Military Alone Cannot Win Boko Haram War – Akinrinade

MilitaryA former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade, says the military alone cannot win the war against the Boko Haram terrorists, as it requires the support of the political class, businessmen and indeed all citizens.

The former Defence Chief, who spoke at a security seminar organised by non governmental organization, Gusau Institute in Kaduna North-West Nigeria, maintained that for Nigeria to rout out the insurgents from the north-east, every citizen must assist the military in one form or another through information sharing and intelligence gathering.

The keynote speaker and the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies based in South Africa, Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, was of the opinion that Nigeria and indeed Africa have the potentials of controlling at least 20% of global power by the year 2040 if its present and upcoming leaders would enthrone good governance and transparent leadership.

According to him, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia and Algeria have made significant progress over the years in terms of infrastructural and economic development, but lamented that some other countries in the continent that are being ravaged by war and other economic challenges have made this success insignificant.

Serving state governors, technocrats, serving and retired military officers as well as members of the diplomatic corps, converged on Kaduna for the security seminar with the theme; “Power and Influence in Africa”.

Some of the state governors gave the assurance that the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to enthrone good governance by tackling corruption which many consider the major cause of the country’s underdevelopment.

The governors include that of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje and his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-rufai.

The Gusau Institute, established by a former Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, offers training and research on good governance and enhancement of peace and security in Africa.

Nigerian Army Repels Boko Haram Attack In Konduga

KondogaThe Nigerian Army says it has repelled an attack on Konduga town in Borno State.

The Army said in a statement that at about 5.30 am on Saturday, Boko Haram terrorists launched a massive attack on Konduga town, about 35 kilometres from Maiduguri.

After about three hours of fierce fighting, Nigerian troops routed the Boko Haram fighting force of over a hundred terrorists.

Further to the staggering loss of men, Boko Haram also suffered extensive losses in equipment.

Specifically, three Hilux and one Buffalo vehicles with mounted Anti-aircraft guns, three General Purpose Machine guns, over 30 AK 47 rifles and two global positioning systems have been recovered.

Four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action.

The entire area is still being combed for terrorists who may have escaped with bullet wounds. Morale of troops remains very high.

Photographs taken at the scene of the battle are being expected and will be forwarded as soon as they are received,” the statement read.

Nigeria’s Security Forces More Sophisticated Than Boko Haram – Minimah

Boko HaramThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, on Saturday, debunked speculation that the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East are more armed and sophisticated than Nigeria’s security forces.

General Minimah, who debunked the speculation shortly after he visited 60 injured soldiers and officers at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, in company of the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, and other service chiefs, insisted that the country’s military has more sophisticated weapons and manpower to defeat the insurgents.

The injured Army personnel, consisting of 57 soldiers and 3 officers, were wounded while on a special mission called “Operation Zaman Lafia” in Borno State.

They were shot by the Boko Haram terrorists, and later evacuated to the military hospital in Kaduna for treatment, and in line with military tradition, the Minister of Defence presented them medals on their hospital beds.

While consoling the victims, the Chief of Army Staff said that those with critical cases would be flown abroad for further treatment while the military authorities would ensure that their welfare and that of their families are adequately taken care of.

He said that the visit was part of the welfare programme of the military to rekindle their fighting spirit and battle efficiency.

The Corps Commander Medicals of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Obashina Ogunbiyi, who had been in charge of the treatment, gave assurances that the injured officers and soldiers were in stable condition.

Fighting Insecurity: Jonathan Meets With Governors, Security Chiefs

GEJ2The expanded meeting convened by the Federal Government to look at security situation in Nigeria has kicked off in the Presidential Villa with President Goodluck Jonathan presiding.

The meeting which has a fuller house as against what happened a week before, has many of the governors from the opposition parties present.

The President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, as well as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor are also attending the meeting.

Twenty-four governors are in attendance while the governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe are being represented by their deputies.

The security chiefs in attendance are; the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, the Comptrollers-General of Customs and  Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Commandant-General of the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.

The Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abduljelil Adesiyan, the  Foreign Affairs Minister,  Viola Onwuleri, Agriculture Minister,  Akinwunmi Adeshina and the  Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, are also present.

The expanded National Security Council meeting was summoned by President Jonathan following the bombing in Nyanya, Abuja and the abduction of over one hundred female students from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno.


Labaran Maku Hands Over To New Defence Minister, Gusau

Aliyu GusauNigeria’s Minister of Information and erstwhile Supervising Defence Minister, Labaran Maku on Friday handed over to the new Defence Minister, Retired General Aliyu Gusau at a ceremony, in Abuja.

While speaking, Mr Labaran Maku revealed that the Nigerian Military had put a lot of pressure on the Boko Haram insurgents in the last three to four weeks, and this resulted in the recent spate of attacks by the insurgents.

He also said that the military pressure had increased anger and frustrations among the insurgents.

Mr Maku, who served as the supervising Minister of Defence for the past five months, insisted that the insurgents were not necessarily Nigerians and that the Federal Government was working with neighbouring countries to destabilise their camps.

On his part, General Aliyu Gusau (Rtd), while stating his commitment to Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, said that the challenge of the insurgents was not insurmountable. He also asked for more collaboration among security agencies towards ending the attacks on the citizenry.

Gusau had been appointed National Security Advisor by President Goodluck Jonathan in March 2010. He held the same position during most of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidency. Before that, he was in Military Intelligence, and was briefly Army Chief.

General Gusau was sworn into office by President Goodluck Jonathan, alongside 10 other Ministers on Wednesday.

President Jonathan Swears In New Ministers

President-Goodluck-Jonathan-1The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has sworn in 11 new ministers recently screened by the Senate, urging them to bring in positive changes in the administration and work closely with others in the service of their fatherland.

In the list of the new ministers are, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who is the Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State for Power, Abduljelili Adesiyan, Minister of Police Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Akon Eyakenyi, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Lawrencia Laraba Mala, Minister of Environment.

Others are, Dr Tamuno Danagogo, Minister of Sports, Asabe Ahmed, Minister of State for Agriculture, General Aliyu  Gusau, Minister of Defence, Mr Boni Haruna, Minister of Youth Development and Dr Khaliru Alhassan Minister of State for Health.

The new ministers filed out in batches of four to take the oath, while the president observed. One after the other they also signed the dotted lines.

Dr Danagogo replaced the former Minister of Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, who has travelled to Poland to attend the International Weightlifting Federation Championship.

Bring In Positive Changes

President Jonathan said that another set of ministers would be sworn in before he would have a full discussion with the ministers.

He said: “Join us to see how we can serve our people. Public office is for service. See yourselves as servants and bring value to what you have been asked to do.

“I always tell my people to find out and detect errors and do adjustments that will bring positive changes. Work closely with others and relate with each other for the success of the administration”.

The President also advised the new ministers to ensure that they do not create problems, saying that the administration will review the schedule of duties to avoid friction among the ministers and minister of state.

He stressed that their responsibilities were mainly administrative and expressed hopes that they would bring their experiences to bear.