Category Archives: Nigerian Current Affairs

Two Things Nearly Certain After #NigeriaDecides: Result Dispute and Litigation


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/30/result-election-nigeria-faces-acid-test#comments

Two things are virtually certain, no matter who wins. The results will be disputed and there will be litigation

Will The PDP or APC Be “Good Losers”? #Nigeriadecides My Article in the Guardian


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/30/result-election-nigeria-faces-acid-test?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

An article I wrote for the UK Guardian’s comment is free section.

Two things are virtually certain, no matter who wins. The results will be disputed and there will be litigation (especially if the result is close).

How #Nigeria Has Improved in the Past 15 Years


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32075281

Video of #Nigerians Counting Their Votes At Polling Unit: #NigeriaDecides


#Nigeria: Mapping a Nation by Ethnicity, Religion, Education, Security Et Al


From The Economist:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/03/nigerias-election

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FROM THE BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31101351

Video: Former President Obasanjo Speaks About His Book: “My Watch”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llT7eOtod2I&feature=youtu.be&a

BBC Interview with President Goodluck Jonathan of #Nigeria


Part 1:

https://audioboom.com/boos/3006617-my-bbc-interview-with-president-goodluck-jonathan-on-boko-haram?utm_campaign=detailpage&utm_content=retweet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter%20via%20@audioBoom

Part 2:

https://audioboom.com/boos/3006700-part-2-of-my-interview-with-president-goodluck-jonathan-on-boko-haram?utm_campaign=detailpage&utm_content=retweet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter%20via%20@audioBoom

What Will Happen to #Nigeria if #Buhari Becomes President? #NigeriaDecides


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/11/nigerian-elections-what-if-general-buhari-wins

Buhari – a man with a reputation for austerity and a no-nonsense approach to hard graft – is not the type of person to pay people money to not be violent. Those who have worked with Buhari describe him as “strong willed” and “completely inflexible; suggesting that his resolute and unyielding temperament means he will stick to his words and will try to force a result with insurgents on the battlefield, rather than in the negotiating room.

(Video): #Nigeria Army Operations Against #BokoHaram


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoE2NcBZsqA#t=21

#Nigeria Army Is “an immensely disciplined force” (British Soldier) @BBC Documentary (@BBCTheInquiry)


http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/inquiry/inquiry_20150127-0700b.mp3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/inquiry

Very interesting documentary and interviews with Nigerian soldiers and the National Security Adviser Lt-Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Dasuki said:

  • On the fate of Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: “The military law is clear…There could be executions…you know what the punishment is. It is like getting involved in a  military coup”. He likened mutiny to a military coup: failure attracts death.
  • Says quality of some soldiers is poor. Many soldiers joined the army simply to get a job, but without any desire to go to the battlefield.
  • Denied accusations that soldiers are poorly equipped; citing the fact that Boko Haram shows of massive inventories of weapons seized from the army as evidence of how well armed the army is.
  • He admits to issues in weapons procurement from Western countries, and that Nigeria “hit brick walls here and there” when trying to buy weapons from other countries. He said Western countries gave “all sorts of excuses” for not selling weapons to Nigeria.
  • Over time – the military being in government does not go much good. It affects the morale and discipline of the army. The “main pre-occupation of any military administration is self-preservation. Your greatest threat is the military.” Thus their capability to overthrow a sitting military government is reduced if they are not armed to the teeth. Dasuki is well qualified to comment on this issue because he has been a part of multiple military governments and has participated in a military coup.

Colonel James Hall (former British officer who spent last 3 years of his career advising Nigerian military):

  • Said he has never come across a military as disciplined as Nigeria’s: “They are an immensely disciplined force. I don’t think I’ve ever come across an African army that has a clearer says of discipline at all ranks”. Says the discipline of the Nigerian military would challenge that of Western armies. However that discipline can break when subjected to extreme pressure in the battlefield.
  • However there are “massive challenges” facing the Nigerian military. “They have got it badly wrong…things have got worse rather than better”.
  • Their equipment is old, broken, and is frankly not well maintained“. Soldiers are facing Boko Haram fighters who are armed with identical weapons to the soldiers.
  • Communications are poor – commanders often try to communicate with their units using mobile phones (which are unreliable, and often get switched off during military operations).
  • Thinks Nigeria’s military should be given pick-up trucks, APCs, and radios.
  • Training: there was a time when the Nigerian army was “the best trained” and one of the best equipped armies in Sub-Saharan Africa. military takes academic training very seriously but “their tactical training is not as good as they think it is”. Troops need more combat training, e.g. coping in a firefight/combat.
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