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Goodluck Jonathan Did Not Buy Substandard Weapons, Military Blasts Lai Mohammed

by on February 11, 2016
 

The Nigerian military has faulted the claim by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who said that troops combating Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East were doing so with substandard weapons purchased by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Speaking on Africa Independent Television (AIT), Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, dismissed reports that soldiers fighting Boko Haram were poorly equipped.

He said “What I know is that we are using equipment which is okay for us. We have been achieving results. What I know is that we have equipment that can take us to where we are going…However, you cannot say you have everything you need for your operations. Even the developed nations’ Armed Forces lack one thing or the other,” Abubakar said.

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Gen. Abubakar has also assured that efforts being made to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls would not be in vain.

He said: “In the course of our operations, a lot of persons who hitherto we didn’t know, were rescued by the Armed Forces. So, fundamentally, what I’m saying is that inasmuch as our effort is still ongoing by the level of momentum we are putting in now, we are hopeful.

“I believe rescuing the Chibok girls is one of the targets that we set for ourselves. And I believe that with what we have done and what we are set to do, we will rescue any captive with the insurgents, not only the Chibok girls … We are extremely searching for not only the Chibok girls, but any other captive. It is just a matter of time,” he said.

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  • Tare
    February 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Govt built on lies and propagada will always experience shame. Apc… Shame sorry change

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  • February 11, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Lie Lie Mohammed—– your comment please

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  • abiodun
    February 11, 2016 at 9:39 am

    A big slap from civilian to the entire Nig Army expect more.It is part of CHANGE.Lie Muhamed say more you have superior officer-PMB.It is amounted to thrown away a knife after it cut a finger,this is not the right time for Nig Military-Gen Abubarka to reply.Omo lole lo mesi wa (go home and bring reply)

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  • ken
    February 11, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Lai lies alot. He should vacate dt post. He doesnt deserve to be there at all. How on earth could he play politics with such thing

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  • February 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Gen Abubakar u ar funny army imaging u sa GEJ didnt buy substandard weapons dan y s dat u guys find it difficult to fight b/haram during GEJ regime?

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  • Ambassador Eze N. Ebere JP, NANS PATRON
    February 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Nigerians eye’s are open, any body who tell lies to spoil another person legacy and posterity am sure Nigerians will not be Happy for those people.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    What do Lai Mohammed usually gain in some unguarded media pronouncements overtime? I guess his portfolio should be in check by his party so that he will be cautious for proper research before coming out to misinform Nigerians.

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  • tunde
    February 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    APC is a great liars . dat party çan never be grt at all.apc is full of deceptive persons starting from Buhari to thé least of APC members. is a pity dat nigerians are govern by à useless party and déplie. fayose is right about lai Mohamed. hé his an ils font.

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  • tunde
    February 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    APC is a great liars . dat party çan never be grt at all.apc is full of deceptive persons starting from Buhari to thé least of APC members. is a pity dat nigerians are govern by à useless party .
    fayose is right about lai Mohamed. hé his an old fool.he his thoughtless.

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  • olabisi
    February 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Comment…whether APC is a liar or not they will b better than PDP in all ratification.PDP spend 16 years of no changes at all, pls let us support this government.

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  • Tony
    February 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Laid Mohammed. As his name sounds, so he is in character. He doesnt know that, no matter how lie is told, truth cannot be covered. Lie (lai) mohammed.

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  • NWACHUKWU OVERCOMER
    February 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    CAN ANY PERSON REMIND ME OF ANY STATEMENT OF LIE MOHAMMED THAT IS TRUE? HE HAS NEVER SEEN NOR SPOKEN ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT GEJ AND THE PDP SINCE HE WAS BORN. HE’S ONE OF THE FOUNDATIONAL & MONUMENTAL MISTAKES OR CALL IT ERROS OF BUHARI. WHY WOULD THE VP, A RESPECTED CLERGY NOT CAUTION HIM FOR USING CHEAP LIES TO PROMOTE APC GOVT.? WE ALL WITNESSED HOW THIS LIE MOHAMMED OYEGUN INSULTED GEJ., AND NOW THEY TELL US LIES SHAMELESSLY INSTEAD OF APOLOGISING TO NIGERIANS & GEJ FOR THEIR FOOLISH MISCONDUCTS. I PRAISE THE ARMY FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH. WHEN THE COURTS GAVE APC ALL THE SOUTH-WEST AND NULIFIED THE PDP ELECTIONS, THE COURTS WERE HAILED. NOW THE SAME COURTS HAVE UPHELD THE ELECTION OF PDP GOVS. IN THE SOUTH-SOUTH, OYEGUN & PARTNERS ARE CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION OF A THE HIGHLY REVERED JUSTICES OF THE SUPREM COURT AND EVEN TELLING BUHARI WHO TO APPOINT AS THE NEXT CJN. MUST ALL THE JUDGES BE FORCED TO BELONG TO APC? APC JUDGE FOR KANU, APC JUDGE FOR METUH, DASUKI & OTHERS. NIGERIANS ARE WATCHING AND WISER.

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  • pando
    February 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Comment…folks, never mind APC ‘s end is nigh

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  • Adebayo
    February 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    That is what we will always get when we think that leadership is about sentiment. The northerners thought that if Buhari enters there all of their problems will be over. Leadership is about vision, and vision is born out of the level of exposure. When u tell a child that was trained where only huts are to draw a house, he will draw a hut. That is his level of exposure. Many said Jonathan was not fighting corruption, but his methods will still be the best to stop corruption in Nigeria. Though, it will take so long a time. poverty alleviation through youth empowerment n massive agricultural development. That will kill hunger n many will no longer be deceived to do the wrong things of the zeal to eat at the moment. The issue of BVM will help to identify different accounts own by an individual so that soon we will be able to trace how money moves around n who moves them. Cashless policy. This is one of the best ways to control corruption, but quality n massive education policy has to complement it, because the less. Educated is likely to be defraud by the ‘sharp guys’. Electronic database for all Nigerians, this will make it easy to identify who is who at any particular point in time. These steps a necessary in confronting corruption. We need to tighten up our institutions before stating the massive fight. Like soldiers who want to go to way, guns must be loaded n all other machinery must be put in place so that crime will be less attractive.

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  • Alfred Oghale Evans
    February 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    President Buhari and A P C they cannot bring change to Nigeria because they lack of polices,also they are group of liers even i call mr president buhari to resign ,he cannot rule this country

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  • February 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Tru, it’s very shameful 4 a man in his postion 2 lie. Vry shameful. It almost apear he is acting after his name

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  • usman Isa usman
    February 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Is very obvious APC is a catastrophe to Nigeria I regrate voting for them

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  • Joseph
    February 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Nigeria need a safety prayer for God to see us through from these group of people who has passion for lie and propaganda than anything. They have denied all their campaign promises from the head to the toe. Instead of 3million jobs promised every year for youth, downsizing of workers and none payment of salary are the order of the day, starting from IMO State sarcking 7000 workers with a month.

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  • akin sodimu
    February 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I did not see anything in that report, that suggested that the erudite scholar, and one time best politician of the year awardee, highly sensible Information minister, Lai Mohammed was blasted by the military. The military boss only explained in simple terms their own version of the story, may be to protect the integrity and discipline of the military. Sensational headlines can be harmful and confusing. Media practitioners should please desist from this act.

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  • nigerian
    February 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    We knw who’s are always shouting that Apc are liers but nometter hw apc n President hav lie 2 Nigerian s he is beterthan Jonathan 1,000,000 times becouse we knw hw jonathan destroy evering in this country and leave Shamefully.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    that’s what happens when you make a liar the minister of information.

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  • light
    February 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Comment…APC , PDP are mere configuration.worst element abound in the celebrated party.i hardly listen to him again.i just wish he stop talking for now until he wakes up to realise that gej is now in otuoke and nigerians not morons.elections are over.buhari did not win by d strenght of these lies

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  • Pastor Daniel
    February 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Lies do not last forever. Like the evolution theory, one day, this administration will be forgotten. Those who use lies to tarnish the image of others, will one day dance to the music of liars like Judas.
    Leaders should understand that those who voted them into power, know better than they think.
    It pains my heart like any other Nigerian abroad how irresponsible those who claim to lead our Nation can be in their use of words.
    God help Nigeria.

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  • Freeman
    February 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    The army recently recalled its personnel that were dismissed last year on grounds of lack of standard weapons/equipment. Now are they stepping aside from that stand?

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  • Socrates
    February 11, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    God should forgive us for making this deadly mistake

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  • Tare
    February 12, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Vote me as your president in 2019. I will make 1 dollar equal to 1 naira, before you waka up your food is already served, no more work but you get your salary every day 100k, no more buying of fuel just drive into any petrol station and collect it free. Apc… Shame sorry change

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  • madaki s
    February 12, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Comment…PDP n APC ar thesame. People, 70 percent of APC members ar PDP members, change of cloth does nt mean change of attitude.

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  • Adem
    February 12, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Comment…Every body have opinion too talk, if you re great voting for APC to day but you are on your own if LIe muhammed tell ‘s liers but I believe you all are aware of the arms deal what has damaged for good 16years you are expecting magic in just one year and you people should forget about same of our military generals proper gander

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  • February 12, 2016 at 6:24 am

    thank you my best man of the year buaria. it will do us Nigeria’s no harm if we can to an extent tell the truth some times. the Nigeria army has made my day for at least coming out clean on that issue no matter the pressure. as for liar God will forgive you. ure incurring wrath to u generation unborn to come by lieing on ever simple and straight forward issues of nation interest. i wonder what ure family are into infact i was told by a member of ure village that ure family is suffering from a generation cause call lies. if an old man like that cannot come out to tell the Nigerians a token truth that means we re really in a mess in this nation. buhari i pity him because the man has surrounded himself with bunch of criminals who will not allow him know what is going on around him until his downfall. liar ure terrible old to be a disgrace to ure family and this nation as a whole. am now meant to believe that u have a convenient with lies that any day u tell the truth u will die. even my phone on may typing of ure name shuts down because it now recognises u a terrible lievirus. no wonder ure name LIAR.God forbid u.

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  • Igwe Okoro
    February 12, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Lai Muhammed & APC are leaving the Substance & pursuing Shadow.

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  • maraphol
    February 12, 2016 at 7:56 am

    What a nation

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  • Freeman
    February 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

    why was the Nigerian Army always on the run from BH, routed during Gej’s time with their ‘standard’ weapons? Why did they not win any battle against BH if they had such acqiured ‘standard weapons’. Are they telling the truth or just trying to ‘insulate’ themselves from possible probe??

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  • elsig
    February 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Why the emotional responses? A sensible person should first ask: why there is a disagreement in the words of two high ranking officials, in government and in the military? Ethnic and party sentiments aside: Let’s take a critical look at the situation.

    When Lai Mohammed said that the military had substandard and refurbished weapons, with expired amunition, he said so in a response to an interview that GEJ gave to France24 where he claimed that the progress made by the Nigerian Army was with weapons he procured as the president of this country. Such a claim is a total contradiction to a few well know facts:
    1. That $2.1billion allocated for arms purchase is missing and there is no account of the money.
    2. The former NSA, Dasuki is currently facing dozens of charges on that account.
    3.BH operated freely during GEJ’s presidency to the point of controlling upto a staggering 14 local governments in the North East.
    4. Under GMB, currently BH have no local govt in their control. So, logically GEJ cannot exonerate himself with the argument that he bought the weapons now winning the war. Such an assertion might have been seen as a provocation to the present government.

    GMB’s claim to have technically defeated or degraded the capability of BH is based on clearly observable facts, specifically surrounding BH’s former control of 14 LGAs and now none.

    For those who have been following the events, we know the following undeniable facts:
    1. That boko haram had given the military a very embarrassing thrashing where they even had to run.
    2. That at a point it was hunters and local vigilantes who fought the insurgents and drove them back.
    3. Scores of NA soldiers were court marshalled and sentenced to death because they refused to engage the enemy without arms and equipment. GMB even came out to say that the sentence handed to them was unfair.

    So, to be fair to Lai Mohammed one should have asked: where the arms currently being used in the war were procured from? If they were obtained during GEJ’s regime then the minister would have been asked to reconcile that with his statements.

    As for Brig. Gen. Abubakar, from the DDI, it is very in appropriate to start making comparisons with the armed forces of developed nations. That is besides the point. Furthermore it is a blatant lie that they too “lack one thing or the other.” He cannot make such an assumption.
    1. He has no info on the details of their logistics and armouries.
    2. If they lacked anything that was key to their foreign campaigns the media would have most likely jumped at it just as they did on the NA’s limitations.

    Finally, before and after the Chibok girls abductions had and have been going on. Singling this particular case has, unfortunately lead to it being politicised. it is my opinion that as a professional, a general of the NA should have guarded against making statements until any significant progress would be made in that regard.

    So calling the minister a liar is based on sentiments and simply ignorant.

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  • Ihunna peter
    February 14, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I want to say this to our Honorable minister of information, that assumptions could be wrong sometimes. Be that as it may, he should allow the Army to do their job and not to expose or distract them to what will always attract Nigerian media to them. Pls focus on our national development.

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