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Ex Chief of Defence Staff Badeh: I Headed a Military that Lacked Equipment



Alex Badeh
Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh on Thursday stated that during his tenure, the armed forces under him lacked adequate equipment to fight Boko Haram, Cable reports.
Badeh was among the service chiefs that President Muhammadu Buhari relieved of their positions earlier in the month.

Speaking on Thursday during his withdrawal ceremony in Abuja, Badeh said that he had excelled despite the numerous challenges he experienced during his time as Chief of Defence Staff:

“The task of coordinating the military and other security agencies in the fight against the insurgents is perhaps the most complex and challenging assignment I have had in my over 38 years in service.
For the first time, I was head of a military that lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an enemy that was invisible and embedded with the local populace.
Added to this was the exploitation of a serious national security issue by a section of the press and the political class to gain political mileage.
Furthermore, the activities of fifth columnists in the military and other security agencies who leaked operational plans and other sensitive military information to the terrorist, combined to make the fight against the insurgents particularly difficult.
The activities of these unpatriotic members of the military not only blunted the effectiveness of the fight, but also led to the needless deaths of numerous officers and men who unwittingly fell into ambushes prepared by terrorists who had advance warnings of the approach of such troops.
The decision by certain countries to deny us weapons to prosecute the war also added to the challenges we faced.
Despite these challenges, I am glad to note that a lot was achieved during our time in the fight against terror.
The achievements recorded are largely due to the commitment, patriotism and fighting spirit of our men and women in uniform who saw the fight against terror as a task that must be accomplished no matter the odds and inspite of the campaign of calumny against the military by a section of the media with their foreign collaborators.”


  1. Nikky

    July 31, 2015 at 7:33 am

    “lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an enemy that was invisible and embedded with the local populace.”
    This is the most important part of this whole fight. How do soldiers fight invincible terrorists? I am yet to hear anything about investing in our intelligence gathering agencies (I don’t know if we have any). At the end of the day it won’t matter what type of sophisticated weapons the military gets, if there is no credible information on who these people are, where they are located, how armed they are etc. How will they know the folks to target, or how many of them are left. Warfare has changed since the Nigerian civil war, it’s no longer one side out gunning the other, giving soldiers big guns is good, but it’s not the most important thing when we have these guerrilla style fighters.

  2. chy

    July 31, 2015 at 7:40 am

    you once denounced the claims that the military is ill equipped,now u open that ur 32 to say u headed a military that lacked equipment,what do we make of you sir?pls package ursef keep one end biko

    • honey

      July 31, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      The military is ill equiped costhe govt you served in spent billions to import secondhand overused helicopters that ended up killing some of the best hands available in the military.
      And then you did nothing to build the intelligence of the military,so how will you know how to identify the spies amongst you.
      Abeg, just go and sit down and enjoy your retirement, we dont want to hear from your lazy ass.
      Buhari, we are watching you. Personally, I give you six months in this fight against Boko Haram.

  3. Brown

    July 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Clap for yourself. Ngwa, bring back those gallant soldiers court marshalled and executed for mutiny. The nerve, nansense.

  4. prince

    July 31, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Did I hear him say that the army lacks equipment, whats the $1billion that GEJ administration borrowed for? and what of the mega budgets for Defence. This country is really in a mess and no one should just shout at Buhari for taking his time to clean the mess left by Uncle Jona.

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