US donates 24 used mine-resistant vehicles to Nigeria

One of the armoured cars handed over to the Nigerian Army
One of the armoured cars handed over to the Nigerian Army

The United States government Thursday‎ officially handed over 24 mine-resistant armour-protected vehicles to the Nigerian army.

At a brief ceremony in Lagos, the US government said the donation was part of its commitment to assist Nigeria in its war against insurgency.

‎”For many years the Nigerian armed forces has been a strong partner of the United States,” said Patrick Doyle, a Colonel and the US Defence Attaché to Nigeria.

“We have asked for your support in many endeavours, in particular throughout West Africa and you have responded.

“I believe United States government security cooperation commitment is second to none‎. We have provided extensive training programmes, logistical supports, and equipment to the Nigerian armed forces and we will continue to do so.”

The armoured vehicles, which arrived the country on New Year day, were part of the US government’s Excess Defence Articles Programme, a programme designed to transfer excess US military equipment to partner nations.‎

Eight more of the vehicles are expected to arrive the country soon.

Mr. Doyle said half of the 24 vehicles are in good working condition but will need “minor work.”

“‎When the Nigerian army inspected the vehicles a few months back, they selected the best vehicles that they could find,” he said.

‎”The reason we are giving the vehicles, we have the Excess Defence Programme, is because we are downsizing forces in our military, we have left Iraq with our forces and we ‎have downsized our forces in Afghanistan and we do not need all these vehicles anymore. So Nigeria asked for these vehicles and we gladly provided it to them.‎”

There are many land mines buried by the Boko Haram terrorists across the north-east.

Last August, two soldiers were killed in Dikwa, Borno State, after a land mine they stepped on exploded. Two other soldiers sustained serious injuries while an armoured personnel carrier was destroyed in the blast.

‎Barry Ndiomu, representing Nigeria’s Defence Minister, said the vehicles are what is needed to prosecute the war in the north-east.

“We express our most profound gratitude for the gift of Mine Resistant Ambush-protected vehicle to the Nigerian Army. It couldn’t have come at a better time especially considering the challenges that confront our armed forces in the north east,” said Mr. Ndiomu, a Major-General.

“We appreciate what you have done, although like Oliver Twist, we would appreciate if you can do even more.”

Mr. Ndiomu noted that some of the armoured vehicles are not ‎serviceable and requested for help from the US to procure their spare parts.

“The defence adviser has actually told me about certain steps we need to take. As soon as I return to Abuja‎, I’ll pass this information on to the appropriate authorities so we can initiate the process.”

The 24 armoured vehicles are worth $11 million (brand new ones), according to Mr. Doyle, and the other expected eight are valued at $7.5 million.

‎”The repairs of the vehicles is up to the Nigerian government to do that,” he said.

“They can repair them on their own and they have the facilities to do that, but of course the spare parts are very particular to these vehicles so the Gene‎ral and I have been discussing and we have been in discussions with the army previously and we were working modalities on how we will get those parts to them.

“They will have to order those parts from the United States and we will work out those conditions and how they will do that but when you say they will pay the United States, the easiest way to do that is to open a government-to-government case, where we can then work with them to ensure they get the correct parts and get them in a time and manner and from the correct manufacturers and the parts they actually need.”

Mr. Ndiomu also said the vehicles would be moved “as soon as possible” to the Nigerian Army Electrical Maintenance Engineers workshop in Bauchi.

‎”They will make the necessary assessments and I believe that ongoing discussions with our American partners, the spare parts will be made available and they will be repaired.”

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  • Emmy

    Fault assessment and repair ought to have been done, and put in good working conditions before shipping in this cobwebs ladened machines since the spare parts and expertise to repair are right where they were brought in from. Considering Naijas factor, those vehicles may never be put to use now that they arrived broken.

    • Rommel

      I disagree with you,the basic problem of our engineering corps has been the inability to develop capacity to carry out repairs of equipment so in this case,it is necessary that they learn it from the start so that we will not depend on them for subsequent repair works

      • UseYourBrains

        Dont be pedestrian in your thoughts. Why ‘carry out repairs’? Why “…o that we will not depend on them for subsequent repair works”? That you have resigned your fate to “repairs” of US made military equipment is admission of complex. Inferiority comple. Deciding that you are incapable of making your own armoured vehicles from scratch. This is a form of mental illness my friend.

        • Rommel

          Your point is what? what have you contributed to Nigeria?

          • UseYourBrains

            I am Ijaw and I invented the Electric refinery – an environmentally friendly alternative to the present system used by the major oil companies in Nigeria. But US & UK don’t want to admit that this methods is better. They convince corrupt people in govt not to recognise my work and use it. They won’t even test it. But we know it works because we have TESTED it. Maybe you have even bought the petrol refined with the method without knowing. I live you with this: “Think of what Nigerians can do for Nigeria and not what other countries can do for Nigeria”

          • Rommel

            HahahahahaLol I now understand,you are one of those militant creek rats that were sent to go and learn by the Yar’adua amnesty program when Sylva was governor? no wonder

        • Paul Young

          Dont be ridiculous. How much is Nigeria’s budget and How much is america’s DEFENCE budget? The USA has spent more than a trillion dollars prosecuting wars in iraq and afghanistan alone. There is nothing like inferiority complex there. they are far more advanced than us and with the little money we have been budgeting for defence ending up in the pockets of dasuki and co how do you want us to progress? use your head as your name says

      • Emmy

        Time is of essence here and developing technical capabilities worthy of bringing about efficiency and development takes time. I agree with the fact this will present the opportunity for the engineering corps to learn on the job, but at least some should have been repaired before shipping them in to facilitate immediate deployment to the theater before it start raining again. Another raining season is around the corner. Remember the claim that this dry season is the best time to enter Sambisa ?

        • Rommel

          But they said half of the vehicles are in good working condition and would only require minor repair works

    • Abiboss

      I think they want to limit corruption. I remember when the US gave Nigeria war ship Jonathan government spent over $100M just for painting and to conform it to their liking. Those naval boys (over 100) spent over a year in Cali.

  • Rommel

    The only grouse I have is that it is coming when the war has almost been won but like they say,better late than never, it is likely now that these vehicles will be used in the Niger delta should those miscreants ever decide to return to the economic sabotage.

    • trutometer

      Right on point. But don’t forget that during dumbo’s administration, they engaged in a war of words with the US government and not on good terms, Dr dumbo even went ahead in cancelling the military support and training with the US govt. Also, money that was meant for all this, they heartlessly turned it into their pocket money as seen in Dasuki’s case.

      • bigbang

        The best decision GEJ made as president.

    • GodsaveHispeople

      You are evil. Since the south African mercenaries left, no soldier ever entered sambisa forest. Look, Nigerian soldiers have just been parabolating between Konduga, bama, gwoza, madagali, gulak, sakira uba, Biu, etc and never attempted to enter sambisa forest. The truth is that Boko haram’s weapon entry points have been blocked because of the agreement between Nigeria and the border nations like chad, niger and cameroun. That has made boko haram frustrated because they do not have enough ammunitions like they use to have and that is why when they attack a community, they prefer killing with knife instead of using guns. So, for you to say that the war has almost being won is nothing but a statement from e rat that sat on key board to write trash. Stop writing on something you know nothing or little about. Izghe are my tribes men and many were killed recently!!!. Its provocative when some people write trashes on website, just because they are not affected.

      • bigbang

        Can you please provide proof?

    • Julius

      It is Jonathan and Dasuki fault. The CIA knew what they were doing so, they said fck it, we aint selling or giving them shit. Thats the America way bro and they were right.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The challenge with Africans is that we seem to have been eternally brainwashed much so that the beggarly mindset in almost every one of us and especially our leaders is, is to say the least repulsive. Why should the US send armoured cars to Nigeria? Shouldn’t the technology to build an armoured car be a better donation? How long will Nigeria remain dependent on the ‘goodwill’ of the United States? What is actually in the manufacture of an armoured vehicle that cannot be learned? But rather than teach us how to make the hardware & other military armament, the US goes on a donation spree intended to keep African nations subjugate in perpetuity. Yesterday it was War ships donated to Nigeria. Today it is armoured vehicles. How will Nigeria break into the G7 – Group of Industrialized nations? Unfortunately, many Nigerians, including the military officers and even Mr Buhari, rather than see this as a slight on our prestige as a nation of brilliant minds, are likely to leap in the air in an orgy misplaced ecstasy. What the US is saying to 185m Nigerians is simple: ‘Dumb heads, have this donation’. What a shame.

    • Chuks

      How can Nigeria achieve all these when you are online 24/7 supporting incompetence, mediocrity, and corruption? You can’t eat your cake and have it.

      • Omoekoogidi

        Lmao, perfect answer . Thanks

        • Omoekoogidi

          replying yourself with another name?

          • Omoekoogidi

            Dumb @ss, I guess that’s what you do online . I have better things to do than that. Get a real life bro.

      • Chuckshit

        It is difficult to erode the belief system of the brainwashed. At least we know this from the suicide bombers of Boko haram Islamist militants. Rather than dwell on the thought provoking comments of Dr Kolawole you have chosen to be evasive.

        • Omoekoogidi

          Fake online Dr like Dr dumbo? Kontunu

      • Julius

        Yea, same way you supported and ready to die for Jonathan.

      • Brute

        how did you know she spends time 24/7 online? By visiting this site once a week?

      • Burbank

        Gbam…good retorts

    • Olu25

      End of discussion!

    • Guess what? Many Nigeria-Americans are behind the design and building of these defense weapons here in the US. By the way, how much was in 2016 budget for military R&D at DICON.?

      • Julius

        You are correct. There is one Nigeria-American General in the defense Dpt.

        • Juliana

          and that makes you feel proud? You must be one of those who give thanksgiving in church after getting an American Visa. Shame on you. What they told your great great grand father in 1798 is still in your genes. Tell me, do your mama and sisters leave their NATURAL hair for all to see? No! Why? Because the Oyibos told their ancestors that African hair is not good enough, so they MUST fry it to look like blond from Europe. Slavery? Yes. Break the chains bro.

          • Julius

            You are a moron. Your moniker sounds like a woman, so I’ll respect you like my mother taught

            me to do. I will give you a visa, I dont need a visa. Ya dumb ass. Get off my nuts.

    • Paul Young

      Good point but we need to take care of Boko Haram TODAY not TOMORROW. There is no time to start to learn how to make these vehicles in Nigeria when Boko haram is killing people daily. Your criticism is out of place. there is nothin wrong at all in receiving a gift from a big brother. whether you like it or not america is first world and we are third. and by the way i think DICON or DISCON not sure the name is already producing mine resistant vehicles locally , but of course not as reliable as these ones

    • Julius

      If you think they will donate the technology for making those weapons to any country, you are delusional. Saudis are ther biggest arms purchaser of the U S and they wont transfer or teach them the technology. Keep dreaming sir.

      • emmanuel

        How did China do it? Do you concede defeat that you will never be able to invent or manufacture by urself? A useless attempt to manufacture is better than no attempt. Believe in yourself Bro. I think this is Dr Pats message.

        • joe

          With you guys openly defending criminal politicians how eiĺ ee ever get anywhere?

        • Burbank

          When China built their atomic weapons. did the US shared nuclear technology with Beijing?

    • Patriotic Biafran Nigerian

      Good one Dr, thumbs up. Don’t mind all the brainwashed western apologists who have eyes but see not, have heads & brains but can’t reason. I would like those who criticise Dr Kolawole to answer the following questions;
      1. Who was donating to China?
      2. Who was donating to Russia?
      3. Who was donating to France?
      4. Who was donating to UK?
      5. Who was even donating to America?

      Who donated to these countries before they all started manufacturing their own armored tanks? And they are the G7 elite club members which they never want to grow. They never want any new member to develop industrially and join them. If you dare they shout human rights records here and there and follow up with sanctions. Shine your eyes Nigerians. You can manufacture your own armored hardware. YES WE CAN!

      • Oh!

        These countries invested heavily in science and technology.
        Nigeria is not even secure with regards to kidnappers and smugglers yet…….funds to acquire weapons to wage a war killing her citizens are diverted and shared among a few individuals.

        Our politicians get into office to share the loot and build university in every village but can’t retain any lecturer…….so there is no money to invest in technology and education.
        We are still busy investing in what Jonathan called stomach infrastructure.

        .

        • ANGRY NAIJA GUY

          Investing in technology would help Nigeria be secure. If Nigeria produced their own weapon they could export to police departments in other african countries, the hold of west african countries will come to us for weapons. South Africa, India and Pakistan all produce their own weapons.

      • No Bull …..

        How can you manufacture your own armored hardwares when you can not even run a commercial farm? You can’t skip the basic and know how to do the complex

    • Oh!

      What technology to build armored car are you talking about? You just wanted to talk for the sake of talking.

    • ANGRY NAIJA GUY

      I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU…

    • Burbank

      Singapore accepts donated US military hardware.

      • BankyMons

        Shameless troll!!!!

    • Umolu

      Shame indeed. At the height of Boko Haram insurgency, it was the whole world turned against Nigeria. Israel was ready to help Nigeria but America said’ NO’.Pakistan was going to fly some weapons through Saudi Arabia airspace, Saudi said ‘NO’.South Africa wouldn’t sell either, South Africa that we helped during their struggle! ! !If Nigeria does not learn from the Boko Haram insurgency, then she can never stay afloat as a country .

    • Du Covenant

      While I am with you for most of what you have said, we don’t even have to wait for them to teach us. If we are serious people we can still learn from the samples we now have at our dsiposal. Nigeria is littered with Universities and Professors who know nothing but prey on their students. It is only in Nigeria where University Professors do no research of their own, who do not publish anything but still become Professors. Most of what happens in the US and serious countries come from University Labs, when you come up with a promising idea you get the funding required to do the work in your lab. I really don’t know how Nigerian students obtain their PhDs in Nigerian Universities with such retarded Professors?. Do you ever see such a thing happening in Nigeria with the current crops of University Professors?. Additionally, these vehicles would have been stripped off of any good technology in them, we are intellectually very lazy, the Asians did not wait to be taught and they got there. Our fellow brothers who delude themselves as being marvelous and industrious are only good at sabotagging the country or filled with hatred for the rest of us so we remain where we are. The same US donated a Navy ship to Nigeria, is it still floating?, oil bunkering continued. NigComsat 1R has been orbiting the earth for how many years now, what have we achieved with it. The Chinese help fund, built and took it to orbit for us, we are still fighting each other. We were told of fantastic benefits for Nigeria from that satellite, the military, police, farmers, telephony, telemedicine, television, banking etc,etc….have we been earger to feel the benefits of NigComsat 1R?….our politicians will rather divert public funds and sleep on it in their bedrooms than use it to better the country, these are the type of people we are unfortunately…

    • Burbank

      “Dumb heads, have this donation.”
      That’s what people told you at the motor park.

      The US had donated military hardware to Philippines, Niger, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Iraq, Singapore, Indonesia and many others.

      • BankyMons

        S-h-u-t up NOW!!!!

    • BankyMons

      Exactly my sentiments! These Nigerians do not know what geopolitics that is being played out in 21st century – be it BH or whatever is part of the wider game.

  • PeterPaul1

    Okay now. Oya, forward march to Sambisa forest. Destroy all those criminals and murderers called boko haram. Take no prisoners.

  • emailofemi

    Un serviceable mine-resistant vehicles to the oil rich Giant of Africa;with the largest economy?

    • Julius

      If Jonathan and Dasuki hasnt shared the funds for the purchase of those weapons, we wouldnt be doing this. Right ?

      • emailofemi

        Nigeria and Nigerians must get it right under this new government, if we don’t ;it’s high time we sold the country to a willing buyer.

        • Julius

          I agree but, in the mean time, we have a war to fight against BK and we need all the help that we can get. Thanks jare.

        • Oh!

          you are in our cross-hairs now!

        • Burbank

          “It’s high time we sold the country to a willing buyer.”

          Unlike you, Nigeria not for sale.

      • q

        beagle blog… find it, you’ll know the truth about the weapons in Nigeria’s arsenal.

        • longben

          Beegeagle blog is not for empty-headed buffoons!!! Let him stay here and run his fingers abeg

          • q

            lol

          • Julius

            Yea, Im sure you are writing the blog. Abi. Full-headed buffoons like you !!. Morons like you thinks other folks are as dumb as you are. I bet you think because its a blog everything in there must be true.

        • Julius

          Nonsense. I bet you the blog will appear in Dasuki sharing notes.

          • Burbank

            LOLz

      • Burbank

        Right.

      • bigbang

        We don’t need this MRAP equipment. What we need is Intelligence gathering equipment like drones We also need more air support equipment like Helicopters. Nigeria can buy MRAP equipment. Brand new equipment from South Africa or China is cheap.

        • Julius

          Yea, you are right > Like Dasuki and Jonathan was buying weapons in the black market like criminals. The weapons were used and they inflated the prices. Dasuki and Jonathan never buy a brand new anything. Ask the soldiers fighting the BK. They have been saying that for more than 2 years. Now, we know why . Comot for road !

          • bigbang

            I don’t disagree. Hopefully with the new regime and the increased capital expenditure for the army. We can improve the army. Last year the capital expenditure for the military was about 36 billion Naira. In 2016 it will be about 134 billion Naira. We shouldn’t accept 2nd hand scrap. We should buy modern weapons.

          • Julius

            I have no doubt with Buhari as the President. We will do that. Respect !

    • bigbang

      It was what it is. There is no need to be upset. The American government can’t change its stripes. They have had a negative attitude towards Africa for decades now. What we should do is improve DICON(defense industry corporation of NIgeria). Develop our own weapons locally. Don’t depend on the US for anything.

    • Giganto

      Don’t worry! Now that we have got them we can use one of the vehicles for reverse engineering class using our local technical know-how and the rest for urgent clean up in the boko haram infested North East

    • Oh!

      of course you must ad your own descriptions to the vehicles.
      where did you hear that they were un serviceable?

      • kao

        well, it is not serviceable in Nigeria.

  • international games

    NIGERIA!! COMMON STEEL COVER FOR VEHICLE THAT INNOSON CAN MAKE FOR YOU. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO KEEP TAKING SECOND HAND? WE THANK AMERICA FOR THEIR HELP, BUT AFTER TODAY CAN NIGERIA SEND ONE OF THEM TO INNOSON TO MAKE FOR US?

    • Godhavemercyonnigeriam

      An innoson can perfectly do it even better, but this government will think as empowering Igbo, which is a taboo to them.

    • Burbank

      Did Innoson produces any mine-resistant vehicles used by any army for battle in Iraq?

  • bigbang

    If I were in government. I would reject the donation. The Federal ministry of Science and Technology and the NSA should work together to improve DICON(defense industry corporation of Nigeria). We should focus on getting modern technology from countries that want to sell them to Nigeria. We should also produce arms locally. It is a waste of money to try to fix 2nd hand American vehicles.

    • Conscience

      Thank you my brother. Dont mind these colonized brains. When New York police shoot them dead they will begin to shout racism. Mumus!

    • Oh!

      Maybe thats why you are not in government!

      • bigbang

        Nigeria is on a limited defense budget, we don’t have the money to waste on maintenance costs on this new vehicles. We should choose one dedicated MRAP like the big foot and stick with it. Standardization will reduce maintain cost. Makes no sense to have MRAP made from several countries in service. Well that is just my opinion.

        • k

          you are very right the Bigfoot also has a major advantage over this, a gun is mounted on top it already.

        • Burbank

          “We should choose one dedicated MRAP like the big foot and stick with it.”

          And we reject these donated vehicles whie spending our limited budget on new ones!

          • bigbang

            Yes, buy modern, don’t accept 2nd hand scrap. Newer vehicles are easier to maintain, maintenance cost will be reduced.

          • Burbank

            Buy with what?
            Nigeria must carefully allocates her limited resources to many urgent needs – any help from any quarters is most welcome.

            Cameroon, Philippines, Singapore, Niger, Ethiopia, Iraq, Romania and many countries eagerly accepted US military hardware.

      • Burbank

        LOLz…gbam
        He’s in the creek, on Tompolo naval gunboats, that Jonathan paid $100mn annually for “naval protection services.”

    • Rommel

      Your ideas are good because if your DICON was functioning in the first place and capable of producing the required hardware,there would have been no need for the US to have donated the vehicles

    • Okonkwo

      Thank you My brother.why cant they sell or give us modern eqipment?they were looking for a dumping Ground and decided to give it to us.

      • Burbank

        And even Singapore, with an annual defence budget of $11bn (N2Tr), gladly becomes a dumping ground for donated USED American-made military hardware.

    • peaceometer

      Let’s solve the problems of terrorist first then improve

      • bigbang

        We have mine resistant vehicle. What we need are

        1. More Armored personnel carriers.
        2. More helicopters
        3. More surveillance drones.
        4. More anti IED detention and prevention equipment.

        • Burbank

          And where’s the money coming from, to BUY these?
          IMF?

          • bigbang

            From the Defense and NSA budget.

          • Burbank

            Which can be used to buy more weapons and equipment, in addition to the donated equipment.

          • bigbang

            Yes and we are doing that. We bought about 120 MRAP big foot from China. We also bought Reva MRAP from South Africa. They have been used in battle.

          • Burbank

            And the donated vehicles will be used in battle too instead of rejecting them.

          • Burbank

            “If I were in government. I would reject the donation” ?

      • adonu chukwudi

        i agree wit u well come rain come sun the present govt is beter than the last

  • Frank Bassey

    Act 1 Scene 1
    Jonathan wanted to buy COBRA choppers, but US said no way, we will not sell because you killed 200 terrorists & civilians in Baga.
    .
    Act 2, Scene 1
    After Buhari kills 300 civilians at a midnight attack, US sends FREE armored tanks (Not Choppers military asked for)

    ———
    Don’t we have brains to reason anymore? Nigerians? Have we lost our minds?

    • Rommel

      At what cost did Jonathan want to buy the so called cobra helicopters? is it the one he was spending more than 400% of the cost on consultancy alone? how would anyone that has conscience have allowed such scam? where is the money that Jonathan made from crude oil sales under his administration?

  • Akiika

    Now i am convinced that Nigeria’s problem goes beyond corruption, there is also the problem of bankrupt intelligence.
    The evidence is not far fetched, just read through the previous comments.

  • kao

    Jonathan already bought the Bigfoot MRAP from the Chinese and that has a machine gun on top the fight. Hypocrites USA seeing that Nigeria is quickly replacing them with china they are rushing to make amends.

    • Umolu

      THIS GIFT IS A SLAP IN THE FACE. TRUE, THE US DOES NOT OWE US A DUTY OF CARE BUT TO INSULT NIGERIA IN THIS MANNER IS INHUMANE. WHETHER THEY LIKED JONATHAN’S ADMINISTRATION OR NOT IS OUT OF THE QUESTION. NIGERIANS WERE DIEING ON DAILY BASIS AND THE USA NEVER GAVE A DAMN .WHAT A PITY WHAT A SHAME. !

      • Burbank

        “NIGERIANS WERE DIEING ON DAILY BASIS AND THE USA NEVER GAVE A DAMN .”

        Even Jonathan don’t give a damn.

      • NoSpinEd

        How is a generous free gift to our armed forces from the US a “slap in the face”? The US tax payers paid billions of dollars to manufacture and deploy these (much needed) high tech mine-resistant vehicles which are now being offered to us for free. Would you rather we paid $2.1B for them? You are right:THE US DOES NOT OWE US A DUTY OF CARE.

      • favourtalk

        Do you just write or you wanna talk, silly talk

    • Burbank

      “Bigfoot MRAP from the Chinese”
      And Dasuki paid $2.1bn for those.

    • favourtalk

      Are you alright then all? He didn’t buy but stole the money

  • Abiboss

    If Dasuki had opportunity to be part of this then, he would have taken one or two of the vehicles for his personal use.

    • FreeNigeria

      Then, tell use he bought them for $5b

  • Rommel

    President Jonathan and Dasuki would have told us that they bought the vehicles for $500 million

    • o

      well, the US refused to sell, when we needed it, lots of Nigerians already died, while they were playing shagara… USA are the Biggest nonsense country…. BTW some of the military machine Jonathan ordered for the Air Force is also arriving this month.

      • Burbank

        “some of the military machine Jonathan ordered for the Air Force is also arriving this month.”

        They already did – see the “mine-resistant vehicles” above, which Dasuki paid for $2.1bn, to himself.

      • Drayneogas

        bros, those aircrafts at flying coffins…. we are still flying Alpha Jets and still buying more at a cost that will get us 4th generation aircraft. I am patriotic… I am a Nigerian…. Blue Blooded at that…..

    • sam

      I bet you believe anything like a dunce, you don’t know during Jonathan tenure Nigeria Army produced Armoured personnel carriers called “Igirigi APC” for the Nigerian military.

      The should be a limit to propaganda, something are more important that party politics.

      http://www.nairaland .com/2173358/igirigi-made-in-nigeria-armoured-personnel-carriers

      • Rommel

        Well we are talking about equipment that could resist land mines,not some kpanglo tinker materials that even a dane gun would demobilize,you should not have replied me,you are very far from reality,same Jonathan launched what he called drones by the Nigerian air force,what has been the use of those things? does your brain at least function holistically?

        • Burbank

          “some kpanglo tinker materials that even a dane gun would demobilize,”

          LOLz….good one!

        • Drayneogas

          Igirigi is a solid APC. the only problem is that the country is not patronizing PROFORCE. if we equip PROFORCE they can also produce to export. We have Ajaokuta and Osogbo where we can source for iron ore materials. Lets be patriotic… God bless Nigeria….

    • Burbank

      Each!

    • Höly Wähala

      The US also donated ships to our navy during Dumbo’s administration… stop being sarcastic with your lies!

      • favourtalk

        Do you know the amount a of millions they used to celebrate it? Maybe you weren’t in Lagos then

    • BankyMons

      Enough of this Jonathan this Jonathan that, you need to move on from that already. We have crisis on our hands – GEJ has been gone for nearly one year and you are here reminding us of what he did or didn’t do.

  • Bigtin

    This is the height of madness/fraud. …..collecting scraps as gift? American wonder!

    • bigbang

      I know right, the least they can do is make sure they are fixed. This is like some one gifting someone a broken TV.

    • favourtalk

      Maybe you should tell your government to reject it, someone dash you something free and you are here complaining. Shioor

      • Bigtin

        Oh mine …dash you unserviceable trucks and you’re singing hallelujah. Haba, where’s our Pride ….why not sell us new trucks or donate serviceable trucks instead of this charade?Nonsense!

    • BankyMons

      Absolutely. Fitted with intelligence gathering gadgets for the US security services, Nigerians are demented sorry! Wake up sheep, this is 21st century and the geopolitical fights have gone nuclear! Wake up Nigerians!!!!!

      • Domingos

        Leave that one alone. He has already been mentally colonized for life. He is one of those who believes that an uneducated and in-eloquent character like Buhari is not fit to be a district officer in the United States but very fit to be a president in Nigeria because the US say so. He is irredeemable.

  • Say the truth

    Should we say thank you to America for these gifts? If you are giving something as gift, why not in good condition? Do you have to rob it in that we are beggars? These cars were transported to Nigeria without waiting to fix the faulty parts. Why presenting somethings as gift, and asking the receiver to come and buy spare parts to fix the ‘gift’ from the ‘donor’? What is the wisdom in bringing them in, in bad shape, in the first instance? How prudent is the decision to move them out without first fixing them in America?

    • Gugurus Ekpa

      They gave you yam and knife and now you are asking them to cut the yam for you? Are you serious?

      • Say the truth

        Read the write up again, if it make a lot of sense, to first transport those vehicles from the US to Nigeria unfixed then goodluck to you. Why bringing them faulty, if we can get the right parts in US to make them fully functional? This questions will only make sense to those who can reason.

        • Trust only God

          Read the story again.. Those vehicles were in Afghanistan and Iraq not usa. You want usa to transport them first to american fix them before giving them out.. you be real thief

        • Gugurus Ekpa

          You have capacity for reasoning and yet were unable to figure out that showing appreciation for the little given to you is a sensible way to think?

  • International games

    There is somebody going by the name Burbank on this PM Times that seems to have no other job than to respond to EVERY post that does not praise this government. Haba it is too much now. Can’t you at least use fake names so that we don’t know your are from Aso Rock not Burbank,California? A real resident of Burbank will not be idle like this guy.

    • Julius

      If you notice that about him, it means you are also in here all the time and idle . I know thats too hard for you to understand. Nonsense!

      • eclub

        O ti wa ni sise ko si ori

    • ita ekpo

      I will respond continuously until this so call APC party change to the better of caring. My name is my passport that is why I can not change because I stand for truth. When I were in Nigeria I behalve like Nigerian believed. Since I left Nigeria and see politic how is been played in civilised world. That make me to know what we were doing is not right. Imagined you through one way to president. They call it insult. That is nonsense and everybody have right to say bad about president in good time too. When you are fully have faith in one man who is above all truth is always your portion.

  • favourtalk

    I believe we are now on the right spot for fighting to the end the dreaded sect the caused nightmare to GEJ after looting the money meant to fight the sect. God bless PMB government In taking actions to solve the problem of the insurgency in the northeast

    • BankyMons

      What nonsense are you talking about?

  • Drayneogas

    I find this very interesting but our so called senators are rattling around trying to buy
    themselves suvs while our gallant troops are dying due to unprotected vehicles that conveys them to the war
    front. Shameless set of people. Instead of patronizing companies like Innoson motors, they prefer to take that huge amount off our economy. Thanks to the US all the same sharing the glory of BH defeat even after the war is almost at its end.

  • BankyMons

    Used vehicles? Nigeria is a huge joke! Sure those vehicles are fitted with intelligence gathering gadgets that will be relaying real time information back to the US security apparatchik, shame on you Nigeria!!!!!!!!!!!! Africans save yourselves nobody is going to do it for you!!!!

    • ita ekpo

      Brother you are right and how do you quickly get into that sense. APC party mostly with tinubo are those this vehicle came through. As all their mind is for outside. I hope this armoured are built in Abeokuta. Instead of them to spend money they preferred vehicle the don’t know how radio is transmitted either in two or three ways. That one wave Nigeria second wave Britain and before we have our own. They already know about us. Whatever is Nigeria today APC should be blamed. What they tried during GEJ time without success gain ground through apc. What that baffle me is why are we smiling about free give. Which in turn will end up with return in future. We have money to even buy thousand of that if not oil for subsidy. Apc you should know where the man Nigeria trust as army is less in recognising the rule and law of the law. Nigeria which are moving on

      • BankyMons

        Well I live, work and dine with these ‘defenders’ of the Universe called the oyibos – they are the worst thing to happen to our planet! Our people are ignorant, shallow and have no regards for the future of Africa. It is very sad. For your information, there is no free gift as far as the white folks are concerned – you must pay one way or the other. This is why they fought tooth and nail to put an illiterate octogenarian to lead the most populous black nation in the world. The white folks know and understand their own strategies – we haven’t got a clue am afraid.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Ms Largade the IMF Chief did not go to fellow European countries or US to persuade or instruct them to stop receiving stolen funds from Nigerians. She did not go to the finance ministries of the United States of America, the UK and neighboring Switzerland to educate them on the negative ripple effects of accepting stolen funds from politicians from Nigeria or their associates. She has never done that and will never do it. Yet most of over 93% of stolen funds from Nigeria since 1985 – Date are invested in Europe, UK, America, except for IBB’s investments in Egypt. Instead, sensing that Nigerians will have less to steal and repatriate to Europe, she scurried to Nigeria to engage Mr Mohammadu Buhari and instruct him to increase VAT and other tax levies on Nigerians. Why? Because the West is must ensure a steady flow into Nigeria’s coffers to guarantee that our politicians have money to steal and send back to the West. Simple logic. But how many of us see it that way? Do you ever find a British PM or an American president build and donate a state of the art research institute and supply its experts to teach/transfer high tech related knowledge in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa? Never. If they dare, they risk jeopardizing the steady stream of Millions of Dollars and Pounds to their economies every year from Nigerian students. This is why the recent donation of 24 armored vehicles to the Nigerian army should be rejected. In the last couple of years the US govt also ‘donated’ war ships to Nigeria. When will they donate technology and scientific research institutes to Nigeria? Teach a man to fish and not lay down structures that would make him a perpetual dependent. Whether institutional or mental, no nation survives colonization a second time.

    • BankyMons

      Very well put DR Pat Kolawole Awosan! Our people are ignorant and so unteachable. It’s shame really.

  • Say the truth

    Dashing the needy a torn coat is disrespectful. Putting clothes in the right order before dashing them to people, shows how much you respect them inspite of their inability to acquire the same.

  • Anonymous

    This is a national disgrace. Do you need to have two heads to manufacture these hardware? Come on Nigerians, the US was colonized by Britain and if they (US) had the same lethargic thinking as most of you as seen in the comments here, then US would have remained a stooge and a beggarly country today – waiting for Britain to deliver armoured vehicles to it. Change your ways of thinking people. Think outside the box. Don’t accept the limitations placed into your brains by colonization.Reject it. Break off the chains. You and I can build armored cars. armoured vehicles and armoured anything. Even our local engineers in the villages know how to build armoured bullet resistant vests from ordinary chewable leaves. We can. Yes we can. Decolonize your thoughts. Decolonize your brains. Let the scales fall off.

    Happy new year to you all. And God bless all of you.

  • Omooba A

    The American always say that: there is no free lunch. My question to Buhari is; what is the pay-back for the Greek gifts? This is the same US government that denied GEJ needed equipment to fight BH? They are now donating these armored vehicles to fight which war? One statement that resonated during IMF representative visit was that Buhari should be weary of the Greek gifts. I look at the current gift from the USA as one of those and Buhari should be weary to accept them. How many Nigerians have died since GEJ was denied the equipment needed to fight BH? Does this mean that those lives do not matter to the US government? Nigerians life matter O. What humanitarian gestures are these vehicles serving now towards the end of the war? Regardless of the USA justifications and reasons for not selling arms to GEJ, they should have been better off to stay out of this war and let our army fight it without some needless gift of surplus or used armored vehicles that has been collecting dust somewhere for the past years. Aren’t these the same armored vehicles that are being blown to pieces in Iraq and Afghan? How viable are these vehicles now to the fight against BH? Buhari should be weary of these vehicles and I hope Nigeria is not a testing ground for the US government to proof the capability of these vehicles.

  • ita ekpo

    If lion of Africa received gift which should been gift to poor country to fight for free. How would we be respected as leader who would led others. By receiving the gifts under military civilian president. That should make him to resign from office. All these, what don’t know is,if that happened in america the people words matter here. But in Nigeria no matter how people will be against it. You will be the target. APC party any how you people want to turn Nigeria to. Even up to the extend of begging it will be in your good. Una weldone. Since I was born in Nigeria from my young up to GEJ under pDP have such happened.Tinubo buhari God father you people are marching Nigeria in your feet. As nobody is there to kick against what you people are doing.