WASHINGTON DC USA. The International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA) of the United States, recently published report, on Defence and Foreign Affairs has stated that the deaths in Nigeria of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh rtd, and that of a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Major General Idris Alkali, “were not a coincidence”.
ISSA is a Washington DC based Non Governmental Organisation. It includes a worldwide membership of professionals and think tanks involved in all national and international security and strategic policy.
The President of ISSA, Gregory Copley, told news sources that their analyses were not released to the public but to governments and regional bodies that the organisation has affiliations with.
The report released over the weekend stated that corruption among the top military chiefs appointed recently by President Buhari is the reason Nigeria is losing the war against Boko Haram terrorists.
It stated that at present, the APC led Nigerian govt of Buhari had completely and comprehensively lost control of the engagement with Boko Haram thus could show no instance of when the government presently had any tactical, theatre, strategic, or information dominance of any aspect of the conflict.
It reads in parts, “It is fair to say that the Nigerian intelligence community itself is no longer sure what groups even comprise ‘Boko Haram’, nor has it addressed the international logistical, ideological, and support aspects contributing to the ongoing viability of the groups.
“The conflict will almost certainly prove the undoing of the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16, 2019, presidential elections.
“The conduct of the war in the Northern regions is tied to the corruption in the military, and Buhari is unable to tackle the issue.
“His poor health does not help, and also, the fact that by character PMB has always been very indecisive and vindictive.
“This ongoing set of characteristics mean that the coming months will be dramatic, even more than the dying days of the preceding administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.ISSA spokesperson
“Despite this, the only significant engagement which the Nigerian military leadership — up to and including the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. (rtd.) Mohammed Babagana Monguno – seems to prioritise is the fight to stop the leakage of information about massive corruption, running into the equivalent of several billions of dollars, in the purchase by senior military officers of major military capital goods and military consumables, including the troops’ own food.
“It is significant that Buhari, who received the findings of the commission as much as a year ago, has refused to allow it to be made public and, through National Security Adviser Monguno, has attempted to have the commission disband.
“However, it is believed that Monguno and Buhari are aware that copies of the report are beyond their reach and would likely be released unofficially if further attempts are made to assassinate commission members.
“The commission, investigating defense procurement from 2007 onwards, made significant strides which were initially accepted by the Muhammudu Buhari government, until the scope of the inquiry went beyond the period relating to the former government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, and began to show corruption patterns extending into officers appointed and still serving under President Buhari.”
The report stated that the death of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal (retd.) Alex Sabundu Badeh (who became Chief of Defence Staff), and that of a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Major General Idris Alkali, on September 3, 2018 were not a mere coincidence .
It said, “Given the upsurge in momentum by ‘the highest levels of government’ to stop the findings becoming public from the corruption commission on defense procurement, it is plausible that the attribution of a criminal ‘kidnapping-attempt-gone-wrong’ against the Air Chief Marshal was a convenient excuse to ensure that the victim — Badeh — could not divulge in court the pattern and details of corruption which has grown even more rampant in the current generation of defense leadership.
“On September 3, 2018, the retired Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali, was also killed, ostensibly by a gang of youthful protestors who set up a roadblock near Jos, the capital of Plateau State. His body was discovered on October 31, 2018. And his death was blamed on ‘an irate mob’, who were protesting in the Du-ra-Du community against the September 2, 2018, killing of 11 members of their own community.”
The report further stated, “No significant economic or political progress can be achieved in Nigeria until the of the Boko Haram insurgency is resolved. Other insurgencies are also expected to emerge, or re-emerge, in the Niger Delta. And while other pending internal security issues are important, it is on the BH issue that the prestige, credibility, and reliability of Nigeria is assessed by the international community. Thus, all questions of the viability of Nigeria as a candidate for inward foreign direct investment (FDI) and international cooperation are dependent on a resolution of the BH issues.
“Domestically, resolution of the BH issue is a pre-requisite to enabling issues of intra-Nigerian regional equity imbalances to be addressed. Moreover, the credibility of the Federal Government as an arbiter of justice is assessed by the domestic electorate and the world community.”