War On Terror: Nigeria Receives Military Equipment From Germany

Boko Haram, Islamic StateGermany has donated some military equipment to Nigeria to support the fight against terrorists in the oil-rich nation’s northeast.

The equipment – two mobile medical units, several metal detectors and counter-Improvised Explosive Device and Explosive Ordinance Disposal – were provided through Germany’s Ministry of Defence.

They were donated under the German Technical Advisory Group Agreement signed years ago to run from 2012 to 2016.

The agreement, according to the Nigerian Minister of Defence, Colonel Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali (rtd), has been extended to run from 2017 through to 2020.

The handing over of the equipment were performed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

German Minister of Defence Ursla Von Der Leyen, who led the German team, was received at the airport by the management team of Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence.

After inspecting a guard of honour mounted for her, she took the Nigerian Minister around the two mobile medical units her nation was giving to Africa’s most populous nation that has been battling Boko Haram terrorist group, which has made several attempts to establish an Islamic State in the northeast.

She said that the gesture was Germany’s way of providing a sustainable support to Nigeria in the war on terror.

Colonel Dan-Ali outlined the support received from the German government and promised that they would be put to good use.

Nigeria has called for support from the international community to aid its fight against Boko Haram terrorists that have attacked communities in the nation’s northeast.

For over seven years the terrorist group have pushed for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the northeast region.

Boko Haram: U.S. Lawmakers Okay Five-year Strategy To Assist Nigeria

Boko Haram, Islamic StateThe United States House of Representatives has passed a legislation directing the country’s Secretaries of State and Defence to jointly develop a five-year strategy to assist Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.

The measure is also aimed at providing assistance to members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and international partners offering support in counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram sect in the region.

According to reports, the legislation, passed by a voice vote, was introduced by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Florida) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).

They expressed optimism that it would help combat Boko Haram specifically. The strategy is also aimed at addressing the crushing humanitarian and educational crises that Boko Haram had created.

“Boko Haram captured my attention and the headlines when the terrorist group kidnapped 276 Nigerian schoolgirls from their dormitory rooms 968 days ago. For most of the world, the Chibok girls symbolised the horror that is Boko Haram, but the damage its members have wrought goes far deeper,” Congresswoman Wilson, wa quoted as saying in a statement.

Collins, who authored and originally introduced the bill, averred that Boko Haram had pledged allegiance to ISIS and it continued to commit terrible acts of brutal violence against civilians in Nigeria as well as in Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.

Collins, describing Wilson as a willing and able partner in the effort to pass the bipartisan legislation, explained that it requires a five-year strategy to pursue Boko Haram and it would bolster efforts of the U.S. throughout the region.

Any support from the United States will be welcomed by the Nigerian government, even though heightened counter-terrorism operations have decimated the terrorists, who still carry out suicide attacks on soft targets.

The military said few days ago that it has commenced final rescue operations in Sambisa Forest, a safe haven for the terrorists that have forced over two million persons out of their homes in their over seven years push for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.

 

War On Terror: AU Seeks Improved Military, Civilian Relationship

War On Terror: AU Seeks Improved Military, Civilian RelationshipThe protection and empowerment of communities is a key factor for an effective national security strategy in fighting violent extremism and terrorism.

This is according to the African Union Representatives Special for Counter-Terrorism, Mr Larry Gbeivlo-Lartey.

He believes that the local community will also be strengthened by partnering with the government to fight violent extremism as well as to help prevent the further radicalization of people in a country.

Mr Gbeivlo-Lartey was speaking at a workshop on addressing the root cause of violent extremism at the National Defence College, Abuja.

A cross section of participants drawn from different parts of Africa were at the workshop to address the root cause of violent extremism using the human security response approach.

According to Mr Larry Gbeivlo-Lartey, solely depending on military might and legislation will no longer cut it in the fight against violent extremism.

The Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Shola Alde and the National Security Adviser, represented by Commodore Yaminu Musa, both aligned with the AU envoy’s views.

In addition to his recommendations, they also advocated partnerships between countries, continents, regional bodies and even the states and their civil population.

They believe that this is a sure way to nip the issue of violent extremism in the bud.

BBOG Rallies Support For Nigerian Military Personnel

ezekwesiliThe Bring Back Our Girls campaigners are asking the government and Nigerians to improve the welfare of the Nigerian military.

The group made the demand on Sunday when they gathered in Abuja at a special sit out to honour departed Lieutenant Colonel Abul Ali and other fallen heroes.

It maintained that only a well-motivated force could subdue the Boko Haram terrorists that have pushed for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the north-eastern region for over six years.

While praising the courage of the late army Colonel, they also called on Nigerians to show love to the families of military personnel, as a mark of appreciation for their supreme sacrifices.

A leader of the group, Oby Ezekwesili, further charged the military authorities to step up intelligence gathering in the fight against insurgency as well as be accountable to the Nigerian people.

“Just looking at the duty allowances and bonus that they get, the way that they’re honoured and the prestige with which they are treated as those who are executing that war at the battle front, more support would make a big difference.

“In many ways, the psyche of our military needs to be so overhauled towards a sense that the society and the government are with them and that they are not left to their own fate. I think that it is important that we, not just we as BBOG, but all of us in the country, have to put a voice out there. We must demand accountability from our military.

“The military establishment must be subject to the demand of accountability and we never cease doing that. That is one thing.

“The other thing is the soldiers at the frontline of battle deserves our support. They deserve our encouragement and gratitude. All other countries around the world have these seasons when they specially show appreciation to their soldiers. We cannot make it a one off event. It has to be something that is constant and we hope that spirit will see an expression in the motivation of our soldiers to even do more,” she told the gathering.

Another member of the group, Aisha Yesufu, also stressed the need for Nigerians to show soldiers in the frontline that they are with them and would continue to protect them and look after their families.

“We are calling on, not only the Nigerian government, but individuals for us to adopt families of soldiers that are at the front.

“That is the thing that we are talking about today,” she added.

Lieutenant Colonel Ali was killed in gun battle with members of the Boko Haram sect few days ago alongside some other soldiers.

Defence Headquarters Warns Against Unwholesome Acts

Abubakar-Rabe-ColonelThe Defence Headquarters in Nigeria has issued a strong warning to persons or groups seeking to engage in acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order.

The warning was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar.

Although the groups were not mentioned in the statement, the military advised Nigerians to refrain from taking laws into their hands and avoid actions that may cause breach to harmonious co-existence.

“Individuals or groups seeking relevance should follow the due process in accordance with the law of our land and not through acts of brigandary,” the statement read.

General Abubakar also advised the general public to ignore inciting pictures, videos and statements posted in some social media platforms which he said were confirmed to be the creation of photoshops with the intention of causing disharmony and divisions among different nationalities.

He further stressed that the military and the security agencies would continue to sustain the current tempo against terrorists, oil thieves, cattle rustlers and other forms of criminalities.

The Defence Headquarters also urge all law abiding Nigerians to go about their normal businesses and report any suspicious persons or object to the nearest security post for prompt action.

Cameroun Will Support Nigeria Until War On Terror Is Won – Biya

CameroonThe Camerounian President, Paul Biya, has reassured Nigeria that his nation would support the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group till the end.

Mr Biya made the promise at a press conference held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He is in Nigeria on a state visit.

The Camerounian leader also denied reports that his country had harboured terrorists and wanted to withdraw from the fight against Boko Haram.

On his part, President Buhari told reporters that he was grateful to the Chad Basin Commission, the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the G7 countries for the support they gave Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

In a communique at the end of their meeting, they reaffirmed their continuous commitment to the fight against Boko Haram until they were finally exterminated from their countries.

They appraised the success recorded so far and pledged their readiness to work with each other in economic and infrastructural development.

The joint communique was presented by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Nigeria, Mr Geofrey Onyeama and his Camerounian counterpart.

Cameroun like Nigeria is fighting the Boko Haram group which had infiltrated the nation from Nigeria’s northeast region, making both countries increase collaboration in tacking a common enemy.

Nigeria and Cameroun had on Tuesday signed an agreement on trade cooperation and conservation of the Benue River.

The agreement was the outcome of the bilateral talks between President Buhari and Mr Biya.

Boko Haram Fighters Have New Uniforms, Army Claims

Boko Haram new uniform
A picture tweeted by the Army showing the new uniform of the terrorist group attacking communities in Nigeria’s north-east

The Nigerian Army says it has discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists now have new means of identification.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said troops of 22 Brigade Garrison and elements of Three Battalion that went out on Monday on a long range fighting patrol to Gima village in Ngala Local Government Area made the startling discovery.

“The patrol came in contact with some elements of the Boko Haram that started escaping in disarray on sighting the team.

“They were able to apprehend two terrorists in their new styled uniform of green colour and use of ropes on their legs and necks.

“This is a new development in the ongoing clearance operations of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman also stated that the patrol team recovered one Isuzu Canter lorry which was found concealed with grasses, five motorcycles and two bags of guinea corn.

Other items recovered include three Dane guns, a Solar panel, three bows and arrows.

The arrested terrorists are currently being interrogated to further assist in the clearance operations.

Military In Last Phase Of Ending Boko Haram Activities – Air Chief

Boko-Haram-terrorists-in-north-east-NigeriaThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the Nigerian military is in the last phase of ending the issue of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Air Marshal Abubakar gave the assurance while addressing reporters in Benin on Wednesday.

It was the commissioning of some projects at the Air Force Medical Centre of the 81 Maritime Group of the Nigerian Air Force in Benin City the capital of Edo State.

He said that apart from equipping the military with the necessary logistics, the government was also taking the welfare of its soldier and their dependents as a top priority in its bid to end terrorism and properly secure the country and this citizens.

His statement is coming hours after the Air Force signed an agreement with a vehicle manufacturing company in Anambra State, Innoson, to provide the force with necessary parts for its aircraft.

The Nigerian Air Force said the agreement would help address challenges faced in acquiring parts from foreign countries and also boost its counter-terrorism operations.

Northeast Insurgency: Air Chief Promises Better Training For Pilots

Air Force War On insurgencyThe Chief of Air Staff in Nigeria, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the Federal Government is committed to providing quality training for pilots, officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force involved in the fight against insurgency in the north east.

He said that the government is making the commitment as part of efforts to end insurgency in the northeast.

Addressing members of the Air Component of the Joint Task Force in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, Air Marshal Abubakar said the war on terror would be won soon.

He assured Nigerians and all residents of the northeast that the fight against Boko Haram insurgents was at its tail end, as the military had substantially degraded them.

The Chief of Air Staff also reiterated the government’s commitment to enhancing the training of officers and men of the Air Force.

He admitted that the history of the counter insurgency would be incomplete without acknowledging the sacrifices of officers and men of the force.

Air Marshal Abubakar further commissioned an official quarters of single officers, named after flight Lieutenant Ebitimi Owei who lost his life in a crash after an operation.

It was another message of peace, as the Air Chief stopped over in Yola to assess the situation on ground and visited the Emir’s palace with the message of hope.

The Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Bin Aliyu, expresses optimism that the insurgents would be completely wiped out in the northeast.

From the Emir’s palace, the Chief of Air Staff visited the Government House where he listed the successes of the military against the insurgents.

Governor Muhammad Jibrilla also confirmed the successes of the military, saying the state was now calm.

He further told reporters that the state government was expecting the arrival of 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons from Cameroon.

Nigeria Needs Unified Communication To Defeat Insurgency

Innocent-ChukwumaA criminologist has recommended a review of the communication strategy being used in Nigeria’s war on terror.

Mr Innocent Chukwuma was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, March 1, and he considered Nigeria’s efforts to contain the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.

He said that the fight against the insurgents had been carried out as “something security forces alone do” while other citizens go on with their normal lives.

“The whole country should be involved in all of these and it is not something you respond to by simply increasing the capacity of security forces.

“You also have to address the socio-economic underpinnings of the crisis. A lot of people have talked about a comprehensive strategy in response to terrorism that includes protection of civilians, addressing educational needs and economic foundations of all of these crises,” he stressed.

Mr Chukwuma, who works with the Ford Foundation, believes that the economic challenges facing many Nigerians and the inequality in the access to quality life were major factors responsible for the security challenges.

He admitted that the situation was complicated, emphasising that the Nigerian Government was facing a major challenge. The criminologist also insisted that their efforts needed to be complimented by a communication strategy that would tell Nigerians what was truly happening.

“This is not something you put a deadline to how soon you can solve it because you really do not control all the variables,” he said.

Mr Chukwuma spoke further on the progress made by the Nigerian military and gave more recommendations on winning the war against Boko Haram.

Indonesia Promises To Assist Nigeria In War On Terror

Boko Haram Indonesia on war on terrorismThe Indonesian government says it is ready to provide assistance to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

The Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, made the promise at a meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

At the meeting held at the Minister’s office on Thursday, both countries had the opportunity to explore areas of mutual benefit.

In their talks, Mrs Ibrahim also sought an agreement on prisoner swap between the two countries, in an attempt to bring some Nigerians serving different jail terms in Indonesia back home.

Earlier, the Minister asked for the assistance of the Indonesian government in Nigeria’s fight against insurgency in the northeast.

Responding to the request, the Indonesian Ambassador said his government had also had to deal with the issue terrorism and would welcome an opportunity to assist Nigeria.

Mr Purwanto further stated that his country would also wish to explore the possibility of buying crude oil from Nigeria.

Any agreement in crude oil purchase between both countries will be seen as a boost for the oil-rich nation that relies hugely on crude oil sales for revenue.

Nigeria has continued to explore Asian markets since the US, which was the nation’s largest buyer, pulled out.

Nigerian Government Says It Has Defeated Boko Haram

Boko-Haram-terroristsIt is less than a week to the end of 2015 and the deadline to defeat Boko Haram will be on the minds of many Nigerians, but the Federal Government says it has met the December deadline and that the Islamic sect has been largely contained.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, told reporter in Lagos on Wednesday that the military “has so degraded the capability of Boko Haram and that the terrorist can no longer carry out any spectacular attacks”.

Fading Insurgency

The Minister further said that “the military has largely met the deadline and are now involved in mop-up and humanitarian operations”.

He, however, stressed that attacks on soft targets would not end with the deadline, but it will taper-off gradually.

Mr Mohammed told reporters that the gradual end to the attacks was in line with the nature of insurgency worldwide.

He added that the terrorists’ attacks do not constitute victory for the insurgents but represented the death pangs of a fading insurgency.

The Minister, however, urged Nigerians to keep faith with the government, explaining that the Federal Government had started a national security campaign to raise awareness among Nigerians about the war, the sacrifice of the troops that has seen the terrorists largely defeated and about how to finally stamp out the remnant of the terrorist group in the north-east, which is suicide bombing.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in August mandated Service Chiefs to end the activities of Boko Haram in the oil-rich nation’s north-east in three months, an ultimatum that was later shifted to the end of the year.