NIGERIAN ARMY INDUCT INKAS LIGHT ARMOURED PATROL VEHICLES

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91 Responses to NIGERIAN ARMY INDUCT INKAS LIGHT ARMOURED PATROL VEHICLES

  1. beegeagle says:

    These might have been acquired in place of the Oshkosh SandCat LAPVs as well.

    • Henry says:

      This is actual confirmation to show that, the burnt out Inkas photo seen early 2014 belonged to the Army and not the Police is widely speculated.

      • igbi says:

        I disagree, the army having them doesn’t exclude the police from having them. And the picture you are talking about was that of a vehicle surrounded by the police, not by soldiers. If it belonged to the army, then it would have been surrounded by soldiers.

      • ocelot2006 says:

        The Police had inducted it into service long before the army. When it comes to MRAPs, NA is just catching up with the NPF.

      • Henry says:

        The Police do not Paint their Armoured Vehicles in Desert Camo oga igbi. That burnt out Inkas LAPV was for the military and not the police.

      • ocelot2006 says:

        Henry, the burnt out INKAS LCAV was owned by the NPF, not the Army. As a matter of fact, the same picture showed that the same destroyed vehicle was surrounded by MOPOL cops in riot gear, not soldiers.

        Anyway, my point is this: the Police has had the INKAS LAV (along with a number of the MRAPs and APCs like the Casspire, RG-48 Nyala, Streit Spartans 2 & 3, Streit Cougar 1, 2, and 3, and a host of other armoured vehicles) loooooooong before the Army thought of procuring them. The Army’s just playing catch up now.

  2. beegeagle says:

    MEKAHOG have nothing to do with these

  3. beegeagle says:

    Seen the SSS deploying some of these in MDGR on NTA NEWS. Those were painted black. Looked very impressive with their Tavor rifles in tow

    • jimmy says:

      Oga beegs just looked them up they are out of Canada! this is is a surprise. Canada helping ?Can you expand pray tell

      • Henry says:

        I won’t say Canada is helping, it’s just business. The Canadians own a subsidiary Amouring company situated in lagos Nigeria, “Armoured vehicles Nigeria”. This is part of their expanding Nigerian business.

        I have a feeling these Inkas LAV’s are assembled in Nigeria, as i’ve seen their LAV’s advertised in one of our “buy naija” promotional videos.

      • jimmy says:

        I am just saying this is a lethal vehicle maybe the seatbelt was made in detriot,just surprised Oga henry.Just surprised. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  4. beegeagle says:

    My wingman is correct, Egbon Jimmy.

    BTW, do you know that the Ukrainian variant(AutoKraz Spartan) of the Streit Spartan Mk.III APC is heavily deployed by the Ukrainian forces in the ongoing war in that country. I see them ever so often on TV news, particularly with their National Guardsmen.

  5. Henry says:

    Oga Beeg, sorry for derailing this thread.

    Nigeria looking for more attack aircraft
    Jeremy Binnie, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
    09 February 2015
    One of the proposals submitted to Nigeria includes Puma helicopters upgraded into gunships, the only example of which is the SOCAT version of the Romanian IAR 330. Source: IAR
    Key Points
    The NAF is looking at proposals for upgraded attack aircraft after its attempt to buy AH-1 Cobra helicopters was thwarted
    One proposal reportedly endorsed by the NAF involves Puma gunship upgrades and Su-25 fixed-wing ground attack aircraft
    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received a proposal from a defence company for the sale of six Puma gunship helicopters, four Sukhoi Su-25KM ground attack jets, and two upgraded Su-25UB trainers, a Nigerian Newspaper revealed on 5 February.

    The Nation cited defence industry ‘whistle-blowers’ as saying the unidentified company had “reached an agreement with the NAF to substitute the initial order for Cobra AH-1V with alternative attack platforms”. It said the NAF had recommended the deal to “the higher echelon of government within 16 days” of the proposal being submitted.

    The US State Department confirmed in November 2014 that it had blocked a deal to sell Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria because of concerns about its military’s human rights record and ability to operate the aircraft. The Nigerian press reported that the attack helicopters would have been ex-Israeli Air Force Cobras.

    The Nation added that the deal was worth USD466.5 million and claimed this was far higher than it should be even though it noted it included shipping costs, personnel training, and the construction of supporting infrastructure, including new hangars for the aircraft.

    A source told IHS Jane’s that the aircraft package reported by the Nigerian newspaper is one of several proposals that foreign defence companies from France, Italy, Israel, Russia have submitted to Nigeria and that the deal was far from finalised.

    Describing the leak to The Nation as “political,” the source challenged the claim that the proposal was overpriced, saying the newspaper had not taken into consideration all aspects of the package.

    The Nation also cited a letter from the NAF as saying that it would prefer to acquire new AgustaWestland AW129 Mangusta attack helicopters rather than the upgraded Pumas and Su-25s.

    The only Pumas upgraded into gunships were Romanian-built IAR 330s that were converted into the SOCAT armed version with a chin-mounted 20 mm gun and Rafael Spike guided missiles with the help of the Israeli company Elbit Systems between 2000 and 2005.

    Elbit Systems was also involved in the Su-25KM ‘Scorpion’ upgrade programme along with Georgia’s Tblisi Aircraft Manufacturing company. This envisaged installing old Su-25s with enhanced weapons-delivery avionics and a new navigation system.

    When asked to comment on whether it is involved in the proposal outlined by The Nation , Elbit Systems told IHS Jane’s , “We don’t comment on speculation and rumours”.

    • jimmy says:

      Oga henry Since una no want make man sleep for amorika . I had to reread this thread twice ,oga beegs this should actually belive or not sound familiar to you not the whistle blower aspect approximately. A year ago you highlighted the uparmoured puma gunship and you alluded to the Romanian connection….look back on those threads,oga henry you said there were other proposals from France,italy ,Israel and Russia nah wah for these people ,a kobo for your thoughts. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  6. camouflage1984 says:

    ChiefBisong Etahoben @ChiefBisongEta1
    · 32m 32 minutes ago
    Fighting 4 over 5 hrs now between Chadian army and BH in Gambaru with BH using tunnels 4 first time to surprise Chadian troops.

    • Are James says:

      This is the same Gamboru Ngala supposedly captured by Chadian troops. It appears these guys don’t really know what they are in for and all previous insults heaped on Nigerian troops are now going to be tempered. We knew Book Haram would deploy creative use of the terrain and the many tunnels the *$#@@!& Nigerian army gave them all the time in the world to erect in all the border towns and locations in the Sambisa forests. This is going to be an unnecessary long, costly and very very stupid war.

  7. camouflage1984 says:

    Edward ‏@DonKlericuzio · 13m13 minutes ago
    Soldier of MNJTF repelled a #BokoHaram attack on the town of #Gamboru destroying 3 Vehicles, seized 1, killed 17 enemies, 4 troops injured

  8. After almost a week of constant bombing of Sambisa forest, Nigerian ground troops have begun advancing into the forest.

    http://www.punchng.com/news/troops-comb-sambisa-forest-hunt-boko-haram-fighters/

  9. Augustine says:

    AW129 Mangusta attack helicopters, why? The 40 armed helicopters from Russia nko ? Ina 40 helicopters daga Kasar Russia, me ya faru?

    How many types of multiple models and brands of aircraft will NAF induct on it’s fleet? Maintenance issues, pilot training issues, ordnance incompatibility issues….

    What makes Mi-28 or AW 129 better than Mi-35 if all have PGM and operate out of reach of ground AAA? Maneuverability is no big advantage in helicopter close air support unless there is air to air threat to the helicopter.

    NAF is short in supply of Mi-35 Hind, we have not armed them all with PGM, yet we want to buy a totally new brand type of helicopter from a different country and then again we will hear that there are no pilots qualified to fly them.

    Then add issues of western products and arms embargo or sanctions in the future….Nigerian Air Force’s entire 24 units of MBB 105 combat helicopters are all dead now because of western sanctions, we needed them in ECOMOG war but NATO/EU arms embargo killed all the 24 units of NAF’s German made attack helicopters, many NA soldiers died because of the lack of gunship helicopters close combat support in battle.

    Something is secretly wrong somewhere…..where are the 40 promised Russian combat and armed transport helicopters? Mangusta, Puma….story story….

    • beegeagle says:

      We had about seven Hinds operational as of mid-year 2014 after a total of four units went down to crashes. In August 2014, two upgraded Hinds arrived.

      The President has ordered that the four lost units be replaced while approval has been given for the acquisition of twelve pre-owned Hinds from Belarus. We should have 25 units of Mi-24V/35P sometime this year PLUS six new state-of-the-art Mi-35Ms. That would give us a grand total of 31 Hind attack helos altogether.

      Pesonally, I have no idea how much better than the Mi-35M the Mi-28 Havoc actually is but I am absolutely not interested in the overpriced Mangusta.

      Left to me, I would have ATE of South Africa upgrade 12 units of the total of 25 pre-owned Hinds to SUPER HIND Mk.III. Twelve of those, added to six Mi-35Ms would give us eighteen frontline attack helics, backed up by thirteen base model Mi-24V/35P. That is a decent enough haul.

      Beyond that point, I would only be looking to acquire Sukhoi Flanker and modernised Scorpion air superiority and ground attack jets. Mangusta? What for? More of sucking up to the West? When are we going to plot an independent trajectory? Pakistanis train more than we do in the West. How come they are not besotted fan boys?

  10. beegeagle says:

    THIS is the price that the FG are making Nigerians pay for wishing that the insurgency fizzles away instead of preparing the military to force an outcome on the battlefield.

    http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20150209/1018017013.html

    What do we have the military for if the FG always projects towards negotiated settlements? All of this because someone was simplistic enough to have allowed Chad set foot on Nigerian territory where there were no Nigerian troops fighting

    UNLESS DHQ redefine their media strategy, the Nigerian military as a whole shall rue their unnerving decision to be taciturn while a war rages on in our country. If care is not taken, the Nigerian role in our own war shall be made a footnote to the story.

    Look at how wildly the Chadian entry into Gamboru has been exaggerated?Same Gamboru that was under attack even TODAY yet you would think that the town’s encirclement has been the defining moment of the war? MUBI is five times larger. The NA took it. Maiduguri is twenty times larger…the NA have it on lockdown.

    In other countries, someone would have fathomed that there is a brewing global media ambush of the Nigerian State and our official media managers would work extra hard to counter the dishonest narrative.

    • Deway says:

      Now that is a media house run by the Russian government not western. This is really bad.

      • mcshegz says:

        To think that Nigeria has any friends is a fallacy, all we have is ourselves, all we have is Nigeria, look west, look east, either way, once push comes to shove, we are alone, its high time we realize that.
        Oga Deway. I respect your hustle sir.

      • Augustine says:

        Oga Deway, it’s bad agreed, but what of the PR machinery of Nigeria…DHQ, FG, NTA, VON, FRCN, Ministry of Information….are those ones performing good?

      • Deway says:

        Ogas McShegz and Augustine, you are both very correct! First and foremost, only Nigerians can protect the interest of Nigeria not any foreign body or media outlet. In a similar vein, only Nigeria and Nigerians can sell our accomplishments and successes to Nigerians first and then the world. Why do I say this? Its so disheartening going thru our online local newspapers and one could easily notice that most Nigerian commentators have no clue about what is happening in the north east, with many going as far as praising the Chadians for rescuing their own country. If only they knew better. I have no beef with the Chadians, they are doing what they are supposed to do. You know why the Russians launched Sputnik International in November 2014? – to give a Russian perspective on global affairs via print, digital and radio platforms. Its to project Russian propaganda beyond their territory. I’m not saying we should do the same, we already have enough agencies that can do this (MOI, NTA, NOA, VON, FRCN), how can they be supported to up their ante?

      • Are James says:

        Correct @mcshegz

    • Augustine says:

      A Zimbabwean woman sits down in Senegal, she gangs up with one Journalist in Chad and one in Cameroon but NONE in Nigeria, to write war reports on Nigeria….

      http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AF_NIGERIA_VIOLENCE?SITE=TXBRH&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    • Obix says:

      My ogas, please pay no attention to this sputniknews crap………….they don’t only do propaganda, they are experts in creating provocations!

  11. KKY says:

    It gets worse
    NewsDayPost: “Nigeria’s Once Vaunted Military Has Been Hollowed Out By Corruption, Bad Leadership” @TIME Damaging Feature http://t.co/Q11j9SxDVN

  12. jimmy says:

    http://www.punchng.com/news/troops-comb-sambisa-forest-hunt-boko-haram-fighters/
    This is an updated version of OGA Augustine’s POST it is trending My ogas there is a big , big battle going on , please BIKO, E JO there will be plenty of time for our to read everything bad about the Nigerian armed forces but can we focus our attention on Sambisa Forests / Gwoza
    Unconfirmed reports from Naij. com are reporting dead boko idiots littering the path from GWOZA to the Sambisa forests
    God speed to our Boys
    God Bless Nigeria
    Amen.

  13. beegeagle says:

    Agostinho, the report itself is written to taunt, the Nigerian collaborator Haruna Umar is also probably someone with anti-government sympathies. Worse, it also tries to knock the heads of all countries together.

    The seemingly confounding naivette displayed by the Nigerian military in allowing Chad into Gamboru beggars belief. If not that Boko Haram had attacked in Bosso(Niger) and Fotokol (Cameroon), I would not be surprised that our DHQ would AGAIN have allowed Chadian troops to go into Malam Fatori and Abadam. NO FOREIGN TROOPS should be deployed anywhere on our territory unless 50% of the total number of troops deployed to the particular front are Nigerians. At Baga for instance, we should 450 Nigerian troops and 150 troops each from Cameroon, Niger and Chad. They must not operate more than one mile inside Nigeria.

    Reading through that report, you would think that Gamboru is the capital of Borno or of BH’s so called caliphate. Much bigger battles have been fought to reclaim Mubi and Michika, to retain control of Damaturu and MAIDUGURI and the ongoing offensive in the 6,000 sq km Sambisa Forest was preceded by FIVE DAYS of bombings and precision strikes by drones and by jets.

    What is actually wrong with us as a people? What is Haruna Umar’s objective?Is it this country which some lowlife Zimbo female ignoramus with a latent inferiority complex writes about with so much bile and malice? This same ASSOCIATED PRESS? And what was the the pseudo-messianic imputation of the myth that all would have been well IF we had danced to America’s tune?

    First of all, I hope that we are compiling the names of all these lousy journalists because when this dark cloud blows away, NOT one of them should ever again be granted entry visas or work permits. They are too low for zero and are a threat to our national cohesion. Keep them out.

    Moving on, I want to restate without fear of contradiction that this is a supremely jaundiced and biased report. Nigerian troops fought off two attacks on Maiduguri in one week. To make sure that the glory is denied the Nigerian Army, this God forsaken liar actually posits that the army fled. So it was with the Civilian JTF that the Nigerian Air Force coordinated air raids? Such pathetic spin.

    Again, they liberated Michika and what the writer says from Senegal is that the surrounding countryside is unsafe. That is also another dampener which is meant to deride.

    In the ONE place where Chadian troops have been seen operating, a town which is less than 5% of Maiduguri, Michelle Faul makes that seem like some turning point. Is the town itself or the surrounding countryside safe? Was Gamboru not where the BH militants launched an attack on Fotokol from? Did they not attack Chadian troops inside Gamboru today, 11th February? How come she did not realise that the surrounding countryside at Gamboru is unsafe? Has Gamboru been pacified as we speak, even as fighting flared up today in that town?

    Then, she goes off on a tangent about how Nigeria looks down on her neighbours and fought them in border wars. Of course, she wont tell you who won those. In its entirety, this is by a country mile the most jaundiced, disgusting and biased report I have read this year.

    It is one thing to hate a country and another thing to so wilfully distort a narrative. Haruna Umar, for your malevolent collaboration in the defamation of your country, may eternal damnation be your portion. Cursed be the day you were spawned.

  14. if you think the current media war on Nigerian military is bad enough, then wait till Amanpour Interviews Buhari later on today. That woman is nothing short of ruthless…

    • asorockweb says:

      Amanpur is not ruthless; she is just s cultural bigot.

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Amanpour’s not ruthless. She’s just another idiot with a swollen ego who thinks she can address various Heads of States and co with disdain cos they granted her audience. I’d rather be interviewed by BBC Steven Sackur of Hard Talk than this moron.

  15. KKY says:

    #REPORT”@Austynzogs: @Gidi_Traffic Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up today in the Niger frontier town of Diffa

  16. COLONEL NGR says:

    Our PR machine needs to wake up. We need to do something about it as country. Someone just sits in her bedroom and write rubbish about a country she has never been to. With an effective PR campaign, we can change things. Friendly journalists from the west and out local journalists can be showed videos and pictures of our victorious battles. The brave ones can actually visit the field to observe things. Thie can be done in collaboration with the PR unit of the NA.

  17. dndynamite says:

    This is going to be my first post on this blog. I’ve been following silently and have been educating a lot of people in my office with the information I get from here. I agree we are under attack by BH and also by some other world powers via the media.

    So, if anyone knows the friendly press people and has access to footage of what’s going on I think they should share with these people. Aljazeera wil seems like one of such stations, or CCTV

    We somehow have to get the news idea. Thanks to all for your contributions. I’m more educated for them. And yeah I saw the NNS centenary berth at the Naval dockyard amidst fanfare, it’s was pushed into dock by two tug boats like it’s being hidden from the view of ships passing to drop containers. I do pray we have more of these in the year to come.

    Nigeria will prevail

  18. Augustine says:

    Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, oga sir I beg you in the name of God, save your fatherland from public image disaster and media assassination by enemies of Nigeria, please order videos and photos in hundreds to be made during Nigerian army and air force current operations in Sambisa forest, URGENT SIR, nitori Olorun mo be yin o oga Brigadier! If we fail to redeem Nigerian military’s image now, we will all bow our head in shame until next generation because foreign media and some disgruntled politicians have began a successful and powerfully run machinery ready to rewrite the history of the 150 year old Nigerian army…..forever ! Ejowo nitori Olorun make good videos, many photos of Sambisa forest operations to prove that the blood of Nigerian soldiers were the ones shed in hundreds to save Nigeria….Chad is now internationally declared by media as the new saviour of the federal republic of Nigeria…..your fatherland Brigadier !

    • jimmy says:

      Oga he is not a brig .He is a major gen. Please do not demote him o! Lol! T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • Augustine says:

        Oga jimmy thanks for the timely correction and rescue !

        Major General Chris Olukolade, ema binu sir, typographical error…Nigeria matter dey pain person for body we fit press wrong keyboard letters on laptop sometimes.

        Battle Of Sambisa : Nigerian Military Regains Global Respect

        Videos and photos aplenty from field action and operations, world news media will scramble to watch, social media will spread it viral….ECOMOG hero Major General Olukolade, this one is within your area of power and influence, God bless you as every Nigerian regains national pride given to us by you and your boys in battle of Sambisa real images !

    • Number one says:

      5 years of pleading with the NA to adjust its media practice to the 21st century.whether or not the NA respond’s haters will hate,those who will spout rubbish will do so,but the most important thing for the NA to note is that our story must be told.It’s all about perception.

  19. drag_on says:

    A slate of Western nations are set to participate in a series of “U.S.-sponsored,
    African-led” military training exercises known as Flintlock. This year’s exercises
    will be based in Chad and Niger.
    Daniel LeBouthillier, a spokesman for DND, said in an
    email that Canadian troops are “not fighting Boko
    Haram in the town of Diffa,” but rather participating
    in the Flintlock exercise.
    LeBouthillier did not immediately respond to
    questions about what Canada’s troops would do if
    they encounter Boko Haram forces in the course of
    the exercise in Diffa.

    http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/politics/story/1.2953371

  20. Colloid says:

    Omo, i dey BOIL with anger over this “PR” issue o. The NA is just too slow for my liken. Abeg, wake up, opprobrious elements are HELL BENT on destroying and defaming the Military and Nigeria in general. Please stand for the truth and show them the truth. If we Fail to plan now, surely we are planning to Fail cox it will be HARD to redeem NA image if we fail to redeem it NOWWWWW.

    IT IS “NOW” OR “NEVER”!!!

  21. ugobassey says:

    My Ogas in line with the threads posted above, here is another: Christine Amanpour’s Interview with MB.
    http://ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/197733-why-i-urged-calm-after-polls-shift-by-buhari

  22. eyimola says:

    There is a lot more news coming from the War front now that other countries are involved. This in itself should be cause for concern. Anyway here is Alex Crawford’s apparent tour with the Cameroonian special forces. http://news.sky.com/story/1425958/on-the-frontline-of-battle-against-boko-haram

    • Augustine says:

      Nigerian military and Federal ministry of information, with NTA and FRCN professionals, crew men/equipment, please copy ideas/concept from the above PR video production, as posted by oga eyimola, let the story of Nigerian soldiers and pilots who bled and died for our fatherland be told in many dozens of video motion pictures and many hundreds photographs, tell it to the whole world and to our fellow citizens of today and the future.

      Let not your labour and sacrifice be in vain, FG, DHQ, NA, NAF, NN, show the entire world what you are doing on the battle field against Boko Haram !

      Take your act one notch higher than the Chadian and Cameroonian military, let our PR include :

      1. Real combat action of foot soldiers, armoured vehicles, artillery, aircraft.
      2. Dead Boko Haram fighters
      3. Captured Boko Haram fighters
      4. Captured weapons and vehicles of Boko Haram
      5. Surrendering Boko Haram fighters with hands in the air
      6. Hundreds of jubilant and dancing Nigerian civilians in liberated towns
      7. If possible and safe, embed a few Chinese journalists in safe mode on the field and let them be shown as witnesses in a few instances.

      All videos should have narrators and analysts voices, all photos should have message captions. Interview Nigerian civilians confirming that Nigerian army’s fighting prowess liberated their towns.

      Spread these videos and photos viral on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook. Hold world news press conferences with big time reputable international journalists/media and release these videos/photos to them, give them copies top publish.

      My own 2 kobo for the fatherland, I am fighting this war where my own micro-tiny power can reach.

      God bless Nigeria.

      Now our leaders and rulers in Abuja, over to you o !

      • Are James says:

        @Augustine
        You are on the right track here. Maybe we should not be asking DHQ to do everything. Maybe NTA, AIT , TVC and so on should develop a crop of war reporters proactively and deploy them as embedded reporters with military units. 20min clips coming every week is enough to give Nigerians a feel for what is happening and attract empathy for the NA.

      • Deway says:

        Well, when doing all this, hope you’re also thinking of a sumptuous life insurance package.

      • egbeigwe says:

        I fully agree with you. The urgent need for such an approach is obvious.
        If we do not fix this image problem now, it may be difficult to fix it when this story has left the spotlight.
        To a large extent, the kind of stories that come out of these 24hrs news channels is our own fault because the news channels need to constantly broadcast news and if you do not give them something to broadcast they may make up their own story which we may not like.
        We need to put out so much information out there so that they can pick and choose what to broadcast from material we control or have an input in.
        Also we need to create our own narrative on what transpired in the last 5 years. i.e what the govt have been trying to do, what worked, what didn’t work, the challenges they had and the way forward.
        The president in his media chat gave a small example of what I feel we should do. When he said that he had made several trips to chad to discuss the situation and the Chadian president said that he wanted a UN or AU resolution in place before he acts. GEJ said we have put that in place and you can see the results. (at least something along those lines).
        From that information he is telling us that they have not been idle and what you are seeing today is not happening by accident. BUT we need to tell the full story not bits of info.

      • Are James says:

        @Few at
        Yes plenty of life insurance packages. Now historically war has been the major driver of 24 hour news. CNN would not be what they are today without the major wars in the ME and AfPak. What I think is happening to Nigerian media is a lack enterprise and annoying contentment with running paid adverts for governments and political parties. What I am sure of is that Nigeria has a lot f twenty-something year olds, literally gifted, risk taking young Nigerians ready to go with cameras and embed it is just the fat cat media owners who don’t see the value yet. Meanwhile Cameroonian and Sky News journalists are showing interesting pyrotechnics of war on global TV and pointing to Nigerian towns across the border calling them Boko Haramstan and the only reply we muster are bland big English loaded old style news conferences from DHQ.

      • Are James says:

        *@Deway*

      • Augustine says:

        Sirius Black no get life insurance, he has over 1,000 photos. At his last count 2014, many hundreds of battle zone photos were loaded ready for publication in his image files. He was never allowed to release the pics.

  23. beegeagle says:

    ROSCOE WROTE AS FOLLOWS:

    I mentioned it sometime ago that the PR strategy has failed and is failing, where errors are made in publications , typically there are rebuttals, The rebuttals need to go out. the sputniknews article has opened our eyes that even friendly nations have no idea whats going on in Nigeria (unless they do and we are the ones playing Ostrich) .

    @Jimmy is correct, Wars are not necessarily won in the news, however victory is proclaimed there. In the 3rd Servile war Crassus defeated the armed forces of Spartacus, but Pompey destroyed a large band of refugees and was given the triumph, Crassus had to share equal glory with Pompey because his PR was not as good. We may win the war but will not be awarded the victory, same as the Soviets contributed to the end of the second world war (entered Berlin first and were the primary front in the east before the allies opened a second front in the west, also took Manchuria overstretching Japan and leading Japan to start suing for peace) but were not awarded the victory, Victory was wholly ascribed to D – Day and to Hiroshima/Nagasaki. We may see a situation that in a decade only a few will say Nigeria defeated BH, we may hear of Chad defeating BH.

    If this happens we may have a new regional power sitting on our Northern border, backed up by a Nuclear power with significant force projection. The long term consequences of this to the security of Nigeria and West Africa are unknown.

  24. Saleh says:

    nature abhors a vacuum since the govt authority wont sing its praise or say its positive news others will do it

  25. ocelot2006 says:

    Kudos to our soldiers, but I must say that the handling of the PR angle of this war by the military ‘ s PR wing has been totally disappointing. What will it take them to embed journalists with frontline troops? They did same in Liberia, Sierre Leone, the ND insurgency, and even the Kidnap Siege in the South East, so why is this conflict any different. It’s no wonder foreigners will continue to talk trash about our military. Enough of the press briefings and one – off videos where 90% of the coverage shows different conferences at Transcorp and co. What we need are combat footages.

    • Lordfej says:

      Please let’s direct our feelings to the DHQ and General olukolade on twitter, please let it be done with the utmost respect for authority by the way I have already started.

      • Augustine says:

        Oga Lordfej, excellent idea, please help start the campaign on Twitter as you said and put in your best shot, if you have Twitter friends you can influence, let them join the campaign for PR combat videos/photos of Nigerian military in real action. Please let us also emphasize that Maj. Gen. Olukolade needs to bring in experts from NTA, FRCN and Federal Ministry Of Information, the ministry can fund it financially, NTA and FRCN can supply professional crew and equipment, NA, NAF, NN have the troops, weapons, aircraft for live action.

  26. KKY says:

    afrispheric: @DefenceInfoNG @GENOlukolade @HQNigerianArmy C 9ja troops welcomed to Liberia #onepixperday we can do it again! http://t.co/RjykLSacVF

  27. AY says:

    Statement from Niger’s Defence Ministry – “Our soldiers are not like Nigerians. They don’t run.”

    Gentlemen this is what our military has been reduced to. Puny nonentities like Niger have the nerve to spew such garbage.

    We continue to observe.

  28. Kola Adekola says:

    …My Oga’s, still on PR…
    I am one of those who initially blamed the Ministry of Information, NTA etc with the PR disaster, but the disaster is entirely an army problem.
    There is very little NTA and other civil society organs can do if the army PR machinery remains to shy to share its battlefield efforts, even when such efforts are dazzling and extraordinary. Civil organisations can’t go about manufacturing war front news. When the army does share information, the spokespersons seem very camera shy, timid and uncomfortable. This shouldn’t be, they project the wrong image.

    The few insiders who have been forthcoming with information to educate the public (especially our highly vocal, but generally naive and ignorant youth population), have been shut up by the army. Why, is anyone’s guess.
    The army needs to URGENTLY reshuffle its PR personnel, because they are doing the country far more harm than good with their unnatural reticence. Can you imagine?

    It is hard to compare Nigeria and Chad by any index, yet their PR is more effective.
    Nigeria is a democracy, Chad is a dictatorship ruled by a despot whose brothers and son own the country; the Chadian president, Idriss Déby is the worlds highest paid politician, while his son at 31, is a “general;” Chad is rated as far more corrupt than Nigeria on the Corruption Perceptions Index; the size of the Nigerian economy is $513 billion, 40 times the size of Chad’s (at $13 billion), yet their army can make much more noise than ours in today’s “human rights” world! How? The same Chad that has been stuck with clearing Gamboru?

    Let us petition General Minimah to do something about our military’s disastrous PR.

    On the other hand, we must understand that Idriss Déby is a common thug who is involved in armed insurrections in practically all of Chads neighbouring countries; from rebels in Sudan to Seleka in CAR, boko haram also has a very strong Chadian element – for example, 15 (or 36%) of the 42 boko haram members killed at Biu (mid-January) were Chadian’s.
    We cannot hope to plumb the moral lows a person like Idriss Déby exists in, so aside from curing our PR ailment, we need to look to other strategies that will keep Idriss Déby out of Nigeria’s political and security orbit. Nigeria needs to begin applying absolute grit and tectonic resolve to moulding our neighbourhood in our own image, anything short is a security risk.

    ===Rant over===

  29. Julius says:

    General Olukolade seems pissed off.Read his tweets.

  30. Oje says:

    Rant or no Rant the sad truth is our army’s combat effectiveness has been reduced to ”junk”status, to move forward we must first admit the truth. PR or not ours is a $6 billion a year military, there is no reason why Chadian, Cameroonian or Nigereiane troops should be doing better than ours. The excuse that Chad has a better history and experience at counter insurgency should be discarded, this is a big disgrace. To reverse this trend Nigeria needs total complete overhauling. We need a new administration, a new Defense minister and new Chief of Staffs. A pro active foreign policy will invariably place the military industrial complex in the front seat. Buhari IMO will be exactly what Nigeria needs now but this is also a paradox. GEJis the best thing that ever happened to Nigeria economically, Nigeria now has the richest and most powerful economy thanks to GEJ’s superb economic team but security wise its a disaster. General Buhari will be the best thing the Nigerian military needs, a man who is bold enough to admit the Chadian armies fighting Boko Haram is a disgrace to Nigeria will be more than willing to transform our military, but economically it will be a disaster. Buhari is capable of taking Nigeria back to the stone age economically. This is 2015 NOT 1984. In today’s market based economic system Buhari knows nothing on how a modern economy should be run.

    So we are stuck here between the lion and the deep blue sea.

    • sizzorkay says:

      But who said Chadian Military or that of Niger is performing better than ours?
      If what Nigeria is going thru right now , for 5yrs, was happening in any one of the countries you mentioned, their government would have collapsed a long time ago.
      If Chad or Cameroon successfully fight insurgency for 5 straight years, then we can start comparing them to our guys, until then, no contest.
      On the PR side, more is deserved, but combat itself, i think they are doing their best, if its that easy, America won’t be trying to negotiate itself out of Afghanistan after 10yrs of war, the Taliban is still there, undefeated. That’s insurgency for ya.

  31. Julius says:

    @sizzorkay On twitter simply type in General Olukolade.

  32. jimmy says:

    VINDICATION !!!
    @ last the General has spoken, One of the problems of BOKO haram has finally been put out their I would call it the ” Niger” problem .
    These fools should understand this is not child’s play and it is going to be one rough Feb / March for them God be with them because they have no idea really what it is going to be like no idea at all.

  33. Oje says:

    Jeeezum !!! Is he speaking in an official capacity?

  34. Augustine says:

    Niger Republique insult Nigerina soja? Kai, dis world don spoil finis.

  35. Augustine says:

    The global insults have just started, even Oga Igbi will be made to kneel down in France to a Chadian and say “Thank you for saving my family back home.” (Sarcasm)

    Do we need this approximately 5.500 multinational forces from Niger, Chad, Cameroon? Can Nigeria not raise a crack force of 5,500 extra troops from UN peace-keepers, volunteers from non-combatant, NAF paratroopers, NN riflemen?

    Are there no 5,500 men who want to defend the honour of their fatherland in battle?

    Kaje boys, Gwari boys, Kataf boys, Ijaw youths, etc where are you all now?

    • Are James says:

      We never needed this foreign people. First of all, they will never beat Boko Haram on Nigerian soil, CJTF with some military training and support would have been more effective, they are actually feared by BH. All we needed to do was deploy more soldiers at least 60000 and minimum of two squadrons of combat aircraft and this war would be over.

      I think the business men who run Nigeria ran a few figures and it looked quite better to pay Chad and Niger to get the job done.

      • ozed says:

        But Oga this is the question i keep raising (maybe in ignorance) and no one has said a word. ARE WE SURE WE HAVE ANOTHER 60,000 UNCOMMITTED COMBAT TROOPS? When last did we verify our troop headcount? Why was the military so resistant to the idea of a bio metric manpower audit when it was being done for other parastatals.

  36. Kola Adekola says:

    Ok na.
    We need to “chase” boko haram deep into Niger Republic, in the general direction of Niamey.
    And maybe to Amchide in Cameroon as well.

    Not declaring war, just “chasing” boko haram.

    • sizzorkay says:

      I know right? Then we can see how awesome they really are, when they start having bombings popping up all over their cities, their troops spread thin, not like they have a lot to begin with. Then they will know what’s up. People think its easy to defeat insurgency.
      These are guys that won’t shy to go underground, make you think you’ve won. only to pop up again. They are rats.
      The side effect of course, it that they will cry to France to save them, then France will answer and start operating in our backyard, Which is not something Nigeria should be okay with anyways.

  37. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    No To UN Peacekeeping In Nigeria print
    Published on February 12, 2015 by admin pmnews · No Comments
    Reports of the visit of the Special Representative of the Secretary General to West Africa to Abuja indicate that the United Nations had offered Nigeria the peacekeeping platform of the global organisation. The platform has two major components-the strategic and humanitarian. This, especially the strategic dimension, is an offer that must be rejected, if Nigeria is to protect whatever modicum of respectability it has left. The offer of the deployment of peacekeeping in Nigeria, in whatever guise and shape, is a natural outcome of the slippery slope into damnation that was initiated by the African Union. This was with the connivance, we must admit, of the Goodluck Jonathan presidency. The initiative of the African Union expressed the unfortunate consequences of a very dysfunctional internal politics. That brand of politics that has now opened Nigeria to international ridicule. The UN is cashing in on this for relevance. This opportunism must be resisted because it has dangerous consequences for the future of Nigeria. If accepted, Nigeria would be opened up to all manner of external interests who would play out very complicated game plans that can only overwhelm our country.
    At its meeting held on 24 November, 2014, the Peace and Security Council of the African Union considered the regional efforts being deployed to combat Boko Haram terrorist group and agreed on steps to be taken to by the African Union Commission in support of member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission plus One (Benin). This culminated in the establishment of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Against Boko Haram Terrorist Group by the African Union. As humiliating as this development is, notwithstanding the significant diminution of our stature, the MJTF is an instrument that Nigeria can still influence or impact. Operations of the United Nations in distressed countries are a different monster in a different category with their own peculiar internal dynamics that could immensely fragilise or even finish off Nigeria. Nigeria would be a mere pawn in the hands of very experienced international playmasters.
    The offer of SRSG Ibn Chambas of the UNDPKO platform to Nigeria is unfortunate as it represents the very nadir of humiliation that failed states are consigned to. Peace keeping operation by the United Nations is the last resort when all else has failed and desperation has set in as in the cases of Liberia and Sierra Leone at the turn of the last century. The formal UN rhetoric apart, peacekeeping in reality is also a tool of powerful states to recalibrate and reconfigure the destiny and directions of states that they perceive to be their playgrounds. In some situations, such state failures are contrived by elite states with strategic interest to protect as in Cote d’Ivoire, when the United Nations, acting as a proxy for France, instituted international intervention in that country. In Liberia, it is the United States and Britain in Sierra Leone. In Guinea Bissau, it is a struggle for control between France and Portugal that has left the country prostrate and now with many complications. Also, in a way, the offer of the peacekeeping platform is a logical development considering the constant attempt of the United Nations to be perceived as occupying the front role in peacekeeping globally. With the roll out of the MJTF, the United Nations DPKO cannot be seen standing by. It may also be observed that historically, sub regional and regional forces have always been in the lead in doing the heavy lifting in robust peacekeeping, only for the United Nations, rather than support regional efforts have supplanted them under the guise of transforming the operations into a DPKO. The usual excuse is that it can mobilise more logistics and funding. But these come at a cost.
    In Liberia and Sierra Leone, ECOMOG did the dying and the DPKO takes the credit. Nigerians died massively in both countries, but the formal narratives of how the conflicts ended give Britain and the United States the major accolades. Narratives are that important. The United Nations is successful in this because regional organisations are poorly organised and funded. Even when they deploy successfully, their operational capacities are weak due to poor funding of their member states. The most damning indictment of the United Nations DPKO is in transforming African peacekeeping operations into jobs for the boys and girls from smaller but rich Northern European states that clamour for more high profile posts to compensate them for their huge financial investments in the organisations. These international emergency senior peacemakers often have no iota of appreciation of what the issues are that they are mediating. South Sudan is a more poignant example. In a perverse sense, these people feed on the misery of Africa. Even the Africans sometimes deployed must accept the logic of the organisation and its major paymasters and become tools of western establishments. Their careers are more important. In the end, these operations have become strategic political contrivances and their true raison d’etre has nothing to do with the nobility of the altruism of the UN charter. Nigeria must on no account be brought this low, for whatever reasons.

  38. doziex says:

    As I told you guys, be ready to eat a whole lot of humble pie.

    I saw this day years ago, when I was almost daily suggesting ways NA can reorient itself.

    Col Eebens outfit and the Americans, advised and mentored the ugandan army Into it’s current combat fitness.
    EO showed angola the solution to unita and savimbi.
    Cameroons BIR is a product of isreali military advisers.
    Chad has combat experience, but their desert warfare prowess didn’t come out of the blue.
    They have been mentored by French and US spec ops since the libyan war.
    They have used a mercenary airforce as a means to an end. Ditto the angolan air force.
    (NAF needs no help here, we have the best trained pilots in subsaharan Africa. They graduate from Nato training schools, only to come back home to a handful of alpha jets)

    Examples where armies used military advisers to enhance their combat quality abounds worldwide.

    NA could have done the same long ago.

    While many say that system in Nigeria is too rotten for advisers to make an impact, I beg to differ.

    NA wars in liberia, sierra leone, the niger delta and the North East, shows that it’s a mixed bag.
    In konduga we see quality, in mubi, we were left scratching our heads.

    In Sierra leone, while many an army brass where state side enriching themselves, a man named Colonel Maxwell Khobe did nigerians and NA proud with scant support from abuja.

    So the influence of military advisers/mentors would swing NA culture away from the lootocrats, and bolster those interested in true soldiering in NA.

    Colonel Eeben said many times, that any group that trains soldiers, then abandons them at the battle front are not serious.
    We saw that recently with the iraqi, the malian and the nigerian armies.

    It is about embedded mentorship and day to day, side by side advisory work.

    Anyway the time for this advocacy is over. The barn is open and the horses are long gone.

    Urgency in the middle of an election may work but is unlikely.

    For years we begged for such urgency.

  39. Stormslim says:

    PATRIOTIC! GENERAL OLUKOLADE LAMPOONS NIGER’S DEFENCE MINISTRY FOR CALLING NIGERIAN SOLDIERS COWARDS

    admin | February 13, 2015 | News | No Comments

    General-OlukoladeThe Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, on thursday responded to a rude, irksome comment contained in a release signed by Niger’s Defense Minister, Mahamadou Karidjo which suggests that Nigerian troops are cowards. According to the Nigeriens on their Army, they said; “Our soldiers are not like Nigerians. They don’t run.”

    Gen. Olukolade who rose in defense of the Nigerian Military released a statement via social networking site, Twitter said the Nigerian Military is a Professional Military that accords it’s neighboring forces due respect while condemning the irresponsible comment by the Nigerien Defence describing it as crossing the boundaries of respect by the ‘poor country’, he said:

    Re: NIGER – Nigerian Soldiers remain undaunted despite attacks and insults. They have been maximizing the use of available resources to keep at bay these terrorists who keep flooding in from around. Our troops have with due decency & professionalism respected borders.

    Unlike others reputed for looting, mercenary engagement/collaboration with terrorists as a way of surviving the poverty in their country. Our soldiers have remained professional & sacrificial in protecting their fellow Nigerians, preserving the nation’s assets.

    Despite these jeerings, insults & ill wishes from within or without Nigeria, the Nigerian Soldier has not & will not be deterred. He remains the gallant, brave and patriotic Nigerian Soldier. Although these battles continue, and others are now joining him, never mind; very soon, it will be #VictoryforNigeria. The Nigerian Military remains a great asset and the envy of other Nations.

    He also called on Nigerians to be patriotic, suggesting that despite our internal squabbles and wrangling we must not allow an outsider disrespect our nation, while condemning political actors who “to the press with the Nigerien gaffe hoping to embarrass our military or government. But nobody will disrespect my Mother!”

    “We don’t cross our boundaries. It is unacceptable for any Foreign Government to say our Soldiers run. This is your Motherland! Defend Her!”

    Olukolade condemned the unpatriotic action of politicians who obviously were promoting the story and defended Niger against the Nigerian Military suggesting that they might indeed be sponsors of the untoward remark in their characteristic efforts to ridicule the Military.

    “Poor Niger! Treacherous ones amongst us accorded them effrontery to insult our troops to gain bad press. Don’t compromise your Patriotism!”

    He also had a final punch for the Niger Government; “Our soldiers have been defending our people & Nations wealth from mercenaries supplied to Boko Haram by those who boast that they don’t run” he added.

  40. beegeagle says:

    The BBC this morning broadcast an interview with a soldier supposedly deployed to the Northeast. Here is what he had to say.

    * sometimes, reinforcements have refused to deploy owing to the unavailability of appropriate weapons.

    * there are issues with support weapons. BH field RPGs, HMGs and AAMGs which makes soldiers wielding just rifles and fighting in inappropriate APCs and ‘tanks acquired in 1976’, vulnerable.

    * all too often, the troops are outnumbered. The narrator spoke of having been involved in battles pitting 116 soldiers against 3,000 insurgents. He suggested that most times, a maximum of 400-500 troops square off against thousands of insurgents.

    END

    My take on the foregoing is that we are the architects of our own fate. For so many years while the insurgents built up their capabilities, our Finance Minister made a chorus of telling us how the military are an unproductive sector of the economy and talking up a storm about competing demands. Only a lackey of Bretton-Woods institutions gnashes their teeth about military expenditure.

    Concurrently, our military brasshats in a curious departure from soldierly orientation, consistently lied to Nigerians about their readiness to defend our territorial integrity. The NAF were the worst culprits in this macabre orgy of posturing, telling Nigerians how they could defend a country which is larger than France and Germany, demographically and geographically, with a dozen F7 fighters and eleven Hind attack helicopters (at that time). It was the lowest ebb as far as hollow posturing goes.

    For FIVE years, some of us have asked why we do not have any air superiority fighter jets and armoured ground attack jets in the Nigerian Air Force inventory. We wanted to know why, fifteen years after 1999, all our C-130s and G222s are not fully modernised and airworthy? We sought to find out why there are no deliverables to be seen as it concerns the 2005 contract for the upgradation of MB-339s to the contemporary CD variant?

    While the NAF leadership boasted vaingloriously and self-injuriously about incapacitation, the political leadership gloated in competing demands as a ruse with which to abandon the sacred duty of training and equipping the military to contemporary standards. We all should be ashamed of ourselves for having brought our country and its reputation this low. As I write this, my stomach churns its disgust at the fact that in our folly and in a fit of self-immolation, Nigeria pretended to be above every paradigm in the military art and forgot that military power is a core instrument of statecraft. When the FG reluctantly made any move to acquire hardware, we received pre-owned attack helicopters in meaningless pairs and triads, cheap as they are! Embarrassing stuff for real.

    Serious countries prepare in ADVANCE, because a good defensive posture is typically preemptive, whereas Nigeria acted like we could pull the chestnut out of the fire in a jiffy when an emergency arose. Well, what do we have? Five years into a national emergency, we are only now trying to put the basics in place! That, gentlemen, is gut-wrenching to comprehend.

    So FIVE years into a war on our turf, we still hear about soldiers being outnumbered in engagements whereas millions of patriotic youths with a burning desire to fight for Nigeria roam the streets everyday – not to mention the other ill-motivated ‘job seekers’ who might not want to fight but only need jobs?

    Just to put things in perspective, as of July 1967, the Nigerian Army of two brigade groups and support services had a total of 10,500 men bearing arms. By the time of the Operation O-A-U(Owerri-Aba-Umuahia) which happened during Q4 1969 and was the final onslaught on the secessionist attempt in Biafra, the repositioned Nigerian Army which had recruited to match the exigencies of those times, launched 120,000 men into battle for Operation OAU.

    That meant, a Nigeria with a population of 55 million people had after 30 months of war, expanded her army by well over 100,000 men. There was no question of troops being outnumbered anywhere.

    Comparatively and after 60 months, a Nigeria with over 177 million citizens today and Nigerian Army with 110,000 men under arms cannot seemingly muster 25,000 troops to engage fleet-footed insurgents in an area twice the size of Biafra. Neither is there any evidence that over and above the twice yearly recruit intakes for an annual total of 7,500 newbies, we have managed to undertake any special recruitment drives to counter the threats posed by this festering insurgency. How do we explain that?

    We must immediately go back to the drawing board, admit that we have failed ourselves on account of lethargy, inertia and cluelessness and IMMEDIATELY commence purposeful action in remediation of the manifestations of folly that have bedevilled our management of this war which has gone on for longer than is tolerable by our traditionally high standards of military efficiency and tenacity in battle.

    It is a black day for a black man. What would the likes of Brigadier General BAM Adekunle and MM Khobe make of these times, assuming that the dead see what happens on this mortal plane?

    The folly of kowtowing to the antics of foreign interests and groups who always work to defang the military institutions of countries they seek to keep in check is that, come H-Hour, those foreign powers forget that they prescribed the total neglect of the military in deference to economic pursuits.

    Now everyone is talking about the imagined incapacitation of the military while no economic attainments seem to get a mention. That was a banana peel which only naive countries such as ours ever fall for.

    ALWAYS craving Western validation. Buy weapons where they can be found, NO. Our brasshats trained in the West have convinced themselves that we are doomed without the overhyped systems from the West whereas Angola, Algeria, Syria and Sri Lanka decimated or are decimating insurgents with Sino-Russian weaponry. Only our own imagine that only an M16 will kill an insurgent just because they trained in the West?

    We have queued up for F16s since 1986 and are not yet tired. It is that endless wait for what one man fancies that has left the military bereft of basics because we alone find it impossible to realise that what we seek is not available on the rack for us. Are we more compliant than Ethiopia which went for Su-27s since 1998 while we continue to wait and hope like besotted children for candy which never arrives?

    We are still waiting and Chad which had no airforce worth its name as of 2000 has gone on to grab Su-25 Frogfoot and MiG 29 jets while we continue to hallucinate about our prospects of having Apache attack helicopters and F16 jets sold to us? Why are we so naive and insufferable, even if na pesin swear for we? Don’t we have any self-respecting folks who know better?

    • Stormslim says:

      It a painful thing we brought ourselves diz far with our “I DONT CARE” attitude we earn so much as a nation and spend so little on our defence even the little is eaten up by the can-ca worms in the military.. i CRY for this nation as i read your post we about to meet our end if we continue diz way. GOD HELP/BLESS NIGERIA.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      My Oga.
      Our real problem is lack of unity. That in turn stems for a poor definition of Nigerian identity.
      It makes many of us mere spectators in our own country who do not care deeply enough to make a change, or even have the self-esteem to drive forward. Even worse, anybody wishing to gain from mischief can simply fit themselves into any of our identity cracks (religious, ethnic, sectional etc) and feed fat from the resulting fissure. These days, some are even desperate and uncaring enough to use foreigners against their own country, these are the one General Olukolade described as treacherous. And they are.

      This is why we are where we are. We should not isolate military matters from our general predilection for chaos, which is simply a consequence of our absence of unity of purpose.

      Before we use the collective term “we,” we must first define in concrete terms who we are and what “we” entails. If we don’t do this, we will continue to limp from entropy to chaos and back again. The only way forward is a redefinition of our national architecture; there was a National Conference, let us press for it to be made law in order to have a solid foundation to build upon. Right now, all we are doing is vainly binding an inhomogeneous contraption with all sorts of weak tape and then praying for the best.

      I want to know in concrete terms as a citizen what my rights and responsibilities to the state are and I want to know in equal terms what the states rights and responsibilities are toward me. How willing is the Nigerian to die for their country and how willing is Nigeria to go to the ends of the Earth to save a single soul who bears citizenship?
      I want to know that I am a Nigerian, born free, truly aspiring, festooned with opportunity, belonging and PROUD.

    • asorockweb says:

      Three words:

      LACK OF LEADERSHIP.

      Anybody that has run a business in Nigeria knows that one has to ENSURE that the affairs of the business are properly executed as expected.

      Concerning the NAF, the C in C said that he chose Badeh, the former chief of NAF, as the new chief of defence staff because of his ability to “manage”, unlike past service chiefs who were “always asking for too much”.

      This gives us an idea about the mind set of both political and military leadership – the Boko Haram crisis was going to be “managed”.

      Just like how we have “managed” the crisis in Benue state.
      Just like how we have “managed” the crisis in Plateau state.

      Apparently, we were just going to add Boko Haram to our list of crisis, and live life as normal.

      To our leaders, Boko Haram was a weekly bad dream, that from which they woke.

      Boko Haram refuses to be “managed” into irrelevance, and with it’s videos, shows Nigerians and the rest of the world that it’s not just a bad dream.

      The apparition from the bad dream of our leaders became a specter, and now, all are able to see.

  41. Kola Adekola says:

    Boko Haram attacks Chadian village overnight
    Last Updated: Friday, February 13, 2015 – 14:23

    N’Djamena: Boko Haram fighters attacked a Chadian village overnight, killing several people in the first known lethal attack by the Islamist group in the country, local sources and a security source said.

    “They came on board three canoes and succeeded in killing about ten people before being pushed back by the Army,” said a resident of the village of Ngouboua on the shores of Lake Chad.

    The security source said that about 30 militants attacked the village at around 0300, setting houses ablaze.

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/boko-haram-attacks-chadian-village-overnight_1545951.html

  42. Roy says:

    First of all, let us know that it was Mr President who called for a robust MNJF structure to fight Boko haram.
    Can we honestly defeat this scourge without the input of our neighbors?
    Can we call chasing BH into Cameroon, Chad and Niger from Nigeria victory?
    What happens if BH takes over Yawonde and there is chaos in that country, won’t Nigeria feel its effect.

    I honestly think it is in everyone’s interest that everyone that represent boko haram be sent to his grave and not relocated.

    I also think we can also begin to build a strategic friendship with our neighbors lack of which caused the sophisticated Boko haram we are seeing today.

    Having typed that, my topmost oga Major General Olukolade, we saw the wonderful video you made the last time. Sir permit me to be Oliver twist.

  43. beegeagle says:

    ROSCOE CONTRIBUTED AS FOLLOWS…

    @Beegeagle sir. You are correct. A 360 view of the war. Looking @ all perspectives including self reporting. We lack the political will and strategic capacity to end this quickly. The men. The hardware . The supply chain and the governance structure does not currently exist. CJTF needs to be strengthened. Police need to police and free up the Army. And the local government should govern.

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