14 May, 2015

Full text of Colonel Barlow’s statement reads as follows;


“A long time ago, I wrote that Nigeria was a prize. This prize is not only targeted by armed force but also by propaganda, disinformation,sanctions, coercive diplomacy and so forth.

You only need to look at who writes what to determine the agenda and what part they are playing in the attack on your country.

The NA men we were honoured to work with are good men who have a deep desire to end the conflict. What they did, they did with dedication and will.

However, their role was a small part in a larger NA effort. Do not be misled as the efforts of the NA/NAF were what turned the conflict around.

Insofar as STTEP is concerned, I only gave ONE interview and that was with SOREP. All other media reports were lifted off SOFREP and the journos then used their imagination to fill in whatever they wanted and were at pains to expose their agendas all the while intimating they interviewed me, which they didn’t.

Some have even tried to create the impression that they attended my talks at the Royal Danish Defence College and that I discussed STTEP in Nigeria. They didn’t attend my talks and I certainly did not divulge the NA’s campaign strategy, operational design or tactics.

All the negativity that is written is aimed at creating a poor perception of Nigeria and thereby hoping to erode the will of the populace. We all know that Nigeria has problems, as does South Africa. But show me a country that can claim they have no problems…even those whose media viciously attacks you have major problems. They just don’t want anyone to know…

I say again, only Africans can solve Africa’s problems.



FIND comments as stated at 4.00am 14-5-2015 in response to Beegeagle.

BACKGROUNDERS: (Colonel Barlow has been a regular and very well-respected commentator on BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG since 2012)


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  1. beegeagle says:

    Thank you, Colonel. I have been taxed beyond the belief – just to clear the air on this. Left you a note on TWITTER

    I shall reach you through private communication later on in the day

  2. rka says:

    Thank you again Colonel Eeben for setting the record straight, although it won ‘t stop the mischief makers.

  3. Colloid says:

    Thank You Oga Eeben for the clarification. Whatever what those mischief makers are aiming at, they will surely met their waterloo. Nigeria may be CALM AND COOL but Nigeria is CALCULATING and CAUTIOUS.


  4. Henry says:

    Thank you Colonel Eeben Barlow for setting the records straight. We’ve seen a barrage of misinformation and complete fabrication from many un-scrupulous elements who to sow seeds of discord in pursuit of their various (paid) agendas.

  5. To many agendas meddling in our affairs

  6. Akin Oges says:

    Thanks Colonel Eeben Barlow. You are indeed a worthy son of Africa.

  7. peccavi says:

    well said Oga Eeben, true son of Africa

  8. jimmy says:

    Thank you Col Eeben .I feel honored to know via this space.I personally spoke to a family member yesterday to clear the air.Across the Ocean I extend the hand of friendship.

    • Eeben says:

      Thank you Jimmy. My hand has always been extended to you.

      • buchi says:

        am proud to just know your name mr Eeben
        am proud to know how pan african you are regardless of the perspectives
        am proud of u oga Eeben
        thanks for clearing the Air and layimg the facts bare
        however Mischief makers will attempt to cause more mischief

  9. Henry says:

    Oga beeg, the story on NAF’s intended procurement of T-129 attack Helicopters deserves it’s own sticky thread.

    In my opinion, it would be best the T-129 attack Helicopter purchase story replaces the hopefully scuttled deal to get SU-22 ‘frog foots’.

  10. Eeben says:

    Friends, On behalf of my men and I, thank you for your encouraging comments.
    Some of my men and I might be “palefaces” and some not. We however remain from Africa and of Africa. We are used to being attacked by some in the media who thrive on eroding truth and will go to extreme lengths to create a negative perception of our continent. Of course, we have many problems but we still allow most of those problems to be reported. But, as I said earlier, show us a country beyond our shores that has no problems.
    I have been attacked by many in the media, on FaceBook, Twitter and other social media platforms, but my men and I will not be diverted by negative agendas and deception. Some demoted me, others aged me, many lied about my men and I but, at the end of the day, it is not how we fall but how we rise after a fall.
    None of these media strategists would have lasted a single day with the men of the 72nd Strike Force. But as they say, “The best captain is always found on the shore”.
    It is indeed sad that some unethical, lying journalists taint the name of the very many ethical, hardworking journalists.

  11. STARTREK says:

    COL. Eeben MY FRIEND AND BROTHER from another….
    ON behalf of our country, my family, and the people of a small and most remote village on the African Continent I simply say Thank You . may Ur feet run faster than a dear, may your arm lift higher than a bear, may your voice roar than a Lion and may the smile of our ancestors continue to light Ur part. I salute U.

  12. saleh says:

    Thank You Colonel. This just cleared the air can’t wait to share this link

  13. Oje says:

    Field Marshall Eben, people hate the Western Press hates the truth because it goes against the narrative they want to sensationalize so they can get promoted. The U.S touts how much it trained Nigerian troops to fight terror but the result leaves much to be desired. In less than a month of training with STTEP on counter insurgency the results is all amazing, rather than highlight the positives the Western Press once again is downplaying this feat by sowing seeds of controversy. There is no oversight or regulatory body checking the destructive excesses of the Press,left unchecked the Press is going to plunge the world into a war of apocalyptic proportions, they are already on course to do so. %90 of todays conflict is because of the mass media.

    *The Arab Spring wont have been possible without biased coverage from AlJazeera. Encouraging violent protests, painting authority as evil as contributed to violence that Egypt is yet to recover from. In a way the word ”Arab Spring” is a misnormer, ”Aljazeera Spring” better fits the description. When the demonstrations started rather than call it what it is they tagged it ” “Arab awakening”. Crazy.

    *In Syria they almost caused a Superpower showdown between the United States and Russia by giving us emotionally laced coverage of Syrian women and children suffering from the violence and calling for action against a regime that is fighting tooth and nail to defeat these Islamic terro groups. Funny how the media deliberately ignores hundreds of thousands of Syrian citizens Christian and Muslim marching in support of their leader against Islamic fundamentalists. AlJazeera and CNN (Chief Propaganda arm of terror)succeeded to twist the story,convey the idea that something epic was taking place and called for the removal of its leaders, it turned protesters into heroes making them feel to be indispensable for the accomplishment of larger than- life goals.They ignore Churches burnt to the ground and Christians killed..whats the result? Syria has descended into an abyss she may never recover from.

    They are doing the same thing in China, the two Koreas and Japan. In Africa they are giving credence to brutal dictators and terrorists and painting Nigeria black. Funny the fervour in which the media trumpeted its Bring Back Our Girls campaign is non existent in the rescue of over 700 women and Children, even Nigeria’s military successes is downplayed and when highlighted they give credence to Chad and Cameroon. Soon Chad will do something stupid forgetting its Buhari and plunge the region into an Inter State all our conventional war.

    In Ukraine they feed Putin’s bravado by naming him ”Man of the Year”. Forbes went further by giving him the title as the ”Most powerful man in the world’. Just yesterday i watched Fareed Zakaria’s documentary special on ISIS. Rather than focus on its brutality they aired it in such a way that it invariably made ISIS look like a ”cool thing”, how a small group was able to challenge the worlds power bladabladabla… indeed it was so impressive for a minute it or so i started thinking perhaps ISIS is pretty cool.

    If you ask me what is the greatest danger to man, its not Nuclear weapons or ISIS, its the Press.

  14. makanaky says:

    Dankie Meneer Eben, as always I trust you and all you stand for as a true son of Africa. Aseblief continue to stand by us and put the record straight.
    Oga Beeg I beg put water Mark on that photo before those yeye people start to do funny things

  15. Oje says:

    which yeye people?

  16. makanaky says:

    People that always write negative narratives about Nigeria and it success on BH but rather give the accolade to rogue Chad.

  17. Oje says:

    Well the damage has already been done, but thank God people like Oga Beeg, Eeben Barlow and documentaries like VICE are the counter-weight to negative media especially main stream Western Media both print and electronic… they have a malicious agenda. No one is comfortable with a 170 strong black superpower. CIA predicted Nigeria will disintegrate: FAIL. They predicted the election in Nigeria will be violent and lead to civil war. Obama even took a step further by stationing 200 U.S Marines in Ghana a week before the election to ”evacuate American citizens”…another FAIL. Any malicious agenda against Nigeria is doomed to fail, they just dont get it.

  18. buchi says:

    do we need to do a lecture on the agenda of the western media..
    no we already know them funny enough there are almost 2 billion hapless individuals who are more or less controlled by the media’s narrative
    Oga Eeben one day i pray to meet you in person so i can really let you know the depth of gratitude i have for no just your work
    but for the passion and love you have for your continent and brothers
    i pray that the seed of discord planted daily by unscruplous elements on our continent will be extingushied soo
    my family sends you a depth of gratitude
    on behalf my a few of my late cousins residing in the North east whom have all lost their lives fleeing or fighting i want to let you know that your actions and brotherliness have vindicated their blood spilt.
    we will rise up as one
    thank you MR Eeben Barlow
    thank you

  19. engineerboat says:

    Mr Eeben Barlow thanks you. Nigeria we can make it happen real time. This rag-tag must be quash once and for all. To all the men in the warfront NA, NAF, NPFMP, DSS. More greese to your elbow. Fight on, we are all solidly behind you.

  20. igbi says:

    Thank you to our dear friend Col. Eben.

  21. mubanks mohammed says:
    • Are James says:

      This is becoming really sick. Nigeria is the blackest nation on earth (largest concentration of black people) , maybe this is why we are the butt of thinly disguised, racism, denigration and constant expectations of failure by some countries in the North. This is all the more reason we must be it right and prove naysayers wrong. Everyone knows no white men mercs will survive one day in the north east of Nigeria, Boko Haram is probably especially even looking to capture one to make a special video of. These stories are largely false.

  22. Oje says:

    Why the emphasis on ”White”?

  23. rugged7 says:

    Nigeria: Top 10 Ways to Repair U.S.-Nigeria Ties – Ambassador Carson


    By Johnnie Carson
    Washington, DC — Senior diplomat/analyst outlines a program to mend frayed American relations with Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy.

    As Nigeria prepares for a democratic transition of presidential power on May 29, the United States needs to act fast, wisely and comprehensively to strengthen relations by reaching out to the new government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.

    Nigeria’s elections were a political triumph for its people and for the future of democracy across sub-Saharan Africa. There was widespread apprehension that the elections would undermine stability, that there would be violence, that Boko Haram insurgents would disrupt voting, that those displaced by violence would not be able to vote and that new voting technology would lead to chaos and confusion at the polls.

    None of these things happened. Nigeria probably conducted the best elections in its 55 years of independence.

    Although Nigeria faces a number of challenging problems, it is by far the most important country in Africa and the continent’s leading economic and commercial powerhouse. With an output of more than 2.2 million barrels of petroleum a day, Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil and gas producer and the sixth largest global oil exporter. In West Africa, Nigerian companies dominate the banking, insurance, transportation, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. Its seaports in Lagos, Calabar and Port Harcourt serve large parts of West Africa.

    The success of the elections has also raised Nigeria’s political profile. It has now held five successive multi-party democratic elections and is enjoying the longest period of civilian rule since independence. It has a vibrant civil society, which helped ensure the success of the recent elections, a free and lively media and a rich blend of Muslim and Christian cultures.

    More importantly, with a population of 180 million, it is Africa’s largest democracy — and the sixth largest democracy in the world.

    Relations between Abuja and Washington have frayed over the past two years, largely over security issues and differences over the handling of Boko Haram.

    Nigerian officials were deeply upset when Washington refused to permit the sale of American-built Cobra helicopters from Israel to the Nigerian military. They also complained about lack of intelligence sharing and U.S. reluctance to supply training and equipment. Earlier, the Nigerians felt snubbed by President Obama’s decision not to visit Nigeria during his July 2013 swing through Africa.

    On the U.S. side, officials at both the State Department and the Defense Department were exasperated with President Goodluck Jonathan for his reluctance to appoint competent military commanders, to deal with growing levels of corruption in the army and to adopt a more effective and comprehensive security and economic revitalization strategy to deal with Boko Haram.

    American officials were also concerned about growing levels of corruption across government, especially in the oil sector, as well as the government’s failure to move forward with a new law sought by American energy companies to help jump-start new international investment in Nigeria’s energy sector.

    President-elect Buhari has already indicated that he wants to establish a better relationship between Abuja and Washington, especially in the security arena. In an editorial page article in the New York Times on April 14, Mr. Buhari said: “My administration would welcome the resumption of a military training agreement with the United States, which was halted during the previous (Jonathan) administration.”

    Now is the time for the United States to move fast to reciprocate. Over the next six months, here are 10 ceremonial and substantive actions the United States should take.

    1. President Obama should stop over in Nigeria when he visits East Africa in July.

    Strengthening democratic institutions has been the administration’s number one priority in sub-Saharan Africa. President Obama is slated to visit Kenya, a longstanding economic, democratic and security partner, and Ethiopia, an important security partner whose democratic and human rights performance has been strongly criticized in the international community. It would be deeply troubling for many Nigerians to see Africa’s largest democracy snubbed at this important moment in its history.

    2. President Obama should send a high level delegation to President Buhari’s inauguration in Abuja on May 29.

    Ideally, this delegation should be led by Vice President Joe Biden, who engaged with both President Jonathan and with president-elect Buhari in the run-up to the presidential election. If he is unable to go, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson or Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack should lead the delegation, which should include senior officials from several cabinet departments, including the Department of Defense.

    3. President Obama should formally invite President Buhari for an official visit soon.

    If the White House does not send an appropriately high delegation to the inauguration in Abuja, an official visit takes on greater urgency.

    4. Washington should reinvigorate and elevate the U.S.-Nigerian strategic dialogue established by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    This dialogue should be placed on the same plane as those with India, Brazil and China, with Secretary Kerry leading the U.S. meeting in Washington and Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken leading subsequent meetings.

    5. The administration should deepen commercial and trade ties between Nigeria and the U.S.

    It needs to build off of the successful U.S.-Africa business summit of 2014, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who has shown great interest in Africa, should be encouraged to travel to Nigeria with American business leaders and investors. Americans and Nigerians should organize high-level trade and investment conferences in Nigeria.

    6. The administration should re-establish and elevate the broken military relationship with Abuja.

    This will require some sensitive diplomacy and the White House should send the Chairman or the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to demonstrate a strong commitment by the U.S. to get this important relationship right. Once this is done, the Africom commander can take the lead, but given the harsh feelings toward Nigeria at Africom headquarters and by some in the Pentagon, the Chairman or the Vice Chairman should go first.

    7. The State Department should revisit the establishment of a Consulate General in northern Nigeria, probably in Kano.

    Nigeria has Africa’s largest Muslim population, concentrated in the northern region, and has the fifth largest Muslim population in the world. The United States has very little presence, access or influence in the north. Secretary Clinton approved the opening of a consulate in the north in 2009. The effort should be revisited as quickly as possible.

    8. The United States should help Nigeria with access to reliable, inexpensive and readily available power.

    Lack of power is the most serious impediment to growing Nigeria’s economy. A country of 180 million people produces less power than New York City and its surrounding suburbs. President Jonathan’s inability to improve the situation is one the reasons he was thrown out of office. Power Africa has been one of the Obama administration’s most significant initiatives and it needs to double down on its efforts to assist Nigeria in addressing its energy needs by bringing together major American power producers to work with, partner and invest in Nigeria’s power sector.

    9. The administration should encourage an early trip to Nigeria by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.

    Leading American agro industry companies and the deans of some of America’s leading agricultural colleges should travel with him to help Nigeria revitalize and grow its agricultural sector. Once self-sufficient in food and one of Africa’s largest exporters of groundnuts, cocoa, cotton and palm oil, Nigeria is now a major food importer. Support for its agricultural sector offers another opportunity for serious and sustained engagement with a country whose population is expected to grow from 180 to more than 400 million by 2035.

    10. The administration should also consider revamping the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to support state governments.

    In the past, the MCC has helped only national governments. Given the growing influence of states and the important work being done at the state level, the administration should seek changes in the MCC statute in order to help progressive, honest and forward thinking state governors whose states are performing well, implementing sound development projects and providing improved services to their people.

    Nigeria is so important, and the administration should not miss this opportunity to engage with Nigeria’s new government. Strong support for Nigeria will help strengthen its democracy, support its economic growth and enhance its security and stability.

    An economically vibrant and democratically robust Nigeria is in the interests of Africa, the United States and the broader global community.

    Ambassador Johnnie Carson, who served as assistant secretary of State for Africa during President Obama’s first term and as U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, currently is a senior adviser at the United States Institute of Peace and a visiting senior fellow at Yale University.

    • rugged7 says:

      We want only business links with the United States.
      We don’t need any military relationship with the U.S
      And we don’t want obama anywhere near Nigerian soil.

  24. doziex says:

    As a defsec blog, let us not get distracted.

    Many on this blog rejected PMC help in mentoring and reorienting some of NAs elite units because of this sort of western racist slander.

    But it simply was the right solution to our problem, given the hole nigerians had dug for itself.

    As colonel Eeben said, they are trying to discredit and demoralize nigerians. We should realize that and the move to implement the necessary for NA’s benefit.

    A long-term training and advisory contract between NA and STTEP.

    To institutionalize counterinsurgency combat in the NA once and for all.

    So next time, we dont need to go around the globe seeking help.


    NA worked with EO in Sierra Leone, saw how effective their tactics were, but proceeded not to apply it in 3 straight other counterinsurgency conflicts.
    As follows

    Sierra Leone war part 2
    The MEND/ Niger Delta war

    And most part of this boko haram insurgency.

    Let’s let our humiliation, lead to tangible progress, so we don’t revisit this topic in another 20 years.

  25. COLONEL NGR says:

    Nice to hear from you Colonel. You and and your men did a great job! Thanks.

  26. drag_on says:

    Quoted from rugged7s’ entry above.

    “given the harsh feelings toward Nigeria at Africom headquarters and by some in the Pentagon”

    lol,that is heavy.We didn’t let them have their way,and showed independent thought and will and their hating. I prefer a partner
    (Col. Barlow and his motley crew) than an overbearing, shiny buckled dictator.

  27. Eeben says:

    I note that the magazine Soldier of Fortune has now come out stating that STTEP played a role in rescuing the captives in Sambisa forest! What rubbish they can spew… Indeed, most of the article is based on assumptions, conjecture, lies and disinformation – something the writer gets paid for. Neither I nor STTEP have ever claimed anything other than our small role with 72 Mobile Force. Nor have we tried to intimate we were involved in any of the NA successes.

  28. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Mr Brown is a pre-historical creature that has been publishing a lot of trash has far back as I remember, 70s, He started with Vietnam tales, then South African Bush wars and later Namibia, With particular attention to the Ovambos ( His favorite imaged subject). He also made some money selling all sorts of things including Nuclear proof bunkers to his foolish and salivating Mugus audience, while he bought none, claiming that it would be a baking oven for the buyers who would be fried like burgers. He is involved in a lot of law suite from time to time, kind of comic relief character.
    He has run out of ideas and his know for putting the perfect Western Narrative in his magazines.
    I have watched this fool since the late 70s. His magazine is read typically be strung up idiotic race warriors. He writes stories that would sell to idiotic wannabes.

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