Janjaweed Connection: President Jonathan embraces Borno ex governor implicated as Boko Haram sponsor

Janjaweed Connection: President Jonathan embraces Borno ex governor implicated as Boko Haram sponsor

Since the Boko Haram insurgency started, I am personally aware,  through reliable military and diplomatic sources that the United States  had always availed Nigeria of list of those they suspect to be sponsors  of Boko Haram. Immediately after the United Nations  House Bombings at Abuja in August 26th 2011, the US, alarmed by the  sheer tactility of the operations, availed Nigeria’s President Goodluck  Jonathan of the list of the sponsors of Boko Haram and was advised to  act fast before they disintegrate Nigeria.

This fact formed part of an earlier published piece in2 012 titled’ PDP Boko Haram and their 2015 Succession Politics’ where I stated that “Immediately after the bombings of the United Nations headquarters in  Abuja, intelligence reports indicted high level friends of government in the executive, legislature, senior party officials, elder statesmen and security officers including retired ones. It is expected that President Goodluck will seize the opportunity of the uproar and outrage against  the bombings to confront the indicted senior members of the party.  Instead he chose to appeal to some of them to turn a new leaf.  Emboldened by presidential timidity the murderers recruited more high  level personalities, hitherto sitting on the fence, into the murderous  chess game”.

The president continued to foot drag on taking actions till the  Madallah Christmas Day Bombings which took over 80 lives in the same  year 2011 before a traumatized Goodluck Jonathan admitted two weeks  later on the 8th of January 2012, for the first time, that Boko Haram  Sponsors have infiltrated his government.

azazi pdpThe military authorities, then under Generals Owoye Azazi as NSA and  Azubuike Ihejirika as Army Chief including other service chiefs pushed  for the arrest of the political sponsors of the group, most of which  were still in the ruling party. Jonathan was said to have replied that  arresting key political figures would scatter his government. Thus  political expediency and 2015 elections permutations overshadowed the  earlier resolve of the military authorities to stamp out the insurgents  until some of them decided to help themselves with a bit of the national cake politicians are looting with impunity, before their tenure  expires. It was a frustrated Azazi, aware of the mistrustful observation of the US, which came to Asaba and exposed to the nation that the real  sponsors of Boko Haram are in the PDP.

Azazi was hounded for his frank observation till Jonathan was forced  to sack him as NSA, and replaced him with a northerner. Months after  Azazi’s sack, contrary to the advice that some of us gave him, he  continued to gallivant around Jonathan until his enemies (sponsors of  Boko Haram) plotted an helicopter accident for him. All these  developments were not lost on the US military and defense analysts and  advisers.

The public outcry against the abduction of some 276 girls of  Christian extraction from Chibok, by the terrorists, and the fear that  if the conspiracy is misunderstood by Nigerian Christians, a religious  conflict might ensue, coupled with other strategic reasons not excluding humanitarian, the US volunteered to help Nigeria rescue the Chibok  girls and turn the tide against the insurgents. What US military  officials met physically on the ground was enough for any sane nation  not to commit its troops and weapons into operations likely to be  sabotaged even before take-off.

1 It was the US that first alerted the world that 10 Generals of the  Nigerian Army were among 15 officers being secretly investigated for  passing sensitive information to Boo Haram.

2. It was the US that officially verified information from local  observers, villagers and hunters that Boko Haram had split the Chibok  Girls into three, taking them to different camps

US-senate-hearing-on-nigeria3 It was the US that confirmed that due to probable high level sabotage,  the only way to release the Chibok girls would be through high powered  negotiations since any attempt to embark on a rescue operation would  likely be sabotaged, endangering the lives of both the Chibok Girls and  the US troops.

4. The US military officials, after interacting with the rank and  file and inspecting what is on ground in Borno 7th Division specifically created to contain the militants, alerted their home country that there is a deliberate attempt to issue the combatants with inadequate  ammunition, thereby making them easy target for the insurgents.

5 The US military officials discovered that funds meant for the  welfare of troops while in the combat zone is being scammed from the  top, and they fingered top political sources and their military  collaborators.

6 The US military officials discovered that in some cases where  enough ammunition were issued, as in the case of Mohammed Kur Barracks , Bama, that officers deliberately misled their troops to abandon their  position including caches of weapons and armory for use by the  insurgents.

7. The fall of Bama, despite the heavy assemblage of arms, ammunition and the recently improved welfare of soldiers, have been a source of  discussion within informed US military circles till date. The US  authorities believe that with secured supply lines between Bama and the  Divisional Headquarters in Maiduguri, a three hour journey through bad  roads, and another support military base in Konduga, Nigerian soldiers  have no business fleeing Bama.

8 The US believes that the moment Boko Haram overran the prestigious  Police Moblie Training Facility in Gwoza, the Nigerian Police Force lost its pride to the insurgents, and gave them the boost to plot the fall  of Bama and the ill-fated march to Maiduguri though Konduga, which was  halted by soldiers and civilian JTF by the mercy of God.

boko sibling29 The US is still wondering at how weapons which belongs to the Nigerian  Army easily gets into the hands of the insurgents and they are still  investigating all the routes through which the Nigerian Army supposedly  donated or sold the weapons to them. 10 The Heroic welcome the  ruling PDP gave the political founder of Boko Haram, and former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, and how an airport closed for months  over security concerns, was opened just for the use of the former  governor, was a political mis-step from Jonathan’s men which raised  concerns within the US.

11 The internal sabotage which led to the botched phased release of  the Chibok girls was a source of worry, especially when it was  discovered that two groups played role in the botched operation  independently, without the knowledge of the other. The first group has  the Presidency fingered while the second group believes that opposition  financiers of Boko Haram created the fear that botched the earlier  scheduled release of the Chibok girls.

12 The US tipped off South African authorities that fund for illegal  purchase of arms is being carried through their shores, and they  suspected that the arms might end in the hands of the insurgents. The  South African authorities, bent on ridding Africa of this scourge,  failed to cooperate with the unknown arms vendors and buyers.

13. The US believes that any lethal weapon they give to the military  authorities might end up in the hands of the insurgents, and that any  deployment of American troops as combatants would be easily sabotaged,  their soldiers captured and another dimension to the war on terror will  be introduced.

14 The US believes that if the Nigerian Government handles high level corruption, incidences of poverty, unemployment and social unrest will  reduce drastically and the insurgents may find the business of  bloodletting unattractive.

The Nigerian Government knows why the US cannot commit sensitive men  and materials to aid its fight against terror. Prof Adefuye’s  vituperation, though patriotic, is highly inconsistent with situations  the US met on the ground. Blaming the foreigners for letting Nigeria  down in the fight against Boko Haram is sweeping sensitive puzzles under the carpet. The erudite professor should interact with the US military  advisers and officials in Washington and around the US, and they will  avail him of the rot they met on the ground and get more insight into  why the US Govt refused to assist Nigeria with the needed technology to  fight Boko Haram and maybe he will apportion the blames more  proportionally

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