Angry Jonathan summons Israeli firm over Internet spy contract disclosures

Nigerian governemnet has joined the long list of governments spying its citizens online. Photo: Bello Isiaka via Facebook
Nigerian governemnet has joined the long list of governments spying its citizens online. Photo: Bello Isiaka via Facebook

The Nigerian government has summoned the management of Elbit Systems, an Israeli security firm contracted to spy on Nigerian Internet users, for a meeting to explain why the contract should not be revoked after it allegedly breached a confidential agreement in the contract.

The management of the Israeli company are expected to first appear before two Nigerian security chiefs – the national security adviser and the director general of the National Intelligence Agency – in Abuja this week. They would then be taken before President Goodluck Jonathan, who is miffed that Elbit’s action had let this newspaper to probe into details of the secret contract.

The security chiefs will relay government’s anger over Elbit System’s ‘breach’ of confidentiality in the $40million contract which will see the Israeli company spy on citizens’ computers and Internet communications under the guise of intelligence gathering and national security.

The Nigerian government is angry the Isreali company went public with the contract, in a global press release that tipped off PREMIUM TIMES which, after extensive investigation, revealed the details of the deal.

The disclosures sparked national outrage, with a lot of Nigerians now apprehensive that their country might be sliding back to dictatorship.

A source close to the deal has told this newspaper the government is angry for two reasons.

First, the administration is angry and embarrassed that the contract, considered by government as top national security secret, has now been blown open.

Elbit announced the contract award few weeks ago in a global press release in an opaque statement that did not disclose the Nigerian destination of the deal.

“Elbit Systems will supply its Wise Intelligence Technology (WiT) system to an unnamed country in Africa under a new $40 million contract announced on 24 April… for Intelligence Analysis and Cyber Defense,” the company’s general manager, Yehuda Vered, said.

But PREMIUM TIMES was able to tap its sources within the administration to determine that Nigeria is indeed the “unnamed African country.”

The contract will help the Jonathan administration access all computers and read all email correspondences of citizens in what is clearly, an infringement on constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression, multiple channels confirmed.

On the other hand, politicians in Aso Rock are angry over the disclosure of the contract sum, and what is left of the originally approved sum, our sources say.

The administration had indicated in the 2013 budget that it would procure a Wise Intelligence Network Harvest Analyzer System, Open Source Internet Monitoring System and Personal Internet Surveillance System at a cost of N9.496 Billion ($61.26 million).

With the contract awarded to Elbit for about $40million, and the story made public, attention has been drawn to the leftover $21million earmarked for the project.

“That money was meant to be shared,” one of our sources said. “It is a security contract and no one will ever ask questions. Now everybody is angry that sharing the money is now difficult.”

Investigations indicate that the Isreali company was awarded the contract without tenders or call for bids, just as there were no public announcements.

  • Sahfeeyah

    The sad story of Nigeria!

  • olumide

    Mr Ignorant. Go A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ read anti terrorist A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ anti money laundry books before writing rubbish. Ɣøû can only mislead ignorant people ℓi̶̲̥̅ke̶̲̥̅ Ɣøû T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ satisfy your pay masters ACN

  • http://www.facebook.com/cugwuanyi Charles Ugwuanyi Jnr

    Nigerian press Configuration, you people can not break naija with all these your insinuative writing without sure facts. lets know the full names of those revealing the point arguments and how such money is meant for sharing. I think we need facts and not insinuations now in this country.

    • Emeka

      I agree with you that facts are sacred. So let us look at it this way: Is the story true? Did President Jonathan tell Nigerians? Where did we hear the story from-from Nigerian source or an Israeli source? Is it good to read a story on Nigeria from a common general manager of a foreign company? Will Israel do the same i.e. hand over its security to a foreigner-non-Israeli? You better think before you begin to talk as if you do not know what sovereignty means.

    • Dan maikoko

      You don’t need facts only, you need facts and refutation from the Nigerian “government”! So far they did not contest the story that $40 million was spent or that GEJ is angry at the Israelis.

  • Nemlong_Manchok

    JONATHAN PLEASE GO GET MINISTER OF INFORMATION: In the face of barefaced lies and false propaganda by enemies of Nigeria and enemies of the Jonathan Presidency who are vigorously and violently making good their promise to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan, I cannot understand how Jonathan can continue for years without a minister of Information. Mr Labaran Maku is not it. He just does not have the ability and capacity for the job. He is too unintelligent, too mediocre and too uninformed; worse still, he is too infantile and childish whenever he chooses to engage. Please find him something else to do that he can do, and go get an Information Minister that has the ability and capacity to cope and deal with the need of the hour and the challenges of massive false propaganda mounted against the hardworking, excellently performing and genuinely patriotic Jonathan Presidency. The time to act is now; a stitch in time saves nine as they say.

    • Musa_Mohammed

      Nemlong_Manchok,
      Can you please deny the stories and the comments on the stories before you start your attack on Nigerians who for patriotic and nationalistic reasons object to this sale of Nigeria? I ask you direct: Does it make sense to you to hand over our security to a foreign company? Will Israel do the same? These are the questions you should contend with Nemlong_Manchok_na_mpiti.

      • Nemlong_Manchok

        Who told you that our security has been handed over to a foreign company? Do you know the details of the contract? Are you not aware that virtually all Banks in Nigeria have Israeli firms protecting their internet security. None of you is more patriotic than Jonathan. Jonathan will never betray the interests of Nigeria. In the history of Nigeria, other than Gen Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Chief Earnest Shonekan I find no other President that loves Nigeria as much as Jonathan.

        • Musa_Mohammed

          I have asked you a simple question: Will the state of Israel hand over its security to a Nigerian firm or foreign firm? Why dont you answer? Why is it difficult for you to see that the way to go is for Nigeria and African countries to invest in education and research and develop this tech and the requisite labour power.? Look Mr. Nemlong_Manchok_na Mpiti, slavery is gone, why do you want to behave as we are a genetically inferior race? Look I am just shocked that you refuse to see what people are saying. Or is it that you understand what people are saying, but that dividends from the unpatriotic contract will not let you see or agree that this is indeed an unptariotic and unnationalistic act. But either way you are confirming that the African race is an inferior race. Too bad in the 21st century.

      • Es3

        Musa,
        Why should he deny it when you lack prove of the contract award except for what Tinubu’s Premium Times is telling you?
        If you have prove of the contract, show it here or start saying something more meaningful!
        I personally look forward to such a contract being awardedbut to a firm that has the wherewithal to deliver, not another Nigerian white elephant projects. If government abuses the technology, then national assembly can then legislate against it!

    • Aliyu

      One thing u must know is that there are facts that one can simply not deny them,even if it were to be Prof Jerry Gana all he can do was to keep mum and watch because they are too open to be denied. I suggest may be he should try u.

      • Bala R

        MANCHOK? NO WONDER YAKOWA WENT DOWN WITH AZAZI.

  • Davoo

    I wonder wht d PT wants 2 gain 4rm misinformin d public. To me, ds project is purely in d public intrest. WiT is a technology dt allows d security agents to monitor technology-related actvities in d country, includin espionage, terrorism & cyber-crimes. D technolgy ws developed by d Isreali company & will be installed in Nigeria & manned by Nigeria security experts. So wht’s d noise about? Do u pple think d FBI & d Homeland security in d US wuld hv succesfully investigated & arrested d Boston bombers without d deployment of similar technology? No country recognises & respect human rights & freedom as d US, yet, its security apparatus use advanced technology to enhance d nation’s security. In ds days of wide-spread criminality & terrorism, woe betides any nation dt fails to exploit d opportunity provided by technology to secure its citizens. So d PT shld stop givin false informatn abt ds project. Though d public needs to be informed, they shld be informed correctly, nt misinformed jst to wiped up sentiments.

    • Aliyu

      Truly sad. I pray that the spying starts with u

    • Bankole Babawale

      The simple question is: Why hand over our security to a foreign company? Please do not befuddle the issue. Will Israel do the same.? Please answer this straight question. Are Africans so genetically unintelligent and backward such that they cannot come up with this so called tech? You are saying Nigerians will “man” the tech, but the BRAIN of the tech is in Israel. So the company and Israel MANIPULATE YOU THE WAY THEY WANT. So please THINK. This is the point. For a high security issue like this, you DO NOT hand it over to a foreign company. No self respecting country does that except African countries. You do this stupid things only if you claim that we are all genetically backward. Some of us ARE NOT part of that rubbish. Okay?

    • Nelson

      Rubbish boy

    • Nelson

      Fool

  • Ayo Yussuff

    “That money was meant to be shares,” our source said. “It is a security contract and no one will ever ask questions. Now everybody is angry that sharing the money is now difficult.”……………HMMM Tory!!!!

    “Investigations indicate that the Isreali company was awarded the contract without tenders or call for bids, just as there were no public announcements.” …………….Logic!!!!!! so if u want acquire a secret surveillance system, u will announce it in newspapers!!! abi ???

  • Davoo

    My frend, don’t be naïve. Isreal hs som of d best & most advanced intelligence gathering equipment in d world. Its intelligence service MOSAD is rated second in d world interms of efficiency & accuracy. Also, combat weapons developed by d Isreali Weapon Industry (IWI) ar among d best rated in d world- check out ds fact for yourslf. They developed the scary-looking special assault riffle ur men-in-black( SSS operatives) use for their operations. No matter how good our engineers ar, they cannot develop such advanced technology, at least 4 now. Also, d equipment is 2 be brought & installed in Nigeria. It will be manned & operated by Nigerians. I knw ds cos am an ICT consultant. Am nt sayin PT shld not do their job, am jst concernd dt rether dn reportin d truth, they ar misinformin d public.

    • Bankole Babawale

      Davoo, do not be a slave in the 21st century. Do you understand?. Slavery is presumably gone. But reading you makes me think slavery is still alive. Please DO NOT BE A BLACK SLAVE in the 21st century. Okay? You can say all what you are saying to your masters-but NOT to me as an African. There is NOTHING in that stupid tech you are talking about other than investment in education and research. If you do not see it this way, then you are telling me that the Israeli is genetically superior to you. The Israeli may be genetically superior to some of you since when they throw some stupid dollars at the black ape, he jumps around licking the asses of any master from caucasians, to Asians(Chinese) and now to Israelis. So if they are superior to you , they are not superior TO ME. Look stop all the mystifications. The Jewish state was compelled to develop its espionage industry because of its own history of battle for land and the region it is located. So what is fantastic about that? Why do yu want to mystify a basic tech and how the Nigerian state is being unpatriotic by handing our security to an Israeli company? So if you ask me not to be naive, I ask you not to be a black slave in the 21st century. Jonathan should do the right thing-stop the unpatriotic contract-call Nigerian scientists, and ask them to do the same thing-okay? That was what the state of israel did. The tech you are mystifying did not drop on the Jewish state from the land of Canaan. The Jewish state did what I am asking Jonathan to do. The Jewish state asked its scientists to do it. let Jonathan do the same thing. Or cant you think again? Do you want to be a slave forever?

    • Moses Adekunle

      My friend, do not be subservient. The Israelis invested in education and research and got this so-called tech. Jonathan should do the same -okay? This is 21st century. There is no need to for you to be this subservient as if you are genetically inferior. The Israelis invested money in their espionage industry because of the region they are located in. So Jonathan should do the same rather than being subservient. It seems you people want to be second class forever-second class to Caucasians, second class to Chinese, now second class to Israelis-Haba! Please stop this inferiority complex of the black race.

    • tomy

      davoo,pple will always talk. i had expected the gvment. to have done this long before now.if this was not leaked no one would know anything about such security device.
      security like secretes are meant to be highly secrete from the public.yes the gvment should have invested in such area on the citizens but this are not technology that can easily be impacted into one within few days and the situation at hand demand urgent attention so, i feel he is doing a good job to move this country on. the whole word know isreal for high tech. power.thats why the american gvment is holding isreal so close .infact ,the president should go ahead tap into all these top gvment official private line if he could. how do the FBI, INTERPOL etc .gets information ? if they are talking about handling of our security by isreals,what about the big high tech phones we carry about with some chips in them.pls lets allow mr president to work.

  • http://yahoo.com/ Axeman777

    “Now everybody is angry that sharing the money is now difficult.”

    What a worthless country containing so much corruption.

    There is not even an iota of regret…

    • ayomikun

      Why will they regret? They cannot. They are ready to be second class citizens to the whites, the chinese and now to the Israelis. They never asked themselves if the Israelis will agree to be second class citizens to Nigerians and hand over their security to us. It is such a shame that this is the kind of people ruling Africa. it is ridiculous. They will beg another country to come and buy Nigeria. This is what they are doing. It is a shame to be an African, just sickening-this second class mentality.

    • Dan maikoko

      Its far bigger than that. Ask yourself what will happen if Boko haram is either contained or neutralised? Why do you think that some on the side of govt are sabotaging efforts made by prominent Nigerians to mediate between Boko Haram and govt? Security is the biggest business in Nigeria it consumes a trillion Naira last year. It took the subsidy scam 22 years to hit a trillion mark. The security scam hit that mark on the very first year! You can guess what the security vote will be in 5 years!

  • Dan maikoko

    War is big business. The best war to fight is perpetual war with no recognised enemy. America, Israel and the rest of the developed world have succeeded in creating a perfect enemy, TERRORISM! Decades after the claim that Osama was killed has been made, war will continue as the enemy is simply terrorism, just terrorism no face, no name, no address so even if “terrorism” is killed no one will know. The mega-corporations continue to reap billions from the misery of ordinary American, Israeli citizens and the misery of those citizens they decide to invade. The micro-players well grounded in shutting down refineries and importing fuel for ordinary Nigerians are now out of the box and are playing the security game shoulder to shoulder with the developed countries. The most important paragraph in the history of Nigeria since the advent of Boko Haram and our brand of terrorism is

    “That money was meant to be shares,(sic)” our source said. “It is a security contract and no one will ever ask questions. Now everybody is angry that sharing the money is now difficult.”

    Understanding this sentence will help in understanding the predicament we are in now and why in the next hundred years if ordinary citizens do not take their destiny in their hands, we will be worst than Congo and central African Republic combined. Those who profit from check-points and a trillion Naira to be “shared” since its a security vote “no one will dare ask any questions” will ensure that since subsidy money is drying out, this avenue will remain open.

  • igbiki

    Its a company, public or private and there has to be some disclosures at some time, to the authorities.

    And to God, it is not a Nigerian company. Just a company that comes from somewhere where things work, the way they are supposed to.

  • Es3

    Bankole,
    If this is to be done and done right, which Nigerian company would you propose as having the professional (and technical) depth to pull that kind off?
    Please check and you will realise that even the US relies heavily on Isrealis for critical aspects of their security, though not advertised as done in this case and that the Isreali intelligence organisation is yet to be second in position by even the CIA?!

    • Bankole Babawale

      Mr. Es3, did you read that even our midwives deliver babies with torch light? Please read that news. So in that case too let us ask the Israelis and the Chinese to come in and help us deliver our babies. Abi? Let us just declare to the world that we black people are of an inferior race. That is my answer to you.

      • Es3

        Bankole,
        You dodged my questions and decided to ask yours?!
        Well I will tell you awarding such a contract (if it has been actually awarded) cannot stop provision of electricity in Nigeria neither will it make torchlight not to be used to deliver pregnant women even in Lagos or Abuja!
        Why? Is it the funds for electricity that was used here neither (in event of power failure or no electricity which did not come with Jonathan either) will the refusal of the health centre or clinic to maintain the gen set of fuel it stop a doctor (or nurse) doing what she she knows how to do while lacking tools?!
        I may sound controversial with this answer but I want you to realise that the problem of Nigeria is beyond abusing Jonathan (for every lack and wrong) to realising that many Nigerians are actively working to ensure that things do not change for good for the simple reason that the present situation of things favour them, families and groups. Whether it is Jonathan or not, the person will still have to rely on Nigerians to deliver and that is where the problem lies!!!

        • Bankole Babawale

          Actually, this is what you should have added: “Jonathan did not start the problems. Jonathan met the problems including corruption” This is the sing song of Jonathan apologists like mpitikwelu/deri/afam/Es3/concernednigerian/Mr.Peter2000/akpos1. Remember that when this story broke all of you who are President Jonathan’s apologists said it was not true, you actually MALIGNED premiumtimes, even Reuben Abati denied it!!!. All of you President Jonathan spokespersons -both formal and informal denied it. You said PT lied. Now that the Presidency itself spoke finally and confirmed it, you changed your song. So I understand. My answer to you is simple. If your mental template like President Jonathan’s template is that we black peoples are inferior, you will defend this silly thing. Any discerning president would have seen an emergency in Nigeria and mobilise everybody and NOT play politics over the place(like wasting attention time chansing Governor Amaechi all over the place and chasing next Presidential election, instead of telling us that there is an emergency and that we have to deal with it) . As to What to do? INVEST THAT $40M IN NIGERIAN SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS AND ASK THEM TO GIVE YOU A CYBER DEFENSE MECHANISM. GIVE THEM A DEADLINE . TELL THEM IT IS DO OR DIE AND SEE IF THEY WILL NOT COME UP WITH THE BEST. PLEASE NOTE THAT I KNOW THAT NIGERIAN PILOTS USED TO BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN THE 60S AND 70S SO THIS IS POSSIBLE. But you cannot do this and act THIS BIG if you have a SMALL mentality, if you think we are inferior. That is the challenge. mpiti Es3/deri/afam/akpos1-na_everything.

          • olanrewaju

            your arguments are very crude, blind and rude. These other guys are
            addressing d issues with persuasive facts, but all u do is attack them
            rather dn address d questions raised. You ar fooling yourself by saying
            dt Nigerians shld be givin d cyber defense contract wth deadline, as if
            similar things have not been done before. wht happned 2 d road
            construction projects across d country dt were awarded to Nigerian
            contractors but were never done? Abi u done forget Wale Babalakin of
            Bi-courtny & d Lagos-Ibadan express way? How about d $16billion
            invested in d power reform project by former president Obasanjo? u don
            forget d dredging of River Niger by late former president Yar’dua? may
            be u are even one of those thieves waiting to benefit from d award of ur
            “cyber defense mechanism” project to Nigerian “Scientists”. Whatever
            happened to d NigCom Sat 1 project? abi no be your scientists tell us
            say d thing disappear for space like smoke? u still wan chop-chop!!
            …lolzz…….lwkmd…. abeg wise up fool!

    • JedClampett

      The fact that the US made unfortunate choices to partner with Israeli companies for its security is not a model for the world to follow.

      Seriously, there are Trojan Horse issues when it comes to outsourcing your country’s security to foreign interests. Any idiot can see that. My prediction is that we will see this revealed.

      Israel has spied on the US and has the audacity to demand the release of Pollard. Israel is ridiculously entrenched in U.S. politics—so much so our comedy program Saturday Night Live was reprimanded for its send-up of the Hagel confirmation hearings.

      Nigeria should boot Israel while it still can.

    • JedClampett

      The US decision to use Israeli companies is a mistake. Any idiot can see that.

  • http://twitter.com/Teejayx_ Legatus Teejay

    Don’t be deceived a foreign country managing our intelligence aint it who does that, i can understand if its a Nigeria company, nothing is supported locally here. another country handling our intelligence is like giving out all our personal documents to a stranger! They will start selling industries/banking system information to people. nothing works here!

  • Ekon

    You can’t fight terrorism when continue sow seeds of same in your country. GEJ should be governing Nigeria and therefore should not be speaking with such parochial thinking whenever one of other seeds he sows germinates. That sum should be invested in the idle youths that not roam our streets but becoming more potentially explosive. GEJ fumbles and I’m sick of this.

  • Bankole Babawale

    olanrewaju_na_Es3_na_mpitikwelu_na_afam_na_deri_akpos1_na_concernigerian_na_Reuben Abati_Doyin Okupe_na_Jonathan_na_Labaran Maku, if you all like you can use different names to defend Oga On Top. This is the way I understand your display of your genetic inferiority-the view that the Black race is retarded and inferiro. By your posts you are saying we should hand over Nigeria as a country to a consortium of Caucasians-Israelis_Asians(Chinese). Baby this is the implication of your posts. I understand. That is the burden some of us have to carry-sharing this racial identity with characters like you-So in effect you have just confirmed the view that the African race is an inferior race genetically. Thanks so much mpitikewlu_na_Olanrewaju_na_afam_na_deri_na_akpos1_na_Es3. I understand.

    • Peter2000

      Babawale, your low self esteem is making you have diarrhea of the brain. Debut your own software and show Nigerians you have the knowhow to handle this project. Till then, spare us your noise.

      • Bankole Babawale

        Peter2000_na_Olanrewaju_na_mpitikwelu_na_afam_na_deri_na_akpos1_na_concernigerian,
        Now since you must have done some arithmetic in primary school, let us begin to do what i call your Oga -President Jonathan “low esteem count” (i) When the first madam “Dr.” Patience Dame Jonathan was sick, did she go to an African or Nigerian hospital? No she has been going in and out of Oyibo hospital in Germany with Nigerian money. (ii) when the second madam, madam Oil-Mrs Diezani Alison-madueke was said to be ill where did she go? She went to England-another Oyibo hospital.!!!. I have some questions here. First whose economy do these health trips of our two Presidential madams improve-Nigerian economy or British and German economy? You need to engage that for it says a lot about the “low esteem” of President Jonathan and his madams. You people exhibit such an intense inferiority complex, you cannot and do not even see these things any more. They have become naturalized. Second, does it make sense to you that it makes more sense to have better medical facilities here in Nigerian than for these madams to be going in and out of foreign hospitals? Have you ever contemplated the security implications for these so-called medical trips? Finally, when last did the queen of England or the wife of an American president come to Nigeria for health reason? Or is this inconceivable or should it be inconceivable to you? I am sure IT IS NOT CONCEIVABLE TO YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR HOPELESS ACCEPTANCE OF THE INFERIOR POSITION OF THE BLACK RACE. I am sure you will just say “why will they come to Nigeria!!!” Now this is the ISSUE: A president whose madams go in and out of foreign hospitals exhibit an intense low esteem. It says a lot. This is why Jonathan will just hand over our security to a common private company and you his spokesperson will first deny it and later rationalize it!!! This is the precise reason all the arguments that YOU DO NOT JUST HAND OVER OUR SECURITY TO ANY FOREIGN COMPANY AS JONATHAN HAS DONE DOES NOT AND WILL NOT MAKE SENSE TO JONATHAN AND HIS SPOKESPERSONS LIKE YOU. So this is your “low esteem count”. Count them and make sense out of them. mpitikwelu alias Peter2000 alias Jonathan alias deri_na_afam alias akpos1 alias Forward On To the Republic of SS and SE-it is quite some time we heard that your slogan. We need more of this jest and your shenanigan. With your type, the African race is doomed.

        • Es3

          Bankole,
          The more you write on this forum, the more you expose yourself as knowing very little but sentiments driven!!!
          You know next to nothing about Patience Jonathan ailment and what was obtained but you are throwing caution to the wind here and being reckless in your submissions???
          For instance, you do not know that Patience was finally evacuated as an emergency case after medics in Nigeria treated her over time for food poisoning while the woman was dying in installments?! If she was in good state from good medical attention in Nigeria, why was evacuated with an air ambulance and not a normal flight to Germany? Why didn’t our medics get even diagnosis only right to keep and give confidence on their height of professionalism?!
          Bankole, please try to seek out information first so as to make reasonable inputs here!

          • Bankole babawale

            Now I see that you know more about Madam Dr Patience Jonathan’s illness. So you are an operative of Jonathan in Aso Rock. that is fine. But this is the point. Why can’t your master President Jontahan invest in Nigerian hospitals and Nigrian medical research such that we do not need to carry the two Madams -Patience and Diezani abroad all the time? It is the kind of inferiority complex on the part of President Jonathan which prevents such major investment in medial research that also prevented President Jonthan from thinking that the right thing to do is to invest in Nigerain science and not give our money cheaply to Israel. Anyway Since you are an Aso Rock operative you know that there is more money to be made by giving the contract to a foreign company than investing the same money at home. This is what explains why your Ogas in Aso Rock will steal public money and go abroad to invest it-remember the case of Alamieyeseigha who stole and went to Maryland US to buy houses with the money. See what I mean? So Jonathan knows that it will bring more profit to him when he contracts our security out to a foreign company. And baby you know too. It is all about what you people in Aso rock can gain. For you it is never about our collective interests. Baby I hope you understand that?

          • Es3

            Well, it may appear that I’m wasting precious time with you as you failed to read severally on this forum that I’ve never been in government all my life neither am I benefitting anything from Jonathan’s government?!
            But I’ve always been a Nigerian who sees far ahead most of the time, a Nigerian who is tired of years of failures of the past arising more from crass insincerity on the part of leadership, a Nigerian who can identify budding change when he sees one because this Nigerian can keep his head clear of drugging effects of all propaganda and selfish grandstanding in our political space!!!
            I know that which I know because I bother to know the truth and not sucked in by all waves of propaganda going around! I hear them but I ask fundamental questions which answers may not come, but which I set out and must get for myself. How many are ready to bother their brains in this regards instead of swallowing they are fed hook, line and sinker?
            On the hospitals where Patience was attended to in Nigeria? I believe I do not need to tell you that she had the best of hospital and manpower and I do not think you heard once that medics of that hospital complained that they requested for an equipment and it was not purchased for their use???! Then why the wrong diagnosis? If it was that the diagnosis pointed in the direction of what it finally turned out to be but could not be conclusive due to one lack or the other, then one would have have asked why not get the equipment in or refer on time? I can go on and on, but no!
            If you are buying a technology, you buy from the that owns the type you need – right? Which Nigerian company has the technology and the know how to successfully implement same? Lets hear their name and the name of their piece that can compete or you save us this rantings?
            On Nigerian scientists? They failed on communications and weather satelites, failed on electricity nuclear technology, etc and all you could think is on how this will be moribund as well? Will this be operated exclusive by Israelis or having paid for it, Nigerians will be trained to run same – which harbours parts of my fears, handing it over to Nigerians???! My fears not bothering on inferiority that appears to be haunting you here, but our readiness and willingness (civil service, security forces, etc) to make a success out of it the same way hitherto functioning programmes(even companies) have been ran aground before our very eyes year after year?!!!

          • Bankole Babawale

            I have a simple question for you, since you know why “Dr” Patience Dame Jonathan has to be flown abroad using public money rather being treated here, it means you know one or two things about Aso Rock, you confessed this by yourself, you said you know why “Dr.” Patience Jonathan was flown abroad. I did not know. You know because you have privileged information. So on this basis: Tell your Oga President to invest Nigerian money in Nigerian research so that we will have good hospitals and we will not have to contract our sovereignty to any foreign company of any foreigner. It is NOT good. No self respecting country or race does that. That is my simple point. We all do not need all this big talk. But you will NEVER see the point if you do not do a surgery on your mind and expunge that feeling of inferirity complex of the black race.

      • analyst

        This stupid boy is hear again!!!

    • Es3

      Bankole,
      I’m least surprised by your insults and would prefer not to join issues with you mainly beacuse I’m surely far above that grade! Vey disgusting!!!!!
      However, you can go back to investigate government desire and monies earlier voted for Nigerian made satelite to orbit with deadline to Nigerian scientists, nuclear technology for power project to Nigerian scientists with deadline, and the list is endless?!
      If you are not lacking in brainpower, basic investigative instincts and abilities, the information is on the surface for picking, so do your homework before returning here to abuse others?!

      • Bankole babawale

        I can see that you no longer have any argument. Because of the illicit money you people and Oga Jonathan make in Aso Rock by selling us to foreign companies, your brain is basically blocked. The simple question you never answer is:will Israel contract her security to Nigeria? I think you need to answer that baby. If not why must you do it, why must Oga Jonathan make us do it?

        • Es3

          I did not need to answer that as your question lacked the basic requirement to qualify for a question that can task my brain for an answer???!

          Israel cannot contract their security now simply because everyone contract out a job to one with expertise beyond what you have yourself or as restricted by law, that is if you understand what I mean here? I will explain the law end a bit: A specialist surgeaon is bared by law and ethics of practice from conducting surgery on spouse, children, etc, except….

          I do not know what netbased security expertise our government or private company in Nigeria boasts of that Israel will be interested in buying? Israel has actually bought a lot from other countries and private companies that their product has been proven to have what they lack, so you can help us identify one here that we can market to them and others???!

          • Bankole Babawale

            Na wa o Es3. You cannot even think beyond your nose. I now understand why the black person will NEVER make it if people like you are representative of the psyche of the black person universally. So you reduce the issue to “mere technical issue” : So here is your flawed deduction based on an inherently flawed premise: “Israel will not contract…. to Nigeria…. because Nigeria does not have the technical expertise…” And I am sure you will add a rider “oh you see it is just a “technical” issue of “expertise””. I am sorry baby, issues of security are issues of sovereignty, they are NOT “technical” issues of a so-called “expertise”. Your argument is very consistent, and you continue to fall from one flawed conclusion to the other. Since you may have some challenge with basic thinking and serious questions about agency and sovereignty of nations and countries, Es3_na_mpiti_na_deri_na_afam_na_akpos1_na_Mr.Peter2000_na_everything-let me break it down for you in simple tablets form, let me simplify things for you: COUNTRIES THAT HAVE RESPECT FOR THEMSELVES DO NOT CONTRACT THEIR SECURITY OUT. IT IS ABOUT AGENCY AND SOVEREIGNTY. ISRAEL HAS RESPECT FOR ITSELF. IT FIERCELY DEFENDS ITS SOVEREIGNTY. THEREFORE ISRAEL WILL NEVER CONTRACT ITS SECURITY TO ANYONE, NOT EVEN THEIR GREATEST ALLY-THE US. Israel uses the US to get what it wants-period. Do you understand Es3? So security is not a “technical” thing, it is a sovereignty thing, it is an agency thing. I beg, Es3, as a black person, please begin to learn what agency means. Begin to learn and purge yourself of that psychology of inferiority, that genetic thing that the black person is incapable. I am sure some of you stupidly believe that Israel does all these things, these so-called “technical expertise”because they are “the chosen one”. But Israel will market itself as “the chosen one” to capture the imagination of those who trace their faith to Judeo-Christian religion. You forget that since Israel is in a volatile region, it must invest its own money in defense. For effect, the research efforts and the politcal reason for investing in research into defense matters are conveniently forgotten, but the result is marketed as a myth of the strength of the “chosen one”. But it is legitimate for any country or race to package itself and market itself. And Israel has that right. The problem is those who stupidly believe in the myth of the natural strength “of the chosen one”, those who stupidly forget that Israel is in volatile region and it must invest in defense-period. So it has the right to market itslefl and mystify people like you. At least the Asians have mastered that and they market themselves as being genetically disposed to be scientists-abi ooo! So my challenge to you is that please purge yourself of the genetic inferiority complex you have put yourself. Tell our president, President Jonathan, your Oga in Aso Rock to purge himself of that genetic inferiority too and invest in science and research for the sake of our country and race. Okay? It is about our future, our sovereignty. We will do it ONLY if people like you do a surgical operation on your brains and purge yourselves of the genetic inferiority complex you have sadly boxed yourselves into. But if you do not do it, you all will continue to lick the ass of Caucasians, Asians and Israelis. I am being blunt here Es3, because you seem so blind to basic thinking.

          • Es3

            Bankole,
            I knew you will shape-shift while pretending to be grounded on your argument for that is the hallmark of such people!
            It is interesting to note that you started your argument on why should the contract be awarded to an Israeli firm instead of a Nigerian and what $40 million could to the life local firm and Nigerians? But you have since found it convenient to shape-shift to sovereignty and agency fully abandoning what you could not defend any longer???! Quite interesting and revealing on the personality behind the mask!!! It is like your sole administrator (Bola Tinubu) being a apostle of amnesty to Boko Haram when he visits an Emir in the North and having no scrruples oppossing same amnesty when back to the South?!!! Very laughable, ain’t it???
            On your new shifted position, I rather discuss that with JedClampett who appears to know what he is talking about than waste time with you!
            Thank you as I sign out!!!

          • Bankole Babawale

            Es3, You again displayed your sad challenge with thinking. I now see why you are just unable. You continue to wallow and grope but you cant just reach there. You cant even unpack basic concepts. When and if you cannot do this, how will you then see the more serious issue that no country contracts out her sovereignty the way your Oga in Aso Rock(President Jonathan) has done it to Israel. Applied to a country, if you have agency, you immediately see your sovereignty, you see that sovereignty is involved. With lack of agency, you conclude that anything goes, you even accept contempt for yourself. You may even as you have done put such contempt for self in “attractive” and “beautiful” terms to make it glossy and acceptable-for you will say “oh asking a foreign company-this case Israel company to do this job is a “mere” technical thing…you know it is about “expertise”. See? Putting it that way makes it look “nice”. But look under that “nicety” you see a person without agency, and therefore blind completely to seeing how our sovereignty is compromised with such silly deal. if you have agency, you see immediately when your dignity is being trampled upon even when you are being given a cup of coffee and a ball of akara. But if you do not have agency, you will put on your stupid coat and tie, and you will be laughing while signing the stupid contract , while signing away your sovereignty on a cup of coffee capped with akara!!! You will be happy signing it. That is how brainless people without agency sign away their sovereignty. With some help, can you see the link now Mr. Es3?

          • Bankole Babawale

            Es3, You again displayed your sad challenge with thinking. I now see why
            you are just unable. You continue to wallow and grope but you cant
            just reach there. You cant even unpack basic concepts. When and if you
            cannot do this, how will you then see the more serious issue that no
            country contracts out her sovereignty the way your Oga in Aso
            Rock(President Jonathan) has done it to Israel. Applied to a country,
            if you have agency, you immediately see your sovereignty, you see that
            sovereignty is involved. With lack of agency, you conclude that anything
            goes, you even accept contempt for yourself. You may even as you have
            done put such contempt for self in “attractive” and “beautiful” terms to
            make it glossy and acceptable-for you will say “oh asking a foreign
            company-this case Israel company to do this job is a “mere” technical
            thing…you know it is about “expertise”. See? Putting it that way
            makes it look “nice”. But look under that “nicety” you see a person
            without agency, and therefore blind completely to seeing how our
            sovereignty is compromised with such silly deal. if you have agency, you
            see immediately when your dignity is being trampled upon even when you
            are being given a cup of coffee and a ball of akara. But if you do not
            have agency, you will put on your stupid coat and tie, and you will be
            laughing while signing the stupid contract , while signing away your
            sovereignty on a cup of coffee capped with akara!!! You will be happy
            signing it. That is how brainless people without agency sign away their
            sovereignty. With some help, can you see the link now Mr. Es3?

          • Bankole Babawale

            You again displayed a basic challenge with thinking. I now see why
            you are just unable to comprehend the serious issues. You continue to wallow and grope but you cant just reach there. You can’t unpack basic concepts. When and if you cannot do this, how will you then see the more serious issue that no country contracts out her sovereignty the way your Oga in Aso Rock(President Jonathan) has done it to Israel. Applied to a country, if you have agency, you immediately see your sovereignty, you see that sovereignty is involved. With lack of agency, you conclude that anything goes, you even accept contempt for yourself. You may even as you have done put such contempt for self in “attractive” and “beautiful” terms to make it glossy and acceptable-for you will say “oh asking a foreign company-this case Israel company to do this job is a “mere” technical thing…you know it is about “expertise”. See? Putting it that way makes it look “nice”. But look under that “nicety” you see a person without agency, and therefore blind completely to seeing how our
            sovereignty is compromised with such silly deal. if you have agency, you
            see immediately when your dignity is being trampled upon even when you are being given a cup of coffee and a ball of akara. But if you do not
            have agency, you will put on your stupid coat and tie, and you will be
            laughing while signing the stupid contract , while signing away your
            sovereignty on a cup of coffee capped with akara!!! You will be happy
            signing it. That is how brainless people without agency sign away their
            sovereignty. With some help, can you see the link now.Okay?

  • JedClampett

    Bankhole,

    You’re right on. Invest the money in Nigerian minds.

    • Es3

      JedClampett,
      Please note that those of us in favour of such contract going to the Israelis want to see success and not failure! If you are a Nigerian or bothered to visit and stay in Nigeria, you will not ask me why because you would have had the answer to the question yourself?!
      Nigerians are very intelligents and capable of excelling above their mates once they are outside the shores but a different kettle of fish once back home, especially on government or public projects?!!! The bigger picture we see as well but experience is telling us to get it right first before looking at that bigger picture!
      If you are US, you will know the many US security jobs Israelis handle for US and would be able to compare and contrast with a Nigerian company would have done?!

      • JedClampett

        Es3,

        I have no inside perspective on the knowledge-base available to the Nigerian people. I do, however, have perspective on what is happening in the U.S.

        Israel is portrayed as our “ally.” We have let Israel infiltrate our security programs, which is not a smart move. Please consider that the U.S. has put itself at risk to foreign interests that do not align with our own.

        If Nigeria must outsource this work due to an interior lack of knowledge, I would suggest contracting with a vendor that is not Israeli.

        If Israel did not use its contract opportunities to advance its own agenda then perhaps it could be recommended. But, as it is, Israel serves Israel and Nigeria should always keep that in mind.

        • Es3

          Jedclampett,
          My insistence is not that FG must award the contract to an Israeli firm, rather I’m insisting that I do want that project to die before commencement in the name of awarding it to Nigerian firm!
          I believe in building the country and capacity of Nigerians but history has nto that kind to us on just too many projects given to Nigerians to execute alone and at times, in partnership with a foreign firm (when the Nigerian firm hold the aces)?!
          I keep giving example as we proceed and will give another here: the national ID card project, where is it today? What was later unconvered about the Nigerian company that held the aces of the projects with a foreign firm intow???! As elementary as that project was, a Nigerian company bungled it very well?!!!. But if you listen to people like Bankole, you would assume that FG have not tried Nigerians before and uptill now? Their kind are already to evil propaganda and would not bother to reason beyond that?!
          Some projects are just too urgent in requirement that we all lack time to experiment with another Nigerian firm who may still give us ‘the expected or usual end story’!!!

  • JedClampett

    Many in the US are not pleased that Israeli companies figure so prominently in our security programs. We pay them sooo much money, there is bound to be incentive to keep that cash flowing to Israel.

    Americans would serve America. Israelis will serve Israel. Israelis managing security for the US does not make sense.

    Do you think, just maybe, the Americans need to be attacked every once in a while in order to sustain the “need” for this expensive security? If the people aren’t sufficiently terrorized… there wouldn’t be contracts to provide the “security.”

    Bankhole is seeing the big picture.

  • Dr Paat Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan is truly a certify dictator and a ruthless one at best who pretends
    alot to look different.
    How could a transparent,honest non-corrutible and with some measure of leadership wisdom
    went thus far aas to secretly awarded contract to an Israeli company Elbit System for a whopping
    S61 million dollar untendered?
    In any civilized clime president Jonathan would be compel and force to tender his resignation
    with so many official misteps of his official corruption and poverty development economic policies of further foreign loans borrowing,naira devaluation,contracting a foreign company-Elbit system to be spying on Nigerians internet-web-sites messages and communications.
    This is the worse as past military regimes did not attempt or go to this extreme extent.The tag of corruption is a bold shackle tag president Jonathan regime neck because,out of the S61 million dollars requested in 20113 budget for internet security,S40 million dollars was agreed by Jonathan but balance of S21 dollars was to be embezzle and share?Very stinking and corruption tainted president Ebele Jonathan.

    • deri

      old boy u are too empty to share your regional ideas with us here-every country in the world now does it–how then do u think the yankees got Bin Laden-we have kidnappers in Delta and the south east-then the dreaded boko haram to fight-instead u come here to disturb us again with your senseless comments on Jonathan-

  • moribund9ja

    Just playing into the hands of Jewish people. I’m sorry for this administration.

  • Es3

    JedClampett,
    Sometimes idiots are proven right on issues when they leave emotions on the sidelines to confront the issue?! I do not know which you prefer: a failed deployment of the technology by giving it to Nigerians or a sucessfull deployment with Nigerians reviewing each aspect to check possible abuse by the contractor for selfish reasons? If the full money for the project goes down and the project undelivered, what will be your take???
    Israel has spied on US and many other countries, yes! But they are the ones (working with US citizens) that took the same US security to the level it was pre 9/11 and you know this? US must have overly relied on them due to their closeness over the decades, but Nigeria is not known for that but rather known to pick a nut from one and pick a screw for the nut from another which has had its taletell effects on many of our stalled projects before now! For instance, Obasanjo built some gas powered power plants and forgot that these plants will need gas to run?!!! The list is endless on him and others as well.
    The Trojan Horse risk exist with anything you cannot do yourself in life (not just security) and that explains my extreme disappointment with Nigerian scientist, engineers, speciallists, etc. In finance, if another idependent being is handling your finance, you may miss eating akara when your akamu is ready?

  • deri

    Only God knows what the writer of the article meant by government spying on inter-net users-in Nigeria-which country in the world does not spy on her citizens via the web-what does the writer think the social media was created for-only a boko haram filled senate or House will cancel such a contract-all the same methinks the FGN should sack the company no matter what its excuse for breaching a contractural agreement with Gov

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan contracts out internet security contract mis-using Nigeria public funds to pay for such contract with an Israeli company spying on Nigerians internet communications.This is pure violation of Nigerians freedom of expression and attack on Nigerian people human right.President Jonathan is a felon who will eventually end up before the international criminal court at the Hague,Holand..