It is instructive that the abduction of the young girls from Chibok has unleashed a worldwide offer of assistance to Nigeria. These offers came from the United States which made good its pledge by deploying officers in its Abuja-based Embassy to commence intelligence cooperation with Nigeria; overfly with intelligence-gathering aircraft, and by the beginning of the week, it located a military group in Chad as part of the assistance to break the abduction logjam.
The British also weighed in, while France hosted a regional meeting in Paris, of Nigeria and its neighbours: Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Benin, to develop a collective security strategy against the Boko Haram danger to the West African sub-region. Even China offered satellite-based intelligence to Nigeria’s security forces as a show of solidarity.
The international groundswell of feeling also touched hearts in Israel too, because they have also offered assistance. The fact is that Israel has been embedded within the Nigerian security system in the past three decades or so.
At a point when Nigerians were beginning to wonder why we have never bothered to deploy drones to assist in the aerial surveillance in the Sambisa forest, especially after a prototype drone was allegedly developed by Nigeria’s army, in December 2013, VANGUARD newspaper of Wednesday, May 21, 2004, reported that such drones that Nigeria purchased from Israeli company, Aeronautics Defense Systems “years ago”, according to the report, “have been left grounded due to poor maintenance”.
The newspaper quoted a Marketing Officer of the company, Tsur Dvir, who confirmed that Aerostar unmanned aerial vehicles “to the best of our knowledge, these systems are not operational”. Dvir, in the normally secretive pattern of Isreali military engagements in Nigeria, refused to confirm the number of such vehicles they supplied to Nigeria, but “aerospace industry source(s) said they each would have been worth between $15million and $17million.
So not only that Israel has been enjoying these huge profits from Nigeria, in the supply of military equipment that end up “grounded due to poor maintenance”, it recently offered assistance to help in the Chibok abduction case. However, it also decided to exploit its geopolitical rivalry with Iran within the Nigerian situation.
VANGUARD newspaper of Friday, May 23, 2014, reported Israeli Ambassador, Uriel Palti, at a reception in the Chinese Embassy, of having said that “Boko Haram…Al-Shabbab in Somalia, etc, are all part of the arms of Iran; the influence of Iran, Al-Qaeda influence”.
It was obvious that the Ambassador of Zionist Israel was deliberately setting out to confuse Nigerians with his statement, because Iran has never been accused, even by its worst enemies in Western Europe and the US, of being a supporter of Al-Qaeda. So the link he made was absolutely preposterous and an obvious attempt to cash in on the Nigerian need for assistance.
The Israelis see Iran as their greatest remaining threat in the Middle East, after they engineered the end of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear facilities and getting the US to topple the regime. Syria is also being systematically dismantled with the raging civil war; removal of its biological weapons and the complete degradation of its armed forces.
Israel is the only nuclear power in the Middle East, possessing over 200 nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction and the most powerful regional forces. Those weapons are not under IAEA control, since Israel is not signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, NPT.
Yet, it continues to shout aloud about Iran’s alleged efforts to develop nuclear weapons. It is thatbitter rivalrywith Iran that Israel is attempting to project into the effort to assist us to solve the Chibok abductions. We should carefully look at the Israeli gift horse in the mouth in this case. We must not be drawn into the geopolitical agenda of Israel or any other country for that matter. Boko Haram is not an arm of Iran. No!