A SENIOR ‘WESTERN MILITARY’ OFFICER SPEAKS ON NIGERIA’S MILITARY CAPABILITIES, STRAINED RELATIONS WITH THE WEST AND ONGOING COMBAT OPERATIONS

Dear Beegeagle,

I have read your blog regularly for several years and never commented. With some trepidation I do so now. I am one of those foreigners who watch Nigeria with fascination and,I admit with some worry. I care about your country but it is not mine. I have spent many years in military service. I have seen yours in action around the world

I seek your permission to observe the debate and sometimes to comment. This is probably not the right post in which to introduce myself but sometimes the debate you host moves so far that it is hard to keep up with its components. In the hope that you will welcome me in the future let me make the following observations and invite your comments.

First, the Western powers want Nigeria to be their friend – as she has traditionally been. As a nation you have always tended to side with USA, US and France in the UN and elsewhere. The West values your support and would like to encourage it.

Second, the West wants Nigeria to grow economically because it wants to do business with you. It wants to buy your products (not just oil) and it wants to sell you its own. Wealth in the West comes from production and trade. An impoverished Africa is of no interest to Western powers.

Third, the West wants Nigeria to succeed against Boko Haram. No one doubts who are the good guys and who the evil madmen are

Fourth, the West has absolutely no interest in putting forces into Nigeria. The West is recovering from a long war, a terrible recession and huge debts. The West is fed up with trying (and usually failing) to sort out other nation’s squabbles. There is no appetite for any form of imperialism, direct or indirect. Just for trade. Anyone who travels widely in Europe or the USA knows this.

Fifth, the West will willingly help Nigeria but only on terms that are acceptable to its electorates. The West spends huge amounts of its money on aid and support. The UK for example spends 2% of GDP on aid; not military support which is an additional bill, but 2% on development aid. The recipients,Nigeria included, do have to accept that the support comes with some strings attached. Why should American or Brit or other taxpayers fund regimes that behave in ways they don’t like – corruption, human rights abuses happen everywhere and the Westerners that pay their taxes demand that these things must be controlled. Recipient nations don’t have to accept the help but if they want it they do have to accept the conditions. Would Nigeria send money to another country whose behaviour you disapproved of? Moreover, if you think that help from Russia or other non Western powers comes without strings attached then I suspect you are much mistaken!

Sixth, Nigeria in common with most nations, must recognise the difference between self-criticism and a lack of patriotism. This is a hard lesson for any nation. Without reasonable self criticism it becomes impossible to fix the problems. No one, no nation, is perfect. Sometimes the criticism of an ally is invaluable. The Americans told the British they had to change tactics in Northern Ireland; it needed an outsider to force the political changes that were so hard for the Brits to recognise when involved in the contact battle inside their own nation. Arguably the Brits failed to tell the Americans they had adopted a failed strategy in Iraq and therefore failed to help them achieve a better result there. Allies debate and argue because that debate is positive and we learn from it. Criticism can be the act of a friend.

Seventh, I am personally deeply impressed by the men of the Nigerian military I have met. You have brave, tough soldiers who face terrible risks against an evil enemy. You have an officer corps that is intelligent and well educated in a way that few if any in Africa can compete with. But. There are blind spots and your lack of equipment, lack of capacity to maintain what equipment you have and lack of battle training has weakened you terribly. You all know this (and I often read it here) but you will not like hearing it from me. Outsiders can help but you have to be willing to host them and to make compromises; that’s the nature of international relations.

Eighth. I am fascinated by the Nigerian desire to buy your way into victory in battle with BH with the purchase of sophisticated equipment. There is no doubt you need stuff: protected mobility vehicles for your infantry; decent communications systems from troops on the ground, artillery systems, sophisticated logistics, surveillance equipment – and a lot more. But high tech equipment is only useful when applied to complex systems. You had these once but I can see little sign of them now.

Sadly, I observe that standards of engineering maintenance are poor. Contracts for new equipment seldom come with long term support packages. A helicopter needs a log chain, maintenance, pilot training, tactics and strategic training with combined arms, engineering support. It’s about a system of systems. A drone needs all these things too and a really complex chain of intelligence analysis, command structures and active forces to process and make use of its product. These complex systems of systems take ages to develop.

Meanwhile, BH can be largely defeated by your Army operating with decent ammunition supplies, proper comms systems, working logistics support. Fast jets, tanks are all important and may help a little and you may need them one day to face down other state players, but they will not win this war against BH; their huge costs mean soldiers will go on doing without the basic things they need so badly at platoon, company and battalion level – like radios and ammunition and body armour and medical support and……

Sir, I have the utmost respect for Beegeagle’s blog. You provide a hugely important forum because you are thinking people trying to do the best for your country. I have great affection and respect for Nigeria. I want you to succeed. I want to see you lead a wealthy and developing Africa. To do that the nation’s citizens have no option but to ask the difficult questions. You do have friends in the West but they cannot be unquestioning and they cannot operate outside their own constraints and limitations, moral, physical and financial.

Bless Nigeria. I hope you will let me write more in the future.

Yours Aye,
DRONES ON

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76 Responses to A SENIOR ‘WESTERN MILITARY’ OFFICER SPEAKS ON NIGERIA’S MILITARY CAPABILITIES, STRAINED RELATIONS WITH THE WEST AND ONGOING COMBAT OPERATIONS

  1. Naijaseal says:

    You sir, are one frank and decent fellow. I appreciate that.
    As a Nation, Nigeria does not hate the West, infact a number of posters on this blog hold dual Nigerian/Western nationality.

    The major grouse has been the public bashing supposed allies have done Nigeria in its time of need.

    Also, the double standard and hypocrisy shown by the West is breath taking.

    Ultimately, Nigeria has to do only what is strategically beneficial to it, and avoid being beholden to any country.

    I agree with most of your submission about the Nigerian military, there has to be doctrinal shift or re-definition in the armed forces.

    Thank you for your frankness.

    God bless Nigeria.

    • tbite says:

      Well I myself am a dual national….but one needs to understand that alliances are all about going forward. I am a national of both Australian and Nigeria. One thing you will notice about Australia is that they are not afraid to be engaged with the South East Asian Region in all facets of life! In many respects, some may even argue that they have given South East Asian investors too much room to manoeuvre. Fear is to the benefit of no man. What all countries need is tangible agreements.

      What Nigeria like any other growing nation out there requires is real and tangible trade opportunities. Not rhetoric and not hypocrisy! The United States for one are very condescending and offer no real insights or opportunities for us with regards to this war.

      On the subject of human rights, we can tackle it from so many angles

      1) The West itself is guilty of Human rights abuses in other countries
      2) The West have been known to sponsor organizations that are of the terrorist nature. Washington may pick and choose what it wants to call these organizations, but the world knows who and what these entities are.
      3) The West has deep engagements with countries with gross human rights violations such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt
      4) The West has human right violations even within its own facilities
      5) Even if we accept that Nigeria is guilty of the crime, shouldn’t the West realistically be looking at the bigger picture. I.e. the greater good and the lesser of two evils!
      6) How can one mention human rights abuses when compared to perhaps the most indiscriminate killing machine in recent times!
      7) The fact is no matter how bad the Nigerian Military have ever been or may be, they have never been and will never be as bad as Boko Haram and that threat is not going away
      8) If you refuse on the basis of human rights, well you certainly do not believe in human rights, in light of aforementioned fact

      • Omonon says:

        Sincerely with you oga tbite sir.
        Human right abuse? The west should please stop being childish.
        TERRORISM??? Don’t you know that to promote criminal acts like abortion, homosexuality etc. is an act of terrorism in itself.
        God bless my ogas here, and GOD BLESS NIGERIA!

    • Oje says:

      You killing the uniformity of this blog by your statement on dual citizenship. The founder of this blog is Nigerian based, %90 of participants of this blog are Nigerian based hence the ease of getting first hand real time information.

  2. Colloid says:

    Wow! Really insightful. In summary, the guy is saying West doesn’t hate us but they never provide the weapon we need. I think they do say “it’s during one’s hard time that one get to know his friend”. We know our REAL ally now. That’s the guy point of view, it’s half truth, half lie.

  3. Colloid says:

    Oga beegz, thank you. New as a member, old as a guest. I salute all my Ogas in the house.

  4. Colloid says:

    On the issue of maintenance, it think he has a point. Generally, we lack good maintenance culture as Nigerian. Not only in the military but in every sectors. I was chatting with someone that we need to review our Power sector and consider going Nuclear. The guy has to shut me up that just a mistake by one of the worker may lead to nuclear meltdown. So, i believe with proper planning/training, we can manage our equipment to maximum. God bless Nigeria

    • Are James says:

      As a professional in this area I have posted lots of stuff on this .Indeed my whole hearted support for current AV deployment stems from my perceptions about the weaknesses in operational maintenance capability in the Nigeria n defence sector.
      At least with drones you have lost little when they fall from the sky. We need to learn to acquire total capabilities and not just weapon systems. Let us not be like Gadhafis Libya who wasted billions for years on unforgettable acquisitions. To acquire capabilities G2G procurement is preferred to black market Off the shelf buying.

      A tank is engine, gear box, drive train, turret that swivels, a gun, gun loading mechanism, protection system, et.c all controlled by other systems. For aeronautical equipment even more systems in systems demanding trained manpower constantly certified and ‘re certified.

      We used to be so good at this in the 80s and 90s in all aspects of national life but things have since deteriorated when ignorant folks started making policy. The only aircraft platform we have some modicum.of well developed capability is the Alpha Jay and the foundations were laid in the mid 80s. We were also the best in MIG 21 operations and maintenance but all that is lost and the aircraft itself now obsolete.

      Way to go is to start an externally vetted training and certification program for air craft ground support personnel and then getting manufacturers to set up with Nigerian financing, maintenance hubs for the Mil choppers, for the JF 17 including some joint operation programs with.the Indians. The libyans after some costly negative experiences later invested heavily in a massive tank maintenance facility many years ago that helped improve their availability of military vehicles, we need to release replicate same here using the private sector which is the only sector that can attract and pay the high skilled manpower required.

    • Are James says:

      *UAV deployment*, *unreliable acquisitions*, *alpha jet*, need to replicate*

  5. beegeagle says:

    General Drones On…trepidation? That was funny. Are my friends in here that ferocious? Well, I appreciate your frankness and I welcome your effort at papering over the current rough edges in Nigeria’s military relations. I shall prepare my riposte and make same available for your perusal.

    I cannot deny the fact that like most Nigerians, I feel gutted at what has seemed like profound abandonment by those you have realistically termed “traditional friends”. Like Rugged7, my comrade here pointed out the other day “a friend does not sit on a high horse holding a gun while his mate gets eviscerated”. The West have acted very, very strangely in the face of Nigeria’s security travails. Many of us in here, realists and loose cannons alike, simply cannot understand the rationale behind the seeming indifference.

    Regardless, one imagines himself to be fair-minded and I like your forthrightness and bold attempt at kickstarting some kind of informal engagement between interested parties – us in Nigeria and you guys out there in the West. You are indeed a man of courage and I had to set aside one’s fury so that you can make some salient points known to us.

    My compatriots and I shall let you know aplenty what the causes of angst are right here and starting now. Hopefully, you will provide answers to nagging questions.

  6. CHYDE says:

    Hmmm! Aid with strings attached is no longer aid, eg when a certain country threatens to withdraw “aid” over gays rights. Sounds like arm twisting to me. A certain govt puts an end to military training in its country, and an “honest” writer/journalist reports it the other way round. Bros beegs I dont know how this sounds to you o, though somethings this guy wrote are true.

    • Colloid says:

      Seconded. Why attaching a “string” to your aid if not to pull it back. I could just compare “aids with string” attached to a trojan horse. Why the deception? It’s in your capacity to give it out free(as the norm) or just withdraw it. Why will you promise to send me to school only if i will marry you after. And here, we aint pleading for aids, we tabled our money down for the procurement. This is purely exchange by batter. Abi we dey buy on credit nih? Abeg, i no go gree wit this @drone on view on “string attachment oo”. Atleast, an ally is an ally, will the US tell us he won’t sell weapons to Israel seeing he is an ally, with all the destruction the Gaza war had caused? Did they want to tell us that Iraq is not committing war crimes yet they are arming and funding them. Double standard nation.

      • #Gbam!!!!! That Isreal Analogy is just perfect!

      • Omonon says:

        You don finish dem oga Colloid.
        I dey wit you sir.

        We shall give you aid, but you must allow your men to marry men, you must allow mothers to marry their daughters or their own son. Rubbish.

        TO HELL WITH YOUR AIDS.
        We are not under this empire called the west. The west is the misery of humanity.

        My ogas, mak una fire on. Long live Nigeria!!!
        Oga beeg, wel don sir!!!

    • Saleh says:

      Must we collect aid from others. The write up was on point. Beggars dont have choice

  7. ozed says:

    Good post sir. I like the frankness of your post and agree with you in most areas.

    I guess we all agree on the importance of criticism, what is much less clear is what constitutes constructive criticism and where the lines should be drawn. However, it is normal for us to have different views on this since we are all different individuals with different world views. For instance would it be adjudged friendly if your neighbor engaged you in a lengthy lecture on fire safety while your house burns?

    But you have rightly said that the US has its standards for the application of its resources, we cannot realistically begrudge them that. They are well entitled to their views, standards and expectations. The lessons for us as a Country is that We must understand that No country can possibly like us more than ourselves! Not the US, Not Russia and Not China.

    Consequently we must learn to maximize our resources and arrange our affairs in line with our best interests. When we have done this, then we can define the terms for what help we want to accept etc.

    I do however agree wholeheartedly with your caution about sophisticated equipment (i suspect Oga Peccavi will also be clapping in joy where ever he is). However, i must concede that like in most things in life, there is a need for balance i.e. some sophisticated equipment – with lots of planning for maintenance and domestication, and lots of work on tactics, doctrine, logistics and the other not so sexy but critical components of the armed forces.

    All in all nice to read your views. hope this wont be the last time.

    • beegeagle says:

      Hmnnn…no high tech? Are tiny Jordan flying F16s against ISIL? How low tech are those?

      • Colloid says:

        Oga beegs, good observation. Am taking @ drone on word with a pinch of sugar(salt isn’t good for me this time). Imagine him saying getting an “hi tech” equipment won’t give us a complete decimation over these thugs carrying AKs and AA. After seeing the “earthquake” T-72 tanks, Ch-3 drones, IFVs and AIFVs are causing in the camps of BH in the NE, someone is now telling me high tech weapons won’t help the CTCOIN Ops. Someone should please remind them that we had tasted the “hi” and the “low” tech(t72s and vickers) BT and we know the one that works better. We’ve seen the capability and capacity of what a UCAV can do. Emm… Oga Drone on, please tell US that we still those Night Googles for better achievement of Victory.
        #VictoryForNigeria

  8. Augustine says:

    Oga Beegeagle, that’s a thought provoking letter from the man code named ‘Drones On’ and it generates mixed feelings. He signed off ‘Aye’….is he a naval man? Make Oga jimmy talk first before I talk my own…wey Oga Peccavi self, him go Sambisa?

  9. rugged7 says:

    Ehm ehm ehhhm…*clears throat*.
    Oga foreigner, welcome o.

    Thank u for caring about Nigeria.
    Nigeria has always aligned with the west; BUT more recently, it has been knifed in the back repeatedly by those it calls it’s western “friends”.
    In summary, my advice to Nigeria is not to EVER trust the west. Nigeria must learn to play the west against the east. Nigeria should also forget about policing anywhere in Africa. We must become selfish and think only about Nigeria. For Nigeria to be peaceful, it MUST be prepared for war. FULLSTOP.
    The west has always benefited from an impoverished Africa and will seek to keep Nigeria and Africa “in it’s place”.

    The west has elevated doublespeak into an artform. They want u to succeed against Boko haram, but they belittle and insult u at every turn, they tie your hands such that u cannot fight. They refuse to sell u what u need to defend yourself.
    Even night vision goggles for crying out loud!!- oghenebiko!
    And then they send their lap dogs, amnesty international – the experts at hypocritical, sanctimonious preaching.

    The good ole “western aid givers”, corruption and string attachment:
    The same western countries deal favourably with people with the worst human rights abuses and corrupt practices. Saudi arabia, Egypt, china,Israel etc…
    I mean, the hypocrisy of the west takes ones breath away. The American defense military industrial machine is one of the most corrupt in the world.

    Battle training: The same Nigerian military has fought and died in conflicts all around Africa and the world. Bakassi, niger delta, North east, sierra leone, Liberia, mali, congo, Somalia, Yugoslavia, guinea etc This steep learning curve with boko haram will come and go. But in the end, NA will be battle-hardened by war and we will know who our true friends are. I say the west can keep their Trojan horse training and gifts to themselves.

    American military has attempted to buy its way into victory in battle, so why not Nigeria??? You talk about “high tech equipment and complex systems” as if Nigerians are too dumb to run these systems.
    As for me and my household, The west can keep their friendship to themselves.

  10. Henry says:

    Sir, thank you for your frank post.

    Nigeria has a strong over 2 million people living in the U.S, another over 2 million people living in the U.K.

    As you rightly pointed out, diplomatically, we have always aligned with western nations be it military or civilian regime.

    Our grouse with the U.S and the west is the apparent abandonment we have gotten from the west in our desperate time of need. I’m certainly not bothered by the refusal of the west to sell Nigeria 40 years old Cobra attack helicopters……….. I mean, i wouldn’t want the Airforce of Nigeria to be saddled with another set of bareboned/ barepass “Jaguar jet” museum piece.

    On multiple occasions, Nigerian military chiefs (COAS and CNS) have literally begged for excess MRAPs from the war in Iraq to assist Nigeria’s COIN effort at home. These requests have instead fallen on deaf ears. Are our “Friends” in the west implying the Nigerian Military is incapable of maintaining MRAPs?

    The fact is, our Government is no different from us (nigerians), we have, and continue to put the interests/comforts of our friends ahead of ours. Our current predicaments are as a result of our Actions. This is the reason why i’ve continued to call on indigenization. We as a country cannot develop, depending on foreign military suppliers to sell to us, because a day would come when those “suppliers” would say to would not sell…………… apparently, that day is already upon us.

    We would defeat these insurgents, we would continue to develop our $524 billion economy and we would continue to succeed.

    • Colloid says:

      Amen to that last sentence. Amen and amen and amen. Overdependence is the core maker of our past failures in the COIN Ops, but now, we have seen the “missing link” and we are promising the world that we won’t let them down in our offensive and defensive posture. TIME TO DROP THE BOOK AND LACE THE BOOT. #VictoryForNigeria

  11. Oje says:

    Insightful and honest, finally conspiracy theory nuts like igbi will calm down. Without meaning to sound self aggrandizing i believe i have been validated. A country just recovering from 13 years of war in the Middle East and about to engage the Russians in Eastern Ukraine is unlikely to want to meddle into affairs or seek regime change, the world does not revolve around Nigeria. There are some points i will like to make.
    1. The West have not/did not treat Nigeria with the respect and dignity she deserves. It was Nigeria’s vote that gave NATO the legitimacy to topple Gadaffi. When Robert Mugagbe of Zimbabwe in his bid to win the hearts of the people illegally confiscated White farmers, a move most black Africans blindly supported it was Nigeria who carved out hundreds of acres of farmland in its territory and gave them access to micro finance loans. Nigerian shoppers almost single handedly saved the British retail economy in 2012. Nigeria is the only country in the world with 80 million conservative Muslims but maintains a working and friendly relationship with Israel, more so than the Christians i might add. It is Nigeria who is America’s trading partner in Africa. It is the same Nigeria whose incredible Independent success of curtailing Ebola saw the Obama administration send the CDC to Nigeria study how Nigeria got it right….

    Given this facts and more does Nigeria deserve the media blitzkreig inflicted upon by the West? The Obama administration refused to recognize Boko Haram as a terrorist group until late 2013. France did not think of human rights records when it sent forces to take back half the country from Alqueda. Our Colonial papa Great Britain have been laregely unconcerned with events in Nigeria and only give verbal condemnation. Imagine 2000 Christian killed and no shockwave around the globe, this is the worlds biggest Christian prosecution in over 100 years yet nobody cares. The only time you hear Western govts speak of the Boko Haram issue is when they have something negative to say about Nigeria. In Iraq there are over a dozen countries fighting ISIS, human rights records are secondary. In Nigeria, yes we understand black lives dont really matter much but how do you expect an army to consistently fight a new kind of war, one which African militarizes are not familiar with, despite all this we hold our ground and do the best we can ALONE. This factor is conveniently pushed aside in favour of the generic banter about no weapons and all. Our weapons stock is depleted, did we ask for Western weapons or aid 3 to 4 years ago? Even in French led NATO military operations against Libya the NATO alliance found themselves in an embarrassing situation when they ran out of ammunition’s and bombs in just two weeks, a reluctant America bound by its commitment to NATO had to ship in weapons to augment NATO operations. If America decides not to sell weapons over rights issues, it is barbaric for West to block other countries from selling arms to Nigeria knowing fully well our very existence as a nation is threatened.

  12. igbi says:

    First of all, what I can say is: Long live Russia and long Live China and Lonng live Pakistan and Long live all the countries which sold us weapons when we needed them and which keep selling us weapons. Mr western militaryman. Nigeria has military enginears, and actually has a verry good maintenance habbit. That is why you can see that Nigeria still uses weapons which it bought a long time ago. Nigerian military engineers are so good that they produce APCs, drones and warships. Yes I am sure you didn’t know that the Nigerian military produces drones. Look mr Western soldier, the systems of systems you are talking about, we already have them. And also I think you didn’t take into action that Nigeria has the first economy in Africa so buying the systems would not impact in the Nigerian soldiers not being equipped with the necessary gear. Nigeria is not Cameroon. Also Nigerian soldiers are provided with the necessary logistics. I have a lot of difficulty understanding the double standard of your speech, Why the USA, France, and Jordan should be fighting terrorists with drones and “fast jets” and all the latest technologies while you are telling us that we should fight without them. Your country was not willing to help us and that is obvious, you can’t turn that around. The systems are not that difficult to assimilate and the assimilation has already been done. Even these technologies are not that complicated. I am sorry but I sincerely doubt that the west has any good intentions towards Nigeria. And all the flattery you will say will not change that. Facts will remain facts. Also I don’t understand why the west keep saying that Nigeria is ill equipped and then when we go and buy weapons the west refuses to sell us the weapons and when we find partners who do sell, you tell us that those weapons are not neecessary or that they take “systels of systems of systems to master”, well we mastered them with only one system.

    • igbi says:

      correction of a mistake at line number 9 : “take into account”.

    • Are James says:

      Nigerian military does not have good maintenance ‘habit’. Please leave issues in which you are not the expert. Maintenance and reliability is not about intensive short term human effort to rehabilitate equipment to make them work for 3 days and fail again (you can hand out prizes for such short term interventions but they don’t gate you anywhere) There are ways and methods to do it and it is all about failure prevention. Understanding the ways things are going to fail before hand and doing the right things at the right time to check those. That is why planes don’t fall from the sky even though getting them to fly is relatively easy. Specific equipment training and further studies at military technology institutions is key when you have acquired equipment. You should be able to predict all failures you are likely to have on a drone for instance flying in the harmattan haze in Malam Fatori, a service peculiarity no Chinese engineer could ever have predicted when he was designing the CH 3
      It is all first about standardization so that the basic training your engineers can then have specific OEM training on the type with refresher training for new upgrades and when new technology is developed. It is not just on the motivational human effort alone but having the processes in place.This is why the only way out is to tap into the resources of the private sector for equipment maintenance. This is also why you cannot buy equipment foolishly on the black market, a 5 million dollar tank should not be disposable equipment, you need to gain life cycle cost advantages.

  13. igbi says:

    Apart from that, the western media keeps tearing Nigeria down. I don’t see any friendship there.
    I don’t really care about the relationship between the UK and the USA. What I know is that we Nigeria do not have that same relationship with the USA or the UK. And also I can’t remember when Nigeria told the USA or the UK that they shouldn’t field certain weapons or follow certain strategies because those were too complicated. Our brains are not inferior to yours. We also go to the university and learn mathematics, physics, engineering and chemistry and all. We are not inferior to anybody. It is just plainly condescending when you tell us what to do, we are not a western colony and the west is in no way to give us a mark and tell us things are too complicated for us. The destiny of Nigeria is into the hands of Nigerians, not those of westerners. Also please we Nigerians do not lecture americans on how to be patriotic so it is insulting to give us that lecture in return. I think the biggest problem between Nigeria and the west is that the west doesn’t want us as allies, it wants us as clients. If the west wants any sort of relationship with Nigeria it would be as equals. If we don’t give you lessons then you shouldn’t give us lessons as well.

  14. igbi says:

    Nigeria is not going to be a playground for the west. The west doesn’t get a vote in Nigerian decisions. If the west wanted to be a friend then it should have sold us the weapons for which we were willing to pay. And it shouldn’t have used its media to mass produce propaganda against Nigeria.

  15. igbi says:

    The west remains as imperialistic as it has always been. We can not brush away the fact that the west told saddam Hussein and Qaddaffi that they were their closest friends just befor killing them both and destroying the countries they ruled. Nigeria is well aware of the double tong of the west which shakes your hands today and stabs you with a smily face tomorrow.

  16. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    The Western Messiah Complex, Slap and Tickle, so you cant tell if you are smiling or crying all at the same time, Statistics show the most educated community in the US and UK are Nigerians, The UK medical systems would collapse if Nigerians pull out, The doctor of preference in the US are Nigerians and their nurses rule the health support services, almost every other face you see on the media are Nigerians. I do not re-call any body doing what I do better than me because of his Nationality,As earlier mentioned by the Ogas, we went to the best schools and never at any time stay at the bottom, but came out tops. The Flame and the moth, just that this moth is getting smarter. their are only similar interest not permanent friendship – so we are learning, The rich man’s heaven is the porn man’s hell. There times we must part ways and work in parallel direction but on different routes to the same objective. Our destiny is to lead the world of man. The west is peaking and we are just starting to soar.

    • Are James says:

      What you have not considered is that we also have a way of voting IDIOTS into power. We are admiring @lachit’s Indian technology now but what we forget is that they had a president in the past who worked in the aerospace industry and another frontline leader political leader who helped to develop their atomic bomb.

      China is run by experienced engineers with 80% MBAs amongst key members of the ruling party and promotion within party ranks dependent on actually accomplishments.
      The most interesting is Iran with its revolutionary guard ownership of aerospace laboratories, engineering research centers and weapon factories. People are not sleeping, they are not counting limos and private jets, they are not popping $2000 champagne, they are working ceaselessly and God says every effort is rewarded.

  17. beegeagle says:

    ROSCOE CHIPPED IN HIS BIT;

    The above notice is an olive leaf, lets see it for what it is, a backdoor means of engaging on social media. The impression of the US by Nigerians is very bad, Unfortunately, the view the US has of Nigeria is not very good too. We will reserve comments on the political situation, unfortunately the state affects the military and that is the effect we are seeing.

    We should keep this line of communication open , the OP can become a contributor to the blog and give his opinion so as to engage the bloggers, this may help balance the narrative and give the West a voice. Now, all we need is an Eastern voice!

  18. Hmmmmm! He repeats the same age old probs with our armed forces that I mentioned earlier, which are often clear to see. Coming from a westerner its both refreshing and painful in 1 fell swoop. However in the face of throat slitting terrorists without a care for humanity the west held our human rights record up as d reason why they wld nt arm us. Leaving us to flounder while BH murdered by the thousands. Dts abandonment in my opinion. We had a dire need they had the means to help and did nt. In Iraq and syria the west has armed tribal forces with who have commited horrible attrocities in d past and Human rights ws nt an issue. They simply did nt see this as their fight and were nt bothered. Without the former soviet block and china, where wld we hv gotten our arms from. BH wld be running wild and the west wld still b forming righteous.

  19. @Drones opinion regarding equipment is on point, our maintenance culture is poor generally and Military rule further undermined d Army. Sophisticate equipment can be a pain if you dont develop you capacity to handle and maintain them. But we r nt asking for the F22 raptor or the F35, the weapons systems we wanna buy were developed in d 80’s. Is Egypt’s Human rights record better than ours? Yet the US gave them about 6 apache Helos and 600 million dollars worth of military equipment las year. Haba Na!!! Na dash ooo no b say dem buy am

  20. OUR MSG TO THE WEST IS THIS “160 MILLION NIGERIANS FEEL ARE GUTTED BY YOUR ABANDONMENT BY HOW U WATCHED THOUSANDS OF NIGERIANS HAVE THEIR THROATS SLIT AND REFUSED TO “SELL” US WEAPONS TO FIGHT! WE NO LONGER TRUST YOU WE ARE WARY OF U.

  21. COLONEL NGR says:

    Dear friend,

    i read your post and i understand all the point you raised. The truth is that the west has tried to help africa in its own way. Like you said, no country offers free lunch. One way or the other it extracts something to get laid.

    The Nigerian armed forces has over the years proven its mettle inspite of its lack. Only a few armies in the world will survive fighting with what the Nigerian military has in terms of fighting equipment

    we have a well trained officer corps. Our engineers are doing great improvising and maintaining equipments that have stopped working in other countries. I disagree with your talk on systems. The nigerian military can operate any hi-tech military equipment. All they need do is to train and re-train. Develop good maintenace programs and adequate supply of funds. These i know we can do especially with the support of our political class.

    The west hasnt been fair to nigeria militarily. They cite human right abuses. They say or soldiers are poorly trained. They give all sorts of excuses yet the sale hi-tech equipments to the iraqis who just built a new army few years ago. Isnt it suprising the iraqi army abandoned many of the tanks on the battle field? Many of the equipment sold to the iraqis, jordanians and even the isrealis are still being maintained by americans. Why cant the same arrangement run in nigeria pending when our engineers are fully trained?

    Once our engineers are trained, they will develop more ways to maintain those machines. That is the Nigerian spirit.

    The western media has also taken sides in the comflict. I am amazed that the chadians and camerounians, even niger has suddenly become military super powers. This is done to pain nigeria in a bad light. Nigerian troops have recorded successes on the battle field in the last few weeks but the western media choose to dwell on airstrikes by the chadian airforce.

    The NA is not a perfect army. It has its own problems. Most of its senior officers know what to do. It costs money. They are dealing with politicians who think all is well because abuja is safe. When they here of 1 billion dollars for security, they wonder if the military wants to buy a whole country. We need hi-tech equipment. We can see the difference on the battle field. I can assure you that if we get the most sophisticated of systems. Our engineers will do a good job and even improvise their own maintenance strategy.

    It was nice reading your write up. I hope the seas remain calm. Wishing you a smooth sail. It is a holy day in jerusalem.

  22. Akin Oges says:

    The stabbing words that continue to jangle in my head are the words of a retired British Officer: “…….even if we have it, we will not give them”. For me that sums up the two faced posture of the West with Nigeria on the war on terror. I don’t think the relationship between Nigeria and the West is damaged irretrievably beyond savage; we are still deeply connected economically, and so it should be. Nonetheless, a new definition is needed to define how things will transpire between Nigeria and the West going forward; enough of the Master v House-Boy arrangements. A bit of respect will go a long way; publicly talking down a nation of 170 million people is not clever, regardless of our failings. I mean, how do you explain the West falling over to sell 5th Generation weapon systems to nations (and tribal groups) that routinely publicly cut the heads of women for infractions, and yet decline to sell 1980s systems to an unquestioning loyal ally at times of critical needs? That said, it was quite bold effort by Drone On to come on here to informally present a perspective from Western view point. And in the round, his point about our abysmal maintenance culture is justified, and should be attached with critical seriousness. My General, Beeg, please admit him. It will enrich this highly regarded platform to get the views of all parties to strike a balanced forum. General Beeg, thank you for your selfless effort with this platform. When the dust settles, and it will settle, Nigeria will recognize your sacrifices. Good morning to the Generals in the house.

  23. Manny Aaydel says:

    Dear Ogas, I’ve read the comments of General Drones but have to ask one simple question. When has the West ever supported Nigeria militarily? During the unfortunate Nigerian civil war, Britain refused to sell weapons to us, necessitating our shift to acquiring MiGs from Russia. (Mrs. Margaret Thatcher would later sell us Jags during President Shagari’s time, only because at that point the UK needed cash badly as her economy was tottering). During ECOMOG operations in Liberia and Sierra-Leone, we came under sanctions again, but Glory be to God, the Nigerian Armed Forces-deploying at least division strength across all theatres- held the ground in those two countries and the Bakassi Peninsula without losing an inch to the enemy. Now with BH, it is the same story. Yet, the NTC fighters in Libya, the Peshmarga and Iraqi Forces all kept committing violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws, but kept receiving weapons from the West, including, in the case of Libya, NATO air power serving as the official anti-Gaddhafi Air Force. General Drones, you’re welcome to blog here, but sir, we’re smarter than you actually think. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Viva Africa!

  24. Williams says:

    Mr Igbi,

    Thank you for always speaking my mind………

    The west just have this perception that we blacks are “dull” ……….I mean, I have lived in Europe and I know what I’m talking about and this writer or author just indirectly said that “we can’t operate or maintain hi tech equipments therefore, we shouldn’t bother buying them cause they wouod just crash”
    I mean, how degrading is that statement?

    secondly, they keep disgracing us with their western propaganda and what annoys me more is that few of our Nigerian citizens just believe such news without even conducting and investigative research into it.
    most Nigerians or certain Nigerian would believe the nonsense the western media says than the goodnews our local media o military reports. I mean it’s really pathetic.

    All I have to say is that, we would win this war with or without the aid of the west or east.

    • rugged7 says:

      Oga williams, u have said it all.
      But they under-estimate Nigeria and will live to regret it.
      A country with little electricity, practically running on generators manages to become the largest economy in africa and the 23rd largest in the world- THAT, in itself is the 10th wonder of the world.
      What would happen if we got basic infrastructure and electricity in order? The possibilities are endless.
      In 20-50 years, the population of Nigeria will outstrip that of the United States and compete favorably with India and China.
      We must become a positive beacon of light for all black people everywhere.
      Failure is not an option.
      We will remember our friends and deal harshly with our enemies.

      • Omonon says:

        BRAVO, OGA rugged7. OUR POPULATION MUST TRIPPLE.
        MAY GOD PROTECT US FROM THOSE WHO WANTS TO DEPOPULATE US.
        GOD BLESS NIGERIAN!!!

  25. Williams says:

    Even if the military begins a PR job and post videos online, I can tell you that it wouldn’t even work as expected. it wouldn’t change the demeaning attitude of the west on us.
    until we as Nigerians begin to appreciate our own military effort then the west would have no option that to do the same.

    I have noticed that most Nigerians saying that would military is ill equipped or cannot perform are APC supporters.
    I don’t know if they think buhari would make a difference……..could he be more intelligent than all the military chiefs?

    I am not here to politicize this military page neither I’m i a party to any political group but let’s call a spade a spade……no matter what the Nigerian military does, certain persons would always criticize.

    Just imagine an interview today on AIT and some APC supporter is saying The president is promoting the insurgency so as to use it for political gains. i mean how daft can that be? which or what president in the world would want terrorist or support deadly terrorist on his soil?

    Just imagine last week when a military documentary was aired showing drone bombing…..another insane Nigerian said it was edited clip and not Nigeria. I mean, how unpatriotic could that be? we have a big problem oh…..and it’s not just boko haram but the fact that we have ignorant, easily deceived & gullable unpatriotic Nigerians

    Please, let all the parties and persons come together and realize that this is a national and global issue to face just as chad, Niger and Cameroon has.

  26. Oje says:

    Mr Igbi, i will not call you Oga anymore. Do you spite the West for spiting sake? you are such a simpleton. You left your country not for China or Russia or Pakistan but for the West. You enjoy the benefits of good infrastructure in the West, hell your fundamental human right is arguably more respected in where you live than here. Your senseless attacks on any thing Western is sickening. The Russia you are praising is on the verge of plunging the world into a thermonuclear war. Please stop your senseless rants.

    • rugged7 says:

      Oje, u don start again…
      Try not to join matters with igbi.
      Abi u want to start another “rofo rofo” fight again??

  27. Oje says:

    We have to put into account what has caused this paradigm shift in the Wests relationship with Nigeria. A decade ago America was Nigeria’s best friend, the most powerful man in the world paid courtesy visits to Nigeria along with Condi Rice and we even had Collin Powell dancing ”Yahoozee”. President Bush in a statement at the White House lawn once stated that Nigeria has a large Muslim population hence its a vital ally. Nigeria he said was the firdst African country to call the White house and sympathies with the Americans after the 9/11 account. But this is not just about the Tea Party. President Clinton in his tenure as a democrat made overtures at Nigeria, he made several trips and even after his Presidency continues to visit Nigeria. He was a guest speaker at the unveiling of the first swatches of land of Eko Atlantic which is dubbed as the largest and most ambitious engineering project in all of Africa.

    Fast frward today, (a black man is a black mans worse enemy). We have a President of African decent who dos not hide his apathy for his ancestral land. Paying courtesy visit to Ghana while bypassing Kenya and Nigeria is bad enough, giving a speech to the Ghanaian Parliament praising Ghana’s democracy and lambasting Nigeria’s human rights record was a sign of things to come.

    Under the Obama Presidency relations with the West have been on an all time low. Trade volumes between both countries has plummeted to levels not seen since the late seventies. American investment in the Nigerian economy have vanished giving way to Chinese investors who are not Africa’s biggest economic partners. Obama’s refusal to recognize Boko Haram as a terrorists state despite thousands of lives lost is unbelievable. I am yet to see a verbal condemnation of Boko Haram by Obama, the only thing we hear is his endless rants about corruption and human rights issues in Nigeria lol..this is the same Obama that is asking Congress to provide a terrorist group in Syria with hundreds of millions of dollars and ammunition to topple a regime that has been a force of tolerance and stability of Christians and other religious fates in Syria.

    America leads the West, if the United States alienates Nigeria and engages in covert actions to cripple Nigeria’s ability to fight terror there is nothing Britannia can do. The CIA operates over 12,000 armed Drones but imagine its Chinese armed Drones that are helping Nigerian forces take on the murderous terrorist group Boko Haram. A lot has been said about America’s double standard and hypocrisy but this is an administration issue, the next administration which i hope will be republican will surely be a better partner in our war against terror. America will and must remain the worlds unique and preeminent super power. It is hard to imagine a world being led by China or Russia, not to mention ISIS.

  28. beegeagle says:

    THE NARRATOR, “DRONES ON” RESPONDS TO YOUR COMMENTS…

    Gentlemen

    Once again this blog demonstrates the careful thought that makes it so valuable to those of us who seek to understand. Thank you for your welcome, open mindedness and willingness to debate. I am amused to see myself categorised as a senior western military officer. I doubt my military comrades would agree that I was ever very senior and certainly they would deny my current right to represent their views!

    Allow me to focus on 2 areas of your many comments: the need to re-equip and the problem of human rights when seen from the West. The first is easy. The second is certainly not. By the way, much of what I write below can be characterised as generalisation. Others from the West will disagree with parts of my analysis. I hope some of them are reading!

    I have no doubt Nigeria needs and deserves good equipment. The point is that getting it and deploying it is expensive in time and money. Surely, your core threat today is from Boko Haram and your resources must be targeted at finding the most immediate solutions? We would all like the latest jets and missiles and drones. The question is what will work fastest for you in winning this conflict. My observation has been that your young men in the battle lack the basics. The money for one 5th generation aircraft or even a modern drone will buy a lot of radios and tracked vehicles and mine detectors etc. So of course, re-equip as best you can and of course aspire to the heavens, but be practical, choose the right sequence, think about cost effectiveness and build efficiently. No nation can afford everything it wants immediately.

    Now the hard one. Human rights and helping you win. I don’t think there is any doubt that the world wants you to defeat BH. The greatest abuses are by the terrorists. All of you are frustrated at the West for not doing more. Oddly, most interested Westerners are themselves frustrated. I don’t entirely defend the West’s position and I think it has to find better ways to help but I do think you must understand the conundrum your friends face.

    Most Westerners believe absolutely in the concept of absolute human rights. When we get this wrong (as we often do) and we overstep the mark there are huge consequences for politicians, soldiers, policemen and the rest. A policeman who shoots a suspect, even if the suspect is himself obviously carrying a weapon, will face perhaps years of investigation. Look at the inquiry into abuses by British soldiers in Basra or America’s internal investigations on interrogations using water-boarding and the questionable practice of prisoner “rendition”. We set rules for ourselves and when we break them we punish ourselves – sometimes to the point of self-destruction. Where but in Europe or America can a convicted terrorist avoid being sent home to his own country on completion of his punishment simply because that country might punish him again? Many current examples of this can be seen in UK and France where they are policed by the European court of Human Rights – often to the fury of the citizens. These rules drive many of us mad because they often give the bad guys huge advantages. Nevertheless we believe in them because they offer all of us who live in these nations confidence about our own rights. We are lucky to live in politically stable nations and we believe the occasional disadvantages of our rules are overwhelmingly balanced by the advantages to our own rights and freedoms. Rightly or wrongly we want other nations to share these benefits.

    Western democracies have another problem. Our voters really do fund our governments. In many developing nations (including I suspect Nigeria) most government income comes from oil companies. This makes your voters relatively weak; you vote for men to rule but those men don’t rely on you for the resources by which they govern. “Follow the money!” Western governments have to listen hard when they spend their taxpayer’s dollars and their electorates are very clear in saying “by all means use our money to help the world’s poor but don’t give it to the corrupt or those who do not share our values”. Governments out there really have to listen to their voters or they lose power. If you don’t believe me then watch the coming elections in USA, UK, France and Germany over the next 24 months.

    Westerners also believe (you may well say wrongly) that misuse of government power through human rights abuses tends to worsen a political problem. Ask yourselves if this is true? If Nigerian power in the North East had in the past been effectively used to develop the economy and support the people, would the BH insurgency have developed so fast? Did the use of violence in such as a way as to make many innocent people become victims of the security forces in fact recruit many more neutrals to BH’s membership? In Northern Ireland in the 1970s the IRA successfully managed to provoke an excessively violent response from the security forces and in consequences many previously neutral civilians were driven to support the terrorists by suffering inflicted by their own government. See what happened to the French who over used violence in Algiers and turned the population from friends to enemies. This history forms the basis of nearly all current western counter insurgency doctrine and is intellectually completely at odds with the approach taken in places like Sri Lanka which have forced outright military victories. Most Westerners see such successes as misguided since they temporarily suppress rebellions rather than end them. The Irish example is instructive. Generations of violent suppression led only to temporary peace and then terror repeatedly returned. You could argue the same for the Israelis who have managed some periods of ceasefire but never found peace through military “victory”. Long term peace and reconciliation requires economic, social and political renewal and justice.

    Now, I don’t know if this is true but most in the West believe that human rights abuses and misgovernment created the BH we have today. It is certainly a very different organisation from its youthful self of only ten years ago. If you accept this argument (I know many of you will not) then why as a Westerner would you fund the further misgovernment of the area by providing assets that can be used to cause more abuses and therefore further worsen the situation? Like it or not, this is the way all western powers analyse the problem. The argument in Washington and Brussels is that if Nigeria could show its determination to police its own abuses and adopt our logic then it would be much easier to spend our hard earned resources to provide the equipment and training you need. No-one expects you to be perfect (neither are we) but they do expect you to try to route out misbehaviour when it happens. So from an American or European perspective it is Nigerian behaviour on the ground that makes it impossible for us to give the help we would like!

    Gentlemen, I am sure you will not like this analysis. Nevertheless it broadly reflects the view widely held in the Western world. Most of us believe we want to help you and believe simultaneously that you are making it hard for us to do so. With so many challenges facing nations that themselves have come close to bankruptcy, it is no wonder that the West will choose to resource solutions in places where it can be more confident of how those resources will be used. If I have $1m I’m going to give it to the guy I trust and who makes it easy for me! Give me an easy answer over a hard one any time. As an after-thought, remember too that BH’s effect on Northern Nigeria horrifies and saddens us but doesn’t really threaten us directly. ISIS and Al Qaida certainly do threaten us directly and so it is easier to spend resources on threats which concern us more obviously.

    In short, you need to help your friends in the West win the argument to get the resources with which to come to your assistance.

    So now, back to you gentlemen for a debate I what I hope will be a debate over whether human rights and political abuses have actually happened and, if so, whether, they have helped aggravate the insurgency rather than defeat it.

    Enough from me.

    Respectfully,
    Drones On

    • Kola Adekola says:

      Oga Aye, you are right that most Nigerians would find your analysis annoying, especially as it is patently false.

      It is disingenuous to blame boko haram on poverty and human rights abuses. Borno state where boko haram is thriving receives the 10th (of 36 states) largest monthly allocations to states, yet states that get much less have no terrorism issues. We run a federal system in Nigeria, therefore it is annoying for foreigners to keep blaming the central government for the lack of development of federating units that have chosen their own paths. It seems like just another deliberate policy of the West to hang Nigeria with.

      If you have heard of our “Civilian JTF,” you would know that they are made of the very civilians from the areas the West claims our military is abusing. Quite clearly, someone is lying and it ain’t Nigeria.
      Strangely, not a single human rights offense has been backed up with the tiniest fact. The “gravity” of rumours is enough to indict Africans, while burden of proof conveniently exits the window with an imperious swagger.

      Saudi Arabia is flush with Western weapons and fawning Western patronage, yet “apostates” and “witches” are beheaded, women are executed by firing squad, women are not allowed to drive and cannot vote, adulterers are either flogged or stoned to death.
      Guess what? True to the Wests anti-human rights stance, Saudi Arabia only spots a few hundred M1A2 Abrams tanks and another few hundred F-15’s. Hypocrisy. No?

      Lastly, we do not need Western help, we simply want cooperation and for them not to keep blocking our weapons purchases all around the world (so that boko haram can gain the upper hand), while telling us how much they care. Aid money? We don’t need it, but the West strives to force it on us.

    • CHYDE says:

      Eloquent speech, but West don “shit for church” as far as naija dwy concerned. Insulting our sensibilities, shouting on the roof tops about Nigeria’s failures. A bomb goes off courtesy BH and it makes the front pages, the NA hand BH their asses and no one gets to hear it. I good friend I must say. Lol

  29. Oje says:

    I beg to differ ! Human rights to the detriment of the country? What are you talking about? The West is yet to raise its voice against ”Human rights abuses committed by Boko Haram”, no one is talking about Human rights issues in Saudi Arabia where you can have your hand amputated for stealing, stoned to death for adultery and face beheading for blasphemy. The so called ”Free Syrian Rebels” you want to fund, arm and train in Syria has killed hundreds of Christians and burned down historic Christian sites in Syria. Sites that should be tagged a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. I couldn’t care less if the giant of Africa is ridiculed and called incompetent and corrupt and a gross human rights violation, Nigeria has a history of being the most non aligned oriented country in Africa. What i find disturbing is the efforts by the West to block any arms sale to Nigeria to fight terror,.. they even bared Israel from selling Chinook Helicopters to ferry the wounded. CHINOOK !!!, this is not even an armed helicopters and is purely a defensive weapon. Everyday people die because Nigeria now has to buy weapons in batch and patches, crazy. Anyone remember the Russian cargo aircraft laded with weapons and helicopters meant for Chad that was impounded by airport authorities in Kano? Why are you sending arms to Chad, a regime with one of the worst human rights records in Africa and a country with a history of illegally meddling into other countries internal affairs through manipulation and force..the Sudanese and Libyans know this first hand.

    This human rights thing will be the downfall of Western society. You are fighting an enemy that does not read the Miranda rights to civilians they butcher and kill, just last week we say the burning alive of Jordanian pilot, rather than take off the gloves and match the Barbarity of these barbarians with barbarity you call your lawyers to ask if it is ok to kill these people so their human rights are not violated. Despite all the Human Rights laws OBSERVED by the WEST is Europe any safer? the last five years has seen 3 fold spike in terrorist attacks against European Cities. Now its so bad you actually have armed terrorist killing Civilians. The battle ground is shifting from the Middle East to European Capitals and you worry about Human rights? Human Rights will be vaporized if God forbid terrorists gets hold of a nuclear bomb. They are gradually getting there. You sanction us for opposing Gay marriages, an idea that is alien to African culture, you block weapons sale to Nigeria for not reading Boko Haram their Miranda rights and you expect us to consider the West friends? when China, a country we have little cultural and historic affinity is sympathetic to our cause as a nation and is providing the Nigerian government the arms it needs to end Boko Harams reign of terror.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Good job Oga Oje. Nice tidy riposte there. But make you chill with Igbi, abeg ehn. We are all saying the same thing from different sides of the table. Abeg move on from the past headlocks. The enemy is BH; lets focus our collective energy killing that satanic monster, BH. Cheers!

  30. Williams says:

    @ Mr Rugged your statment really had me wondering just now….”A country with little electricity, practically running on generators manages to become the largest economy in africa and the 23rd largest in the world- THAT, in itself is the 10th wonder of the world”.
    I mean, it’s really a wonder and this just tells me that even in our diversity, problems and issues, we still one way or the other emerge victorious.

    @Oje…..really good point you gave. Mr Drone should please stop defending the West. They have hurt us Nigerians by betraying us when we needed their weapons and morale boost to fight a global terror issue.

  31. Muyiwa says:

    Fair write up, poor timing. Would have wished these points were made long before now. Too late, my ‘expert friend’. What we need now is the loyalty of our ‘friends’, not patronizing write ups as yours. I agree with you on one point though, our military officers have too much of some irrelevant academic qualifications at the expense of military tactics training and battle field experience. When the BH palaver is over, training and doctrine of the army must change.

  32. jimmy says:

    Thank you for your comments @ Drones it is important to mention that what you did took Candor, Courage and real guts I agree with Roscoe and BEEGS it represents an olive branch and for me it represents peace, and also a symbol of renewed hospitality
    You had the courtesy to give a little bit of your background likewise i will give a little bit of mine so you can have a better perspective I am a Nigerian American who also has extensive British ties , I also guard my INTEGRITY such that whenever I write something in error or inadvertently say something in error I do not hesitate to SINCERELY apologize , I believe you came in GOOD faith and as such I am honor bound to treat you that way.
    Nigeria like any other country facing ASYMMETRIC warfare has made mistakes just like the US ( AFGHANISTAN) and Britain ( IRELAND), as a dual citizen I have consistently advocated for better relations between the US and Nigeria and to some extent the UK ( Specifically I will continue to advocate the F.G. and the UK model and entire Brigade on the SAS even down to acquiring the HERTFORDSHIRE type HQS
    Then came BOKO HARAM, and it also exposed the fault lines it is on record the US was one of the LAST COUNTRIES TO DESIGNATE to designate BOKO HARAM an FTO after China, after Russia after ISRAEL and after the EU. L-A-S-T. Friends help friends in times of need and do not PUBLICLY rebuke Friends in PUBLIC. When 9/11 happened not a single retired Nigerian General went on NTA and publicly scolded how useless the CIA and the FBI .Nigeria stood up like a lighted Candle and said we are with you. During the bombing of 7/7 in Britain( a Friend of my Mom her son died on one of the buses) ,Nigerians stood tall with the British and said we are with you Nigerians did not constantly lambast the MI5 AND MI6 for been completely Incompetent.
    Both countries have the right to give Weapons to whomever has Nigeria committed some of human rights abuses maybe by the same token the NAF and the NA has absolutely refused to turn certain towns like GWOZA into parking lots because of Human COLLATERAL damage has this just once been acknowledged in the western press no.
    It is anticipated when the elections are over the US and Nigeria may reach out to one another fr the sake of both countries I hope that it is the case, however right now Nigeria is fighting an existential war which they will win, they however need weapons to ironically prevent collateral damage in Mubi they needed T-72S to take out what is regarded as the first Tank to Tank kill T72, versus T55 , in Maiduguri it is speculated that it was used against a British made Vickers tank .
    In my next thread I will talk on the maintenance issue all I ask of you is to be frank.
    END of part 1.

  33. Kola Adekola says:

    Oga Aye mentioned, strings attached and aid. Firstly, Nigeria does not need any aid money. Take away the aid money and the strings attached will go. That is something that would satisfy the Western tax payer whose money is being needlessly, because aid only goes toward corrupting politicians and sponsoring ill defined NGO’s; it would also satisfy the Nigerian, because we all know that aid is something we don’t need, but nevertheless is a fulcrum for levelling all sorts of unsavoury stereotype’s on us.

    Secondly, Oga Aye talked about the West respecting and wishing Nigeria success, with words on how a friends criticism is usually well intentioned. Hmm! I would say friendly criticism is usually whispered to the concerned party, not broadcast by the Western press to the Western public, richly garnished with lies and subterfuge, as well as expressed in the most derisory tones. It must be a new kind of friendship in which uppercuts are handshakes.
    The damage done by these wicked tactics will take a generation to undo, the way America plummeted from being by far the most popular foreign country in the minds of Nigerians to being considered the foremost villain is instructive. Who would have believed even just a year ago that Russia and China would gain ascendancy in Nigeria?

    The assertion that Nigeria does not need drones, instead should fight boko haram with just regular infantry kit only fits strongly into the fear that the West would rather see us humbled.

    Friendships and alliances must be based on mutual respect. Trust is not something to trample for short term gain.

  34. rugged7 says:

    The United States created ISIS- Kofi Anan

    http://rt.com/news/230387-us-iraq-islamic-state/

  35. Oje says:

    Relations with the U.S will be back to normal when Obama is out of the White House and the Republicans take over.

  36. Oje says:

    Aljazeera interview with General Buhari live. I used to think GEJ lacked Charisma and eloquence, Compared to Buhari GEJ is Barack Obama in eloquence.

  37. gbash10 says:

    Fellow compatriots, from the uniform, I can tell that our guest is a British Army officer and maybe from fas,their intelligence unit.
    Sir Drone On, I don’t know what your intentions are but do preach or lecture us about Human rights or corruption,the West refused to sell arms to Nigeria during the Civil War and recently, you people refused to sell weapons to us again,’once beaten twice shy’ Nigeria will never trust you people again as our allies!
    The only way forward is to see real commitment on the part of the West, by supporting our fight against BH through arms sales.

  38. Augustine says:

    Augustine says:
    February 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm
    Code named ‘Drones On’.

    I am Augustine, 100% Nigerian blood and genes. My short response to you sir.

    I know the western world, from street people to government/politicians, I understand you, I live in your world, I know the good, bad, ugly about your western world.

    I appreciate the fact that you like Nigeria, thanks man !

    Nigerian military has challenges defeating Boko Haram, NATO too has challenges defeating Taliban in Afghanistan after over 10 years of USA/UK led military expedition in Afghanistan, the west can only boast of superior equipment, not human military prowess.

    You say the west wants to help Nigeria but we have to allow you do it based on western nations’ terms….sorry, Nigeria has our own terms too, take it or leave it….no deal on one sided terms….west leaves Nigeria, we will team up with Russia and China….go tell CIA boss at Langley…..tell the White House…Nigeria has her own terms too…not only the west will make the rules…NO WAY man !

    Can’t hide behind one finger, the west has double standards on human rights violations, when Israel and western aligned oil rich Arabs violates human rights, the USA/EU don’t scream foul…why shout at Nigeria when Amnesty International cooks up a lie of human rights violations against Nigeria?

    If the west loses Nigeria…it becomes Russia and China’s gain. Period.
    Thanks man…thanks for admiring Nigeria.

    • Yomi says:

      DRONE your views are typically western,may I remind you that the Nigerian Armed Forces are under the Command of an elected civilian head of state so we are a democracy too.
      We wanted to buy weapons to defend our people not for aggression, we’re not begging for donations which is what you guys are doing in the Syria,Iraq and Libya,some of the groups supported by the west metarmophosed into ISIS and Al -Nasra front,how come the western values didn’t prevent you from giving weapons to them.
      As for the Nigerian Military,we’ll get the weapons from elsewhere,Attack Helicopters,MRAPs,body armour,night vision goggles,and 12.7mm MGs as well as loads of shipments of 7.62mm rounds in the short term will make a world of difference.
      I’ve lost so many colleagues in the ongoing operations due to use of softskinned vehicles for operations, MRAPs should be on top of the shopping list.
      So Mr DRONE the west is a FRIENEMY ,we should never trust you guys again you stabbed us in the back ,just look at the western media onslaught branding Nigerian Soldiers as incapable and doing nothing to help us,tell me an American platoon facing a swarm attack without any air support and outnumbered will not withdraw when they eventually run out of ammo (which is usually the case),if so you must have amnesia ,just cast your mind back to Somalia or Vietnam.
      These are trying times for Nigerians especially military famillies,but the tide is turning and we can only hope the lessons have been learned.

  39. Omonon says:

    Aye says: “Why should American or Brit or other taxpayers fund regimes that behave in ways they don’t like – corruption, human rights abuses happen everywhere and the Westerners that pay their taxes demand that these things must be controlled”.

    What does he mean by corruption??? What about the immoral corrupt practices they have over there? It seems to me that the west themselves have invented this word called corruption. They call corruption what they don’t like, and what we don’t like, what would they call it???
    I think the time has come to talk sense into the head of the west. They don’t like those that don’t dance to their tune of music.
    Homosexuality, abortion, pornography, etc……. are they not corrupt practices. We have our own sickness, yes, but we are trying to heal them. We do not need to exaggerate thing so as to distract attention. There is need for balance. The west is a TRAITOR!!!

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!! GOD BLESS BEEBEAGLE!!!

  40. beegeagle says:

    Drones_On, would you say that this cascade of lies and horrendously skewed report is a freewill thing or was someone commissioned to write? Malice practically drips from it. What a vicious female and what a Nigerian idiot to have as collaborator!

    http://news.yahoo.com/nigerias-president-troops-liberate-town-boko-haram-095030622.html

  41. beegeagle says:

    DRONES_ON WROTE…

    Sir, I am afraid I believe the article is intended to be honest. In truth not all journalism is good quality; in any report it is always hard for the outside reader easily to tell which facts reported are true, which are mistakes and which are outright lies. The trouble for journalists in this battle with Boko Haram (including Nigerians) is that there is so little firm information which they can use to report on all this. As your own correspondents often note, the media operations machine in Nigeria is inclined to silence and denial; it almost never offers concrete facts so it is not surprising it is easily possible for a journalist to make mistakes or to cheat if he wants to.

    What readers, commentators and friends of Nigeria want to hear is objective fact so that proper judgements can be made. It worries but does no surprise me that people both within and outside Nigeria manipulate facts for their own ends. I still believe that Nigeria’s hope of long term success in all areas lies in her ability objectively to analyse her problems and so produce workable solutions to them. That is rightly the business of Nigerians and Nigerians alone.

    Foreigners though will continue to observe, to worry and to comment for many reasons. Because they Care (me). Because they want to invest in Nigeria (business). Because they may have to deal with the consequences of political, social and economic failure (your neighbours, the AU, UN etc). All nations are subject to comment by others – today’s world media is covering huge numbers of international issues, many of them very aggressively – Greece, Ukraine, Myanmar, US electioneering, Pakistan, Brazil…. The world is unavoidably interlinked and understanding and influencing international partners is unavoidable. Which means it has to be done properly by getting facts and analysing them clearly. Nigeria does this just as much as any other nation. You were not silent on Cote d’Ivoire, on Mali, on Sierra-Leone; you are not silent in the AU or the UN. Quite right too.

    On a related issue, it is of course wrong for foreigners to take public positions on the character of foreign leaders – unless of course their behaviour is so odious as to be beyond redemption. One should be respectful. But it is not unreasonable to be critical of another nation if one disagrees. It happens everywhere; it is the very machinery of international relations. Look at the current row between Russia and much of the rest of the world over Ukraine and the seizure of the Crimea. No lack of harsh words on both sides. Look at the language between EU leaders and the Greeks. Look at the robust debate over the years between US leaders and Pakistanis. Look at the terse comments between the Saudis and Qataris. Nigeria herself has been willing to comment on failures of overseas leadership – hence your honourable comments as a member of the UN Security Council.

    I would make one more distinction I think is often overlooked by your contributors. Too often they mistake the views of a foreign government with the views of that country’s media. On the whole in the Western world the media is entirely independent of government. In my experience the Nigerian press itself is usually very good at maintaining political independence. It is not wise to judge the views of the USA from an article in the Washington Post or the views of British Government from the BBC, or the views of Ethiopians from the views of one journalist. Neither would it be wise of me to judge Nigeria simply by reading a daily paper in Abuja or Lagos.

    Respectfully your friend,

    Drones On

  42. Omonon says:

    Faul, Elias Meseret,Ibrahim Abdulaziz. Behold three hungry journalists seeking attention.

    To say the least, these three ignoramus are shame to journalism. In fact, they indirectly campaign for buhari. They mixed journalism with political campaign. Nigerians need to be very critical about what they read, and in fact, beegeagle can be of help here, for it forms the mind to be critically prepared to face any kind of propaganda. Journalism ought to be for mature and research oriented people, but it seems to me that it has been dominated by hungry and job seeking persons. Persons who lack the basic educational qualification to warrant them the title of journalist.

    Freedom of expression does not exempt from responsibility. Journalists who lack the minimum patriotism are traitor to their profession.
    Journalist should and must create an atmosphere of reform, be it of the political , social, educational sphere. But this presuppose serious minded and research minded journalists.

    Some Nigerians have been paid to rubbish their country, but they must not forget that the destiny of Nigeria is in our own hands. We must join hands to fight a common enemy. Journalism must promote the common good and not distorts it.

    AN IGNORANT JOURNALIST IS DANGEROUS TO SOCIETY.
    THERE SHOULD BE LAWS IN NIGERIA SAFE GUARDING WHAT IS BEING WRITTEN AND BEING PUBLISHED.

    Oga beeg, if possible, post DRONES ON on a new post, so we can continue to follow up.

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

    • Saleh says:

      You just acted political like the journalists. Pls remove buhari from the issue. He didnt appoint any of the pple failing Nigeria. let’s differentiate patriotism to Nigeria from loyalty to GEJ govt. Imagine foreign troops operating on our soil

  43. Omonon says:

    Yes, thanks Oga Saleh for the correction. Well taken in.

    I DON NOT INTEND TO PULL DOWN GENERAL BUHARI.
    Thanks so much.
    I do firmly believe this blog is doing so much to good to Nigeria.
    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

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