L-R British Chief of Defence Staff, General Nicholas Houghton, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria , Mr. Paul Arkwright in a handshake with President Buhari and Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Gen (rtd) Babagana Mohammed Monguno during an October 2015 visit to the Presidential Villa by the British CDS.

21 December 2015

United Kingdom plans to double the number of British personnel deployed on training tasks in Nigeria in the coming year as part of strategies to support to the Nigerian armed forces to help combat Boko Haram. Up to 300 military personnel are expected to provide support during 2016.

The deployment of a specialist team to provide assistance in countering improvised explosive devices, as well as medical training and advice has also been announced.

UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon,disclosed the plans on Monday.

“Boko Haram is a brutal organisation that has murdered and kidnapped innocent civilians. We stand united with Nigeria in its efforts to defeat them. Stepping up our training efforts will help support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for crucial counter-
insurgency operations,” he said.

Fallon said stepping up their training efforts would help support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for crucial counter-insurgency operations.

The training uplift announced by Mr Fallon supports work already carried out by the UK’s resident British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT). BMATT has also grown in size since the government announced last year that the UK would increase its training and capacity building in Nigeria.

The deployment of the new teams and expanding package of UK
assistance builds on the programme of Short Term Training Teams (STTT), many from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment,providing assist to our Nigerian partners throughout 2015.

Overall, around 130 UK military personnel deployed to Nigeria on
a wide range of training tasks in 2015. These have included, training in infantry skills, civil-military affairs, media operations,command and leadership, IED-awareness, and support to Nigerian military training schools and establishments.

Almost one thousand Nigerian military personnel benefited from
training to prepare them for counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria.


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    • rugged7 says:

      Okay o!
      Let’s just hope it is not training on how to march in a straight line.
      Personally, western training is overrated and has very few practical applications.
      Anyway, better the Brits than those clueless americans

  1. beegeagle says:

    IF THIS is what they have been doing..

    – training in infantry skills
    – civil-military affairs
    – media operations
    – command and leadership
    – IED-awareness, and
    – support to Nigerian military training schools and
    establishments, AND they want to include

    -combat engineer training

    THEN I would say that it is both operationally relevant and helps with creating the right environment (ref civmil relations) and the right propaganda+information backdrop (ref media relations)

    • rugged7 says:

      Oga Beeg, the primary requirements NOW are:
      1. Base defense/security training,
      2. Offensives and counter-offensive/counter-IED/Counter ambush training and equipment support and maintenance.
      3. Airborne troop/fire support
      4. Special operations raids and HVT acquisitions
      Everything else is secondary- MY OPINION

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Rugged7 all the things you mention need a solid base of basic infantry training.
        This is an infantry war and will be won with infantry, Airborne or SF ops are simply force multipliers but take alot of resources.
        As details are released we will hopefully see the UK and US are focussing on key skills.
        Its not perfect but its better than what pertained before

  2. Ola says:

    I have it from a reliable source that the training offered Nigeria includes; basic infantry skills, general battle discipline (Fire arms discipline, situation awareness,tactics adaptation for battle situation) and civil-military relations.
    I read from Channelstv that the british role includes procurement advice. I would just say Nigeria should be wise. BAE systems has a lot to offer from light attack and trainers (BAE128) to helicopters and land systems. Nevertheless, Nigeria needs to chose wisely, know exactly what they need and how to get them. I will advocate for significant Russian equipment acquisition on the grounds of cost, and possible future maintenance and sanction issues.

    • peccavi says:

      Who is giving the advice? Soldiers, Civil servants or ‘industry representatives’?

    • Ola says:

      @ Peccavi. I know BMATT is involved on tactical training. BMATT has been working with Nigeria for some time and my information on the type of training offered came from early 2015 but I suppose the training regimen and scope is still the same. I must say I don’t know everything being offered in the training package.
      On acquisition advice, All I know came from ChannelsTV. http://www.channelstv.com/2015/12/21/uk-to-send-more-military-trainers-to-nigeria/
      Channels claimed that is what the British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon said.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Ola, as per whats been published, the BMATT training is basically dismounted infantry close combat with several specialisations.
        Other stuff such as CIMIC and CIED are also ongoing.
        My question about procurement is rhetorical
        If soldiers are advising then we are looking at equipment that might not be flashy but gets the job done and is cheap and easy to maintain.
        If its civil servants then it will be whatever they have read abut in magazines
        If its defence industry ‘experts’ then it will be expensive, complicated and useless.

      • Ola says:

        OK, thanks.

  3. jimmy says:

    I do not want to piggy back on anyone’s comments but let me digress for a minute
    Thank you oga beegs for bringing up a brand new thread to bring up this topic it is very relevant in the scope of things that have been happening:
    OGA OLA you are on point approximately a month ago when the CDS of the UK came you disclosed that on paper there was a:
    Short term plan
    Followed by a medium term plan if things worked out in the Short term
    then depending on the Situation/ Results
    A long term plan.
    Here is where I chime in.
    About three months ago OGA BEEGS inadvertently let the” proverbial cat out of the bag”
    He alluded to the fact that the Nigerian Military specifically the Army had signed a long term partnership agreement with the British Military ( 20 years?) It included training not limited to Short/ Medium/ Long term but also…….. procurement.
    What I honestly would like to see in no particular order is
    1. The training of Senior NCOS
    Namely Staff Sergeants, Warrant officers I&II , and Chief Warrant officers. I know the LT. GEN TYB just organized a training seminar but more needs to be done
    2 .Civil/ Military relations
    3. Military journalism/ Defence embedded Journalist.
    4. The American call them BAILEY BRIDGES , The Brits call them something else Pontoon? some are already being laid across bridges in the N’EAST more collaboration with the Nigerian Military Engineers .
    5 Procurement advice in closing loopholes and, G2- G2, and the appropriate equipment..

  4. jimmy says:

    As per BEEGS EDICT ignore the first three paragraphs
    Please read what it says about PROCUREMENT ADVICE.

  5. Hmmm, The British have come to Town. And we recently had exercises and training btw both Navies. I certainly hope this turns out better than the American ish.

    • Number one says:

      The British have a good track record,especially their NCO’s.

      • Augustine says:

        The best infantry men skills in NATO belongs to Canada…. underestimated champion, unsung heroes, unbeatable daredevils….. Canadian foot soldiers, regular or SF.

      • Ola says:

        Mr Augustine, with due respect I disagree. May I ask which cretiria was used to do the ranking? 🙂
        I hope you know the largest training and simulation british facility is in Canada. The UK at times does joint training with US and Canadian forces. To be honest, we train the Canadians. In general, NATO forces learn from each other and are similar in operations but most of the tactics employed over the generations have been enveloped by the British and Americans, this is why they continue to lead the pack today. If I would rank NATO forces, I would rank them on different scales using different criteria. In terms of effectiveness and brute force, irrespective of the outcome the US comes out at the top. In terms of discipline, tactics and core soldering skills, give it to the UK, Germany and France. In terms of knowing your equipment and being at one with it, give it to the Germans.

      • Augustine says:

        Oga Ola, I don’t expect anybody to agree with me. See my bros, it’s a fact swept under the carpet since 1914 world war I that Canada has the best infantry men among all NATO forces, but American and British pride will not allow this fact to spread publicly and worldwide.

        The Canadians’ natural humility and dislike for rivalry or glory hunting is keeping the truth buried.

        We watched and analysed with war veterans from a mix of NATO counties, very many hours upon hours of real life military archive videos of the MOST DEADLY AND MOST IMPORTANT battles of world wars I and II, as well as Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan wars. Our conclusion : Canada’s infantry is the best skilled. We all know who took Juno beach with superb infantry skills and tactics, we saw blood flow like water, we saw real men die in those rare old videos. We all know why USA and UK gave the most powerful German defended French beach to Canada to storm and die, we all know why America and Britain used them to breakthrough and open up the first available advance line for the allies, and after then ordered the Canadians to stop advancing towards Berlin to make history, they diverted them to another sector so that it will be on record of world history that America and Britain conquered the capital city of Germany and ended Hitler’s power.

        Bros, I won’t go into long story or debate. I know what I know sir.

      • @ Oga Augustine, I have seen some documentaries and read some articles that support ur position dt d Canadians did a lot. Of heavy lifting during the world wars and dt d Americans tended to come riding into battle @ d last minute to take the glory

      • Ola says:

        Well, Mr Augustine, I talked as someone who has been a part of activities within NATO sphere at different times for various purposes for more than a decade. At the end though, our assessments are subjective, even though I try to be objective. It may be more objective to ask someone who has been a part of NATO, neither Canadian nor British to give an opinion on this.

  6. Augustine says:

    Procurement advice, the Brits can tell our block headed procurement officers things like….when you buy an IFV you buy it’s own ATGM along with it. Procurement business, we may buy hardware for things like bomb detection/disposal, field vision/observation, field communications, field surveillance/long range detection, etc, from Britain.

    I don’t expect $ 8 million tank and $ 4 million IFV, or $ 100 million jet fighter from Britain. When I dream, I like to dream with my two koro koro eyes open.

  7. Augustine says:

    Oga jimmy, I have to agree with you on your past insistence that we accept British army training. My grouse with the deal was about British glory hunting and glory robbery usually done to deny Nigerian military the honour of victory in recorded and published narratives of history and media reporting like in the Sierra Leone war. We die in hundreds, they walk in when the fire is almost extinguished and Britain will announce on BBC news that the Queen’s soldiers ended the war with their royal military might.

    Top class infantry or special forces training has been demystified and is available from other capable countries like Israel, Australia, China, Russia, Canada, etc. If Britain wants to mess Nigeria up, we can bring in other countries’ military experts who have similar skills to offer.

    However Oga jimmy, I agree with your opinion that if the British terms are okay, it is very good to have them train our army NCOs especially, so those will lead the file of platoon privates junior to them.

    I also wonder why Nigerian military after 6 years of fighting the same Boko Haram COIN war cannot author, create, develop, and build up a huge body of experience based knowledge for both theoretical and practical training courses and modules, with all the MSc degrees Nigerian officers have to give them academic brain power now coupled with 6 years real war experience on the battlefield, 6 years is enough to get BSc plus MSc in a profession/discipline/career course of study at a university.

    So we still need the British to bring in the training modules from Europe to train us? It’s either our NA field officers and TRADOC are lazy or nonchalant to build up our own new COIN training modules. Each British army officer has two brains inside his own single skull while Nigerian officers have one brain only?

    • @Oga Augustine, Words On marble oooo. By now we should be able to write a classic on COIN warfare. We should have home grown tactics and methods that the world should be eager to copy. The NA just seems to rigin and unweilding ro evolve @ Pace. TRADOC is not pulling it’s weight or itis but the Ogas @ the top are not paying attention

    • Lol Oga Augustine, we need to really query what the Defence Transformation Commitee and Army’s TRADOC have been doing or even what the Chiefs of Training and Policy are doing in the hierachy, logic dictates you get Real time Battle reports, see strategies that worked, project analysis on how to get better, allow for mistakes and plan to defeat those mistakes that is why we keep getting it wrong, other countries run ‘War Simulations’ creating drills and tactical plans to deal with scenarios and CONSTANTLY UPDATE whenever new battle Procedures arrive or new strategy or environments but what do we do? we behave opposite, we never plan, project nor analyse UNTIL OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, we so love the fire brigade approach and it gets me tired. Thats why we would begin running up and down looking for where to buy weapons or what to do next because we never imagined such scenarios, are we primed to deal with biological, nuclear and chemical attacks? even if such threats do not exist do we have laid Emergency Service Response, Quarantine Zones, R and D IN PLACE OR DO WE HAVE TO KEEP WAITING TILL THINGS GET BAD TO ACT? WE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT CONTINUE THIS WAY.

    • Ola says:

      I agree with you @Augustine. I must say though I am afraid the fight against Bh has been treated as a bush war. No dedicated tactical approach or master plan seemed to have been on ground. Granted, BH gave no obvious warning and sociologists in the country have not helped but after 6 years, if the military approach has been methodical, Nigeria by now should have garnered enough knowledge to become a leading expert in the area of guerilla warfare and clandestine tactics in non-conventional military engagements. Nevertheless, countries like the UK continue to influence warfare around the world because of the long history, documentation, preservation, adaptation and evolution of knowledge and experience which they possess in this area from WWII through IRA, till now.

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