U.S. General counters Buhari, says Boko Haram still holds territory in Nigeria

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, and U.S. President, Barack Obama in Washington.
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, and U.S. President, Barack Obama in Washington.

Boko Haram is still holding territory in Northern Nigeria, commander of the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), David Rodriguez, has said.

General Rodriguez’s claim challenges Nigeria’s official position on the seven-year old insurgency that has so far claimed about 20,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people.

Mr. Rodriguez’s assertion comes almost two months after President Muhammadu Buhari told the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, that the terrorist group was no longer “holding any territory as we speak”.

Mr. Buhari, who was speaking on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit in the UAE, said Nigerian Armed Forces in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNTJF) had driven the terrorist group from Nigerian territory into “fall-back positions”.

Mr. Rodriguez spoke Tuesday in response to a question during testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee reviewing fiscal year 2017 defence budget.

His comment about Boko Haram was in response to a question by Senator Angus King of Maine who asked about Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram more than ninety minutes into the testimony.

Mr. Angus’ direct question to General Rodriguez was: “Is Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram growing, are they adding members? I know they don’t hold territory, are they adding areas of influence?” to which Mr. Rodriguez replied, “actually sir, Boko Haram does hold some significant territory in Northern Nigeria as do Al-Shabaab in limited areas of Somalia”.

He added that recently there is a “tactical upswing” in Al-Shabaab’s operations in Somali but did not elaborate on Boko Haram’s operations, adding in his written testimony to the Senate Committee that containing and degrading the ISIL-affiliated Boko Haram remains one of AFRICOM’s top priority.

“We are watching carefully for signs that the threat posed by Boko Haram to U.S. persons is growing as a result of the group’s alignment with ISIL,” Mr.Rodriguez said.

He praised MNJTF allies and partners such as the African Union, France, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the Department of State for engaging in the counter-Boko Haram effort.

“Our engagement now can assist our African partners in realizing their potential and gaining the capability to solve African problems,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “African solutions to African problems are, in the long run, in the best interest of Africans, Americans, and indeed the world.”

Mr. Rodriguez, a four-star general, became the third commander of AFRICOM in April 2013. U.S. Africa Command is one of six unified geographic combatant commands within the United States Department of Defense unified command structure.

He appeared before the Senate committee with Generals Lloyd Austin of U.S. Central Command and Joseph Votel of U.S. Special Operations Command.

General Rodriguez’s testimony came couple weeks after the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade at the United States Congress also convened hearings where two policy experts urged the US government to ramp up the push against Boko Haram.

Jennifer Cooke of the Centre for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) and Alice Friend of the Centre for New American Security (CNAS), urged lawmakers to acknowledge and support real advances against Boko Haram that have degraded the group and weakened its leadership over the last 18 months.

“The one reason that today’s hearing is so important—it is important to remember that Boko Haram has proved resilient to setbacks in the past, the possibility that it will regroup and rebuild should be the source of critical regional and international concern,” said Dr. Cooke

“In the current global and regional context, where jihadist groups compete for notoriety and ISIL entrenches its presence in Libya, there is an urgent need to prevent Boko Haram from regenerating and possibly coming back more virulent, destructive, and globally connected than before.”

Ms. Friend reiterated that Boko Haram had bounced back from defeat before it re-surfaced in 2010 after the ambush that left its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, dead.

“The group seemed to be in full retreat, and was inactive for almost a year until Yusuf’s second-in-command, Abubakar bin Mohammad Shekau, released a video and a manifesto announcing his leadership of Boko Haram and threatening revenge on the Nigerian state as well as its Western backers.”

The current offensive against Boko Haram, led by the Nigerian military in partnership with Chad, Cameroon, and Niger under the Multinational National Joint Task Force (MNTJF), has “routed the group from territories it controlled and significantly degraded its capabilities and leadership,” said Dr. Cooke.

“Many thousands of Boko Haram members, along with a number of its senior leaders, have been killed or captured, and the group no longer appears to have access to the kinds of transport and equipment—tanks, armored vehicles, Toyota Hilux trucks—that it has had in the past”.

Nigerian Air Force has been engaged in a sustained assault, including recent drone strikes on Boko Haram enclave in Sambisa Forest, taking out fuel pumps, solar panels, and weapons caches as regional military forces have rescued thousands of women and girls who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram members.

Equally significant is the silence from Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

“The group’s media operation—which reportedly received technical assistance from ISIL—has gone largely quiet, and there have been no video appearances by erstwhile leader, Abubakar Shekau (or by any of his alleged impostors) since early 2015,” Ms. Cooke said.

Even recent attacks that earned the group the dubious honour of being labelled the world’s deadliest terror group show signs of Boko Haram’s degraded status, according to experts.

In lieu of territorial control, the group is now reduced to terrorizing “public spaces that are notoriously difficult to secure, such as markets and transit depots” in attacks that feature coordinated bombings and “increasingly rely on kidnapped women and girls,” said Ms. Friend.

“Their use of kidnapped women to execute suicide attacks, while tactically advantageous (providing greater access even to secured areas), also suggests a shrunken supply of adult male foot soldiers”.

While the experts agree that this “hit-and-run” tactic shows that Boko Haram’s strength was never as an organized fighting force, but “a fractured, ruthless organization, willing to inflict maximum damage on the softest of targets,” they also see the urgent need for the United States and international community to step up strategic initiatives to contain the terror group indefinitely.

In addition to the U.S. inter agency advisory team sent to Abuja in 2014 and the recent deployment of 300 Defence Department forces to support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in Cameroon, Ms. Friend believes Nigeria could still benefit from U.S. security assistance programmes, including the new Security Governance Initiative, the Global Security Contingency Fund, and the Counter-terrorism Partnership Fund.

“Through these programs the U.S. has recently provided communications gear and equipment to Nigeria, including a recent delivery of 24 mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs)”.

Dr. Cooke thinks the United States can offer more support in form of diplomatic pressure on the Chad Basin countries to maintain regional cooperation against Boko Haram, use of U.S. Treasury Department’s Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme to disrupt Boko Haram’s financial lifelines, assistance with collection and communication of intelligence on a real time basis, but above all, lawmakers must “think beyond Boko Haram”.

“U.S. policymakers must consider Boko Haram in a broader global and regional context. The Sahel region, including the Lake Chad Basin, risks becoming a proxy battleground for larger ideological and geopolitical rivalries. Competition between ISIL and al Qaeda, Shiites and Sunnis—even between Iran and Saudi Arabia—could fuel increasingly deadly competition among Islamist extremist groups of the region if the terror group is allowed to re-gain ground from its present setbacks.”

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  • 9ja needs a new leader

    Nigerians were warned to beware of Buhari-But the fraudsters were so vocal and powerful with their lies and propaganda–Which turned out to be too sweet to resist on facebook ati tweeter. So 9has allowed tghemnselves to be deceived by the biggest 419ner on earth–Buhari-

    Now Nigerians are sleeping in filing stations for 3 days to fill their Generators and Okada. Not to talk of their cars-

    Only God knows the “Juju”, the Apes in APC used to cover the incompetence and cluelessness of Buhari ati his Party–It must have been the very blood of the baboon and dogs that the Buharimice sprinkled on Nigerians——to enable the CIA impose Buhari ati Tinubuon us–Yesterday the Apes in APC lied to us that they will end the boko haram war within hours of Jonathans departure—dollar to be at par with the Naira–Price of crude oil will increase to over 500 dollars per barrel-the enire stories by Buhari turned out to be a big fat lie-Now Buhari is saying it was Tompolo who said the boko haram war has ended—animals

    • Observer

      mr animal.. we are not blind, we know that forces are winning the war, what about other people’s testimonies?only that of the us general you can deduce your ill argument from… ode… the game is on, we shall know who lied at the end

    • arewethishopeless

      Na wa ooo! Na so e pain you reach?

      • Buhari4Ever

        His father christmas is gone for good

    • ’70

      The General should come and tell us what “territories” Boko Haram is holding.

      • e_orpheus

        Precisely. Seeing he is so informed.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, keep wailing until eternity. Your free money from Abuja has stopped for good. It’s time for you to go and get a real job or return to the Swiss Refugee camp in Geneva

      • AGU

        keep up your dishonest.

      • AlBsure23

        Ride on foolishly mr foolishness.

  • oliver

    That united state General is a fraud, he is telling the US senators lies so his command can get more money, if book haram resurfaces then I put it to that General that he is the main architect. we are calling on the American Senate to reduce funding for that Unit because for the leader of that unit to be given a position contrary to what is on ground only means he is out for something else and not peace with the American tax payers money

    • AGU

      mumu do you think he is a rag tag general and liar like Buhari.

  • Watch man

    “The current offensive against Boko Haram, led by the Nigerian military in partnership with Chad, Cameroon, and Niger under the Multinational National Joint Task Force (MNTJF), has “routed the group from territories it controlled and significantly degraded its capabilities and leadership,” said Dr. Cooke.”

    If BH has been routed “from the territories it controlled and significantly degraded its capabilities and leadership”, then which territory was the other general referring to when he said that BH still holds territories? What I can make out here is that: 1) The general was probably lying so as to get more money appropriated to them 2) The general may also be seeking opportunity to be granted them so that they will be in charge of running the operations against BH just like CIA is doing in other regions where they are decimating the population of their host communities to promote US interest.
    It is therefore obvious that the general lied before their senate. I expect Nigeria govt to respond to this lie. We do not need US to fight a war for us because they have never brought peace in any region they fought; instead they have only succeeded in fracturing the regions of their operations the more.

    • Al

      Very good observation

    • growthengine

      You think the General is like our General Buhari that plans coup and lies through his gap teeth.

      • e_orpheus

        I would take “our General Buhari’s” informed proclamation over “the General’s” own.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Leave that clueless Amigo with his nonsense talk. Where was he when Boko Haram was occupying almost half of the entire North East?

    • ed

      The election of 2015 was conducted without any problem in the north east. Boko Haram allowed the people to vote everywhere in the war zone.
      The percentage of vote counted were higher the Bronu state than Lagos and Anambra state respectfully.
      Fulani’s herdsmen and Boko Haram are the same.

      • sanetalk

        Now you want to open a can of worms. Have you ever pondered on the reasons for the sudden lull in BH activities after your man postponed the elections for six weeks in order to share more dollars to buy peoples’ conscience. Then we were told BH had been contained only for them to come out more murderously after the new government came in. Don’t worry, everything shrouded in darkness are gradually coming to light and no matter how hard you spin the stories, all those responsible for our woes will surely face justice

        • emmanuel

          have you forgotten ‘an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the North’? Who said that, in what occasion and to whom?

    • AlBsure23

      Mr Watch man, why did you immediately assume that Dr Cooke is honest while the General is lying so as to get more money appropriated to them? Why didn’t you assume to the contrary? You are a hypocrite in the truest sense of it.

      • e_orpheus

        I don’t know about the “more money appropriated” assertion, but if the current Nigerian President tells me BH hold no territory, the army chief says BH hold bo territory and the people of North East Nigeria – Borno State especially – concur, why should I believe some Gen Rodriguez over them?

      • Watch man

        Mr AIBsure23, I think you must be suffering from hallucinogenic amnesia for you not to notice that there is a recess in the operation of BH when you compare it with what happened a year ago. Perhaps you do not even live in or visit Nigeria, in which case you do not even know what is happening over here. The question your head should be asking is: between Rodriguez and Cooke who is closer to the reality on ground? You should not allow your bias against Nigeria’s president to becloud your sense of judgement, assuming you have any.

        • Olusegun Adekoya

          News blackout is what is making people feel that Boko Haram has been defeated. There is still a massive war ongoing but as it is not reported as it used to, manay like you believe it is now stable. If you are so sure, would you relocate yourself and family to Borno?

          • Watch man

            Are you therefore saying that you are living in Borno? Or are you among those who do not have any “news blackout”. You see, the problem I have with some of you guys is that you feel so bad about Nigeria that you don’t even believe that Nigeria will ever be good a bit. BH was caused by certain persons in this country and the same people have the solution. It is a question of the Hegelian dialectics that played out because some people wanted to win election at all cost. The point I made earlier is based on the fact that Rodriguez cannot know more than the actors involved in the malfeasance orgy in the BH saga. Cooke captured the more acceptable status of serendipity over NE Nigeria. Except you are not in Nigeria you are bound to swallow everything US says.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you! You spoke my mind.

      • sanetalk

        And why did you choose to believe the account of the General over that of Dr Cooke if you are not being mischievous. You are sad that Buhari is winning the war against BH

    • Anonymous

      He’s not lying. Dr Cooke is teacher at CSIS and she responded based on theory. General Rodriguez is a battle tested United States top operative, his response is based on confirmed military intelligence.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you general Rodriguez for validating my claim. This government of falsehood is trying to defeat Bokoharm with their lies. PMB’S utmost priority is not to annihilate the sanguineous sect.

    • e_orpheus

      And then you missed Dr Cooke’s own assertion that the Nigerian army has “routed the group from territories it controlled and significantly degraded its capabilities and leadership”.
      Your claims are based on the same half-baked and uninformed assumptions of Gen Rodriguez.

      • Anonymous

        Lying to United States law makers is a crime with 5 years prison term. Will General Rodriguez willingly opt for jail time over bokoharm? Dr Cooke is teacher at CSIS and she responded based on theory. General Rodriguez is a battle tested United States top operative, his response is based on confirmed military intelligence.

        • e_orpheus

          His ‘confirmed military intelligence’ is not superior to that of the current Nigerian President and Army Chief in who’s domain the fight is. The everyday people resident in the troubled areas have added their voice. Someone asked a question, let your General name these occupied territories, otherwise pocket his home brewed intelligence.

          • Anonymous

            Come on, say the truth. The main reason why the war on Bokoharm lingers is due to lack of competent Nigerian intelligence apparatus. Don’t forget, the same “not superior” United States donated used military vehicle to Nigeria.

          • e_orpheus

            Don’t veer off topic. Donating vehicles does not equate to superior intelligence. Mine resistant vehicles were donated on request because of explosives rigged roads along the troops’ path.
            Get back on track. Ask your general to name the BH annexed territories.

          • Anonymous

            People donate or give to the less privileged. Most of the arms in the United States military arsenal are made in America. What does your country make? Is Nigeria amongst the world power? Some United States military personnel are currently in Nigeria, helping to give the soldiers “basic training” in contemporary warfare. If Nigeria have a good military intelligence why is bokoharm still a problem? Bokoharm still control Michika local government, kala-balge and etc.

          • e_orpheus

            We’re debating intelligence and you’re talking about being less privileged? I hope all is well. “Michika local government, kala-balge and etc.”
            Don’t know who’s feeding you flowers but your ‘intelligence’ is dated – late 2014, early 2015. You and general Rodriguez probably have the same source. Get updated.

          • Anonymous

            No sir, we are talking about March 2016. Sir, are you a member of the inept Nigeria intelligence? Have you been to the area affected by the war? You sit in the comfort of your house and blindly defend a very incompetent government of falsehood that can never defeat the insurgents due to their palpable debility. Tell your demigod to fulfill his campaign promise and annihilate the sanguineous Jihadists.

          • e_orpheus

            I bet you have. With an outpost at Michika.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for the compliment, but no need for aggrandizement, for it is tantamount to mocking the innocent lives that was taken during this war. إذا كنت لا تزال لدعم الشر دماء الأبرياء سوف يكون في يديك

  • ed

    The truth is somewhere in between.
    Nigeria with knowledge of the Modu operandi of Buhari’s administration knew that you couldn’t say you’ve defeated Boko Haram and join Saudi Arabia Islamic terrorist organization to now fight ISIS and Boko Haram.
    How is in control of Sambisa Forest today.
    Answer Boko Haram.
    Sunni vs Shi’ite Muslim clans war is going on.
    Buhari is about to put Nigeria Christian in a religious war against their will and against their religion.
    USA general is In a good position to know. He’s telling the truth. President Buhari is less than truthful.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Ooops! Guess it’s time to reorganize Buhari’s thinking.

    • e_orpheus

      ..or yours, if you can’t independently evaluate the realities on ground and make your own judgment.

  • Iskacountryman

    chai buhari…

  • Mama Kay

    Why Nigerians take USA to be anything but a country full of lies supporting her own self interests at the detriment of others baffles me.

    This General probably knows a thing or two about Boko Haram. Maybe he is one of the sponsors and cannot believe that all the funding given to Boko Haram will just vanish like that. Have people ever wondered where Boko Haram, supposedly illiterate group gets the funding and arms from. If they are truly anti-west why use their arms? More to this than meets the eye.

    But then DSS is not capable of intelligence gathering. They are very good at bullying the population though.

    • emmanuel

      You guys from the North are ever looking for those to accuse of sponsoring Boko Haram, when they are in your midst.
      They collect money from almost all politicians, business people and most household in addition to what they get from their Arab sponsors.

  • Yakubu YELLOW

    The world is really never fair to the poor. Imagine Mr Yunusa Yellow and Mr Yakubu Gowon commit the same crime of illegal ‘gburugburu’ but while Yunusa Yellow is standing trial for his crime and will most likey go to prison, Yakubu is telling us with pride that he committed a crime and is accepting responsibility with pride for his crime and the newspapers like Premium Times report his crime with pride. Shouldn’t men get equal treatment when the same offense is committed? Well, I stand with Yunusa in this comparative discriminatory treatment and I want him to have hope because on the last day all sins will be judged equally.

    • share Idea

      My gee, it is always the same story in Nigeria. Danjuma is floating his wealth wish he openly confessed how he was given oil well and nobody cared to prosecute him or recover the money but see how the country is always on frenzy whenever Abacha’s loot is mentioned. It is quite a disgrace

    • Alamu

      Really? Please tell us who Yakubu Gowon abduct and rape?

    • Julius

      You are a moron. Gowon never rape anybody. That was his girlfriend at the time before the war started. Why do you people lie so damn much ? Chie !!. Its really sad.

      • emmanuel

        why did he reject a guy that look so much like him until a DNA was carried out a few weeks ago?
        He is a morally bankrupt fellow

        • Julius

          Does that equate to raping the woman ? Why are you bent on displaying your stupidity daily on the net ?

          • emmanuel

            did i say he raped? check my post.
            My concern was about his attitude.
            Afterall, as a Yoruba man, i know you must have some illegitimate shudren and your support for your type is needed by Gowon

          • Julius

            ‘Afterall, as a Yoruba man, i know you must have some illegitimate shudren and your support for your type is needed by Gowon’. Really ? Does that follows that as Ibo man, you dont have any because you kill ,cook and eat them for lunch and dinner like you always do ?

  • MushinSpeaks

    In his response, he made one thing clear, admonishing the doggedness of the administration in combating the insurgency… That alone shows we are committed to ending the insurgency.

  • favourtalk

    PMB has never relent on the good ways to move the country forward. They should go to northeast and see the difference in the way of fighting the battle

    • Olusegun Adekoya

      Talk is cheap..have you been to the northeast yourself..

  • Artful ºDodger

    The Americans cannot know Nigeria better than the Nigerians especially those living in the region in question. Boko haram may hold a village or two that does not amount to any significant territory. The Talibans are still holding territories in Afghanistan today long after the American declared success there and pulled out. ISIS and a faction of the Iraqi Barth party are still holding territories in Iraq today but the Americans are still there unable to push them out.

    Buhari has not declared total victory against boko haram and let us not allow some ill informed person from far away American rubbish our military and make nonsense of their gallantry because he lack first hand information about the situation in Nigeria.

    God bless our troop!

  • Iluyomade Borode

    Premium Times Editor,

    Please help us tell the international community that Nigerians are dying under Muhamadu Buhari.
    No electricity for three [3] days running in darkness that looks like national blackout in 90% of Nigeria.
    Because there is no electricity for 3 days, state water corporations cannot supply water for three days.
    Without water and electricity for 3 days, Nigerians are dying painful deaths without a means of escape.

    Boko Haram is NOT deadlier than thirst and darkness in Nigeria’s searing heat of 34 degrees Celsius today.
    Never in history since October 1st 1960 have Nigerians seen the level of suffering under Muhamadu Buhari.
    It is worse because there is also no petrol at fuel stations for one week running now to operate generators.
    The international community must not wait for Muhamadu Buhari to destroy Nigeria with his incompetence.

    • emmanuel

      You cry like the typical Yoruba person. The International community should not solve your problem for you.
      Call your represenattives at the NASS to work for initiation of Buharis impeachment.
      Those you call for help will help destroy Nigeria, which is not as good as doing mutual disintegration.

      • ??????????

        WHO TOLD YOU HE IS LOOKING FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI’s IMPEACHMENT?

        SUPPOSE HE IS ONLY LOOKING FOR HIS REMOVAL BY ALL MEANS POSSIBLE?

        STOP PUTTING WORDS INTO PEOPLE’s MOUTH. DON’T SAY WHAT IS NOT SAID.

        • emmanuel

          i get jare, but the Fulani guys are leaving any room for Audu Abubakars style. Ocholi has also gone that route too.
          I warn the Igalas in Kogi APC that they are endangered specie until the plan takeoevr is executed!
          Afterall, all the Sai Buhari chants were not in Love for him, but for the inordinate ambition which fell flat upon the execution of exclusion and arms length acts to starve off the devil!

      • Julius

        Oh, so why when you get spanked and after whining you always call on the International communities to come hep you ?

        • emmanuel

          I know International Politics so much and would never agitate for their help.
          As a Secondary School boy i followed the trend in Ortega and Noriega’s Presidency in their various countries, how the USA planted rebellion through funding channels of the CIA to topple them and Nicaragua and Panama never woke up again till date.
          Not to talk of Iraq and Libya of Modern history

          • Julius

            You did not answer my question but, its okay. Its typical of loud mouth, know nothing noise makers of which you are a member.

          • emmanuel

            sorry, i failed that one.
            I will never and have never called for International Community to help solve our problems, except if it is Technology related.

          • Julius

            lolz. u dey craze ! I hear you tho !

  • ed

    Sad that gullible Nigeria ill informed and totally lack of logical reasoning are yet unable to put 2+2 together.
    We’re counting more dead Nigerian for the last 10 months than the previous 1 year, The senate investigators came back this week with report that the killing going on in Benue and other state were the work of Boko Haram. Meaning that Fulani’s herdsmen are now openly taking over Nigeria land.
    You’ll have to suspend your common sense to believe that Boko Haram are not holding large territories in Nigeria today. Fulani’s herdmens and Boko Haram are the same people.

  • emmanuel

    who has collected bribe from MTN to scuttle the fine slammed on her by NCC? is the APC mafia at work to ridicule Nigeria, is the President taking back seat on this issue after overtaking NCC to handle the issue?
    Suddenly, the saga left NCC, To Buhari, next to Osinbajo and Back to Buhari. Then suddenly the trace faded away and next we heard N50 billion payment and no one was in-charge of the issue again.
    Now, when SA siezed our Arms money, Atiku had a Diplomatic visit to SA and was received by their President, next their President appears on the scene to come negotiate the fine, whilst still holding our arms funds and Atiku also received him.
    Is someone used to fraud in Nigeria acting the masquerade in the MTN fine fraud?
    The proposal from MTN is an insult and i would rather the N50 billion be returned to them and the entire fine dropped.
    Else, there should be strict follow up and some culpable persons punished for disgracing Nigeria!

    • Invitro

      @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus

      Electricity supply in Nigeria is today at 1.53 megawatts – back to the level
      of electricity supply Nigeria had under British colonial regime in the 1950s.
      Nigeria is in total emergency, as Buhari puts the country on reverse gear,
      without solving any inherited problem or putting forward any initiative of his
      own to save Nigeria from imminent collapse. Buhari goes on travels and tours
      and flies around the world in hedonistic pleasure, pretending to be involved in
      foreign policy, but with no single tangible result in nine months.

      • Rommel

        Tell your kinsmen to stop sabotaging gas pipelines,if they prefer darkness,some of us don’t,lay the blames on the feet of your kinsmen who sponsor these things

        • Invitro

          @disqus_MSz5KF4VNF:disqus

          Illiteracy will kill Yoruba people faster than Boko Haram as a culture of beggary takes hold
          in Yorubaland on the back of 90% WAEC school certificate FAILURE rate fostered by both
          Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola in Lagos state from 1999 to 2007. The chickens will soon
          come home to roost. An illiterate society will invariably become poor for lack of skills.

          • ed

            Please back up your 90% failure rate or apologize.

          • Invitro

            @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus

            I have WAEC results state by state on my file. Lagos state is shown as having a FAILURE RATE
            of 70%-85% but that result is misleading, because it adds up the privately-owned schools with
            the Lagos state public schools under the Lagos government. What i did was to remove the
            results of private schools which make Lagos state look less bad. The answer is 90% FAIL.

          • emmanuel

            you nor go kill person o.
            Lagos is fraud.
            Imagine the last two commissioners of education now multi billionaires for helping to kill education in Lagos state.
            Adefulire the Haer (Hair) dresser convered to head of education was another disaster. All she succeeded in doing was putting up a 15 floor property at park View Estate Lagos.
            Why SHUDREN (CHILDREN) NOR GO FAIL WAEC?
            Unfortunately, i hear that the most sophisticated and read people in African Hemisphere are from that part.
            It suggest that mid-way, some Oluwole take place

          • emmanuel

            i am trully scared, with all the Ivy Leahue schools in Lagos and the arrangee exam support, the performance in Lagos has always been very poor.
            My Sister in-Law taught in one of such schools for a year and at WAEC, she witnessed the despicable act of WAEC cheating and summoned courage to ask the proprietress how would she engage in such act after the prents paid so much in school fee?. Her answer was; she need to hold her school standard and grow the school.
            She resigned and left.
            That is the beauty of Lagos where dead bodies now pay taxes to keep the vampires afloat!

          • Julius

            Ivy Leahue ?

          • emmanuel

            Did i tell you i am from the sophisticated part of the World?
            Mine was a typo,but yours was a clear case of poor academic background.
            I own up to my error.

          • Julius

            The Yorubas has the most educated people in the country. Moron, check that out. We have the most in every profession . Thats a fact but, I know you people hate facts and reasoning.

          • emmanuel

            Please correct has to have before you continue with your postulation.
            Over 70% of educated Yorubas are not able to complete simple sentence without murderous additions.
            I am not casting aspersion here, but saying the obvious. Get 10 Teachers and 10 Lagos Civil Servants together and you would be amazed at the low level of learning they have.
            Tinubu is a product of Oluwole and you have been exposed by your murderous English here!
            You and i know that the Igbos are the most educated and it shows all over the World in prizes and recognition.
            You Yorubas show in places where competitive academic prowess measures are compromised

          • Julius

            lolz. yet, you whine daily. Your stupidity is unbelievable . Bye !

      • ed

        Don’t get mad. Get smart Nigerian, go on the street and demand change. That’s how it work.

        • emmanuel

          it is really at that level now.
          No money for debtors to pay, no food, no electricity because the DISCOS AND GENCOS after monthly loan deduction at source by banks for financing acquisition have no monies to upgrade, no fuel, no new business, no Letters of Credit for even approved products, no policy documents by the government, etc
          The tax collectors are now on everybody’s neck and i wonder where they want Nigerians to pay the taxes from.
          I forsee a great revolt soon, as the deep silence is now so heavy.
          Big boys and Girls (some multi-millionaires and Billionaires) now beg for as low as N2,000.00. Even when they offer properties for sale, the capacity to buy from there is not there.

          • ed

            What are Nigerian made of. Plastic, wood or human blood. People made of human blood would’ve been on the street demanding change rather than lazy talks.
            The super rich are flashing their privilege position and wealth.
            Nigerian stop getting mad. Get smart.
            Go on the street to demand for a change in the hopelessness.

        • akindee

          @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus

          He is not using precise English, i mean @invitro, because he is talking of electricity supply of 1.53 megawatts. But there is no 1.53megawatts SUPPLIED. There is total blackout for three days now.
          The 1.53 he is talking about is the possible electricity generated, not the electricity distributed.

  • Rommel

    Since the founding of Nigeria,which agitation has been solved? seems to me non

    • Julius

      None sir. You are correct.

      • emmanuel

        welcome with Julius, you neva use Tundemess today o!

        • Sean

          Address the issues he raised name or no name, you guys have no contributions to make, you’re here just to defend the indefensible, Gej is gone forever and will never be back, so cop on and let’s move Nigeria forward, there was a president and same will continue to be, Gej could never have been president for life, we’ve got to move on

          • emmanuel

            who is talking about GEJ? If your comments and postulations are based on GEJ then you need mental rehabilitation.
            If no agitation since Independence has been solved, we are saying let us then restructure Nigerian since it is not moving forward in development.
            Fighting corruption whilst working with corrupt men is not same as restructure or putting up structure to jump start a new phase in a nations history.
            Go back to Italy and uderstand why the continue to go down. Some in different Mafioso families where always in Government ans so it was difficult to instigate a new order. Same in Mexico today and Nigeria is not different
            Fashola, Amaechi, AdeFulire, EFCC Magu and UBEC money, Fowler who programmed 10% Lagos revenue fro Tinubu, Osinbajo a director Alpha Beta the nemesis of Lagos etc, Saraki, Ndume and the list is endless.
            What is happening is a delibrate gain despotic control and not bothered if that kill the nation, her economy and its people.

        • Julius

          lolz. You don kolo for sure. You are indeed delusional. Carry on !

        • Otile

          It it not surprising? Any day Abubakar tundemash is not online idiotic julius the islamist will be missing as well. What a coincident?

        • Otile

          Is it not surprising? Any day Abubakar tundemash is not online
          idiotic julius the islamist will be missing as well. What a coincident?

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  • Invitro

    Who will save Nigeria?

    The national currency depreciates to 317 Naira to a dollar as at this morning, without a cushion for predictable cascade shortly. At outset, Buhari cobbled up rabble-rousers, charlatans and lies-telling rogues. He called them, “government” –
    a slew of inane and thoughtless creatures with no pedigree for good thinking. The meaning of government under Nigeria’s fumbling regime of Muhamadu Buhari has lost its essence. Foreign creditors are reported as slamming the door at the face of Buhari for all of these reasons, as Nigeria’s 2016 budget looks like airy-fairy tale without foreign loans agreed by the World Bank for lack of jurisdiction to fund a country’s current account deficits.

    • kuns

      No sir, the Naira is selling for 325 to a dollar this morning. Naira depreciates per hour.

      • Julius

        Its funny to me that people like you that dont have a kobo are faking concerns for exchange Rates of Naira to dollar. Na wa oo !!

        • emmanuel

          no sense. It affect him in the market place. Drugs, Fuel, spares for generators, tyres, etc carry additional cost of Dollar at purchase.
          Your brain is dead.
          You don tire to use Rommel?
          Your thought line suggest your work for the low intelligent Liar Mohammed!

          • Julius

            your work or you work ? Did you take your medicine today ?

          • Otile

            If Orunmilla a gbe nyi oo. The dummy is now in the business of correcting English. This must be the coldest day in hell.

          • Julius

            Or his dowry !

          • Julius

            Tire to use ? explain yourself, please.

          • emmanuel

            nor look for errors from me. Pidgin English is my third Language and that was it on the line you quoted.
            Moreover, you are from a sophisticated region, i am not.
            I should ignore you at this point, because this forum is not for you and i alone. Let others talk objectively about ragging National issues.
            Goodbye!

          • Julius

            ‘Moreover, you are from a sophisticated region, i am not’ Well said ! Bye !.

          • Otile

            He has worked hard to prove to the world that he is most dumb Yoruba man on the thread.

  • asuevie

    How not to triumph by lies.
    Where is lia Mohammed? Shame!

  • Watch man

    I feel I should remind us here that there is no nation under the sun where US stepped in to fight the so-called terrorism that did not get worse. In fact US is the number one terrorist organisation in the world. They raised Mujahedeen to fight Russia during the cold war; they raised Al-Qaeda (under Osama Bin Laden) in Afghanistan and used their media to hype to the world that Osama and his network bombed the WTC so as to fight the Taliban regime because they did not agree that US should lay oil pipeline through Afghanistan to Caspian; the same nation played a major role in using the Arab Spring to destabilise govts; they also played a major role in raising ISIS to destabilise Syria and Iran with the assistance of such nations as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. All this info is in the public domain. This same US wished that Nigeria should collapse in 2015 which led to the setting up of AFRICOM to contain any fall out that may arise. AFRICOM has also carried out a simulation few years ago in anticipation of a collapsed Nigeria. How then would anyone swallow any idea, concept, solution, submission or help that may come from US? The only nation that would help Nigeria beside God is Nigeria. Nigeria cannot look for solution to her problems outside but inside. US cannot know what is happening in your house more than yourself. Let us be careful with this country called US. They cannot help us.

    • Damilola

      Sir, if truly this knowledge abound in you, I hope u were not among the “sons and daughters from hell” that called and still calling on brimstone on the previous administration? Secondly sir, US knows better of the situation in your country than u do, they only hold back and manipulate it to their advantage.

      • Watch man

        Chief, why can’t you be polite and civil in your comments? Pls, always make your point without pouring invectives. Also, it is not a question of ascribing certain knowledge to me; I do not have any special knowledge. Whatsoever I have written is in the public domain. Even you can search it out for yourself. It is not rocket science. As for your “sons and daughters from hell” I live that with and for you.

        • emmanuel

          Are you not watchman? I conclude you are the type the Bible says watcheth in vain!

          • Watch man

            Mister, this is not a question of watching in vain or grabbing the keyboard to hit any key you like. All you need to do is search out what I wrote. It is in the public domain and you can do that. So, I think your conclusion is grossly wrong and I believe is borne out of bias for whatever reason. Let us try to maintain a positive attitude; the fact that you are alive and commenting should be enough to be thankful to God and be hopeful. Or don’t you think so?

          • emmanuel

            my monies are with debtors who cannot pay, no new busniesses, Could not run generator in office in the last three day, no light at night with very high temperature, owing salaries, investment values dwindling under my watch, not sure of where to survive from, Companies and Banks downloading staff like video game and that is the general trend.
            I joked with my staff yesterday, but it was not funny that Mr. Emeka who died from these stress last year nor dey worry for all these wahala again, because many more are still dying.
            Make i dey first before i go comment?
            Na the living fit comment, if such will touch the heart of the new Nebuccadnezer!

        • Damilola

          Watchman I swear with all sense of sincerity, you brought my teeth out ones more here. Why should I search for what u said? They’re not archival materials for crying out loud. They’re with us daily. You said the right thing, about the AfricaCommand, and the whole and that’s why I asked, with that kind of knowledge and information at ur disposal, did you by anychance criticise the past administration for not doing enough by allowing the “agents of destabilisation” to occupy our land in the name of fighting BH? I guess u’re aware of the politics that then later led of the widely publicised and choreographed attack on that govt afterwards and how all these led us to the black market in SA alongside diplomatic ties with the East- Russia, for ammunitions? U shud also know that u don’t buy drugs for stomach ache when what u battle all they ur life is a chronic headache. But when stomach ache joins u definitely go scrambling for that, probably limiting ur spending on headache to treat that also. If you get what I’m driving at, it’s not a puzzle just a commonsense

          • Watch man

            Of course, I have never reneged from making it clear in different fora that our travail as a nation is not only panoramic but nebulous; I always called the previous govt to attention as per the US evil through my writings. I have always said it that GEJ was never a politician. Certain interests exploited his simplistic but transient propensity in drafting him into the arena of Nigeria’s murky ‘poli-tricks’. When he became president, the same ‘primordial evil elders at the gate’ surrounded him (GEJ) with hawks who would not allow him to be himself. Unfortunately he carried on with them until he could not bear it any more. It was at this point of trying to be himself that the so-called Western hegemonic neocons deserted him and started plotting his downfall. In doing so, they made effective use of GEJ’s internal enemies. They even denied him of weapons, maligned him in the media and so many other things that time and space would not permit me to write here. Is it not true that the so-called world president donated his social media campaign propagandist to PMB to assist in firing tirades at GEJ? So I pity GEJ; he was a pawn that was used but when he wanted to be a bishop (no, a king), the powers that be came down heavily on him. That is why we must not be quick to accept things from US as represented by Rodriguez

          • Damilola

            On point!!! But on what evidence should we discard the General’s observation? And what basis should we admit that of our own very General?

          • Watch man

            Ok, good question! I do not know if you live in Nigeria. My point is based on what is physical reality in Nigeria. BH has not been eradicated but it has been substantially dealt with. Their guerilla style attacks is a method that forces that have not much hold over a locality usually adopt. Are they still killing? Yes! Is it as much as they used to do in the past? No! That is why I said Cooke’s observation is closer to reality than that of Rodriguez. Hope you understand? Rgds!

      • Julius

        Yes, I suspect your name is not Damilola !!

      • Watch man

        I hope you are aware that Hillary Clinton is under investigation for all the lies she has told including the Libya issue leading to the death of Gaddafi? Do not always believe US; cross-check whatever you hear or read

        • Damilola

          Loooolz… I’m aware of ur type. Hillary Clinton is under investigation on are role in the Benghazi attack that involved the US embassy there. Her use of private email is also a consideration under the situation u’re referring to. Should I bother u to know it’s all political against are oval house ambition? I don’t think so. You weigh the lies of a mendacious spirit by the obvious not just assumption or hallucinations. BH still holding territories and still on guerilla rampage as usual is not a daunting message for any sane mind in Nigeria and outside kin on this developments. I’m sorry for coming hard on you in the first place.

          • Watch man

            Apology accepted! So let us move on with the issues. Yes, there is a bit of politics in what’s going on about the Hillary case. But the issue remains: what she was alleged to have done was she complicit of it? That is by the way.
            Like I wrote before, Nigeria’s problems right from its foundation can be laid at the feet of the leaders she has had. BH was a product of this well orchestrated foundational dilemma; the fact that certain leaders financed the brutal mayhem called BH in order to win election at all cost is no longer a secret. One of those mindless homo sapiens is now a party chairman and the other a senator. They know how to end BH more than Rodriguez and his cohorts. My observation still remains that Cooke captured the current status better than Rodriguez; however, let us not be quick to accept anything from US.

          • Damilola

            Nobody is accepting anyti from the US, but from the obvious. Two, the ones that knows how to deal with the issue at best are the ones benefiting from the menace. They share the same tool with the dogs in winning and getting their targets possible. The displaced society and her sociology remains the peak of the factors aiding BH, same goes with the northern hegemony in gaining political power that they believed has been bestowed on them by “Allah”. When schools were built for their Almijiri kids to educate and cater for those displaced children away from BH Easy recruitment, I’m sure ure aware of their response. They called it the sch of an infidel. The universities built to further aid this kids u shud know what is becoming of them now in terms of the people in those universities. How best do we solve this headache. Worse still we have one of them who claimed an attack on BH is an attack on the North and their people at the elm of affairs now. The same man for no purpose supported any effort to get off these dogs from our soil. Which way Nigeria? God help us my brother. Until we fix our problem ourselves as u said, no US can

          • Watch man

            You are right on point. I think we now have a common ground. The solution is here with us and not with US. Thanks dear!

    • Guest

      The same US that helped Buhari get elected??
      C’mon, Buhari will disappoint you, big time.
      This is just the beginning.

  • another Fulani mumu

    Sen Shehu Sani Frowns At Buhari’s Use Of DSS To Intimidate Opposition

    The senator representing Kaduna Central District on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Shehu Sani, on Wednesday, faulted President Muhammadu Buhari over his frequent use of security agencies to frighten members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    You will recall that few days ago, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), raided the Ekiti House of Assembly and arrested four of its members. No more Fulani President for Nigeria—if we are to remain one–enough is enough of these visionless Fulani thieves and despots-

  • Damilola

    General Rodríguez, it is pertinent to let you know that you’re not telling us a new thing, although it might be astonishing to the House u addressed. We in Nigeria as our dear General had postulated, are criminals. The govt headed by the same General is criminal and in addition incompetent. So when they tell us lies we take it as “usual” even when they say it “big enough” and “consistently” thru their media, we still fathom them by the obvious. They’re jokers, and they have Nigeria’s first trained “liar” at the elm of Information. So when they tell us good morning, we look outside the window to confirm if it’s really morning or late in the evening.

    • Julius

      Damilola, you should also know that those General do contradicts President Obama when they go up to the Capital Hill to testify about one thing or the other, Case in point the fight against ISIS. Its a point of contentions between the civilians at the State department and the Pentagon. The General always want more funding and more hardware for their men and women. Its nothing new sir.

      • Damilola

        And the media reports and scenarios at play also want more funding and more hardware for their men and women shey?

        • Julius

          Question, I want you to take your time, think before you answer me, if you know the answer. Are you ready ? Okay, which do you think sells more papers or higher ratings, good news or bad news ? You brought up the media, right ? Oya, I dey wait anser !

          • Damilola

            Julius, u make me feel u’re just an idle kid now. What a question. When bad news sells, I guess the reporters create the atmosphere for the reports themselves or just based on their fantasy. Get a life bro. My battery is down and I can’t even get fuel, and no light. U can continue I will reply u when I can get this mobile charged.

          • Julius

            Yep, just what I thought. Thats your answer. SMDH !

          • Otile

            The creep is a mumu, don’t waste your precious time on him.

          • Otile

            What kind of dumb question is this? Do you expect an answer from Damilola?

            Boring.

          • Julius

            No, but, from your under the bridge prostitute mother

          • Otile

            This is the best indication of a dummy. Each time you hit him hard he turns to talk of bridge, prostitute, and mother. Dummy, your mother, prostitute or bridge have nothing to do with the worthy General contradicting illiterate Buhari. Stop commenting, this place is not for you with your low intelligence.

          • Julius

            lol@this place is not for you with your low intelligence. But, its for a cock sucker maggot like you ? Lmaoooo !!. What place ,your place ?

          • Otile

            Dummy your low level vocab continues to increase, see the update: cannibal, cock sucker, cross dresser, fag, licking, loser, peek-a boo, boyfriend, homo, pedo, mofo, oloshi, orishiririsi_fuck, damn_fuck, faggot & maggot.

          • Guest

            Is that the only thing you can put across,insults??
            Not suprised though. Typical A-FEE-CEE style!

          • Julius

            I see you do not insult others. ‘A-FEE-CEE’. Thats funny, see you so and yes, for people like you. The only thing you understand. You insult people but, you do not like to be insulted. Look at him hiding.lolz

        • Otile

          Ignore the dummy, he is trying to make himself relevant without understanding any damn point.

      • Otile

        You think you are making sense. Mind you have said nothing. What is this vague pointless phrase “Case in point the fight against ISIS”. What about ISIS? Shut up and stop trying to make yourself relevant. You don’t have the knowledge and good English to express any meaningful point.

        Again, stick to your broken records: cannibal, cross dresser, fag, licking, loser, peek-a boo, boyfriend, homo, pedo, mofo, oloshi, orishiririsi_fuck, damn_fuck, and faggot.

      • Sonny Martin

        It’s all about funding to them

        • Julius

          Thank you. Its often said that Generals always fight the last war. Trying to correct what went wrong and how to be better in the next war.

  • Mr. Okehia

    @disqus_1RGk8JqIb7:disqus

    I don’ talk much. I am a quiet person. I just want to say I am ashamed that the lies told by the Buhari
    government – not just on BOKO HARAM – but on everything else, from the un-bundling of the NNPC
    to the issue of free meals to school children – is beginning to irritate the international community.
    Nigeria is now seen as a country of lies-telling crooks and dubious people. It’s a big shame!

    • Short n’ Sharp

      BUHARI IS RUNNING AN INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENT WITH FLAWED MINISTERS
      MORE RENOWNED FOR FRAUD AND LIES-TELLING THAN FOR GOOD THINKING.

  • FreeNigeria

    Oga American General, we Nigerians know our politicians are liars and don’t believe anything they say. is it not shameful that the country is worse than the way the British left it over 50 years ago

  • bigbang

    I can’t believe the US. They are pathological liars. I still remember the WMD scandal in Iraq. Even if Boko Haram still holds territory in Nigeria. Nigeria should still reject Africom in Africa. Don’t allow the US to send in any special forces troops to Nigeria.

    • Sonny Martin

      Thanks. That’s the game plan

  • Nwokolo

    This General wants to justify his position and funding. He ended up confusing and fooling himself. We believe our President. Virtually all the schools that have been closed since 2013 are now open. All major highways that were death zones are now fully operational. Most LGA Secretariats are back etc etc etc. As far as the promise of defeating Boko Haram is concerned, President Buhari has scored A+.

    • Sonny Martin

      Right on.

  • Papa Oghworiodo [Warri]

    MY CHILDREN,

    I beg, make una help me. My daughter in Lagos
    phone me this morning, around I think, around 11.30, after i finish my
    bath. She said she sent her son to petrol station near Maryland in that same
    Lagos, to buy 25 litres of petrol for generator, since there is no electricity at
    all again in Lagos. And that there is no water too, because Lagos state cannot
    pump water to people without electricity. That was on Wednesday she sent him.

    Till now her son has not come back. I said why.
    She told me that her son came back first on Thursday to come and pick mat
    to go back to the petrol station. On top of that she said her son also took
    something that looks like cutlass too. Since that time she has not seen her
    son. She went to the petrol station at 7 O’clock this morning.

    She said almost 500,000 people
    people were struggling at the station to buy petrol. She is a woman. She cannot
    fight 500,000 people. Please help me to send your reporter correspondent to
    Maryland petrol station. I hope you know Maryland? Please go there and ask
    for Albert. That is his name. He is not very short. He has big muscle in his chest.
    Please help me!

    • New Nigerian

      I did not remember you saying anything
      to or about the terrorists that bombed the supply lines to the three refineries
      that were fully operational, in December – essentially sabotaging the
      people leading to these fuel scarcity and that in response to the arrest warrant on Tompolo the coward,
      do you happen to know where he is?

  • Mizch

    What do the Sacred Scriptures say of those who trust in man? Something like “Woe unto them!”

  • Mizch

    Some one said somewhere:
    “Before they trusted laughing.
    Now they trust sighing.
    Later they will trust crying.”
    By end of the year, the “padded Budget 2016” will have brought handkerchiefs to wipe their tears.

  • New Nigerian

    Premium Times: Everyone on the internet quotes Premium Times as the source of this claim that boko haram still holds territory. PT, you cross the line when you become news generator as opposed to news reporting. It is called propaganda. Can you provide the session, time, place and transcript – even if it is available on the web – of this claim of the US General’s claim?

  • dave jacob

    The American General could have identified the area being held by BH. All I know is that suicide bombing has reduced drastically, meaning the NA is really on top of the insurgency. If the contrary is the case, it is not difficult to know. But then, we will look out for the real truth; politicking has to be taken off the agenda, especially where lives are lost.

  • Sonny Martin

    You have just been exposed to the double speak of the Pentagon. Ask the general if he has been to the north east before and after Jonathan. Never give a black country credit for any thing mentality still prevails in western countries.