Nigerian Soldiers Are Now Afraid To Fight Boko Haram...US General

The United States has said that the Nigerian military is becoming afraid of engaging the Boko Haram insurgents.
Testifying on Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Air Force Chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh III, said, “We’re now looking at a military force that is, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage. The United States doesn’t have the capacity, the capability to go rescue every kidnapped person around the world.”
The New York Times reported that the US might choose to minimise its involvement in the search for the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram due to doubts over Nigeria’s military capabilities.
It was learnt that the US had questioned the ability of the Nigerian military to rescue the girls even with international help.
The Pentagon’s Principal Director for African Affairs, Alice Friend, also said, “The Nigerian military has the same challenges with corruption that every other institution in Nigeria does. Much of the funding that goes to the Nigerian military is skimmed off the top, if you will.”
US officials have also said that its involvement had also been made difficult because Nigerian officials ignored past warnings to soften brutal tactics that only fuelled the Boko Haram’s insurgency.
At Thursday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, officials condemned the kidnappings and committed American aid to help rescue the girls. But they also expressed frustration at Nigeria’s political and military leaders for failing to heed Washington’s warnings about the extremist group.
“We have been urging Nigeria to reform its approach to Boko Haram,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Robert Jackson, said.
He added, “From our own difficult experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, we know that turning the tide of an insurgency requires more than force. The state must demonstrate to its citizens that it can protect them and offer them opportunity. When soldiers destroy towns, kill civilians and detain innocent people with impunity, mistrust takes root.”
A retired Head of the US military’s Africa Command, Gen. Carter Ham, said, “My sense is that US Government will remain in a supporting role to Nigeria. I do not think the U.S.G. will seek unilateral action.”
The size of the Sambisa Forest is also believed to make the search for the girls difficult.
“We are basically searching for these girls in an area that’s roughly the size of West Virginia, so it’s a tough challenge, to be sure,” state Department spokesman, Marie Harf, said on Thursday.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. Wahala dey oh.. Niaja military pls cooperate n b brave if local village youth can fight d boko haram, dan wht is you guys problem, pls bring back our girls!

  2. Tolk to our general let dem stop eating our allowers and benefit

  3. Abi oo my brother they shld stop eatin our allowance

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  4. Some years bk, d military officers in charge of armoury were caught selling weapons to niger delta militants knowing fully well d same will be used against fellow soldiers, as d politicians are ripping us off so they allow corruption in d military to stop them from opposing them, this is d fall out, Jona pls resign honourably now, safe face

  5. USA is corn icing with d north to di stabilise the government

  6. I can't blame d US wt all d point dey hv raised cos witout co operation frm our military, they can't do anything. Pls broda Jona summon military heads & d defence, let dem xplain to us wat dey v bn using all dia allocation for, cos if u'r opportune 2 meet wt d soldier boys & dey tell u dia xperience , I bet it, u'l be shocked for d level of corruption evn in d military. God bless Nigeria

  7. I can't blame d US govt @ ds junctn,cos if we look critically into those issues dey raised, u"l see dat its true. They can't do it alone wtout full cooperation frm our militay. My concern is dat our President cldnt do anytn abt it. Why can't he summon d service chiefs & d Minister for defence on ds issue. Wat r dey using defence budget for ? Or our upper & lower chamber can do an over sight functn on ds serious issue cos corruptn hs eaten us up dat we'r seeing it as National Cake... All I need is rescue our girls. God bless Nigeria

  8. Pls don't bring our upper & lower chambers into it. Senate & House committees on defense are one of the "juiciest". Where do u think the "juice" come from ?

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  10. the Nigerian Military itself is one of the highest corrupt organizations in africa..............the Boko Boyz could not be any happier !!!!!!
    this is just a mere 240 young innocent girls ..........can you imagine what the military would do if it was 1000 young girls ????
    you guessed it people !!!!!! now sit back and relax......this is everyday normal business nothing to worry about

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