education, sports, national orientation, mechanized agriculture, Health care etc etc would be influenced by Nigeria’s military industrial complex.

    It usually is a modernization driver in most 3rd world economies, we won’t be different.

    So let’s take a page from Algeria’s book, and embark on a bold 15 billion USD reequipping and repositioning of our armed forces.

    ALL equipment purchases, should be contractually tied to information transfers. The seller will be obligated to imbibe Nigerians with the knowhow to assemble, service, manufacture parts, then manufacture the entire system under license.

    We should also take advantage of Chinese soft loans.

    NA as an institution should be rid ENTIRELY, 100% of corruption.

    Generals involved in corruption must be court martialed 1st.

    You can’t let them be, then go after mid level personell.

    ALL salaries and welfare re numeration MUST be auto mated.

    HABA we are in the 21st century.

    There are many reputable firms that can handle NA’s salary structure.

    No ghost soldiers salary collections or other forms of thievery .

    The colonel and the general should get their paycheck, the same way the private get’s his.

    As the Good book says, we should flee from the APPEARANCE OF EVIL.

    NOT JUST THEFT, BUT THE APPEARANCE OF THEFT.

    HAD NA DONE SO, CNN WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACCUSE THE INSTITUTION OF CORRUPTION.

    My appeal as a Nigerian citizen, is for the honest brass to vocally rise up against their colleges, who seek to propagate the cancer of corruption in NA.

  8. Oje says:

    @ Augustin, you are right, after reviewing military equipments in our military quite a number of those are not in service. Will redo, perhaps you could support by sending me stats via email?

  9. ocelot2006 says:

    My humble and short contribution: AIR MOBILITY & COMBAT AIR SUPPORT. We need those Mi-17s like yesterday.

  10. ugobassey says:

    If this new defence policy is to be meaningful the FG needs to bring to the table:
    1) Manufacturers
    2) Research teams from Universities
    3) The likes of Dangote and co.
    4) The private sector (Innoson, Dicon, Proforce, Zinox etc.)
    5) Prominent Nigerians in the government and private sectors
    We need a policy with heavy emphasis on local production.

    Secondly a new ministry needs to be created for the single purpose of indoctrination. The national mindset needs to change. Patriotism should be our foundation at all times. This ministry should be charged with the task of coming up with curriculum that should be thought from grade 1 through University. Workshops should be held for Federal and state employees on the need for Transparency, Honesty De-tribalization, Indigenization of state residency and strong Patriotism.
    These measures should be made permanent so that they eventually evolve into becoming our culture.
    Currently we are fragmented and tribalized. It is very hard in such an environment to call for zeal and patriotism. We need something large that ourselves to believe in. This might take generations.

  11. doziex says:

    So Chadian troops are on the way to recapture Baga for us?

    They are said to be moving towards Cameroon in an armored convoy. Where are NA’s own armored convoys ?

    We warned and warned and warned on this blog, that this administration to reequip and get NA ready for this fight.

    As I predicted, they are only begining to scramble around at the 11th hour.

    When south sudan bought a hundred plus T-72av tanks, we cried CIC, how about NA ?

    Then Ethiopia bought 200 upgraded T-72 tanks from Ukraine for 100 million usd. Nigeria paid no attention.
    Chad has been reequipping, Uganda, equatorial guinea, Tanzania, Kenya all reequipped their forces, while the slumber party continued in Abuja.

    A number of NAF bosses boasted they were combat ready, a laughable tale, if it wasn’t such a treasonous act.

    Today all Nigerians know it was a lie, we should have known then, so the joke is on us.

    Instead, of rubbing shoulders with our piers in south Africa, Algeria, morocco and Egypt, we are waiting for Chad to come and bail us out of Baga.

  12. COLONEL NGR says:

    I just read on yahoo news that an armoured column of the Chadian army is moving towards cameroun to link up with the camerounian army. The article painted the Chadian army as brutal fighters who fought alongside the french in mali. Infact, that news made the chadian army look formidable. The comments that followed was so pathetic that i had to stop reading. I am sorry i cant paste the link here. My small phone cant do it.

  13. igbi says:

    I really don’t want to be giving advice, but could we all agree to controle all these outbursts ? There are already millions of websites and papers whose only task is to run us down, so what do we gain by doing just the same here ? Stop believing all you read ! How can you actually believe that chad is coming to help us ? on’t you know how the media works already ? cameroon called for international help because it was being overran by boko haram and now chad is comming to cameroon’s rescue. Even the authorities of cameroon admitted this. Yet, all some need is one paper to say something which doesn’t make sense and then it starts to make sense in their heads. So let me say it clearly, there are no chadian soldiers coming to help Nigeria.

  14. doziex says:

    Holding one’s country ACCOUNTABLE, is NOT the same as running it down.

    NO more hide and seek, or is it smoking mirrors ?

    I had asked where are our own armored columns, capable of sweeping across the region if needed.

    Whose AOR does baga lie in ?

    Our leaders are grown ups, NA brass are grown ups, they wouldn’t wither away, if we demand they answer these questions.

    On paper, we have one armored, and 2 mechanized divisions. Controlling, or maneuvering thru this part of the country should be no problem.

    Years back, when I warned we weren’t ready, and that trouble was coming, Some said I was fear mongering.
    The inevitable has now come to pass, and folks still don’t want to hold anybody responsible.

    Nothing would ever improve in Nigeria, if we do not call those in authority to account.

  15. lachit says:

    hello i am from india and have been following this blog for quite a time. Beegeagle has done a good job and has quite a good following and i hope it grows.also i do enjoy Augustine comments.
    hope nigeria will progress fast and develop into africas best countries.and belated happy new year to everybody

  16. saleh says:

    Our current defence policy was drawn up when we did not have a security policy which it ought to have being derived from. this resulted in a situation whereby the policy didnt tie into our foriegn and economic policies.Nevertheless, a defence doctrine (Responsive Offensive Doctrine) was derived from the policy. However, i find it funny we are doing a new policy again when we still do not have a holistic national security policy. Nigeria should actually be more intested in reviewing her foriegn doctrine

    • asorockweb says:

      You have hit the nail on the head – what are the governments’ responsibilities in terms of the security of the state, the people, and the wealth of the people.

      For a holistic defence policy, the FG has to start at the beginning.

  17. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    With all respect to the Ogas, who would have much more core competence and on the spot knowledge of the ongoing. I salute all warriors here.
    1) The youth corps should include full military training as was done for the first set in the 1970s,
    2) Corpers should serve in a reserve/national guard capacity in various relevant Military Formations, Doctors in medical corps, Engineers in the Engrs Corps for Service years in military uniforms and signed up as reversits.
    3) Civil trained Pilots should be inducted to serve in as reservist role primarily in the transport fleet and some talented ones in the combat, while the NAF concentrate more on combat training ( All in the reservist role) for the amount of aircraft being mentioned here in the blog, as part of the re-fitting for the NAF/Military, we do not have enough effective and experienced piots (flight hour not even combat experience) to man this aircraft. ( we cannot start losing them to attrition, we have lost quite a few out of combat action in this affair.)
    4) The Military has to make interaction with the civil populace very seriously, at the start of the ongoing hostilities in the NE, being far away from the other parts of the country, the general populace had the ‘ it serves them right’ attitude. the Arogundade/Naval encounter was bad publicity, it was also disrespectful to a Senior Naval officer seating the car, not intervening.
    5) We must produce our Arms, this things are no longer rocket science. IFV/APC, fire arms, modifications, no more buying without , permits to reproduce, we have the logistic large numbers to make any local production viable.
    6) We will clash eventually with our Franco-phone neighbours, best approach is to deter with a well equipped force (NAF,NA, NN). Chad is not spending all this funds on equipment for fun. they realise with the French Air groups and Foreign Legion elements present on thier soil. a sustained or decisive offensive within there territory by Nigeria would never happen. hence they must be thinking that they are capable a first surgical strike and then rush straight to the global/ western influenced peace talks table ( Of cause after creating maximum damage) that would retrain Nigeria. they need to be convinced that Nigeria will react with a quick devastating retaliatory strike that would take out all their major military assets in quick order within the hostility window.
    7) Hence deterrence through fielded hardware and capacity /capability to show a level of self dependence, in training ( gained through on going bloody affair/ hope the troops sent to Russia would acquire the train the trainer standard), manufacturing of all other basic military kits, uniforms, boots, BP jackets, helmets ( manufacturing kits for 100K + troops is enough to keep any factory viable financially/commercially) , Lastly the made in Nigeria IVF/APC most take our troops into battle.
    8) There must be strong synergy between Military and Civilians to produce a strong Defence Force, No good business, no good funding for Military, No strong Military very low reckoning and standing in Global Business cycles , No contracts given to Nigerian entities is bad business ( West African Coast), the performance of the Nigerian led ECOMOG grew Nigeria;s business prominence and standing in West Africa,
    9) We are the last and only hope of the African People, not any other remotely controlled African Country, for our children and faces we see every day we cannot afford to fail to be strong and independent. May the Nigerian Defence force bring total and devastating defeat to the BH without any external assistance ( I have no doubt about our ability, listening and reading your level of expertise, confidence, posturing in comparison to other African, global Military Officers). let the West detractors be ashamed, let them ignore the western press and elevate our own local reporters, channels and co.( they can go and meet them for Info and accreditation), Let us elevate ourselves and show them they are of no consequence. They have seen something good in us Nigerians that is why they want to quickly kill us before we grow.

  18. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Forgive , my typos, I am watching some CNN and International news network biased and foolish assessment of the Nigerian Military, being my only source of info apart from Beegeagle, almost crying

    • Y do u say the reporting is foolish and biased. Are u in ground with d troops to give ur own reporting. Not to worry, I hear d AU is coming to the rescue. D Rwandans, Ugandans, Tanzanians. I also hear they are good fighters with appropriate weaponry for this kind of conflict, I thank God it would b over soon our African Brothers alas to d rescue.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        If you are a uniformed guy,I hope this does not serve to forms a good assessment of the current mindset. As per those Countries mentioned I have been in close contact with them (Rwanda and Uganda) operating in the field and had cause to assess certain arms of their military and advise on certain operational/technical issues in relation to asymmetric warfare and aviation. A pity they looked up to Nigerians, Oga Martin Luther, I was not on the ground or interested in giving a report, but Nigerian troops would not drop their guns and run or ask to be hidden by women as the norm here, ask a few of your MILADS if they can walk around as proud as before. Chadian retreat and refusal to participate in an operation in Baga is instructive. Believe me or not you would meet Chadian with the Visors down soon enough. They are serving western interest.

  19. igbi says:

    Just when I think people have started to listen to reason, someone comes and proves me wrong. so now in the order of things rwandans and ugandans and tanzanians militaries are supposed to be superior to ours and they should come and save Nigeria. I am tired, the feeling I get is that you can’t save people fromfoolishness. No matter how hard you try. Look at someone here calling himself a Nigerian and joigning people insulting the verry memory of Nigerian soldiers, yet he is gladly praising foreign troops !

  20. igbi says:

    180 million people, biggest economy on the continent, destroyers of ebola, and this is what comes out from your minds ! cheering foreign troops while disgracing your own soldiers ! Wow, I guess this is the Nigerian style !

  21. igbi says:

    I guess some people now want to be ruled by chad, cameroon, uganda tanzania and rwanda. I guess this is what the trigger word of “corruption” was made for. It was to make you guys believe that no Nigerian should rule over Nigeria, that foreigners should rule over us. The west has finally pushed us into a state of mental salvery. I have been to many countries and I have met many nationalities, but I saw this kind of mental slavery no where else.

  22. Gentle men, d jokes are over. If Chanian armor columns are moving into Cameroun, they are definitely herded for d Nigerian Camerounian board cos that’s where d enemy is. They have d cover of over 10 mig 29’s. The question is y now? Y less than 30 days to the general elections in Nigeria? Something is not adding up here. What wud stop Chad from moving in across the boarder to create a buffer zone btw Nigerian and Cameroun? Are we capable of stoping this? A lot is not making sense

  23. Augustine says:

    Nigeria’s defence policy, so much said by my ogas on this page, so very brilliant Nigerian minds, our global image and status does not match the talent God has given the average Nigerian. May God help us so that Nigeria will not be a foot walking prince watching servants riding horses.

    My little contribution/addition to new defence policy for Nigeria. We need :

    1. Large units of trained manpower as reserve forces like Algeria

    2. Diversified technologically advanced home grown defense industry like South Africa

    3. Regular combined armed forces battlefield exercises like Operation Sea Dog

    4. Small nuclear power, just a few long range nuclear missiles like Pakistan

    5. About 2% of GDP as annual defence budget, half of it as 1% for equipment and training

    6. Every decade, all weapons/equipment inventory be evaluated, modernized, upgraded

    7. Public must be informed of all military equipment procurement and allowed to voice opinion

  24. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Oga Martin Luther you are a uniformed guy,I hope this does not serve to form a means of assessing the current mindset. As per those Countries mentioned I have been in close contact with them (Rwanda and Uganda) operating in the field and had cause to assess certain arms of their military and advise on certain operational/technical issues in relation to asymmetric warfare and aviation. A pity they looked up to Nigerians, Oga Martin Luther, I was not on the ground or interested in giving a report, but Nigerian troops would not drop their guns and run or ask to be hidden by women as the norm here, ask a few of your MILADS if they can walk around as proud as before. Chadian retreat and refusal to participate in an operation in Baga is instructive. Believe me or not you would meet Chadian with the Visors down soon enough. They are serving western interest.

    • Capt, I am not uniformed. My Enerst worry is y have Chad close by. I believe those guys are no good. Most of BH amore a not NA captured, they seem to have these things coming in as big as a tank is, Hw cud they get that logistics in place without a composite army helping. Then u now have a suspect sitting on ur fence? Please rest the case of Uganda and co of cos heavy US suport has not help eradicate the LRA. I am certainly irritated it ever came to this.

  25. COLONEL NGR says:

    The Nigerian army is not as bad as some of us think. I just read about the deployment of the Chadians on the onlive version of our own guardian newspaper. I felt as if i was reading a foreign newspaper. As usual, our troops were painted black while the chadians and caerounians have suddenly become the beautiful bride.

    It says alot about our mindset as a people. We dont believe ourselves or what we have. When the going is good, we pretend to move together. When something gors wrong, we rave abuse and do not offer support.

    For those calling for tanzanians, kenyans and the others. I laugh in swahili. They have nothing to offer us. Nigerian troops are far more resilient on the battle field.

    I am interested in what boko haram will do in the coming days. It is gonna say alot about what is actually happening in the lake chad region. Will it turn its anger on chad and cameroun? Will boko haram ignore them and continue to attack Nigeria? The way boko haram reacts to the chad-camerounian alliance will say alot about how it thinks and operate.

    I just heard that the GOC of the 7th has been redeployed. A new GOC hasnt been named. I think gradually, the first step to the offnsive is being taken. A new GOC to reorganise and put the forces in the right shape for what is to come.

    I remain totally in support of the NA and my faith in them stands strong.

  26. ozed says:

    Mon Colonel, Welcome to Naija.

    We are the champions of cynicism (and i do not exonerate myself here). We believe it makes us appear smart.

    I mean what can be ‘smarter/wiser’ than the know it all in the corner, who waves everything away with a derisive ‘ no mind them, it will never work, — shebi we don see their type before’ etc.
    If you doubt our cynicism, see the pix of Chadians rejoicing on the streets as their army marched off to war in Cameroun, and ask yourself when last we saw any parallels in Nigeria and i am stretching my mind right back to the mobilizations for Liberia and SL.

    The sad thing is that this cynicism is infectious, it also passes from father to child (i.e. if our children see us write ourselves off everyday, why should they ever act differently), and if you have any belief in the power (or otherwise) of positive (or negative ) thinking, we should know that negative thoughts and skepticism tend to be self fulfilling.

    PS. Note that this lamentation is not directed solely at the proceedings in this blog, but at all our discourse in Nigeria generally. Also nothing in what i am saying prevents constructive criticism, it s all in the choice of words and tone of voice e.g.

    – We need to improve our tactics in the NE vs Our Army has failed!
    – The President has not met our expectations vs The FG is clueless and has done nothing in 6 years etc.

    I may be wrong, but i guess every sentiment can be expressed in a way that makes the point without unduly demoralizing people.

  27. zachary999 says:

    Major General L O Adeosun is the new GOC 7 Div

    • igbi says:

      My great people of Nigeria, we will win. Our boys will win. Believe in yourselves, believe in your army. Shun the anti Nigerian propaganda going on. Be a real Nigerian ! I am off to study. I have done my bit.

  28. COLONEL NGR says:

    Maj.Gen L.O Adeosun. Need to do some research.

  29. COLONEL NGR says:

    Has the promotion list for senior officers for the fourth quarter of 2014 been released? L.O adeosun was a colonel as at 2011. He was promoted Brig.Gen in November 2011 by General Ihejirika. If he is a Maj.Gen now, it means he was recently promoted. Still trying to get info on his past commands. But i think he is from the Infantry.

  30. Oje says:

    Who ever posted that motivational video God bless you.

  31. Oje says:

    Mats Utas: Information is a weapon in Nigeria: http://youtu.be/BFlystDeTrY

    This guy is right.

  32. Augustine says:

    Some of us have warned that Nigeria should be careful and not confront the weaker Cameroon for now because Chad might support Cameroon militarily and open up a second battle frontline against Nigeria, our forces will be facing multiple points of enemy attack and counter-attack.

    Proof, see Chadian Tank Destroyers racing into Cameroon to defend their francophone brother today against Boko Haram ! Can do same against Nigeria !

    Our National policy makers do not see Nigeria completely surrounded by francophone countries as a future threat, blind they were since 1960.

    Nigerian defence policy should have been to arm up with enough men and equipment and prepare to defend against all our four francophone neighbours at the same time if need arises.

    It happened to Israel many time as they are surrounded by envious and hostile Arab neighbours. The defence policy of Israel provides for enough military men and equipment to defend Israel against combined attack from allied Arab neighbours, including a nuclear missile option if the Israelis are overwhelmed in a conventional attack.

    Nigeria is the Israel of Africa from October 1, 1960, all our leaders NEVER realized it !

    Today, Nigeria does NOT have the military capacity to take on both Chad and Cameroon at the same time, the battle theatre is too large and the two enemies have another new joker they can play on Nigeria….alliance Chad + Boko Haram + Cameroon Vs Nigeria.

    Nigeria is caught in a spiders web, we need to get out of it with wisdom.

  33. “– We need to improve our tactics in the NE vs Our Army has failed!
    – The President has not met our expectations vs The FG is clueless and has done nothing in 6 years etc.”

    Ozed, the way to go you shown thanks.
    The truths must b said one way or the other, we must use our best words however

  34. beegeagle says:

    THREAD DERAILMENT does not get any worse. Even on this all-important thread, compare the TITLE to the content. Na wa for una o..

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Beegeagle, most of us do not realize that this thread is the bedrock of ALL we have been crying and shouting for on this entire blog for many years !

      Faulty national defence policy leads to faulty national defence capability.

      Please sirs, most of the regular bloggers have NOT EVEN SAID ANYTHING ON THIS ALL IMPORTANT TOPIC ! please gentlemen let us contribute, this national defence policy is the new foundation for the new future, one this foundation is bad the building on it will be weak and collapsible !

      Buy jet buy tank buy ship buy guns train soldiers, all on what principle and foundation?

      It’s time to complain now and explain now, not that next year we begin to criticize Nigerian government defence policy, now they ask us to talk, FG as asked for public contribution, yet 90% of bloggers have NOT SAID ANYTHING ON THIS VITAL TOPIC !

      I dey beg una ooooo !

  35. Oje says:

    Oga Beeg thats because we are at war, we are effectively at DEFCON 1, we sre staring at a Francophone invasion in the face! Not many people share my views on this. Nigeria must mobilize for war with Cameroon and possibly Chad in the mix. This will be no occupation force but direct and brute military offensive on the invaders, driving them miles deep into their territory and holding it for some days, just to set the message clear once and for all. %70 of our soldiers are not involved in the Boko Haram campaign.

  36. Naijaseal says:

    My Oga’s please excuse my little contribution here…

    I will use as an analogy a three step process i use in Network Architecture.

    Step one: Identify the problem or business need
    Nigeria’s problem: Nigeria is still living in the 1960’s pan african thought process.
    Our leaders need to think like the state of Isreal when it was created. Realise we are sorrounded by covertly and overtly hostile neighbours controlled by Western puppet strings. This is not paranio, just reality.

    Step 2: Design a network (doctrine) that will address the business (country) need short and long term
    Nigerian solution: With the reality from(1), and also at our current and projected economic growth the solution will rest on several planks

    Technology: Develop technology clusters specifically devoted to military technologies, though manned by civilians, similar to DARPA (Internet, GPS etc came through DARPA). Federal govt should through those clusters fund R&D / reverse engineering

    Military:
    A lot has been said on this blog on current and future requirements of the military.

    Economic: It might sound strange, but we have to remember a country’s defense can be defeated economically too. For us forge closer mutually beneficial ties with the Eastern, keeping our needs as primary. The pakistani’s do this very well.

    Step 3: build the network (doctrine)
    Identify or develop key institutions that will run with and implement (1) and (2)

    Just my two kobo gents

  37. Number one says:

    Thank’s for raising this up Oga Beegeagle. LAKE CHAD MILITARY COMMAND It will consist of joint NAF,NA, and NN units. NAF – patrol planes, CAS aircraft (su-25),transport and attack helicopters. NA – upto a brigade of troop’s,artillery,AA, SHORAD and light,amphib tanks,an airmobile battalion. NN – A detachment of SF’s,patrol boats,landing craft,LCM, light helicopters.

  38. Number one says:

    Thank’s for raising this up Oga Beegeagle. LAKE CHAD MILITARY COMMAND It will consist of joint NAF,NA, and NN units. NAF – patrol planes, CAS aircraft (su-25),transport and attack helicopters. NA – upto a brigade of troop’s,artillery,AA, SHORAD and light,amphib tanks,an airmobile battalion. NN – A detachment of SF’s,patrol boats,landing craft,LCM, light helicopters.

  39. Augustine says:

    National defence policy should include fencing off all possible parts of Nigerian borders over a 10 year period.

    Build a fence, get all fence types/options from experts, they will also advice us on wall breech illegal forced entry detection of intruders.

    Where you cannot wall, use wires, or use deep trenches. Mountain areas, we can leave open and have border FOB watch outposts, but remember the great wall of China was a national defence policy and the wall included mountains.

    Well the enemy will not be able to drive Toyota 4×4 over mountains, hills and rocks into Nigeria.

    Starting with Chad, which is our smallest and most dangerous border. Fence by 2020.

    Next, north Cameroon border. Fence by 2020.

    Then Niger Republique. Fence by 2025.

    Also mid and south Cameroon border. Fence by 2025.

    Benin Republique fence by 2025.

    Saudi Arabia has fenced off border with Iraq to stop ISIS invasion !

    CDS Air marshal Badeh keeps complaining border is porous and cannot be closed. Government of Nigeria, please fence it. Simple solution, don’t tell us no money, how did we build a whole Abuja city from dry land into paradise, with cowrie shells payment, or ivory elephant tusk trade by barter?

    Please open link below and see example, Saudi Arabian photos and details …..

    http://www.ibtimes.com/saudi-arabia-building-600-mile-long-great-wall-along-iraqi-border-keep-isis-bay-1785518

  40. asorockweb says:

    If this administration wants to review the defense policy of the FGN, they should start with some truths.

    With regards to security, what is the FG’s duty to the state, to the people and to the people’s wealth?

    The FG still has Nigerian troops in foreign deployment, yet there are not enough troops to protect the lives of Nigerian citizens in the NE – all told, more Nigerians would have died in 2014 from BH attacks than would have died in Darfur in 2014.

    The reasons cited for the continued deployment of troops to protect foreign nationals in foreign lands is often “international commitments” – what is the FG’s commitment to Nigerian citizens with regards to security?

    Let’s start with the definition and re-statement of duties and responsibilities, then we can all contribute on policy.

    Let’s start with a security policy and the security policy should start with a creed – a re-statement of the FG’s responsibility to secure the lives, the lands, and the wealth of the people of NIgeria.

    My one naira.

  41. igbi says:

    Defence policy: Make our army two times stronger than that of Egypt, anything less is unacceptable.

  42. Kola Adekola says:

    The Nigerian Constitution is our greatest security threat. Until we fix it, we will keep applying bandages to our rickety national foundation and going in round and round in ever more entropic circles. This call for a new military doctrine is just another bandage in our ever lengthening list of bandages.

    The constitution is the fulcrum of our laws and the basic parameter for our direction as a people. Citizenship, pride, duties to state, state responsibility, policies, sense of belonging etc all spring from the constitution as the contract between citizen and state. If a citizen cannot locate themselves within the destiny of Nigeria, what would a military doctrine do to re-educate them? A military doctrine should spring from our knowing exactly who we are, where we are coming from and where we are headed.

    We keep floundering, because we do not have a profound sense of who we are, there is no definition for what it means to be Nigerian beyond place of birth and passport.

    What exactly can we achieve with a new military doctrine without fixing the basics of our existence as a nation?
    We have people who don military uniforms, only to aid and abet boko haram, because their sense of citizenship is absent. It is for the same reason we have failures at almost every level, it is for the same reason loud lousiness and treachery are now acceptable. That is why a “Nigerian” would go on a Western press website to ask for the country to be invaded by foreigners.
    With the amount of hell and brimstone hauled at Russia, its citizens have remained steadfast. Unwavering.

    Sorting out the constitution is an urgent task, let us demand very loudly for the ratification of every item that came out of the National Conference. That would be a great first step.

    The devil fills a vacuum. Nuff said.

  43. Augustine says:

    Oga Are James you mean between 2015 and 2025 Nigeria cannot raise money to fence our porous borders over a long 10 year period? The same borders from which invaders come and rape Nigerian virgins girls and housewives in the sight of the whole world, mass murder innocent Nigerian civilians, burn down churches and mosques, loot our cattle and foodstuff, kidnap our traditional rulers, behead our military officers, burn down Nigerian towns, sell Nigerian students as sex slaves in a modern day slave trade, disgrace and embarrass Nigeria in the eyes of the whole world….no money to stop all these atrocities?

    There is money to build Abuja from empty dry land into world class paradise, government buildings covered in marble, glass, ceramics, etc. Billions of dollars spent on Abuja from 1980 to 2015, over-invoicing and inflated bills of contract were paid, there was money for all that.

    How much does it cost to fence Nigeria-Chad-North Cameroon 1,000 km border in 5 years as phase one? Can we have engineers and surveyors give us estimates here? Where are the Nigerian civil engineers or quantity surveyors to give us estimates?

    A simplified random guide, it costs about $10,000 to build block/cement perimeter fence around a standard plot of land in Lagos, and that is perimeter of about 100 meters, multiply by 10 gives you $100,000 per kilometer, multiply by 1,000 gives you $100 million for 1,000 km. Multiply by 5 to make up for a 3 layer mixed fence of razor wire, concrete, and deep trenches, sand embankments, plus watchtowers, 20 units of 25km range cameras, 10 units of 50km range radars, intruder/breech alarms, etc.

    $500 million will build that fence on 1,000 km Nigeria-Chad-North Cameroon border and the cry of CDS Air Marshal Badeh that border needs to be closed but it’s big and porous, will be a thing of the past.

    I am informed by much older Nigerians that in the 1980s, UPN suggested the fencing of Nigerian borders, NPN refused to do it, UPN accused NPN of leaving the northern borders open and porous to allow Malians, Nigeriens, Chadians etc to cross into Nigeria and vote for NPN. Now the Chadians are not coming to vote for PDP, they are coming to kill, enslave, rape, loot, and establish Islamic caliphate inside Nigeria by seizing Nigerian territory in segments.

    Also, retired Nigerian military men say army General Ironsi has been fighting off Chadian rebels from inside Nigeria since the 1960s.

    How did we watch this problem grow for 55 years 1960 to 2015, what is the problem of the African race when it comes to problem solving and proactive actions of foresight?

    Do you know how this war has depleted Nigeria’s GDP and scared away foreign investors costing us billions of dollars? Arewa economy has almost collapsed completely, Arewa infrastructure is devastated, companies close down, agriculture ruined, food basket empties, national GDP runs down, growth rate slumps, FDI declines, and the list is endless !

    Okay, has omo onile ever warned you to fence your land or lose it as they will resell it? What will you do, tell omo onile no money? Well you had money to buy the land in the first place.

    Oga freedom is not free, and I am not done yet on this fencing idea…..
    .

    • asorockweb says:

      “$10,000 to build block/cement perimeter fence around a standard plot of land in Lagos …”

      Oga, I beg you, don’t start another apparently logical chain of arguments.

      By your super optimistic calculations, we will spend a few years and US$500million to build a 1000km wall along our NE borders.

      Have you asked yourself, how long will it take BH to bring down a section of the wall?

      A section of a “block and cement” wall, wide enough to take a 4WD, can be bring down in minutes.

      Also, there are many others that will join in bringing down the wall. Those include:
      Villagers,
      Travelers,
      Smugglers, etc, etc.

      Are you angling for a wall building contract? In the old days, some governors used “wall building” to siphon money away from the people.

      The wall that Israel built in the west bank is highly engineered, much shorter, and much more expensive (an old estimate put the cost of the west bank wall at close to $4million per mile).

      Just saying.

      • igbi says:

        Why not creating a sort of defence ling, perhaps a big ditch (like the ancient Edo did) at the border. It would be good to make it verry difficult for people to cross the illegal border and impossible for large groups of people to do so. We can use our brains to imagine a solution, it doesn’t have to be a fence or a ditch, let us just solve the problem of the border.

      • asorockweb says:

        The energy equation is more balanced when comparing a wall versus a ditch:

        We have to dig the trench and move the earth away (to make it harder to fill back up) – BH has to excavate earth ( or just come with a fully loaded tipper), fill the trench, than compact the fill before they can drive over it.

        With a trench, you will end up creating trench-filling businesses along Nigeria’s various North East borders.

      • igbi says:

        I am not talking about a gutter. I am talking about a ditch. It is not as easy and fast tofill as you think. And anybody trying to do so will take time to accomplish it, and that time is enough to detect the person. The mentality of just abandonning any idea of controlling the border is not a good one. And as I said, we need to use our brains and think for a way of controlling the border. The Edos had A ditch and a great wall. those two together served their purpose.

      • igbi says:

        I would say tthat first we have to stop being mentally lazy. Where there is a problem we need to seek a solution. By the way could you please propose something, all I am hearing from you is “it will not work”, what do you propose ? @asorockweb.

      • Kola Adekola says:

        I agree with Igbi about the ditch. We can also build a road alongside it for the length of the NE border to provide a killer combination. The road would allow for patrols by foot soldiers, vehicles (trucks, IFV’s, tanks etc).
        It will also provide a ready runway for aircraft to take off, land and be serviced for cross border action – Swedish style. Here’s an example of a SAAB 37 Viggen operating from a roadside:

      • asorockweb says:

        Like I said, the energy equation is better when one compares a ditch, against a wall.

        But it will be filled-in. Yes, they will have to excavate the fill and compact the earth.

        The idea that we will have aircraft patrolling along the 1000km ditch and calling in a response is fanciful.

        But a ditch creates a bottleneck for the enemy, so if/when the NA is in pursuit, and there’s aircraft around, the ditch crossing could become a kill zone.

      • igbi says:

        “The idea that we will have aircraft patrolling along the 1000km ditch and calling in a response is fanciful.” how so ? Could you developp ? And once again, instead of seeing a problem look for a solution. So please developp what you are saying and then use your brain to think oof a solution. But for now just developp what you are saying.

  44. Augustine says:

    Nigeria’s new defence policy must provide for not only fencing, but mining of borders used by enemies to invade Nigeria and kill our people.

    If we cannot fence quickly, our policy should allow the use of anti-personnel land mines along our borders like the South Koreans and Americans have done to keep away North Korean invaders.

    Nigerian defense policy should stop Nigeria from signing any United Nations protocols that limits our militatry capacity, like nuclear non-proliferation treaty, ban on land mines and cluster bombs, etc. The Americans and Russians are refusing to ratify these UN conventions, so why must Nigeria go bind itself foolishly? Is UN buying billion dollar weapons for Nigeria to fight Boko Haram today?

    If we fence a border and breech occurs once, our defense policy should say we write the president of the erring country and inform him we have layed anti-personnel land mines on our border.

    Nigeria should start acting like a Dragon now ! Boko Haram is acting like a Tiger !

    We should warn every neighbour that allows his territory to be used as a launching pad for attacks on Nigeria, first warning, second and last warning, we mine the entire stretch of border lines with anti-personnel land mines and announce the borders officially closed, all traffic across is at your own risk.

    Drastic situation requires drastic measures.

  45. Augustine says:

    Nigerian defense policy should henceforth stop Nigeria from signing any United Nations protocol that limits our military capacity, like nuclear non-proliferation treaty, ban on anti-personnel land mines and cluster bombs, the USA, Russia, some NATO members and Asian powers are refusing to ratify these UN conventions, so why must Nigeria go bind itself foolishly and tie our own hands behind our backs when danger is facing our nation?

  46. freeegulf says:

    ideas abound. from fencing our entire to NE border to building ditches and trenches to curb terrorists incursions lol. we all have our thinking hat on. well, when it comes to hard solutions, ideas always seem to fly in left, right and centre.
    i would say though, that while some of these ideas are truly harebrained and outlandish, giving the reality on ground, however, the heart is in the right place. kudos

    • igbi says:

      I think the first Edo who had the idea of building a great wall and a ditch was also mocked, but one day reason prevailed and it was done and it served its purpose of helping ing the defence of the kingdom which kept growing military strong and eventually became an empire. We have the ressources and we have the need, so what is the excuse not to doo something ?

    • igbi says:

      The first chinese who had the idea was probably mocked too. But it was done and it also served its purpose, and kept china united.

  47. igbi says:

    Once again, @asorockweb, I am not proposing a trench, nor a gutter. And I didn’t specify the size of the thing, so there are some variables. If the size is big enough, then the ressources to fill it will not go unnoticed and will be very costly to whomever tries. And as well the time necessary to fill it would be more than enough for costums and NAF to detect the criminals. Just leaving the border opened doesn’t quite make sense.

  48. freeegulf says:

    on the issue of signatory to international treaties, you are on the mark oga augustinho. it is really saddening how we are so quick to sign all the treatise and rubbish treaties that end up with no strategic benefits to us. marshal beegs has repeatedly sounded out better judgement, unfortunately those that represent us seem very eager to show their good puppy image.
    we were never like this before. sad

    • asorockweb says:

      Our current political leaders have put us in rung number 5 or 6 in the western hierarchy of nations.

      It’s like democracy is a religion, the western leaders are it’s high priests, and African leaders are ushers (or gatherers of the common people).

      The one word that should guide our leaders is – opportunity.

      “How do we create opportunities for our people so that they can be the best that they can be”

      To our leaders; Create the opportunity, and the people will create the future.

  49. igbi says:

    I think some people don’t want the border closed. And the reason might be because they think those at the other side of the border are their brothers. And they feel the closure would only seperate them and their siblings.

  50. igbi says:

    For info: closing the border doesn’t mean there would not be a legal entry point. What it means is that all illegal entry points would be blocked.

  51. Augustine says:

    @asorockweb, tell us how much it costs to fence a plot in Lagos with cement blocks. Don’t run away to another thread this time o, answer my question.

    You @asorockweb like to critisize a lot and you go off point becasue you write as if you read only one quater of the comment you are criticizing, do you read while you are driving a car? You will see clear points and you will accuse the writer of what he did not imply, yet you won’t propose a better solution to the problem other people are labouring to solve.

    Go back and read my comment again and see what I said that makes it look like you have a hidden agenda in your criticism.

    I said people build fence for $10,000 per plot in Lagos, now prove me wrong.

    I called for engineers and quatity surveyors on this blog to give us estimates for fencing 1,000 km of Nigerian border.

    I said I will post a simple random estimate while we await professional engineers and quatity surveyors to give us expert costs.

    I said the fence is a mix of different portions, razor wire, walls, trenches, sand embankments, etc to reduce cost and follow topographic constraints.

    I said cameras and radars plus watchtowers will police the fences and detect intruders.

    Isreali wall against Palestine border intrusion is solid concrete and costs much more than part wire part wall part trench, and part sand embarkment that costs nothing but bulldozer moving existing sand into ridges as you dig trenches you get free sand at no cost.

    I said it can take 5 years to build 1,000 km fence not because we don’t have money but because Nigeria is a deliberate slow runner in some matters , plus land survey issues to iron out.

    @asorockweb, you are simply a vendetta driven man who will rather satisfy his personal agenda for vendetta and sacrifice his own country in the process.

    You need repentance and heart cleansing sir, envy, hatred, revenge, vendetta, etc will make you a caterpillar instead of a pillar.

    I had to talk becaused you crossed the line, and you need to be told the truth.

    God bless you sir.

    • asorockweb says:

      Amen.

      By the way, I am an Engineer.

      Oga Augustine, always consider what the opposition will do and also remember that we are talking about Nigeria.

      • Augustine says:

        @asorockweb, if you are an engineer, give us your own estimated cost of fencing 1,000 km of Nigerian border with a mix of razor wire, trenches, and sand embankments, it’s not about who you say you are by profession, you need to prove my estimate wrong, because I already have a price list of the most important material for the project.

        Use your engineering skills to write up a simple project cost analysis and quote it here.

        You also need to post the cost of NNS Aradu’s 2 units of MTU diesel engines on the P18N thread, and stop this habit of using English grammar to dispute mathematical figures, that is not how Oyinbo man conquered the world and colonized Africa to Asia.

        Figures Vs Figures in simple mathematics, the whole blog is waiting for you sir…

      • asorockweb says:

        Based on the type of wall you want to build (a civilian block/cement wall,) you numbers were never in dispute – although you forgot to include additional logistical costs needed to build in remote areas.

        Regarding the NNS Aradu, do you still belief that it will cost $US40million to fix the engines?

      • Augustine says:

        @asorockweb, don’t push me to the point that I will call you a fraudster. Please stop telling lies against me. I said build a razor wire fence around Nigeria, I never said block/cement wall. I rather said you can add trenches and sand embankments as options or a mix.

        Sir, please stop being a shame to yourself and your country.

        Show us your analysis of that type of mixed structure fence over a 1,000km border line.

        Stop being a coward and a liar, and be patriotic enough to stop misleading your fatherland for your own personal selfish mischievous intentions.

        Engineer, post your fence estimate….Nigeria is waiting sir.

      • asorockweb says:

        Haha

  52. Bharat says:

    @Oga asorockweb, LM2500 gas turbine 4th gen. new/used turbine sells for about $16 million.
    Therefore depending upon the SHP required the price can be estimated.

    http://www.generatormart.com/lm2500-by-descending-kw-1.shtml

    • asorockweb says:

      Thanks Bharat.

      My primary aim for the NNS Aradu refit is the engineering capacity and capability that the NN could derive from it.

      Engineering has always been part of warfare.

      If the NAF didn’t invest in an in-country facility for servicing the engines of the Alpha jets, they would have been royally screwed.

      The navy should go through the pains of resuscitating the NNS Aradu; they will be better off for the effort, and future large ships in the NN will benefit from the additional capabilities gained.

      That is the thrust of the argument I was having with Oga Augustine.

    • Are James says:

      We have a GE plant coming soon in south east Nigeria that would be assembling all sorts of oil field stuff including the maintaining the LM 1600 and LM 2500 power generation turbines so from that perspective of local support and spares it looks good. The strategic alliance Nigeria has with GE is comprehensive in nature
      However the marinized versions of the LM series turbines are a different thing. Think ancillaries, complex gearboxes, control systems and so on. I am sure we are looking at a lot of money on engines alone.

  53. Are James says:

    I think the ditch idea is a good one. A semi concrete ditch with steel mesh fencing placed behind it lends itself to the creative deployment of technologies to capture breaches and quickly respond. Also you can’t blow up a ditch to get through but to fill up it up with earth that permits the driving through of vehicles will take two days of detectable activity by cheap sensors and cameras. Ditches can also be constructed with implanted passive or active devices that send messages to hovering UAVs and surveillance aircraft. All this can be done at a fraction of concrete fencing and with more reliability.

    • asorockweb says:

      Correct, the energy equation appears to be much better with a ditch.

      But we may be forgetting something – a ditch could be bridged.

      Also, please forget all thoughts about rapid responses. If our armed forces can’t respond when towns are besieged for days, I don’t see them responding to a ditch crossing.

  54. Augustine says:

    @asorockweb, stop misquoting me !

    I never said fix Aradu engines for $40 million, I said buy brand new engines for $40 million total cost.

    Can you stop this game of deliberately misquoting people to prove yourself right when you are wrong? Then stop misleading Nigeria on this blog !

  55. Augustine says:

    Oga Bharat and Oga Are James, I see the $16 million per unit American GE gas turbine price quoted by Oga Bharat from a good source, but that is for gas turbine alone, not the diesel engine itself.

    NNS Aradu has 2 gas turbines and 2 diesel engines, so multiply your $16 million by 4 and you get $64 million ! Soften it up a bit, multiply by 3 and you still get a whopping $48 million !

    I actually estimated $40 million for certain reasons, so my estimate is very good.

    My $40 million cost for 2 brand new engines also includes the cost of removal of the 2 old engines and all old connected components including 2 old Rolls Royce gas turbines that work with the engine, plus cost of purchase of 2 new gas turbines, 2 new engines, and cost of installation for all 4 units.

    2 new German MTU diesel engines plus 2 new American Rolls Royce TM3B gas turbines plus new pipes and tubes/fittings in the engine room plus cost of complete removal of all old engines, turbines, and pipe fittings….you will spend $40 million on NNS Aradu brand new engine room !

    You see why the FG and navy have been slow and cautious on Aradu refit ? The cost of full scale upgrade and refit will buy you a brand new light frigate of good firepower, stealth design and far better technology than Aradu !

    Do you gentlemen know two ways I was able to estimate NNS Aradu new engine refit costs?

    Let me share the little ‘secret’ with you….

    1. International arms register records say Nigeria paid $42 million in 2012 for 2 Chinese stealth OPVs and 2 German MTU engines.

    You cannot pay that paltry sum for 2 sophisticated OPVs, the money is likely the engine room cost for 2 ships of about 1,800 tonnage, Aradu tonnage is about 3,400. She would need engine power of both OPVs combined.

    2. In case my assumption above is wrong, I used the Valour class frigate total ship costs at about $330 million and has comparable tonnage to NNS Aradu, There is no way the complete engine room equipment on the Valour frigate can cost less than 10% of the value of the whole warship which means at least $37 million.

    That is why I estimated total cost of a new engine room for NNS Aradu at $40 million.

    @asorockweb, I am still waiting for you to write up your own costs of complete NNS Aradu refit for this blog to see, and prove me wrong, stop telling stories oga mi, English grammar does not defeat mathematics….we are still waiting for your answer, how many days now? Be a man !

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga mi, you kill me; all the time.

      If you actually want answers, please read my initial comments regarding the NNS Aradu. I have no need to add more information to what I have already said.

      Regarding The NNS Aradu, what we gain is the refit itself. The knowledge gained from the refit will serve the NN for many years to come.

      My goal is to build capacity and capability for ALL our armed forces including the police.

      Engineering capability is as valuable as any ship in our navy.

      The NNS Aradu was commissioned in 1982, our ex US Coast guard cutters were commission 30years before the NNS Aradu.

      How many 100s of thousands of miles has the NNS Aradu done?

      Why must the existing four engines be dumped into the sea and replaced with 4 new engines?

      @Augustine, I am not interested in arguing with you, so stop derailing all the threads in this blog in your quest for engagement – derive knowledge from what I say, if not, just let it be.

      • Augustine says:

        No, you @asorockweb derailed this thread, look up at your comments above.

        I said go post Aradu costs on P18N thread, but you decided to post it here.

        Don’t you ever get ashamed of telling random lies, and every blogger is seeing you? Don’t you have a living conscience?

        If we make you president of Nigeria, won’t you destroy your fatherland and nation?

        Anyway, for both Aradu and Fencing borders, you FAILED after many days to post your own cost profile and prove mine wrong.

        So it is clear to the whole blog that you came to attack my data analysis just in vendetta and hatred, for your own selfish goals and egoistic agenda.

        My dear brother @asorockweb, try love your country Nigeria more than your selfish heart, stop misleading a nation at war by destroying correct data and information that is vital to our national security.

        Pray to God to change you into a citizen that loves our Nigeria.

        Thank you sir. CASE CLOSED .

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  57. Muyiwa says:

    A total review of recruitment policy in the armed forces is very imperative. No longer should unpatriotic children of former military officers, politicians and so called elites be given a right of first refusal to join the armed forces. No longer should we believe only graduates can be good soldiers. In our modern world, bravery is as important as education in the making of a good soldier. I am not sure many present officers are as brave as the educational qualifications they parade.
    Too much emphasis on degrees and higher certificates can be counter productive. A proper blend of brave and educated men must be found. Right now, there are too many ‘book’ people in the army.

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