War On Boko Haram: Nigerian Govt Not Cooperating – Chadian Govt

Chadian and Nigerien troops fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East are reportedly begging their Nigerian counterparts to take over towns recaptured from the sect.

Nigerian authorities had announced that troops had recaptured all towns occupied by members of the terrorist group in Adamawa and Yobe states, remaining Borno, the last of the three north-eastern states mostly affected by the insurgency.

A report by The New York Times on Friday, entitled ‘Foreign troops beg Nigerian soldiers to occupy recaptured towns,’ said foreign troops had led journalists on a tour of the liberated towns without Nigerian troops on the ground.

Chadian authorities were reported to be angered by “the near-total absence of cooperation from the Nigerians in a crucial regional battle.”

The report said Chadian soldiers were wondering why they, and not the Nigerians, were holding towns like Damasak, several days after the last Boko Haram fighter has fled or been killed.

The Chadian Foreign Minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, was quoted as saying, “The Nigerian Army has not succeeded in facing Boko Haram. The occupation of these towns, this is up to Nigeria. My fondest wish is that they assume their responsibilities.

“Our biggest wish is that the Nigerian Army pulls itself together — that it takes responsibility in the towns. We are ready to disengage, right away.”

Second Lieutenant Hassan of the Chadian Army was quoted to have berated the Nigerian troops as failing in their responsibilities.

He said, “We asked them (Nigerian Army) to come, to receive this town from us, but they have not come. It is because they are afraid.

“We fought on the night of the 14th, and the last attack was on the 15th. We called them on the 16th and told them to come; they didn’t believe we were here.

“It is up to them (Nigeria) to hold the town, not us,” said Lieutenant Hassan, referring to the Nigerians. “Our role is offensive. Our mission is to chase the terrorists.”

The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, however, told our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday that it was not true that Nigerian troops were not willing to take over such territories.

He said there was no town liberated by the Nigerian troops in the ongoing offensive against the insurgents that was not effectively cleared of terrorists’ presence and was not being well patrolled.

He added that the collaborating nations had warned against “irresponsible” comments involving the operation, stressing that the military would not join issues with anyone.

Olukolade said, “It is not true that our soldiers are not willing to take over such communities. There is no town that our soldiers have liberated that is not being well secured and well patrolled at the moment.

“We have always warned against irresponsible comments in this collaboration and we are not ready to join issues with anybody.

“We will do everything to sustain this collaboration.”

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Scores of Insurgents and A Soldier Killed In Army, Boko Haram Bloody Clash in Bama

Fews days after Boko Haram insurgents recaptured Gamboru town, Borno state, the dare devil terror fighters again launched a fatal bid for Bama, resulting in fierce battles in which several jihadists and a Nigerian soldier were killed and several others injured.
The attack which was eventually quelled by the Nigerian troops led to the death of over a score of the jihadists while  others fled with wounds. Many more of the attacking terrorists also died as the airforce patrol went after the fleeing ones. Pursuit  is still ongoing while calm has been restored and troops maintain firm control of Bama town, Nigerian military stated.
“A Hilux vehicle as well as other equipment  and some weapons were captured from the attackers. One soldier died while 7 were wounded while repelling the attack. They have been evacuated from the combat area by air and are already receiving medical attention.
“With most of the towns slated to be cleared of terrorists already covered, the campaign to rid rest of the communities of them is continuing with air and land operations now stepped up in the remaining designated locations in the mission area.  Cordon and search of cleared communities are also ongoing with some discoveries of weapons and vestiges of atrocities committed by the terrorists while they held sway in some locations”, the statement added.
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Muslims Condemn ISIS/Boko Haram: Declare Jihad Against The Extremists

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 27 Jumada Al-awwal 1436
In The Name of Allah (The God), The Most Merciful, The Most Forgiver.
Assalamualaykum (Peace be upon you)

We the Muslims Against Terror organisation totally condemn the killings and attacks of the extremist Takfiri group IE the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS and “BOKO HARAM”) affiliates and partners to al-Qaeda terrorist organizations in the world. We totally condemn them and urge all Muslims to equally condemn these Takfiri groups and join the Holy war against them in any way they can and with any means at their disposal.

This Extremists groups (ISIS/BOKO HARAM) are terrorist organization, that are killing innocent people in cities, attacking the government of Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, etc, and that violate the principles of Islam and the noble prophet.
“Any attack on the innocent people is unlawful and contrary to the Sharia (Islamic law)… Muslims must safeguard lives, honor and property of Christians, Jews and other faiths; attacking them contradicts Sharia”.

We have a moral responsibility – it’s not that we’re required but we have a moral responsibility – to clarify for the  confused about where Islam stands on such crimes committed by “ISIS/BOKO HARAM” and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organisations: Islam completely rejects such  terrorists behavior. It’s a responsibility that we Muslims Against Terror and other Muslims brothers around the world, ensure we don’t allow such ideologies of “ISIS/BOKO HARAM” or such extremists to define our religion (Islam).

Islam is the religion of Peace, love and total submission to the will of Almighty Allah (God). The Holy Quran tells Muslims to “stand firmly for justice and against injustice”. That’s true especially when the injustice is being committed by those who claim to be Muslim (ISIS/BOKO HARAM). When we fail to do so, we lose credibility as a faith and as human beings made of God’s Mercy.

The ISIS/BOKO HARAM Has “Nothing to do with Islam,” has committed crimes “that cannot be tolerated”.
We unequivocally denounce the Islamic state of Iraq, and Syria (ISIS) and “BOKO HARAM”. Both groups violate Sharia law and humanitarian law. The crimes; killing, dispossession carried out by the terrorists (ISIS/HOKO HARAM) against civilians and minorities in Iraq, Iran, Nigeria etc. that have affected Christians in Mosul, Yazidis, Kurds, and all other faiths and peoples in the Middle East and North and West Africa, violate the Quranic Teaching, “Let there be no compulsion in religion” (Surat al Baqara 2:256).

There actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches! Also the Quran states clearly, “that Anyone who kills a human being – it shall be as though he has killed all of mankind, If any one saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind.” These provide proof that Islam forbids killing of the innocent (Holy Quran 5:32).

ISIS/BOKO HARAM are known to be extremists. This is not permitted in Islam and is totally condemned. The Quran says that which means; “O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.” ( Holy Quran 5:8) ISIS and BOKO HARAM are known for their trade mark of doing the opposite of this Quranic clear injunction.

And their actions have been predicted. It is written: The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) said; If he was here in the “End Time” when these people are doing these barbaric acts, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) will be the first to kill them himself.

“A people will come out at the ‘End of Time,’ Immature, Foolish and Corrupt. They will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite the Quran, but it will not past their throats. They will pass through religion, the way an arrow passes through its quarray. If you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward for Allah in The Day of Judgment”

In response to the fact that Nigerian terror group “BOKO HARAM” has sworn “bay’ah” (Oath of allegiance) to Islamic states; (ISIS). This was done because the Nigeria insurgency “BOKO HARAM” needed a “propaganda” boost, at a time when they are facing a coalition of African States, “multinational joint task force” attacking and killing them in “operation total wipe-out” of the insurgents “ISIS/Boko Haram” in North-Eastern Nigeria.

We the Muslims Against Terror organisation and other Muslim brothers in faith around the world are determined to fight terrorism, in all forms. Islam is the religion of moderation. It rejects extremism and isolation. We will confront deviant ideology where it appears, including in school, curriculas; Islam is a religion of diversity and tolerance.

We therefore urge citizens in Nigeria, and the citizens of north Africa, Iraq, Iran, etc. youths, Christians, Jews and Muslims and others around the world, to volunteer to carry arms, and join the Government Forces to wage “jihad” (struggle, strive) to fight and defend themselves, their  families, cities and country against these militants “BOKO HARAM/ISIS” an affiliates to Al-Qaeda Terrorists organisation in the world.

We also call upon the international community, the UN,USA, etc and the help of the neighbouring countries (the multinational joint task forces) and the collaboration between the Government of Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, etc to assist and fight this Islamist insurgents (ISIS/BOKO HARAM) affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists organisation in the world. ISIS/BOKO HARAM are a scourge most importantly to Islam and the record of our noble prophet (peace be upon him) as well as other humans.

We thank the volunteer youths, the civilian-JTF, the Muslims Against terror, hunters, Ibn Fadallah force, the Nigeria Army, Chad, Cameroun, Niger etc for the battle against “BOKO HARAM/ISIS” Takfiri terrorists in Nigeria’s North; for recapturing Kukawa, Baga, Bama war etc in North Eastern Nigeria after a tense battle with “Boko Haram/ISIS”.

We also thanks the Iraqi Armed forced, backed by volunteers and tribal fighters  known as “popular mobilization force” for liberated central parts of the Iraqi city (Mosul etc) from Takfiri militants.

I on behalf of Muslims Against Terror organisation, condemn the attacks, suicide bombing, killing of innocent people in Iraq, Iran, Nigeria etc by Takfiri Islamic Extremist of Islamic state of Iraq and Syria and Boko Haram, “ISIS/Boko Haram”.

We express our condolences to, and sympathy with the people and government of Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt etc and the families of the victims killed by the terrorists, suicide bombers and the innocent youths who volunteered to fight “Boko Haram/ ISIS” and were killed and massacred in North-East of Nigeria, Iraq, Iran etc. we stand with them in solidarity during these difficult times.

We Muslims Against Terror organisation and other Muslim brothers in faith, appeal to Muslims, Christians etc around the world to strongly condemn these acts; express unity with the victims relatives in your country, donate money and do whatever it takes to help the affected people in Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, etc.

Please we need your donation to help us fight militants, “Boko Haram/ISIS” and to take care of the families of the victims of Civilian JTF, Muslims against terror, the Youths who volunteered and were killed by Boko Haram in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Give charity without delay for it stands in the way of calamity.” Please do your bit and we pray Allah keeps us all away from calamity.

We sincerely appreciate your help. May Allah reward you for your generosity, in the name of Allah (God) our Lord we pray, Ameen.

Thanks for all your assistance: Contact us for donation options brother@muslimsagainstterror.commedia@muslimag.com, +234-7086539243.

We pray for Peace, Love, Freedom and Security to return to North-East Nigeria, Syria, Iraq etc and to the rest of all Muslim Ummah and the world, this year in the name of Allah (swt) our Lord we pray (Amin). May Allah (God) guide them and protect them (Ameen).

We invite you to join us:
www.MuslimsAgainstTerror.com
From Nigeria to the world!
We denounce Terror.
Salam (Peace)
Sir Doctor Amadi (JNR) JP, MPA, NMS
Muslims Against Terror.

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If Boko Haram Must Kill Me For Nigeria To Be Safe, Let Them, Emir Sanusi Tells CNN [VIDEO]

Speaking to Christine Amanpour on CNN on Wednesday, Emir of Kano, Sanusi II, the former Governor of Central Bank said:

“Yes, General Buhari is right on the level of corruption in the country and we need to address this sufficiently. We have not helped the situation by living in denial (that the situation does not exist). I don’t want to dwell on this because of the time that we are and we are close to an election.”

Emir Sanusi maintained that $20bn was missing from the account of the NNPC, which was not remitted to the federation account. He said,

“This has not been addressed adequately and from the account of the corporation, about $20bn was not remitted to the federation account. We need to address this.” Adding when asked if there will be real change after the election, that the kerosene subsidy billions theft he raised remains a big issue that needs to be addressed. Nigeria’s minister of oil, Diezani Alison Madueke known as the oil goddess is recognized for stealing these nations billions in the kerosene subsidy fraud and other scams.

Emir Sanusi said whichever government wins must deal with the economic drain at the oil sector. Sanusi said the government must focus on people’s welfare; this will reduce crime and corruption.

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Ashes and Death: What Boko Haram Left Behind in Baga – BBC

The Nigerian military took us to towns taken back from Boko Haram in the north-east.

Some are almost impossible to reach by road because the insurgents have blown up bridges.

From one town to another, Boko Haram fighters have left their imprint of destruction – the charred remains of market places, homes, government buildings and farms.

Signboards have been painted over in black and replaced with Boko Haram insignia and inscriptions in Arabic.

“Thank you! Thank you!” a group of women chant as they praise the soldiers who reclaimed their town, Doron Baga, from Boko Haram.

They are the few people we found in the area. Most others fled after possibly the worst insurgent attack yet in the region.

It has been suggested that during the January attack, Boko Haram killed hundreds, possibly more – and then set fire to dozens of buildings.

‘Those bastards kill men’Now the town is deserted. At the main market area, blackened-out shells have replaced what would have been busy shops.

Mangled motorcycles litter the streets, their tyres blown out. Decomposing bodies lie by the roadside and fill the air with the stench of death.

Blackened sign in Michika
Signs – such as this one in the town of Michika – were painted over by Boko Haram fighters

A group of women take shade under a tree away from the scorching heat. “Boko Haram fighters killed my sister,” one tells me.

“We attempted to leave three times for Maiduguri but the militants threatened to shoot us. They hardly fed us and we were very hungry. But when the soldiers liberated us, they gave us some food.”

Despite the successes of the military, many of the reclaimed towns are empty. Only small groups of women, children and the elderly can be found.

Abubakar Ali is one of the few young men around. He had a fractured leg and could not run away when insurgents attacked Monguno town.

“My grandmother hid me under the bed,” he says. “They don’t touch women, especially old women, but those bastards kill men. They came searching but they didn’t find any man in the house so they left.”

Mubi town from the air
A view of Mubi from above reveals a town without residents

Even Mubi town, a major commercial centre in Adamawa State, is largely deserted, except for the troops on patrol.

“I would plead with the people of Mubi,” says the town’s traditional Muslim leader, Emir Abubakar Ahmadu. “Come back home so that we develop Mubi more than ever before.”

Regional tensionsWith widespread destruction, the region is in need of massive rehabilitation – far more than what the residents can do on their own if they return.

There are murmurings within the military that soldiers have been left to do the work other government agencies should be taking on.

There is also the question of whether the people should return to restore a semblance of normality or whether they should remain displaced until the military completes its operations.

There are regular reports of troops getting killed or maimed by mines planted by the insurgents.

Makeshift camp in Buni Yadi
The militants left behind a makeshift camp in Buni Yadi

Boko Haram fighters are known to surround their locations with hidden bombs. Some soldiers showed me a stretch of about 20m (60ft) where they say they detected 29 improvised explosive devices.

The army says such dirty tactics complicate the fight. This has not dampened the spirits of the troops.

They have recorded major successes recently, reclaiming many of the towns taken by the militants. This has elicited as much praise as it has criticism over why it took so long to act.

The military’s gains were achieved in just a few weeks, while Boko Haram has been tormenting the region for the past six years.

The successes also came when Chad, Niger and Cameroon joined in the fight against the Islamist insurgents.

The subsequent plaudits these neighbours received proved embarrassing for Nigeria, the outshined regional powerhouse.

Nigerian air force crew
The Nigerian military, aided by neighbouring armies, is retaking territory from Boko Haram

Nigeria’s military spokesman, Maj Gen Chris Olukolade, denied reports of tension between members of the anti-Boko Haram coalition.

“Many of the opinions out there that seem not to be complimentary about participating colleagues are definitely not the positions of the countries,” he said.

“They are positions of individual officials. We don’t expect it to affect the co-ordination within the force.”

At the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga near Lake Chad, only Nigerian troops are present.

They seem motivated, regardless of the problems at the diplomatic level. The soldiers promise not to let Nigeria lose its territory under their watch.

With new supplies of equipment, as well as fresh combat strategies from their superiors, morale is high on the frontline.

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Buhari, Jonathan and Boko Haram (part 2) By Obinna Akukwe @ObinnaAkukwe

This write-up I released in October 2011 titled ‘Buhari,Jonathan and Boko Haram’ contains prophetic messages that would have eliminated Boko Haram, created a political synergy between Buhari and Jonathan . The ruling party never heeded all the advises myself and other Nigerians gave on how to bring about electoral discipline and end Boko Haram menace. Between 2011 till date the nation had spent (and embezzled) nothing less than N5 trillion naira ($250 billion dollar) by all tiers of government in the pretext of fighting Boko Haram when simple restraint in political outbursts would have helped heal lots of wounds.

The likes of Asari Dokubo, Reuben Abati, Doyin Okupe, Olisa Metuh, Labaran Maku, Nyemson Wike, Edwin Clarke, Lai Mohammed, Ayo Fayose, Rotimi Amechi, Rotimi and Rabiu Kwakwanso should stop boastful, blackmailing and threatening words and replace with something sober and constructive. The outburst of these men is contributing to the tearing down of Nigeria’s political cohesion and aiding a probable military strike. The fund stolen on the pretext of fighting and preventing terrorism would have been channeled into the economy for prosperity of all Nigerians.

This write-up released four years ago first with thenigerianvoice.com, gamji.com  and later other sites and newspapers is among the over fifty write-ups on Boko Haram and electoral fraud which if the players have heeded, Nigeria wouldn’t have been on this edge. It is not yet late-.

Read Article Below:

Buhari, Jonathan and Boko Haram Written by Obinna Akukwe (Oct 2011)
The problematic 2011 general elections have come and gone. The victors are still dancing unrestrainedly while losers are still licking sore wounds. Though that election is better than the three previous ones, there were glaring irregularities. It is observable that even though Goodluck Jonathan won the elections it is however not without backdoor vote inflation in certain states to favour PDP and deflation in certain states to disfavor CPC. The northern elites helped to betray their own to the highest bidder. This perhaps explains why Buhari is yet to accept the results of the presidential election. The official polls results show PDP- 21million plus votes and CPC- 12million plus votes. If not for votes manipulations maybe we would have had PDP -19million plus and CPC- 14 million plus. This is a 5 million votes difference.

A man that could garner 12 million (official) or 14 million (unofficial) votes representing 36% official and 42% unofficial in an election where all the PDP machinery was unleashed including enormous funds, traditional institutions, governors, ministers, ex-presidents , INEC and forces of intimidation from the police, soldiers and other agents of coercion is certainly a force to reckon with in Nigeria.

The nation is searching for an end to the senseless incursions into national security by a sect with roots in the core north and with obvious appeal in the same north. All manners of high profile personality who deluded themselves that they still have credibility have been contracted to find a solution to the menace of the Boko Haram sect and their efforts have failed woefully perhaps because the sect sees them as part of the cabal that used western education to impoverish and enslave them. Equally, committees of people who have neither followership nor respect among the masses of the north have been contracted to engage, brainstorm with and mediate with the sect which has appreciable mass appeal among the illiterates and few elites in the core north. Their efforts are all colossal failure. You cannot bring a professor of literature from Los Angeles to kick start reform of motor park touts in Oshodi, Lagos. The poetism of the grammar will overshadow the substance of the reforms and the exercise will fail.

Buhari is the most popular politician in the north. Had the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections been held according to minimum acceptable standards, Buhari would since have handed over to another President of Nigeria. You cannot claim to be searching for peace and security and ignore such a personality. Though there is pending electoral dispute in the courts, President Goodluck cannot afford to see Buhari as an enemy even if the ruling party thinks otherwise. President Goodluck for now is the Father of the Nation and will pay to reach out to anybody whose input can bring the much needed stability. If this government fails it is Goodluck Jonathan regime that history will record as failure, all these hangers on and sycophants will scamper to their respective villages to take cover.

We would recall that the public denunciation of any act of murder of Christians and burning of churches by Buhari in the aftermath of the contentious elections saved what would have been bloodshed of unimaginable proportions. That the death toll was officially put at 524 is a result of his caution on his followers. The scenario probably would have been worse with attendant reprisals from other parts of the country.

It is not a sign of weakness if President Goodluck initiates serious dialogue, consultations and fence mending with Buhari with the intention of blocking all socio-political loopholes and vacuums enemies of democracy could use to advertise support for acts of destabilization to gullible and illiterate public in the north. A word of advice, caution or reason from the General can bring common sense to prevail in a situation that has overawed and confounded the Nigerian security forces.

Enough of grandstanding while the nation is boiling. If this type of attack which took place during Sallah festivities in Yobe leaving over a hundred dead (65 according to official police reports) occurs ten times more across the nation then certainly the nation will be on the way to Golgotha. Let all these victory dance over polls results stop forthwith and be replaced by a sober attempt to heal, reconcile and redress all political grievances across the polity including attendant load balancing.

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What Is Mutiny And Or Failing to Repel Boko Haram Attack?- Nigeria Army: By SM, Ifoyike

Most times when we hear or see the training received by Armed Forces, Security Agencies and others, the word “Discretion” is the first point of call. In other words, in a critical situation, your ability to be able to use your discretion, makes you to be an officer. That is why we hear atimes, that “Safety First”, meaning if you can’t tackle an issue completely today, if you save your life, you can tackle that same challenge another day. By so doing, you must have garner other ideas from colleagues or superiors to go headlong and face that challenge.

Nigeria today, is faced with a very difficult situation, such that portrays the Army as “Weak & Cowardice”. Meanwhile, in the real sense of it, they are not to blame in as much as the political will of whoever the Commander-In-Chief may be is lacking. Thus, the reason why the late Military dictator and Head of State; General Sani Abacha, would opined that “…..if terrorism exceeds 24 hours in a nation, the government is aware of it”

Little wonder, why most Nigerians keep saying that the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan led FG has kept mute, while over thousand Nigerians are been maimed by some set of riff-raffs called ‘Boko Haram’. Yet, we have a government, who doesn’t see it as expedient to tackle the insurgents using all its myth and strength. This goes to show that in the event that the country is face with a more gruesome situation, our territorial integrity would become questionable. Such that the so called sovereignty which we claimed to have, and fought by our hero’s past to keep the country alive today, is left in the hand of a feeble government.

Recently, we have noticed that in one case or the other, some Army officers are made to face court martial. These are usually due to some offences, as alleged by the Army authority. But am yet to establish a dichotomy between “Indiscipline Offences and Mutiny Offences”, that would make the Army Cabals to either dismiss their officers or sentence them to death. With the still challenges we are facing concerning having the required and necessary manpower to tackle this insurgency.

I want to ask, on what basis would the military authority conclude and pass verdict on these soldiers who risk their lives, despite the challenges they face. Amongst others, the challenges which include and not limited to poor weapons, wrong commanders, corruption at the top echelon and so on. Even as the C-In-C do not want to hear or pretends not to hear from all angles, the complaints by the rank and file in the Army. My believe is that over five hundred Army officer have been subjected to one reprimand or the other. Although, in as much as we may not encourage indiscipline in the Force, we assert that on what ground should we say an Army officer in Battle field has committed any ‘Mutinous Offence’. Is it when their commander seat in the Barrack or Office, and leave these young officers to face the sophisticated insurgents, without a ‘PILOT or CAPTAIN’. Or rather, is it mutinous, when the money meant for the allowances of the officers are diverted by the military authority in HQ, Abuja. May be I should put it this way, that it is mutinous to try to shift blame of the incompetence of the senior military authorities against the rank and file, because they are not meant to question their superiors for wrong doing. The same military authority should know that they are the ones who recruited these soldiers, didn’t they know what and who they were bringing into the Nigeria Army? I wonder what kind of country we live, that a C-In-C would behave like the deaf and dumb, while those rank and file in the army who try their best possible to protect us, are subjugated. Yet, we have a National Security Adviser NSA, who would come out on media to tell us that these boys in the present military are cowards, because they got recruited not to serve Nigeria but for selfish reasons. Did I recruit them? Or is it we in the outside of the military circle that forced them on the military authority. This goes to show that even the person at the helm of affairs, GEJ, is also liable in the aiding and abetting/ Sponsoring of insurgency in the country. Else, why would you breed half baked or incompetent soldiers to confront Boko Haram? The answer is simple, because you never wanted the insurgents to be defeated. The late Ex-Head of State Gen. Abacha may be right in his dictum, due to the understanding of the running of a State.

Meanwhile, recently, GEJ specifically had an interview with AL-Jazeera TV and he stated thus “….we were not able to crush the Boko Haram insurgents because there was no required weapon”. Similarly, to buttress and corroborate GEJ’s assertion, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh categorically asserted that “… the Military has not been able to end the Boko Haram fight due to some weapon that were not available”. May I say, that this GEJ’s led FG is just being cunning with Nigerians, and allowing the Boko Haram insurgents to maim virtually all citizens in North-East Nigeria.

Today, in our failed state called Nigeria, the goal-post has been shifted by the military authority. They have now arms-twisted the country into believing that the rank and file in the army, who are been libel as “Mutinous”, are the ones sabotaging the effort of government in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. The reason proffered by the military is that, these officers instead of allowing themselves to be killed, decided to “martay” from the battle field. I do not see it that way, but that the Army authority sends these army officers to a minefield, without realising that it is not about defeating the insurgents by getting killed immediately, but leaving the battle for another day after a “Tactical Manoeuvre” when the ‘Jungle was Matured’.

Therefore, I would like to define the the dismissal and death sentence on those army officers, as not a mutiny for not repelling the “Sophisticated-Overpowered” Boko Haram, but a way of following the general rule during operations in all Forces and Security agencies as “SAFETY FIRST”.

May God save our hard working military rank and file!

May God save their Intelligence of abiding by “Safety First”.

This is in memory of my friend and University mate Lt. Ibrahim Haruna Erebioga, who died in battle field during the recent attack of Maiduguri and Mongunu by Boko Haram insurgents.

May God bless and save our country Nigeria!!!

 

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