15 October, 2015

Despite the recent bomb blasts in Abuja and some states in the North-east, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he remained fully confident that by the end of this year, Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory will have been completely obliterated.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president spoke when he met with the Commander of United States Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez.

Buhari said with greater support from his administration in terms of improved training, equipment, logistics and welfare,the Nigerian Armed Forces were well positioned to meet the December deadline which he gave to them to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The president seized the opportunity of Rodriquez’s visit to restate his appreciation of the US support for Nigeria’s efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency.

Buhari said: “We must thank the United States of America for sending training teams and equipment to us. The positive results of our collaboration are evident. “Structured attacks by the insurgents have reduced and by the end of the year, we should see the final routing of Boko Haram as an organised fighting force.”

Buhari however, appealed for greater cooperation from the US in securing the Gulf of Guinea through which stolen Nigerian crude oil was shipped abroad. The president said Nigeria had suffered severe revenue losses from crude oil theft and reinstated his administration’s determination to end the criminal practice. However, the president said Nigeria would welcome more support from the international community in this regard.

Rodriguez said he was in the country to strengthen Nigeria/United States military relations, and also explore further options for assisting the Multinational Joint Task Force established by Nigeria and her neighbours, to fight Boko Haram.


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  1. beegeagle says:

    Hmn…first, the AFRICOM Commander visited Nigeria mid-May.Then, the British Deputy CDS came in August. Next followed the British CDS in October. Now this.

    Looks like there is some quiet jostle for influence ongoing. We are more used to low-level officials coming around to talk down on the DEFSEC forces, to the applause of our self-loathing media.

    Anyway, there is no altruism in diplomacy. So what do our visitors really want?

    BTW and for the umpteenth time, Ambassador Entwistle was heard on electronic media claiming that nobody is doing more for COIN in Nigeria than the USA. Really? Even without a simple uparmoured HMVV visible anywhere at the frontlines?

    • colloid says:

      @ Oga Afolabi, he’s thanking US for the “media blitz” we were accorded early this year, which has really help us to show them “A-Z guides in Defeating Extremist” and “Recapturing Captured Territories: the Nigerian Style”. Well, he may also be thanking them for the “mouth-induced-action”( we are keen on helping Nigeria defeat BH.) than getting down to send some “tools” needed for the successful propagation of the war.
      I think Buhari is giving these guys too much praise for what they didnt deserve AT ALL. None of our “real” friends have gotten this kind of praise and “thank you” being accorded to US. It sucks.

  2. What exactly is Buhari thanking the US Govt for regarding Boko Haram?

  3. rugged7 says:

    The FG will do well to beware of “oyibo people bearing greek gifts”…
    All these visits by the french, americans and british do not bode well for Nigeria.
    When you dine with the devil, better use long spoons…
    Oga Buhari needs to tread with extreme caution.
    These chaps will skewer Nigeria without thinking twice…

  4. Ola says:

    Let Nigeria discuss weapons procurement with the US. I mean Army procurement. Nigeria can do with plenty of Humvees to replace the Toyota hillux being used right now. A “bare skin” humvee is still better than a Toyota Hillux in terms of protection, if not on the engine performance in Arid regions.

    • solorex says:

      There are purpose built versions that will do well in designated climate. The greatest issues with Humvees is parts and maintenance- The parts are costly and can be tightly controlled- They are also not easily retrofitted- they so little in common with other vehicles except licensed versions. If we are getting Hummers- they should be armored version with upgraded Chasis and engine- We can get a lot of refurbished Humvees for free. We can also get US ice cream for obedient boys the M113- there are thousands in storage that can also be free.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Dear Ogas, may I ask what vehicles the following countries in the region use to accomplish this same tasks of troop movement , Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, South Africa, Algeria. ( I was just wondering aloud, do they use Humvees ? ). We shout at every corner or opportunity about the development of a local arms complex, so I believe we are talking of technical inclined equipment, not just sewing uniforms or making boots, then how come the most basic means of combat transport, which is already being produced in Nigeria as Igirigi and Proforce IFV does not come up in our mind, Gentlemen, the truth, is that we have been badly psychologically sacked by western and racial inferiority complex, that our default setting is usually anything form “overs” that is not ours has the magic bullet, that is apart from the fact that there are many other cheaper and rugged troop transport./protection vehicles than the Hummers. Should we be investing without priority, we have NAF needing platforms like yesterday
        May I ask Oga Lachit if the indians use Hummers ( or more cheaper and effective brands), this should be no issue or area of entertained discussion by a serious FG delegation, the last big stock of US manufactured vehicles used by the NA/Nigerian Military in the late 1970s/ 80s was the Ford Broncos and if we were around, we know how unreliable they were and long they lasted and how expensive they were to purchase and maintenance ( Not due to design problems or flaws, but commonality, logistic of spares and importation ans just common sense). Beware of free things they are the most expensive.
        Let us give our local industries a break now that there is a need, just as South Africa did during it’s bush wars, just as China the nation that used to be an express way for bicycles did to break through as a world power.
        We would only be given free things that are of no consequence to the outcome of the fight that has already been established by our own Military.
        I would very proud the day one of the US soldiers deployed asks a cameroonian soldier, what is the make of the Igirigi or Proforce IFV that Nigerian are using so effectively. ( exchange rate $1 – N200), Oil prices down, all means prudent and sensible and intelligent spending with strategic thinking, using locally manufactured products is advertizing and also potentials to make more foreign exchange. How can we ask a civilian to trust a “made in Nigeria soldiers”, if we keep thinking this way.

      • Ola says:

        Thanks Capt Wilcokc for the resensitization. I agree for with you on a louder call for domestic platforms.

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Rather than go for the humvee, I suggest we go for the Jordanian variants of armoured vehicles using the Toyota Land cruiser chassis or our very own Proforce PF series. Also buy addition Otokar Kobras.

  5. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Hummer Unit cost $220,000 (2011) (up-armored)

    • solorex says:

      I am only in support of the Hummer lunch if its free! if we are willing to pay for proper buffet -American Restaurant (Hummer or not) has never been the right place to eat-cost and possible complications wise.. I have always preferred home made meals.

  6. chynedoo says:

    Abeg make I ask o-o, what is the purpose of all the Nigerian federal universities of science and technology, science and tech research institutes, state and federal ministries/agencies/govt departments for science and technology? What do these science schools/universities/govt ministries really do in terms of practical know-how in science and technology? Haba, one pan-African speaker said: We have engineers in Africa, yet when it comes to things that require those engineering skills, African engineers are nowhere to be seen, our roads are built by foreign engineers including Chinese and even Arab engineers…kai! Either our governments do not trust our engineers or they do not trust the institutions that produced these engineers, and ironically, the education policies that these science and technology institutions run on are based on a collective of government policies implemented by Nigerian governments since 1960.
    For Nigeria to be truly independent and self-reliant, we have to have not just the scientific and technological skills but also the ability to transform these skills from being mere theoretical frameworks to real, practical, useful technological capabilities.
    Anything less, and we will continue to be served up as deserts for European, American and Asian interests. It is a well known fact that the countries with the technological knowledge, capability, means, and firepower are the ones who will always get other countries to do what they want.
    USA is in Ghana and now Cameroon, France is in Cameroon too, and also in Chad, Niger, Benin Republic, and Mali…and look in the map where Nigeria is…right in the middle of it all. The West is encircling Nigeria, and we don’t even have as much as the capability to make our own guns and bullets in good enough numbers to say ‘if this wall is going to fall’ , then we as well go down with all guns blazing. But we cant…we can’t drill our own oil, we don’t know how much of our crude oil that is being sold, we don’t even have any accurate figures of how much crude we produce nor does the government know exactly how much it contributes in costs or earns on the price per barrel.

  7. Kola Adekola says:


    The United States will conduct surveillance and intelligence operations against Boko Haram inside Nigeria, sources familiar with the plan told AFP Friday, a significant escalation of Washington’s role in combatting the Islamist group.

    The operations will be carried out as part of the recently announced deployment of up to 300 US military personnel to neighboring Cameroon, officials said.

    “This is going to be part of our Boko Haram efforts that will be operating throughout the region,” one of the sources said on condition of anonymity.

    It will not include boots on the ground or offensive combat, but will see US military operations against Boko Haram in Nigeria for the first time.

    “It’s surveillance and intelligence gathering, not anything offensive,” said the same source.

    US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced 90 US personnel had already been sent to Cameroon and may eventually number up to 300.

    The White House has been at pains to stress that personnel would not take part in combat operations and would be armed only for self-defense.

    Nigeria greeted that announcement as a “welcome development.”

    President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May vowing to end the violence that has killed scores and spooked much-needed international investors.

    But US efforts to give him military assistance have been hampered by concerns about human rights abuses carried out by the country’s military.

    And until now Washington has largely shied away from engaging its vast military assets to combat Boko Haram, with policymakers wary of fueling militant recruitment or fusing the group’s ties with Middle Eastern Islamists.

    The group’s leaders have allied themselves with the Islamic State group, but experts doubt the scale and scope of collaboration.

    However, there are growing fears that a once regional Muslim anti-colonial movement is now metastasizing into a regional jihadist threat.

    The US moves come as Boko Haram steadily expands operations beyond its traditional base in northern Nigeria, conducting attacks in Cameroon and Chad that have killed dozens.

    An uptick in violence is expected in the coming weeks with the end of the rainy season and amid growing resistance to a nascent multi-national joint task force bringing together countries in the region to fight Boko Haram.


    • Are James says:

      I suppose they want to finish conventional component of Boko in late October/ November putting this together with the President’s Al Jazeera interview. Pincers coming from all directions from four countries. US aid would be technology for detecting bunkers in rocks and savannahs.

      • jimmy says:

        Thanks this has been ongoing for a while via what I suspect are Satellite feeds from Langely to Abuja to Maiduguri.

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