Baddass Women of the Nigerian Army

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It’s not just a man’s world in the Nigerian Army. Women have been part of the army’s campaigns against Boko Haram. But before that, women served only in communications unit, medical units and base facilities. But not anymore. The paradigm shift in the army’s doctrine is best reflected by a Nigeria Army officer Sergeant Blessing when she was addressing the Nigerian Army top brass and leaders of Nigeria at the recent Chief of Army Staff Conference (COASC) at Monguno, Borno state.

She said;

We have been trained to help combat the scourge of terrorism, especially suicide bombings that are usually carried out by women. We are not just the first Service (Nigerian Army) to establish the Women Corp, we are proud to be part of the Nigerian Army’s success against Boko Haram.”

In 2017 more than 500 women entered the Nigerian Defence Academy. The army Cadet Corps comprises almost 1000 girls. After finishing their military education, in 2 or 3 years perhaps they will be entering the Nigerian army to join nearly 3000 women in active service with the army and after some take up important and responsible posts.

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The Nigerian Defence Academy is the Premier Military Academy inWest Africa. It was inaugurated in March 1964.

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The institution is completely modeled after the British pattern.
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Female Cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy during a Gala Night. The institution is completely modeled after the British pattern.
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Female Cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy during a Gala Night. The institution is completely modeled after the British pattern.
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Female Cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy during a Gala Night. The institution is completely modeled after the British pattern.

This is not hyperbole, there really are positions for them to take up. An entire women’s is undertaking service in the Nigerian armed forces, comprising more than 5,000 representatives of the fairer sex, of which 300 are officers and a dozen hold commanding positions.

In early 2018 the Chief of Army Staff Major Gen Tukur Buratai created the Nigerian Army’s Women-only Corps

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Female soldiers participate in the Independence Day parade at the Eagle Square Abuja.
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Female soldiers participate in the Independence Day parade at the Eagle Square Abuja.
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Female soldiers participate in the Independence Day parade at the Eagle Square Abuja.
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Weapons handling exercise 
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Female inter-unit weapins handling exercise. 
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Female inter-unit weapins handling exercise. 
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Female inter-unit weapins handling exercise. 

 

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Female inter-unit silent drill competition. 
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Female inter-unit silent drill competition. 
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Female inter-unit silent drill competition.
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TOPSHOT – A woman member of the Nigerian Special Forces Unit poses for a photo during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada on April 17, 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Reply to “Baddass Women of the Nigerian Army”

  1. Thanks for listening. It shows how dutiful you are to your readers. Great article, unfortunately what I want to talk about now has nothing to do with this post.

    I read a report earlier today detailing how a NA outpost close to the lake Chad region was overran by ISWAP. Although the report says Boko Haram, but I believe these attack was carried out by ISWAP. Just like other recent consistent attacks for over 4 months specifically targeting military outposts, bases etc with one mission in particular – overrun the base & cart away weapons.

    It’s the modus operandi of ISWAP. However, there has been consistent attacks over months now and unfortunately the Army is choosing to hide these losses from the public.

    WE ARE LOOSING THE F**KING WAR!!!

    The insurgents are planning something really big. They are achieving 3 major things with these consistent wave of attacks – they are building up their weapons stockpile by raiding these military bases, they are growing bolder thereby encouraging fighters within their ranks (which is very dangerous because a motivated fighter is 3 times as dangerous as a less motivated one even with weaker weaponry) and finally they are killing the morale of our troops by massacring them on the run weekly.

    What I don’t understand is why the Army hierarchy chooses to hide these losses. Perhaps Buratai is afraid of loosing his job? How can we not have a Quick Reaction Force within the Army ranks that can mobilize within minutes and counterattack the insurgents whenever wherever. Some of these attacks go on for hours, yet the Army does little or nothing. They will rather go back and mobilize after 2 weeks and bring on artillery to chase the insurgents farther away. We lack close combat skills in the NA. No coordination and real-time surveillance and communications whatsoever that’s why these military bases keep getting overrun.

    I’m going to be very frank, you have posted several articles exhibiting the different ISR platforms in the Air Forces’ inventory. To be honest, they are either all shitty or we have no flipping idea how to use them to our advantage. There are dozens of smaller, more affordable UAVs that can patrol the skies over a base even autonomously for almost a full day! These drones can pick up insurgents amassing from tens of kilometers away before they even start advancing, which gives ample time to either setup an ambush, counterattack or mobilize a QRF unit to engage the terrorists.

    But no, the truth is, neither the Army nor the Air Force is fully capable of mounting ISR for base defense or wide coverage reconnaissance. I’m beginning to think there’s a conspiracy to let this war drag on – perhaps those in command are hugely profiting from this war. If we cannot fight an insurgency to a standstill, then we aren’t capable of fighting a conventional war! These military officers need to get their heads out of their asses quick! Artilleries are useless in close combat battles which is how insurgents fight. Gun-trucks and AK47 wielding high misfits spread over a terrain aiming their barrels in one direction. 3 modern IFVs with 30mm cannons can take out a dozen gun-trucks and hundreds of insurgents.

    Not only do we need a modernization programme to upgrade our inventory, we also need to re-train our troops specifically in close combat battle and expand our ISR capabilities. I’m sick and tired of reading reports weekly how we loose scores of troops to a group of misfits with minimal training.

    Here’s the link to the report –
    https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/nnorth-east/296967-how-boko-haram-killed-over-70-soldiers-in-metele-attack-survivor.html

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