BOKO HARAM: US RENEWS COLLABORATION WITH NIGERIA, NEIGHBOURS

(FILE PHOTO, June 2014)

NEW TELEGRAPH
30 December 2015

The U.S. Government has restated its commitment to help Nigeria and its neighbours to counter terrorism acts by Boko Haram.

A statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday, however, said that much still needed to be done to ensure that the people of Nigeria and its neighbours lived in peace.

“The United States remains committed to helping Nigeria and its neighbours counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror. “Despite much progress over the past year—due in large part to newly bolstered Nigerian and regional efforts—more work remains to ensure the people of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria can live in peace.

“The conflict has affected the lives of communities across the Lake Chad Basin region with some 2.5 million internally displaced people and more than 170,000 Nigerian refugees forced to flee their homes,’’ the statement said.

It said the U.S. had provided various forms of support for Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. “The United States provides advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support and equipment to our African partners as they work to defeat Boko Haram.

“We also support those affected by Boko Haram’s violence through on-going humanitarian aid and victim support services. “The United States will continue working with our partners in the region to identify new opportunities to support their efforts to stop Boko Haram’s wanton violence and restore order in the Lake Chad Basin region,” it said.

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  1. Mr. Trigger says:

    The war is at its Appogee.
    Now everybody becomes friends and allies.

    ***
    It said the U.S. had provided various forms of support for Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against the Boko Haram
    insurgency. “The United States provides advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support and equipment to our African partners as they work to defeat Boko Haram.
    ####
    Yes the USA did provide ‘some’ measure of support to African countries but unfortunately Nigeria wasnt one of them.
    Our war CTCOIN war unmasked some so-called allies and showed their true color. At the thick of battle when men and cities were falling and equipments was seriously needed, the US slapped us with sanctions and their allies followed suit.

    USA being a technology giant could easily throw-in the best survelaince, tracking and recon equipment into the war theater to provide indespensible information to the boys in the front, to aid in prosecuting the war instead they chose to play international politics which they are excellent sportmen.
    Why did the US act the way they did? Why did activate Leahy law act on us? Yes we did have some HR issues at that time (which was quite unfortunate) but this is wartime, incidents like that are bound to occur. Now it seems the HR issue is no more applying.

    I hope Nigerians are watching and taking notes.

    Since we are now friends again, we are in need off some techs from them from the DSS, the army, Airforce e.t.c

  2. gbash10 says:

    I am surprise that our government and some of our citizens are still being deceived that the US government have our interest at heart,dreamers !
    Nigeria is not a threat to the US,but they keep on undermining our military modernization efforts.
    The Saudis and the Egyptian governments have the worst human right records, but the US government is still selling lethal weapons to these countries,a beg make we hear something jare.

  3. Ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga trigger, the truth is that we are a threat to the US in Africa

  4. Ifiok umoeka says:

    Sorry, @ Oga Gbash10. Oga Trigger, well said

  5. Augustine says:

    2016 budget, Ministry of works to spend $ 3 million on defence: rehabilitation of military navigational equipment and military barracks.

    This is how states, local governments, CBN, NNPC, NIMASA, NPA,NCC, other government departments and agencies can help national security by choosing to contribute money to recurrent or capital defence expenditure.

    By now the buying of uparmoured Toyota/Nissan 4×4 vehicles for the army should be financed from all these donations/interventions, 30 vehicles donation from each state government, add heavy machine guns/ammo funded by cash donation from local governments and federal agencies like NNPC/CBN/NCC, means 1,000 brand new Toyota/Nissan 4×4 trucks with DShK, ZPU-1, LG3 AGL mounted trucks for NA to hunt and kill Boko Haram.

    We all need a safe Nigeria to survive or do business.

    Yankee issue, FG should be wise as a serpent with these oyinbos setting up bases in MJNTF countries and making diplomatic overtures. We can be openly friendly with them but add plenty of caution and suspicion. Wisdom is an asset, be wise Nigeria, be wise in dealing with NATO countries on this Boko Haram matters.

    • Are James says:

      Yes this is commendable. We actually suggested this approach to barracks building some time ago. This was depleting capital budget outlay for procurement years ago.

      Another thing, the security budgets of the NE states can pay for soldiers feeding and medical if we just hold the right meetings.

  6. jimmy says:

    Nigeria has established a short, medium and long term partnership with the UK, The foreseeable future does not foretell anything significant coming between the F.G. and the US.
    The foreseeable future is likely to see increased cooperation with the following countries
    1)UK
    2) China
    3) Pakistan
    4) Russia
    5) South Africa
    6) Ukraine
    7) Poland
    8) France yes
    9) India- they should be further up but Pakistan has to be taken into account.
    10) US- They should not be here perhaps when HC becomes POTUS things will Improve only time will tell.
    Despite what has been said here Military collaboration between the US and Nigeria is not expected to be extensive the fiasco of the Training whereby it climaxed with a two star Gen from the US trying to meet anybody in Nigeria is a cautious reminder for those who expect to much
    from this relationship.
    Nigeria is at the tailwind/ end of a very badly run insurgency as evidence continues to mount on the misappropriation of funds meant to buy weapons.
    America also has shown how badly run some of their defense analysts are with advice given to POTUS ( local problem) and Isis ( Jayvee team)
    To PMB’S credit despite wanting the Americans to do training regimes for the Nigerian Army he listened to his Generals and stuck with the program started by GEJ that was started in the last days of the administration March 2015 fashioned out first of a series of Military agreements with the British this has culminated in high level successful talks with:
    The British P.M.(met on the side lines X3 times with PMB and have a genuine relationship)
    The Defence Sec ( official visit)
    The CDS (official visit)
    “Naval visit” by one of Britain ‘s prestigious warships.
    Deep sea diving training by the British & Nigerian Navy.
    ****************** ( CLASSIFIED)
    While there are now reports that the relationship has improved ( US is expected to start buying NIGERIA oil) This is not a deep seated relationship anymore by that beyond the meaningless security conferences, and shared (True Intel) both COUNTRIES should not expect much , this is not American Bashing , I am after all Nigerian American and if there is any doubt, PMB will embark on possibly one of the most important trips of his Career to …… China, where he will be expected to sign deals in INFRASTRUCTURE ( Transportaion ) North of $5- $10b , it is expected there will be defence – related deals discussed and agreed upon.
    I am not bashing but simply downplaying that there is going to be a real upswing between PMB and POTUS.

  7. jimmy says:

    i do not believe Nigeria is a threat to the US as oga PECCAVI would say does a FULL GROWN LION WORRY IF IT DEFECATES IN HYENA TERRITORY?
    America is weary of War in the Middle East, POTUS and GEJ did not agree on you name it they disagreed , corruption , gay rights , boko haram the list is endless.
    GEJ is gone and BOH will soon be gone ( 2016) with nothing really tangible ( outside of the Power aid) to show for it, this is what happens when you only visit hand picked countries not bashing just the facts the big two : South Africa and Nigeria are largely looking elsewhere for meaningful relationships..

  8. doziex says:

    Guys,a few issues begging for discussion.
    The former CDS Alex Badeh recently said in an interview, that their has been no NA procurement since 2006.
    If that is so, what happened to all the yearly defense procurement budgets from 2006 till present.

    This really makes the dasuki case a side show, and possibly a distraction from where the investigation should be focused.

    The 6 billion USD budget provided for 400 million usd for the NAF, another 500 for NN and 700 million for NA.

    If we are at all interested in the progress of our armed forces, we must run down these figures ourselves, and NOT leave Nigeria’s burden of accoutability on the shoulders of a 78 yo ex General.

    • Are James says:

      The money was stolen and we said so. Beegeagle has warned against thread diversion so we will keep things quiet on that.

      What I want to bring up is the incoming JF 17, Chinese anti ship missiles C802 and the potentials for the defence of the Gulf of Guinea.

      • doziex says:

        Oga Are james, so you consider the dissappearance of damn near 10 years of budgeting as mere politicking ?
        This ain’t the normal apc, pdp politicking.

        I am merely suggesting, we take a lead in these discussions.

        We don’t even have anything else to discuss, as their is no defsec, without defense expenditure.

        And that’s why the blog seems to be grinding to halt.

        But for @lachit and Oga augustine, no one scarcely has anything to contribute.

        We all seem to be going thru the motions.

        So I put to all bloggers and it’s owner Beegeagle that overiding defsec topic is the system, or Lack thereof that allows for such gross misappropriation of funds in nigeria.

        We need to discus mod structures

        PMB has already mentioned nation to nation deals only.

        We need to push for ORBAT transparency, the weaponry secrets only facilitate shady business.

        Our analyses on this blog bought us something money cannot buy, a reputation as Nigeria’s premier defsec blog. If not Africa’s.

        As nigeria wars back against corruption, every sector in govt must strategize on how it recovers from the immense damage done.

        Beegeagles blog should be leading the discussion in the defsec realm.

        If I derailed one more thread, pardon me. But I believe it’s for the good and credibility of the blog.

        We can discus all these things and even penalties without naming individuals.

        We all know that this subject is a creature of successive administrations.

        Yet some in this administration are only willing to probe it’s predecessor .

        Nooo, the probe must go much further back, for its detering effect to out last PMB.

        Long live PMB.

  9. ifiok umoeka says:

    My brothers, our issue with the US has never been about HR. We know that from their relationship the mullahs and other fellows who’s CV don’t quiet spell out their HR credentials.
    Its not about gay rights, that was just bait…they know our society inside out and knew that it wasn’t going to sell. Basically, it was giving a dog a bad name and we know what they do to dogs with bad names…
    It wasn’t about BH, this one played right into their hands. It was a perfect reason to support the fight (after all, the fight against terror was supposed to be global) and it could be done (supporting the WOT) without supporting the gov.
    It wasn’t about corruption. I don’t even need to add a fancy line to that

  10. ifiok umoeka says:

    It was and remains about influence and control in the Africa continent socio-political space and it economic implication. The French and EU @ large are vested players and the Chinese are the spoilers. But Nigeria is the price as we are the door to Africa. Everyone knows that. So much effort has gone into counter balancing (SA, Ethiopia, Kenya) but it didn’t quiet work out as intended. The last trick was orchestra of cacophony and we survived it…barely.

  11. ifiok umoeka says:

    As time goes, more of the truth will be revealed but be rest assured that as long as Nigeria is perceived as a spoiler, trouble will not be far from us. The real question is, will we be ready when the next phase starts or will e find a way to make it Western interest to aid our advancement the way India has for example has! Till then, long spoons and a sit by the door are needed when dealing with the US…republican or democrat

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    May 2016 bring out the best in us, as bloggers and as a country. God bless Nigeria

  13. Henry says:

    Happy New Year People!

  14. buchi says:

    a happy New year to all the ogas in the house and to the general himself beegz ,
    May our frustrations be remedied and may ur individual lives be richly blessed. May our policymakers receive common sense and urgency laced with dedication
    nd May NAF initaite itself into the 4g age this year.
    May the navy rise from coast level to blue level and may NA effectively remove technicality from its oops against bh with full all round improvement. I wish our service men Nd women and the good people of Nigeria a happy 2016 and. better Nigeria
    pls can I get a loud Amen

  15. buchi says:

    the US trully has no line between fact and propaganda

  16. Kola Adekola says:

    Happy new year and massive doses of Gods Blessings to all Oga’s.

  17. schearbeek says:

    Happy New year to all the Ogas in the hou seand General Beegs himself.2016 will be a wonderful and fruitfull year in our lives.
    God Bless General Beegs
    God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

  18. rka says:

    Happ New Year to one as all. May you all and Nigeria be blessed.

  19. Makanaky says:

    Happy new year to all bloggers and the mighty beegeagle, i am convinced it will be a better year than 2015 and much much better than the horrible 2014.

  20. lachit says:

    happy new year to all

    and check this out :Uran-9 combat unmanned ground vehicle.
    the Uran-9 is equipped with a laser warning system and target detection, identification and tracking equipment.

    good for dealing with isis type insurgents equipped with TOW type anti tank missiles.

  21. Number One says:

    Happy and prosperous New year to Oga Beegeagle and all Beegeagle bloggers.

  22. COLONEL NGR says:

    i wish everyone a happy new year. hope to be more active this year. thanks to everyone for your incisive analysis.

  23. Augustine says:

    I wish you all my fellow bloggers and compatriots a Happy New year 2016.

    Oga Beegeagle and all Nigerian service men in NE war zone, special wishes of goodness and mercies to you all for the sacrifices you made last year, and we hope you continue in 2016.

    I pray God to greatly bless everyone of us and provide all our needs. Amen.

  24. I saw a MRAP on Jibowu brigde (i guess that’s the name, its the last bridge from Island before u join up with Ikorodu road) this afternoon while driving towards Mary Land. The MRAP had broken down on the bridge. What caught my attention was that it looked like nothing any of us know to be in NA inventory. It was painted in PLAIN DESERT BROWN colour. I could tell its not the bigfoot becos i ve seen the big foot up close before, it was not the Reva neither becos the Reva is easy to identify and its not the Igirigi as well becos the bonnet of the said MRAP opens forwards against the wind shield as against the more common way we know. Soldiers were guarding the vehicle while it was been fixed and due to the fact that i never expected to stumble on something like that i could not slow down to have a longer look at the vehicle. Happy new year

  25. jimmy says:

    Happy New Year to all the Bloggers.I pray that this will be the year BH truly becomes Dead. I pray for Nigeria to become a better Nation military wise. I plead with everyone to take what Oga Doziex said seriously.
    In the year 2016 I will raise my standards.
    God bless Nigeria
    Amen.

  26. Augustine says:

    WE ARE APPEALING AGAIN FOR A CHANGE OF HEART….

    “Members of both chambers of the National Assembly, who spoke to our correspondents on Thursday, faulted Buhari’s opposition to the plan of the legislature to purchase cars for 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives.

    The National Assembly members had, in August, collected between N7m and N8m as car loans.

    But the lawmakers said the 469 cars that they planned to buy would be used for oversight functions by members of the National Assembly.”

    http://www.punchng.com/469-cars-buhari-nassembly-on-a-collision-course/

    Please, our Nigerian soldiers need urgently over 1,000 units of brand new up-armoured Toyota Land cruiser 4×4 crew mounted gun trucks to find, fight, and flush out Boko Haram spread all over a huge land space as big as Scotland, please sacrifice your 469 brand new cars deals as national leaders and law makers, the legislative arm government.

    See oil & gas rich country’s army inside yellow Tipper lorry packed like Titus sardines !

    If these troops run into a Boko Haram ambush with this type of bad transportation, our Nigerian defenders will die in hundreds like mosquitoes from ordinary Boko AK-47 bullets ! These soldiers have parents, wives, children….like you do, oh leaders in Abuja !

  27. Augustine says:

    WE ARE APPEALING AGAIN FOR A CHANGE OF HEART….

    “Members of both chambers of the National Assembly, who spoke to our correspondents on Thursday, faulted Buhari’s opposition to the plan of the legislature to purchase cars for 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives.

    The National Assembly members had, in August, collected between N7m and N8m as car loans.

    But the lawmakers said the 469 cars that they planned to buy would be used for oversight functions by members of the National Assembly.”

    http://www.punchng.com/469-cars-buhari-nassembly-on-a-collision-course/

    Please, our Nigerian soldiers need urgently over 1,000 units of brand new up-armoured Toyota Land cruiser 4×4 crew mounted gun trucks to find, fight, and flush out Boko Haram spread all over a huge land space as big as Scotland, please sacrifice your 469 brand new cars deals as national leaders and law makers, the legislative arm government

    See oil & gas rich country’s army inside yellow Tipper lorry packed like Titus sardines !

    If these troops run into a Boko Haram ambush with this type of bad transportation, our Nigerian defenders will die in hundreds like mosquitoes from ordinary Boko AK-47 bullets ! These soldiers have parents, wives, children….like you do, oh leaders in Abuja !

  28. Augustine says:

    Oga jimmy, Oga Doziex, that point is good as said by oga Doziex, but it is a keg of gunpowder, the owner of this blog has to be careful because our blog people will let emotions and political party bias get the better of them. Oga Beegeagle has to be careful how his blog is used to publish comments on sensitive national issues, especially when a lot of speculation will be involved as no accused man is guilty of stealing money or corruption until proven guilty by a court of law.

    Unless ALL bloggers can abide by strict rules of self control, objectivity, non-bias, no mentioning of names of former/current government officials, accused people not proved guilty, etc, the topic will remain a keg of gunpowder.

    It is up to the owner of this blog to decide on what to do.

  29. Augustine says:

    WE ARE APPEALING AGAIN FOR A CHANGE OF HEART….

    “Members of both chambers of the National Assembly, who spoke to our correspondents on Thursday, faulted Buhari’s opposition to the plan of the legislature to purchase cars for 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives.

    The National Assembly members had, in August, collected between N7m and N8m as car loans.

    But the lawmakers said the 469 cars that they planned to buy would be used for oversight functions by members of the National Assembly.”

    Please, our Nigerian soldiers need urgently over 1,000 units of brand new up-armoured Toyota Land cruiser 4×4 crew mounted gun trucks to find, fight, and flush out Boko Haram spread all over a huge land space as big as Scotland, please sacrifice your 469 brand new cars deals as national leaders and law makers, the legislative arm government.

    See oil & gas rich country’s army inside yellow Tipper lorry packed like Titus sardines !

    If these troops run into a Boko Haram ambush with this type of bad transportation, our Nigerian defenders will die in hundreds like mosquitoes from ordinary Boko AK-47 bullets ! These soldiers have parents, wives, children….like you do, oh leaders in Abuja !

    • doziex says:

      Happy New year one and all.

      Oga jimmy thanks for your understanding and support.

      We go far back in the trenches of this blog.

      I remember when I opined, that NA better not sentence any of the malliamari mutineers to death.

      I. Remember some argued for swift justice, to which I responded that justice doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

      I said you can’t have this top down wanton thievery , and be sending disgruntled young soldiers to the firing squad.

      Some accused me of tolerating disorder in NA ranks and accusing senior officials without proof.

      Ok today the proof is in the headlines, but this blog maintains radio silence.

      I will forever be grateful to Beegeagle for providing us this forum, and from day one, I have seen this blog as a way to sensitize Nigerians and effect change in the defsec sector.

      Speaking of US engagement, remember guys the US spent a pretty penny trying to set up our MOD, and it’s dominance in civil-military affairs.

      But things were not working. Gen. ihejirika, a well respected coas, went with the other service chiefs to president GEJ, protesting that the mod/okonjo nexus was unresponsive, or too slow for progress.

      The generals wanted control of their own funds. I myself and Oga igbi I remember unleashed a verbal tirade against madam okonjo in support of the generals.

      At some point, the generals got their money. Big mistake. I wouldnt get into the lifestyles of the family members of some generals.
      Let’s just say that when the cds said that no procurement had been done since 2006, I wasn’t surprised.

      Then I wondered why the CIC wouldn’t take charge, and micromanage all purchases a la uganda’s museveni.

      The funny thing, is while the NSA is in the news today, it was actually the expenditure that
      He made, albeit a fraction of what he was given, that is responsible for NA’s reversal of fortunes.

      He is responsible for the arms and the PMCs. It probably cost 100,000 usd, then the remaining billions were laundered.

      You see, this subject need not be dynamite. Fact is, our systems failed countless Nigerians and nigerian soldiers.

      Why ? Some say it takes a messianic , incorruptible man on a mission like PMB to solve everything.
      To me, that is fools gold.

      Remember what JJ Rawlings used to say, he wanted the system in Ghana to be so sound, that even if the devil himself were to be president, it wouldn’t matter.

      • drag_on says:

        Mu7 (Yoweri Museveni) is a soldier and a long time combatant so he should know quite a bit about arms procurement. However, neither Okonjo Iweala or Pres.Jonathan can tell the difference betweeen an APC and an IFV. All they will ask is what do we need to win and which of thoes can we afford? Things ia the MoD failed the former president who knows nothing about defence.The problem(and i agree with you) and i will always stand on this, is that our defence procurement process is opaque, we will not solve anything by prosecuting dasuki while leaving the fraud basket that is the procurement process to fester. Notice that the huge corruption scandal facing us in only one sector so far, defence. Other areas of our economic life seems to be accounted for.

        As for the the allegation ascribed to the former CDS concerning aquisitions for the NA, then can someone pls tell me when we got the gazelles, refitted pumas, bought and refitted 2x ATR-72s, 2AW101’s,refitted our C130s,aquired drones, bought 2 alphas a few small survellance planes and mi35\24s just for his own arm of the Armed forces?Or have all we have been seeing on this blog a huge ruse?

        If i am missing something i am open to enlightenment.

  30. asorockweb says:

    Happy new year guys!

    My prayer for this year is that a few more of our institutions will achieve the Knowledge Critical Mass that is needed to serve Nigerians effectively.

  31. beegeagle says:

    Happy New Year, gentlemen. Accept my sincerest wishes for a glorious 2016

  32. freeegulf says:

    Happy New Year, beegeagle bloggers and cyber generals. success and thanksgiving for 2016

  33. Kay says:

    Happy New year to Gen Beeg and all bloggers.

  34. Are James says:

    Happy New Year fellow commentators and especially the owner of this blog. Your patriotic contributions are not escaping notice . Keep up the good work.

  35. Augustine says:

    Legitimate….But Not Prudent….Not Patriotic ….

    Can’t we cut down on these expenses and save money for national security and defence?

    Legislature expenses $ 1 billion dollars annually since 2011, but details of expenses never revealed to public.

    Does one official house for one top politician man in Abuja have to cost as much as =N= 1 billion ? Na diamond bricks and gold cement dem go use build am ?

    One billion naira is = 40 units of Igirigi LACV armed with 20 mm dual ammunition feed autocannon, carrying almost a battalion of troops into combat against Boko Haram.

    http://thenationonlineng.net/n5b-earmarked-for-osinbajo-saraki-dogaras-official-residences/

    • Augustine says:

      .
      300 British military experts to be based inside Nigeria 2016, COIN aid programme

      http://www.punchng.com/iboris-loot-is-still-with-us-uk-envoy/

      Na waah o ! 300 Americanos dey for Cameroon, na Britico be our own assist, shey we don become like Cameroon? I said this mid 2014 that Britain wants a temporary military base on Nigerian soil. Even though they are not fighting on the battlefields, hey man, they now have almost one battalion of top class British troops living long term inside Nigeria doing training assistance and COIN combat/intel advisory assistance. They got what they wanted. We got what we didnt want.

      Price we pay for poor managment of our defence sector equipment procurement and manpower training, failure to build a powerful military over the past decade, so we declined to this level.

      • doziex says:

        Hey Oga augustine,
        This blog cried fowl for the last 2 years, when I was trying to make the distinction between. Market based solutions ie PMC to govt advisory work, versus nation to nation military advisory Work.

        The advisory work was clearly necessary, but nigeria could do without the UK, Us intrusion in our internal affairs.

        Hence, i advocated for the “Eeben” solution.

        But I will take British advisors rather than no advisors.

        Our corrupt leaders have let everything rot, so our political and strategic immaturity, simply shows that we need to succule some more of the US/uk colonial tit.

        Whereas the likes of angola, Rwanda and uganda have leaders better at comon statecraft.

        Ie the need for a capable, competent military.

      • Sokoto says:

        Oga Augustin is that true ?!

  36. rka says:

    At least local industry is involved in IPC construction.

    “The two mine counter vessels; NNS OHUE and BARAMA have also been reintroduced into the NN fleet after extensive local refit. The NN has ordered for 30 inshore patrol boats from indigenous manufacturer in the first instance to enhance operational effectiveness and promote local content development.

    “About 70 more from the manufacturer and from Sri Lanka as well as other countries will hopefully join the fleet before the end of the first quarter of 2016. With these acquisitions, and the choke points control regime, the NN will be better positioned to dominate our brown waters, thus creating a secured area for legitimate economic activities,” he said.

    http://thenationonlineng.net/why-nigeria-must-equip-her-navy/
    Reply

    • drag_on says:

      Sometimes i wonder why the least funded arm of the NA is the most progressive and capital intensive arm. Probably, they get assitance from the oil industry, but dam they spend the money they get well.Their aquisition and R&D efforts is spot on.

  37. jimmy says:

    Does anyone have any detailed idea of what the Falcon Eye project is all about , I need the unclassified version.
    OGA XNUR OR oga ZACHARY OR oga HENRY .I recentley saw pictures of Nigeria’s LST1313 NNS ORIOM ? has it be refitted is it now sea worthy. i.e. can the loading door now reopen or is still welded shut. ? The picture shows Naval soldiers at attention .
    COURTESY oga HENRY
    http://www.nairaland.com/1386870/african-militaries-security-services-strictly/308

  38. doziex says:

    Oga drag on, madam NOI, we can forgive for being a military needs light weight, but not gen.Obasanjo of F7 fame, not GEJ ( Mr I can’t hire no advisers to enligthen me on defsec affairs )

    I even took the liberty offering them beegeagles services, to no avail.

    Mr buhari aka PMB should also know what he knows, and more especially, what him and Mr munguno do not know.

    It is simply a mark of wisdom and maturity.

    Get the right fcuking advisors people. They will make u look great.

    PMB is still campaigning against PMCs, well, so why all the official us/uk help then ?

    Oga drag on, as for the purchases u mentioned ie alpha jets, just compare the cost of the 2 engineless alphas and whatever else they bought, versus the allocated sums of money.

    Only then can the scale of the misappropriation be comprehended.

  39. Kola Adekola says:

    My Oga’s, calling for anybody’s blood over arms purchases without fixing how procurements are done just doesn’t make sense.
    The system that allows for unaccountability is what needs fixing first, otherwise we will simply be telling the same story and crying the same tears come 2019.

    We are going after flies, whereas a serpent is at our heel. The real thing that needs fixing is the procurement system, unfortunately we are not hearing any noises about changes to it. The fact that the oil price has crashed and we have borrowed $10 billion with no visible means to repay only makes things more scary. Without immediate changes, future misapplication of arms procurement funds will be exponentially more painful than they are at present.

    In my opinion, we should be campaigning along two strands:

    1. For changes to make current methods completely transparent; for example, purchases can be by public bidding, strictly government to government etc.
    2. That the trials for the so-called arms procurement corruption cases be held in public court sessions – this will enable the Nigerian public to see and understand first-hand, the absolute madness, lack of rigour, lack of strategy and planlessness that underlie our government systems – people have a way of reacting the right way when they realise how much they’ve been had.

    • mcshegz says:

      Why arms procurement goes wrong
      “In Nigeria, the 2007 Public Procurement Act (PPA) has made some real progress in improving government procurement. However, although military procurement falls under the PPA, effective scrutiny of military procurement seems lacking. A 2010 survey by the Public and Private Development Centre, a civil society monitoring group, on the effectiveness of the PPA did not even include the Ministry of Defence in the list of agencies surveyed.” – SIPRI

      “The PPA specifically stipulates that it shall not apply to the procurement of special goods, works and services involving national defence or national security unless the President’s express approval has been sought and obtained. It would appear that where the President’s express approval is granted, the provisions of the Act may, in some circumstances, apply to the procurement of military equipment.” – Aluko-Oyebode

      Needless to say my fellow Nigerians, we shall continue in a seemingly mind-bugling, transformer-hugging vicious cycle, unless, a bill is hurriedly sent to the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for an Act to repeal certain parts of the 2007 Public Procurement Act (PPA), which will ultimately allow the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) scrutinize purchase of goods and services by the military for greater accountability; last i checked, the military remains a public institution.
      What Nigeria requires are stronger systems and institutions, capable of keeping a check on wannabe defaulters, whoever, wherever they may be; a circular/directive from a current president will not be strong enough to stem the tide in my opinion. We need adjustments to the Public Procurement Act; now now.
      Oga Kola Adekola. I respect your hustle sir.
      NAIJA, I HAIL THEE.

  40. lachit says:

    damn I was going through the comments 3 minutes ago when a 70-80 seconds earthquake knocked my laptop off the bed
    laptop safe
    I have a twisted ankle
    and heart beat way over normal😀
    stupid earthquakes

  41. doziex says:

    Guys, truth be told, the disgust at the level of greed and irresponsible corruption by nigerian officials that caused the Americans to enforce the Leahy act against NA.

    Not really human rights violations.

    I mean I can’t even name one other country in the world that could match the debauchery and utter selfishness of the last administration specifically, but also previous ones.

    I mean, how do you starve your own army of funds, in an existential battle for your own survival against nihilistic terrorists?

    So, our country fits no other mold, we got to get creative to fix this one.

    Let’s take advantage of the fact that we currently have a new anti corruption dispensation in asorock.

    Here is some more of my 2 cents.

    (1) All immunity from prosecution from all elected and appointed to offices must end with immediate effect.

    (2) Defsec appropriations must be presented in lay man’s language, and in it’s entirety to the national press for public debate and consumption.

    No intentional convoluted language.

    Oga kola , I. 2nd your suggestions.

    In the 90s, officials in charge stole NA funds, resulting in needless deaths and maiming of NA soldiers and the hapless liberians and sierra leonians under their protection.

    In 2015, those in authority misappropriated entire budgets, and supplemental defense budgets backed by loans.
    This deprived NA of crucial equipment needed to contain an easily containable BH.

    Again resulting in the deaths and maiming of NA personnel, and this time Nigerian civillians.

    North east nigeria was sacked and NA and Nigerians were humiliated.

    The nigerien defense minister called NA soldiers cowards to their face, the international press had a field day at Nigeria’s expense.

    Yeah guys we watched it all happen and documented our thoughts in this blog.

    • chynedoo says:

      The fear of imaginary coups has made top Nigerian civilian advisers to wrongly advise Nigerian presidents against fully equipping NA and NAF compared to the Navy. Rogue officials and all sorts of political charlatans including local and foreign businessmen/women simply exploit the fear of equipping NA/NAF to milk the country. If we want to fix defence procurement/corruption in Nigeria, we have to get the experts in the NA, NAF, Navy, and finance and foreign ministries to handle the A-Z of procurement as it used to be the case. Without the right structures that ensure rules are adhered to, money will always grow wings and vanish….

      • doziex says:

        Oga chynedoo thanks 4 your interest, but our generals have held the purse strings before.

        It was the so called bad Ass

        General sani Abacha (late) that sent an under equipped NA ecomog force to free town .

        Yet the legendary coup plotter largessed in abuja, lined his pockets and forgot about the men he sent to die.

        IBB, sent men to Liberia, and in spite of the regional war that triggered, wouldn’t arm NA to win.

        I. Mean, it was the same scant and crappy air power, no tanks, blaming everything on US/EU sanctions, when the Chinese and the Soviet bloc where ready and able to equip us to our hearts delight.

        We have to dissect other countries MOD, to see what sort of citizens are employed there.

        Where can one find the. Military enthusiasts featuring on beegeagles blog in nigerian society?

        Trust me, I have spoken to young Officers in our armed forces, and I can find more enthusiasm for there welfare and we’ll being, any day on this blog.

        Like mainstream nigeria, they seem preoccupied with something else to the detriment of the force.

        The pride to see our nation powerful is lacking.

        The basic instinct of self preservation is lacking, hence The embezzlement of funds required to fight BH.

        If PMB has any folks paying us any attention, I think it’s time they reach out to beegeagles blog for ideas, and frankly speaking recruits.

        To advise, and serve in our MOD.

        I mean, their are some old and newer thorough breds up in here.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga doziex, you know, I have been thinking along that line for some months now, seems probable that the leahy law arms embargo was slammed on Nigeria due to massive corruption and looting beign perpetrated by the past government, not really the so called human rights violations.

      As for calling Nigerian soldiers cowards in London in front of international media, I complained bitterly about that when it happened last year. It will be a big irony if the big boss who accused them, is found culpable in the weapons fund looting scandal.

      Every accused person remains innocent until proved guilty by a court of law, but I can tell everybody here that the year 2014 $ 1 billion quick intervention cash fund for weapons/equipment procurement given by the past government to the defence sector to fight Boko Haram, is much larger an amount than the number and quality of weapons/equipments purchased, almost every heavy equipment was purchased second hand and under-armed, under-powered in most cases, the weakest combat capacity variants/versions were also purchased.

      After estimate pricing of weapons purchased, upgrade of existing equipment and making extra privisions for other equipment not disclosed, expendable ordnance, PMC training, overseas training, logistics/food/allowances for 30,00 troops in the war zone (A lot of soldiers feeding and logistics are already paid for by other sources including army HQ, state governments donations from all over Nigeria, state of emergency law deductions from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa quartely allocations by federal revenue sharing) , I am 100% sure money was looted, not sure exactly how much since I am not one of the thieves, but approximately $ 300 million must have been corruptly diverted from that fund into other pockets including payments to ‘prayer spiritualists companies’ who were paid an average of nearly $ 1 million each to pray for whatever spiritual things they were hallucinating about.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      Oga doziezx and Oga Augustine, the Leahy law was invoked against Nigeria for the same reason that the US will not sell arms to Syria, but will to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Geopolitics.
      Nobody loves us more than we love ourselves, it is dangerous to think otherwise.

      More importantly, the Leahy Law applies to human rights violations, not as a correction for flawed procurement systems. From Wikipedia:

      “The Leahy Law or Leahy amendment is a U.S. human rights law that prohibits the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.[1] It is named after its principal sponsor, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.[2]”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leahy_Law

      Our arms procurement system (like all others) is what is faulty. It desperately needs fixing, so that we never again have people travelling to South Africa with suitcases bursting with cash in foreign denominations to buy a helicopter or two.

      What Nigeria needs is a root and branch revisiting of our laws and systems to make them fit for purpose (the key phrase is “fit for purpose”), so that madness and chaos do not continue to reign. We need strengthened institutions that will see every individual (soldier or civilian) and every Kobo accounted for; a system in which values are preserved in robust fashion. It is true federalism (though many do not agree with the name). We can’t expect new results from the same system, so In order to solve our problems we need to “travel wide”. Heheh! That’s culled from “if you’re not living good, travel wide” – Bob Marley (Soul Rebel).

  42. lachit says:

    @Kola Adekola and doziex

    I generally try not to discuss the internal affairs of a country.
    so hypothetically if I were to asked to advice a remedy for the procurement mess I would suggest
    1.settting up a constitutionally independent audit and controller body , it will be answerable to the senate (parliament) and citizens ( via request for information )
    its mandate will be to access and audit all deals military or otherwise and table them in the senate in open or closed session depending on the secrecy of the deals (secret deals due to strategic interests will have to be vouched personally by the president , military chiefs and a sitting panel of judges of the supreme court and any wrong doings henceforth will make the above directly and personable answerable i.e. direct line of fire. )
    2.setting up a civilian audit and procurement board under the ministry of defence, they will issue RFI RFE etc. for weapons etc. after consultation with the military. plus they will be responsible for the negotiations financial or strategic or otherwise.
    3. a military audit and procurement board which will identify needs and place them before the civilian audit and procurement board. the main responsibility will be to trial the weapons via competitions in Nigeria etc. and select the same for advisement to the civilian counterpart, who will then take financial and strategic interest in view to select the best option ( 90% of time concurrent with the best trialled weapon system selected by the military itself ).

    1.the military audit and procurement board will keep the military in check
    2.the civilian audit and procurement board under the executive (govt.) will keep the bureaucrats in the ministry of defence in check.
    3.the constitutionally independent audit and controller body will keep everybody in check

    overall u will have a clear picture of flow of events in-case something goes wrong.
    no special powers to anybody especially political fixers, arms dealers and middle-men, if these r employed then they will approach the audit and controller body directly under the ministry of defence only.

    compartmentalization , redundancy , fault isolation , predetermined best procedures/practices to be followed r the highlights/points envisaged by the above model suggested hypothetically by me.

    and as always I could be wrong or right😀

    • I have never believed that the main prob iw with the systems and processes for procurement and management of funds. The problem is the people that manage these processes and their tendency to undercut and subvert the process. A process cannot be more effective than the. People that man it. there has been a culture of impunity in govt circles dating back ages.

      • lachit says:

        my suggestions handles this explicitly.

        defined role / duty delegation bonds every official/department to his / her responsibility which cannot be excused under any circumstance.

        once the source / individuals is identified half the battle against any corruption is won.
        rest will dependent on the prosecuting agencies and righteous, vigilant Nigerians.

      • lachit says:

        what I have suggested is a “closed circuit system”.

        it any outside attempt is made at interference then due to localization it has to involve the elements comprising the system . hence the footprints will remain , to be easily detected afterwards in-case of any corruption.

        electronics for political dissection lolzzzz😀

      • Are James says:

        “a process cannot be more effective than the people managing it”.

        Thank you very much for this.

        Systems Enginering 101.

        Please tell this to the people who blame Nigeria’s current problems on political structures, processes, procedures and rules . Somethings that Nigeria was in top ten compared to the whole world forty years ago. Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Singapore and Malaysia had more concrete political structures and progressive bureaucracy than any other countries in the 60s to the late 60s
        This was maintained by very professional, competent and agile civil servants all products of the UK colonial system.

      • lachit says:

        @are james
        “a process cannot be more effective than the people managing it”.

        while I don’t disagree with you, it raises a important question kind of a double edge sword question.

        Government ( a process ) of the people, ( a process run ) by the people, ( a process vetted ) for the people

        so the responsibility and course correction rests solely on ……………😀

        Singapore is in a different league altogether
        india corruption a big problem but the civil society has been fighting back
        Malaysia corruption a big problem and rest I don’t have any info
        Pakistan no comments
        Nigeria military rule caused damaged to the institutions resulting in present day corruption, but the civil society needs to gather together to fight back and it can be done.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      The principle in your suggestion is exactly what we need to block madness and chaos in our system, laws should be so coherent that they feed both into and off each other.

      All laws in a robust system consist of sub-frameworks and sub-procedures that act reinforce the parent vision and to check deviation (criminal or errant) from the straight and narrow. The army is a good illustration of such a system – in the army every little thing; from standing at attention, to wearing a uniform, to being neat and assertive – all point at a core set of underlying principles at the heart of which is teamwork to build supreme and unbreakable levels of organisation.

      We need such systems on a much wider scale though, because the loopholes that exist in those doing the checking (Senators, President, Judiciary etc) need to be blocked too.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      This is the baseline of what we have been asking for! We go dance skelewu for dis news!

      Fence or trench Nigeria off from our neighbours so we can both observe and channel who (and what) goes out and comes in.

  43. Russellinfinity says:

    Sir lachit, keep your head down and stay safe bloke.

    • lachit says:

      head down😀
      I was ( will be) all the way down sprawling ( unwillingly of-course😀 ) courtesy of neighbouring roommates trying to beak usain bolts sprint record for a dash to safety.
      thanks for the head up
      regards

  44. jimmy says:

    http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2016/01/lagos-to-install-10000-cctv-cameras.html#more
    Guys I apologize in advance I have to quote her because this is extremely relevant news, oga Doziex , Oga Augustine biko, ma binu , I beg make una no vex , I want to write a substantive piece on the issues raised please give me time.

  45. doziex says:

    Oga lachit, Oga Are james is right, the Brits left the best of their governing structures in most of their ex colonies.

    I still believe that Nigeria’s corruption is a different animal.

    There is corruption in the Indian and Pakistani defsec sectors. Mainly in form of graft and kick backs. In fact that is the norm world over.

    Elsewhere, at least, the contract gets executed , in nigeria, the near total theft, kills the contract.

    • lachit says:

      yes ur r correct. I too agreed with are james,

      all I was trying to say is that it is up to to the civilian i.e. individuals or groups in the respective countries population to take up the fight when the system fails or the persons in charge of the system abuses his power.

      corruption in arms deals in India is zero in the last 3 years.

      reason civil movements by the citizens , utilization of RTI right to information act , PIL public interest litigation , LOKAYUKTA’S (independent and powerful anti corruption boards accessible even by a child just by using the internet ) , Prime Ministers anti corruption web portal etc. and huge utilization of social media.
      fun part is before politicians were playing the common citizens , now the vigilant and self aware sections of the population r playing one politician against another ( dog eat dog policy😀 ) via social media and protest marches so in the end it is the country which wins.

      still lots need to be done.

      never heard about corruption in Pakistani defsec sectors. it is the first time I am hearing about it here.

      Nigeria can do it , all it needs is the citizens to use social media effectively , only one message per citizen will bring a political deluge . just needs one minute to send a message or post a comment . what is the population of adults in Nigeria ?
      all that remains to be seen is that will somebody or everybody walk the talk.

      everybody cries about corruption everywhere and anywhere.
      important thing is everybody needs to cry at the RIGHT PLACE en masse then all corruption will get drown in the tears😀
      corruption will be then sheeba😀 (coded message)

  46. peccavi says:

    Happy New Year.
    Without being a prophet of doom, this war is not over. BH will evolve and come back.
    Unless they are relentlessly hunted and the swamp drained, even if the NE goes quiet for 2 years they will come back.
    When they are defeated in Nigeria they move to Cameroun, then to Niger, then Chad, then CAR, then Sudan, then Mali.
    The only way to win the war is to drain the swamp.
    The lawlessness we tolerate must be eradicated, from smuggling to ‘subsidy’ to al majiri culture etc.
    This war has a good 5-10 years to run.
    The US does not care whether a northerner or southerner is in power or whether we slaughter people, they care about effectiveness.
    al Sisi is a coup plotter who is forcibly displacing people in the Sinai, detains and kills opposition, has killed more people than Ghaddafi did to get overthrown. But he is effectively (if not successfully) fighting jihadists.
    The last administrations issues were not just the insane corruption but the incompetence.
    The problem of the US/ UK wasn’t human rights but the lack of seriousness.
    A good example is the Cobra issue. Till today no one can explain why a 40 year old attack helicopter, we have never flown before was apparently the decisive weapon above all weapons we needed to defeat a bunch of guys who until they captured our own MBTs APCs and MRAPs had pick up tracks as their main fighting vehicles. Even if we had bought the Cobras the first one would have most likely still not been operational with Nigerian crews till today. As we would have needed to train pilots, ground crews, developed a supply chain and bought ammo.
    It would have done nothing for combat effectiveness but made several people very rich.

    The war is not over, we have a narrow window to develop the capabilities needed to defeat the enemy

    • doziex says:

      Oga peccavi, long time no hear.

      Yeah man, now is the time to finish draining the swamps in northern Nigeria.

      The swamps as peccavi said, is the al majiri tolerant culture that exists up north, and frankly in most Islamic societies.

      This charge should be led by the sultan of sokoto, a former brigadier General, the emir of kano, our former CBN boss and PMB.

      Their carrot will be training and loans in the agro processing industries. Starting with farming.

      Their stick will be ……… Well ask El zak zaky.

      Furthermore, cancel all shariah courts and vice police in the north, simply defund them.

      The NIA better develop spies and send them to Libya , to see what ISIS is up to there, before a horde of retrained and rejuvenated BH descends on northern Nigeria.

    • rugged7 says:

      Oga Peccavi is totally on point- as usual.
      But just a few additional points…
      The war will definitely run for another 5 to 10 years minimum as per oga peccavi
      We have no visibility on the key financiers nor the people pulling the threads in the background
      As far as i’m concerned, no high level members have been arrested- so how can we claim that BH has been technically defeated?
      I also find it quite strange that most of the key people being arrested for alleged misappropriation of defence funding are from the same region where BH has murdered thousands of their own people.
      Sambisa is a ticking time bomb
      Left to me, drone overflights over sambisa should lead to massive carpet bombing of the whole of sambisa with multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and fighter jets.
      And subsequently GPS-enabled mining of all routes in and out of sambisa forest

      DSS/NIA should improve intelligence networking and insertion of spies and special forces teams primarily in Niger, Chad, Cameroon with a view to secondary fall back points in Central africa and the middle east

      There is something gravely wrong with Nigeria’s short, medium and long term vector threat analysis + response, as well as regional assessments of our “nice” francophone neighbors.

    • Deway says:

      Thank you Peccavi. A holistic approach and a well defined thought-out strategy is needed. At the moment, these are very much lacking. I’ve always asked this question, what do our senior top brass learn or teach at the National War College and other so called top level military institutions in Nigeria? What is it? It is not enough to see one-off pictures of soldiers posing in new rifles and combat gear, decisiveness and effectiveness is what we are after. We need an impact oriented approach.

  47. xnur44 says:

    Peccavi & doziex, happy new year to both of you! don’t “flameout” on this blog because there is an audience to be fed (belief me they listen).

    • Augustine says:

      Oga xnur44, I agree with you, they listen. Beegeagle’s blog is being read and analyzed by the powers that rule the Nigerian polity and by top military officers.

      The recommendations made here that have been adopted by FG, NA, NN, and NAF are proofs that they listen, even state governors listen and Borno governor is adopting the security trenching recommended by this blog, he is adapting it to village level trench protection to prevent Boko Haram driving vehicles into those villages, the Bokos will have to dismount their men and carry only AK-47 rifles, RPG, and GPMG, the days of carrying/driving Toyota mounted heavy Anti-aircraft cannon and armoured vehicles into those villages will be over.

      The now lightly armed Boko fighters will be easier to defeat by Nigerian army light infantry, or even Civilian JTF if well armed, Maybe FG, DSS, NPF, and NA should look into doing criminal/clean citizen background checks and traditional rulers/religious rulers recommendation/guarantee/vetting to raise CJTF civilian platoons of maybe well known and time tested/trusted local hunters to become garrison for every vulnerable village in NE especially those close to the borders. We can arm them with simple semi-automatic 10 round cartridge magazine loading hunting rifles or single shot bolt action hunting rifles, we may also do Lee Enfield class of rifles, the Enfield is still in service around the world today and Nigeria had them before.

      I am thinking we should avoid the more lethal fully automatic AK-47 for CJTF. We don’t want to have gun control issues after the war. A manual Lee Enfield type of bolt action rifle is less lethal due to it’s non-automatic configuration.

      Also we can add non lethal smoke grenades, we may also consider giving them tear gas and gas masks to disorient the enemy if outnumbered, they can will have satellite phones to call in the army for help since we don’t have enough soldiers to garrison every village in North Eastern battle theatre.

      The government is hearing us, they have heard the cry and tears of Beegeagle’s blog to fill the dangerous gap in Nigerian airspace security/defence as related to Chad having 3 MiG-29 jets thus establishing total air superiority over Nigeria, FG has responded with 3 JF-17 Thunder jets NOW CONFIRMED below….

      • Augustine says:

        ENTER THE JF-17 THUNDER….FG CONFIRMS 3 JETS ORDER
        ====================================================

        http://www.punchng.com/fg-to-spend-n65bn-on-warplanes-weapons-others/

      • Augustine says:

        Thank you NAF, thank you FG, thank you CAS Air Marshal S.B. Abubakar, thank you President M. Buhari, for breaking the 30 year old jinx on NAF.

        Please let these JF-17 Thunder jets come into NAF service with Beyond Visual Range air to air missiles, Anti-Radiation Missiles, Guided Bombs, and Anti-ship Missiles to maximize the benefits of their multi-role combat capability.

    • doziex says:

      Oga xnurr44, Aye ! Aye ! Sir.

      • Capt Tobias says:

        Dear Ogas, this JF17 purchase does not meet the basic numbers to effectively prosecute any convectional / cross border action, This is only to do a flying the colours exercise and good for the calendar and pilot experience procurement, nothing to shout about, a university student going back to take Wasc and scoring AAA s is a mockery and self delusion. I hope it is a preliminary purchase while waiting for the next blocks 11/ 111 to roll out of the shop, The minimum procurement should be a proper squadron,

        A squadron in air force, army aviation, or naval aviation is mainly a unit comprising a number of military aircraft and their aircrews, usually of the same type, typically with 12 to 24 aircraft, sometimes divided into three or four flights, depending on aircraft type and air force. Land based squadrons equipped with heavier type aircraft such as long-range bombers, or cargo aircraft, or air refueling tankers have around 12 aircraft as a typical authorization, while most fighter equipped units have an authorized number of 18 to 24.

        Chad has a lot strike capacity plus it’s air superiority assets (Mig 29s), the Su25s, Tucanos, P birds, etc , Mi24s AH, not to talk of French and Gabonese support.
        How do we stand against our neighbours below.

        CHADIAN AIR FORCE • Force Aerienne Tchadienne • Armée National du Chad (FANT)
        Air Force 350 personnel

        Forces by Role & Equipment by Type

        • AIRCRAFT 9 combat capable plus 3 x Mig 29s. . Total 37 Aircraft

        Counter Insurgency & Ground Attack Unit with 6 FGA/Coin ac:
        4 Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot-A; (Ex-Ukrainian)
        2 Sukhoi Su-25UB Frogfoot*;

        Counter Insurgency & Training some sqn with 9 Trg/Coin ac:
        2 Embraer EMB-312F Tucano (being delivered)
        1 Pilatus PC-9 Turbo Trainer* (Sold as unarmed trainer aircraft but modified to armed version in Chad)
        2 Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer (only 1*);
        4 SIAI-Marchetti SF-260M/WL Warrior* (trainer/light attack);

        Presidential Flt with 3 VIP Tpt ac:
        1 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87;
        1 Boeing 727-200;
        1 Beech 1900D

        Transport 1 sqn with 16 Tpt ac:
        1 Lockheed Martin C-130H-30 Hercules;
        1 Lockheed C-130H Hercules;
        1 Lockheed C-130B Hercules;(Ex-Australian C-130A version bought by France as aid for Chad; modernized before delivery)
        2 Lockheed C-130B Hercules;(Ex-US Air Force; aid; C-130A version)
        1 Lockheed C-130A Hercules;
        1 Antonov An-72 Coaler;
        2 Antonov An-26 Curl;
        1 Fokker F.27-600 Friendship;
        1 Grumman Gulfstream II (VIP);
        1 Casa C-212-200;
        2 Pilatus PC-6B Turbo Porter (Lt Tpt);
        2 Reims Cessna F-337 Super Skymaster (Lt Tpt);

        Liaison 2 liaison ac:
        2 Reims-Cessna F337/O-2 Skymaster

        • HELICOPTER 8 armed capable. Total 21 Helicopters.
        (1 Hel sqn with)

        Anti-Armour Attack 8 Atk hel:
        6 Mil Mi-24V Hind-E (Ex-Ukrainian Mi-25);
        2 Mil Mi-24D Hind-D (captured from Libya / store or retired);

        Transport 5 Spt hel:
        2 Mil Mi-171 Hip-H (armed capable; possibly from Russia; no. could be up to 6; delivery 2006)
        2 Mil Mi-17 (Mi-8MT) Hip-H (Ex-Ukrainian)
        1 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H (Probably Chadian Mi-17 seriously damaged in 2002 and rebuilt; supplier uncertain; delivery 2010)

        Utility 8 Utl hel:
        6 Eurocopter AS-350/AS-550 Fennec (Ex-Singaporean Light helicopter; delivery 2010)
        2 Aérospatiale SA-316B Alouette III* (Ex-Dutch; with ATK Hel)* = Trainer.

        This is a serious shock in view of all that is happening, If there are financial constrains, the priority should have been applying the funds buy enough SU25s ( 6 -12 ) to form a proper squadron. this kind of haphazard purchases shows lack of foresight and our weak under belly to potential adversaries. from a nation that took in 24 Alpha jets, 12 Sepecat Jaguars in the 80s ( not to talk of the L39s, MB339s, etc to now dancing and congratulating for the buying 3 fighter aircrafts to cover the whole airspace above 900,000 + square miles of our national territory.
        Of what use is the funds committed to the MFI trainers when you don’t even have the frontline assets, air beetle would have been easily ungraded with Garmin EFIS screens . The Super MFI are piston engine and use Avgas fuel which is not even available in the country except ordered in drums from outside and they cost a bum to import. This is moment is when the Senior officers should have put their foot down and damned the consequence just like brave Dr Adadevoh did to save us from ebola, and demanded for things to be done properly, this is what is patriotism about. anything short of 12-24 x FJ17 is another sad joke to tickle the civilian populace. Be real what do you think would happen on papers only if we come up against the Chadians, They can defend their skys and probably ours as well and also put up a credible strike capability ( in ordinance loads and asset numbers) on our major assets and facilities all at once. I hope this purchase is just the first delivery.

  48. Mr. trigger says:

    FG to spend N65bn on warplanes, weapons, others

    The Federal Government is proposing to spend N65.03bn for the acquisition of various military aircraft, combat equipment, trucks and maintenance of boats among others in the 2016 fiscal period.

    Details of this amount are contained in the 2016 budget which President Muhammadu Buhari presented to a joint session of the National Assembly in December, 2015.

    A copy of the budget for the military was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday.

    The N65.03bn, according to an analysis of the budget document, is part of the total sum of N311.38bn allocated to the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force for the 2016 fiscal year.

    Out of the N311.38bn, the sum of N139.8bn, made up of capital expenditure of N120.01bn and recurrent expenditure of N19.78bn is allocated to the Nigerian Army.

    For the Nigerian Navy, the sum of N85.97bn is allocated for its operations. This amount is made up of N60.33bn for recurrent expenditure and N25.64bn for capital spending.

    The Nigerian Air Force has a total budget of N85.61bn, made up of N62.15bn for recurrent expenditure and N23.46bn for capital expenditure.

    Giving details of the weapons to be acquired for the operation of the Navy, the fiscal document states that the sum of N5bn is budgeted for the procurement of three JF-17 Thunder-multi role combat aircraft.

    The government, according to the document, has also allocated the sum of N11.6bn for the procurement of two MI-35m helicopter, while N2.06bn is being proposed to acquire 10 Super Mushak trainer aircraft.

    Other operational equipment to be acquired for the Navy are aircraft spares, N1.7bn; combat equipment, outfits and training for Quick Response Force, N350m; arms and ammunition such as 30MM Canon, 68MM SNEB live rocket, F3 and F4 practice bomb, N480m.

    Also being proposed for the Navy is infrastructural development at the newly established Forward Operational Base and NAF Units at a cost of N2.2bn.

    For the Nigerian Army, the budget document states that the sum of N5.64bn has been budgeted for the purchase of defence equipment; N2bn for kitting of armed forces personnel; and N1.96bn for the purchase of trucks.

    Similarly, the sum of N2.07bn is being proposed for security votes including operations while N7.24bn has been budgeted for the construction of military barracks.

    For the Navy, the budget document states that the purchase of defence equipment will gulp N18.29bn while the sum of N372.95m and N734.06m are budgeted for the maintenance of aircraft and sea boats respectively.

    In the same vein, the document indicates that the government is planning to spend N1.7bn to purchase surveying equipment, N296.88m to fuel aircraft; N645.35m for sea boats and N706.07m for security votes, including operations.
    **********************************************************************************************************************
    @Augustine your trucks are coming… now FG can have peace

  49. Makanaky says:

    I congratulate beegeagle and all bloggers who have been shouting non stop for this to come to fruitition, i am comfortable with the acquisition, there is some element of transparency with the details matching with the cost implication hopefully when more funds becomes available further important purchases will be made.
    This is victory for me !

  50. Augustine says:

    Oga Mr. trigger, we need those trucks for our army, good to see them coming, how many units we don’s know yet, the budgeted amount of $ 10 million looks like what can buy 100 heavy duty military trucks or 200 uparmoured Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 trucks. Nigeria ordered 50 units of AutoKrAZ 6322 6×6 Soldat heavy duty trucks in 2014….Soldat is a power beast !

  51. Augustine says:

    Even oyinbo share the loot, the free Naija made suya meat really went around the world…

    http://www.punchng.com/arms-probe-efcc-detains-german-businessman/

    We need to recover these monies and add to capital budget for all armed forces 2016.

  52. drag_on says:

    Concerning the JF17. I would have gone fora soft loan(approx 1%) from China before the world economy goes to the dogs,get in 2 to 3 squadrons to massage chinese pride,have them assembled in Nigeria. That way,we will be the maintenance and future assembly hub of the jet in Africa. This will drive down the cost of the jet and appeal to more African countries.China would like the idea.

    The jet would place a role in maritine stike, CAS, interdiction, intercept, CAP and SEAD(in tha African battle-space). Freeing any future twin engine for its primary role of air-superiority.

  53. drag_on says:

    Concerning the JF17. I would have gone fora soft loan(approx 1%) from China before the world economy goes to the dogs,get in 2 to 3 squadrons to massage chinese pride,have them assembled in Nigeria. That way,we will be the maintenance and future assembly hub of the jet in Africa. This will drive down the cost of the jet and appeal to more African countries.China would like the idea.

    The jet would play a role in maritine stike, CAS, interdiction, intercept, CAP and SEAD(in tha African battle-space). Freeing any future twin engine for its primary role of air-superiority.

  54. jimmy says:

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/chinese-president-invites-buhari-on-state-visit-as-apc-seeks-partnership-with-communist-party/
    I actually wrote a lengthy article on the way forward for Nigeria and this is not meant as a derailment of the original thread but as I had previously stated it is increasingly looking like PMB will be visiting China come 2016.
    Top of the list should be
    ** TOT OF THE second OPV naval vessel and it should be upgraded to carry missiles presumably c802s
    *** finalize the Railway $B contract
    **** Nigeria needs more of the Big foot MRAPS ( 120 is not enough)
    ***** It is very no extremely important that the NSA, Defence Minister be in on this visit.
    ****** Nigerian Armed Forces must understand what it is they want in terms of a strategic partnership with China we cannot afford to wait till war is upon before we employ the services of China’s poly industries . LIBYA is gradually becoming a no man’s land everyday with ISIS continually making gains in terms of land and money, Nigeria needs to be prepared.

  55. rugged7 says:

    US donates 24 mine resistant vehicles to Nigerian army

    The United States will handover to the Nigerian army today 24 mine-resistant and armour-protected vehicles, as part fulfilment of its promise to help Nigeria in its war against Boko Haram insurgents.

    The vehicles valued at $11m, would be handed over to the military authorities at the Nigerian Army 9th Brigade Parade Ground, Ikeja Army Cantonment in Lagos.

    This was contained in a statement by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General Lagos on Wednesday.
    “The US is pleased to donate 24 Mine-Resistant, Armour-Protected (MRAP) vehicles valued at $11m to Nigeria’s military authorities.

    “The equipment donation represents part of the continuing US commitment to Nigeria and its neighbours to counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror and promote regional security.”

    http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2016/01/us-donates-24-mine-resistant-vehicles-to-nigerian-army/

    • jimmy says:

      Oga rugged
      Somewhere there must be a smile across your face that you broke this story , the irony lol!.
      However some did disclose to Oga Henry last week that he saw one that had broken down but it was heavily guarded so he was afraid to take a picture.
      All the same well done.

      • Deway says:

        Newly donated military vehicles already breaking down, ok now. Hope the cost implications dont turn out to be more than the benefit.

      • Sir Kay says:

        That person never said the vehicle that broke down was part of those donated by the USA

      • jimmy says:

        Thanks Oga sir Kay

      • Sir Kay says:

        camouflage1984 says:
        January 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        I saw a MRAP on Jibowu brigde (i guess that’s the name, its the last bridge from Island before u join up with Ikorodu road) this afternoon while driving towards Mary Land. The MRAP had broken down on the bridge. What caught my attention was that it looked like nothing any of us know to be in NA inventory. It was painted in PLAIN DESERT BROWN colour. I could tell its not the bigfoot becos i ve seen the big foot up close before, it was not the Reva neither becos the Reva is easy to identify and its not the Igirigi as well becos the bonnet of the said MRAP opens forwards against the wind shield as against the more common way we know. Soldiers were guarding the vehicle while it was been fixed and due to the fact that i never expected to stumble on something like that i could not slow down to have a longer look at the vehicle. Happy new year

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Jimmy, how i go do naa?
        The people i am suspicious of the most(America) have suddenly begun doing father christmas for Nigeria Army.
        Wonders shall never end o!
        1st let me tell them Thank you o!
        Oga Entwistle know my levels.
        BUT….
        I just hope it won’t end up like the sepecat Jaguar where we can’t repair it when it breaks down and neither will america sell us the parts.
        We do live in very interesting times indeed- (An old chinese curse)
        Beware the trojan horse though…
        I personally will not trust the americans as far as i can spit…

    • lachit says:

      QUOTE

      *************************

      The Sri Lankan government has denied reports that it has struck a deal with Pakistan for the purchase of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets.

      “The matter did not even come up for discussion during the talks [with the Pakistani government],” Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Defence Secretary, told The Hindu, adding that his government was still considering the purchase of fighter jets.

      Terming the reports as “incorrect,” Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded, saying that “if there arises a requirement for Sri Lanka to procure aircraft of this nature, in keeping with the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to maintain transparency, expressions of interest will be called for, from all concerned.”

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  56. Augustine says:

    Malaysia wants JF-17 Thunder….this 2016, JF-17 will likely be the most purchased jet fighter in the world based on number of country buyers.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/20-Dec-2015/malaysia-shows-interest-to-buy-jf-17-from-pakistan

  57. Capt Tobias says:

    Dear Ogas, this JF17 purchase does not meet the basic numbers to effectively prosecute any convectional / cross border action, This is only to do a flying the colours exercise and good for the calendar and pilot experience procurement, nothing to shout about, a university student going back to take Wasc and scoring AAA s is a mockery and self delusion. I hope it is a preliminary purchase while waiting for the next blocks 11/ 111 to roll out of the shop, The minimum procurement should be a proper squadron,

    A squadron in air force, army aviation, or naval aviation is mainly a unit comprising a number of military aircraft and their aircrews, usually of the same type, typically with 12 to 24 aircraft, sometimes divided into three or four flights, depending on aircraft type and air force. Land based squadrons equipped with heavier type aircraft such as long-range bombers, or cargo aircraft, or air refueling tankers have around 12 aircraft as a typical authorization, while most fighter equipped units have an authorized number of 18 to 24.

    Chad has a lot strike capacity plus it’s air superiority assets (Mig 29s), the Su25s, Tucanos, P birds, etc , Mi24s AH, not to talk of French and Gabonese support.
    How do we stand against our neighbours below.

    CHADIAN AIR FORCE • Force Aerienne Tchadienne • Armée National du Chad (FANT)
    Air Force 350 personnel

    Forces by Role & Equipment by Type

    • AIRCRAFT 9 combat capable plus 3 x Mig 29s. . Total 37 Aircraft

    Counter Insurgency & Ground Attack Unit with 6 FGA/Coin ac:
    4 Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot-A; (Ex-Ukrainian)
    2 Sukhoi Su-25UB Frogfoot*;

    Counter Insurgency & Training some sqn with 9 Trg/Coin ac:
    2 Embraer EMB-312F Tucano (being delivered)
    1 Pilatus PC-9 Turbo Trainer* (Sold as unarmed trainer aircraft but modified to armed version in Chad)
    2 Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer (only 1*);
    4 SIAI-Marchetti SF-260M/WL Warrior* (trainer/light attack);

    Presidential Flt with 3 VIP Tpt ac:
    1 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87;
    1 Boeing 727-200;
    1 Beech 1900D

    Transport 1 sqn with 16 Tpt ac:
    1 Lockheed Martin C-130H-30 Hercules;
    1 Lockheed C-130H Hercules;
    1 Lockheed C-130B Hercules;(Ex-Australian C-130A version bought by France as aid for Chad; modernized before delivery)
    2 Lockheed C-130B Hercules;(Ex-US Air Force; aid; C-130A version)
    1 Lockheed C-130A Hercules;
    1 Antonov An-72 Coaler;
    2 Antonov An-26 Curl;
    1 Fokker F.27-600 Friendship;
    1 Grumman Gulfstream II (VIP);
    1 Casa C-212-200;
    2 Pilatus PC-6B Turbo Porter (Lt Tpt);
    2 Reims Cessna F-337 Super Skymaster (Lt Tpt);

    Liaison 2 liaison ac:
    2 Reims-Cessna F337/O-2 Skymaster

    • HELICOPTER 8 armed capable. Total 21 Helicopters.
    (1 Hel sqn with)

    Anti-Armour Attack 8 Atk hel:
    6 Mil Mi-24V Hind-E (Ex-Ukrainian Mi-25);
    2 Mil Mi-24D Hind-D (captured from Libya / store or retired);

    Transport 5 Spt hel:
    2 Mil Mi-171 Hip-H (armed capable; possibly from Russia; no. could be up to 6; delivery 2006)
    2 Mil Mi-17 (Mi-8MT) Hip-H (Ex-Ukrainian)
    1 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H (Probably Chadian Mi-17 seriously damaged in 2002 and rebuilt; supplier uncertain; delivery 2010)

    Utility 8 Utl hel:
    6 Eurocopter AS-350/AS-550 Fennec (Ex-Singaporean Light helicopter; delivery 2010)
    2 Aérospatiale SA-316B Alouette III* (Ex-Dutch; with ATK Hel)* = Trainer.

    This is a serious shock in view of all that is happening, If there are financial constrains, the priority should have been applying the funds buy enough SU25s ( 6 -12 ) to form a proper squadron. this kind of haphazard purchases shows lack of foresight and our weak under belly to potential adversaries. from a nation that took in 24 Alpha jets, 12 Sepecat Jaguars in the 80s ( not to talk of the L39s, MB339s, etc to now dancing and congratulating for the buying 3 fighter aircrafts to cover the whole airspace above 900,000 + square miles of our national territory.
    Of what use is the funds committed to the MFI trainers when you don’t even have the frontline assets, air beetle would have been easily ungraded with Garmin EFIS screens . The Super MFI are piston engine and use Avgas fuel which is not even available in the country except ordered in drums from outside and they cost a bum to import. This is moment is when the Senior officers should have put their foot down and damned the consequence just like brave Dr Adadevoh did to save us from ebola, and demanded for things to be done properly, this is what is patriotism about. anything short of 12-24 x FJ17 is another sad joke to tickle the civilian populace. Be real what do you think would happen on papers only if we come up against the Chadians, They can defend their skys and probably ours as well and also put up a credible strike capability ( in ordinance loads and asset numbers) on our major assets and facilities all at once. I hope this purchase is just the first delivery.

    • That certainly puts things in perspective @ Oga Tobias. We all hope it’s just an initial purchase. All this begs the question, How do we take a $1Biln Dollar loan for arms @ the height of an insurgency and buy no fixed wing aircraft. The aircraft purchase being funded by this year’s budget and nt the loan.

  58. Capt Tobias says:

    This blog is for the truth, not cheerleading with pompoms when not necessary. Good they bought the aircraft, just hope they have a bigger picture and plan than what we are reading

  59. Capt Tobias says:

    Typo – the MFI trainers use piston engine power plants – lycomings

  60. Ifiok umoeka says:

    Greetings, my Ogas. Pls we have a jf17 tread, 2 even! pls, lets stay there. I salute u Oga Capt, Adetayo, Lachit and Augustine.

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