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Car Talk / Re: Why Nigerians Are Not Buying Innoson Cars by BlackBaron: 8:18pm
The truth is our middle class is not yet 'wealthy enough'. The market is still a long way matching few other countries who can purchase hundreds of thousands of cars quarterly.

However, Mr Innoson can choose to aggressively pitch to the others who do actually buy new. He does have competition though and so better sit up.
Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 9:19pm On Feb 28
lionel4power:
why you cant have joint R& D with your neighbors is because when the shooting war starts you both will be holding the same bucket of equipment and you wouldn't know what to do with it.

for example imagine two similar T-72 MBT engaging each other what do you think the outcome will be like.
It's time to grow up though. Petty bunch of Africans I see it as.
Britain isn't posturing to Germany nor France and trying to show themselves bigger militarily. Two of the countries above also have the biggest economies in Europe. A looser form of defence cooperation is done via ECOWAS.(Their collective efforts put paid to Gambia) However, it stops short of deeper ties that could make them stronger by way of development and extra bits.

Anyway, it's why I said if we had decent 'heads'

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Phones / Re: "Anytime You Buy Fairly Used Phone, You Could Be Buying Your Way To Prison".PICS by BlackBaron: 7:58pm On Feb 28
Easier to blacklist the phones across all networks. Surely that's common sense. Only Nigeria just defies belief with some non existent policies.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 7:53pm On Feb 28
Off topic.

Instead of the constant attempts to outbuy neighbours or the constant mud fights about whose **** is bigger and 'badder'in military terms.

Assuming we had enough decent heads in charge on the continent, why can't we just have joint arms research programmes to reduce costs of weapon development.

Many costly lessons (conflicts) on the continent have come, gone and still continuing, rather we remain stagnant to solving unique problems until the cycle kicks off again.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Predator Drones With Pinpoint Accuracy, Check Out This Drone Strike. by BlackBaron: 6:20pm On Feb 28
Funny I was going to bring it up in one of the military threads. Looks like an implosion as it's amazing the windscreen and surrounding areas got relatively unscathed.

It implies any window of opportunity to assassinate terrorists can now be taken without fear of possible collateral damage.
Many opportunities in the past to kill wanted terrorists like Osama, Zarqawi and co got suspended due to collateral damage.

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Politics / Re: Babangida, Danjuma Among 20 Nigerian Employees Richer Than Nigeria In 1999-SERAP by BlackBaron: 4:04pm On Feb 27
The most obvious thing to every Nigerian of course.

Others political office holders equally left office richer than the coffers of the constituents they governed.

What we should be looking is how to hold them to accountability other than a meaningless update on paper of how some looted the country's wealth.
Phones / Re: I Need A Good Headphone Budget 30k by BlackBaron: 9:50am On Feb 19
Earphones or headphones...?

Sennheiser, Ultimate ears, Sony nc series and Soundmagic.
Solid pieces for their price range

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 9:21am On Feb 15
Impressive bringing another concept to reality, Despite limiting factors. Looks really suited for its role perhaps with little to nought additions.

Meanwhile, I had been looking up the concept of tanks especially the Merkeva Mark 4 of how it was built with feedback from tank crews from past engagements.

Subtle additions like 2-3 hmg for infantry engagement or suppression, sloped turret and ability to increase or decrease suspension is what they came up with.

If say Proforce are apparently building a tank, are they using a rigid design or is it also based on input from our tank crews in the North East?
Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 10:39am On Feb 14
BH in Africa is deeper than poverty. It's still down to misinterpretation or overzealousness of religion.
Saudi, the chief exporter of terrorists cadres and ideology is the one of the most prosperous countries on the planet. So even if we managed to become richer and wiser, it's still very likely some would still hold on to warped views and continue to cause havoc. It's not rocket science rather its the misinterpretation of religion. Nigeria's south is not exactly a bastion of wealth, so why are the muslims down south incidentally poor not also forming terrorists units.



Pictures are throwback to Nigerian troops during the world wars. A contribution little acknowledged outside of Africa.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 10:41am On Feb 07
Conventional warfare tactics are long abandoned by most groups. The Kenyan base attacks I'll bet is no different to the type of engagements the US military encountered in Afghanistan. Worse is the Americans were sometimes camped in frontline bases in very close proximity to enemy troops enduring probing attacks round the clock.

Suicide and waves of attacks to try overwhelm bases, the modus operandi of this terrorists groups should be anticipated already. In Africa, probably due to funding, troops only make do with sandbags and digging trenches. It ends up inadequate.

Blame the army hierarchy for not having the foresight, insufficient or outdated practices to combat new threats. Rigid mentality and doctrine would only mean they allow unnecessary deaths. Worse is after multiple scenarios, there remains very little uptake of lessons and innovation in some African armed forces.
Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 10:27am On Feb 06
I'm wondering why you lots allow for conversations with terrorist or terrorist apologists.
In other countries, you'd have all become under surveillance for even attempting to talk online with him.

People here gloating over the defeat of a national army fighting evil should not be here and defeat the purpose of this thread.

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Politics / Re: How Did The Dollar Manage To Stay At N170 For 4 Years Under Goodluck Jonathan? by BlackBaron: 9:37am On Feb 05
obailala:
In all of these, I find it weird that you have not been able to see or acknowledge the fact that there was a major drop in the forex inflow into the country and that was what ultimately led to the scarcity of forex in the system. You seem to just dwell on the fact that 'Buhari restricted forex supply to the market' without acknowledging the inevitable reasons why.

Are you aware of how fast the foreign reserves were running down between November 2014 and May 2015?... The reserves dropped by $10bn from $38.5bn to $28.5bn within this period, and despite this infused $10bn, the Naira still fell in the black market to N230 because there was still short supply in the market. Meanwhile this was even in a period when oil still sold above $60. Of course when it was obvious that the drop in oil price was not going to reverse, it was inevitable to start restricting what CBN issues to people and to the market, and that was the genesis of forex restrictions.

Let the truth be said that the decline started during Jonathan's regime.
No doubt, oil prices has been the chief contributor to this and the anomaly that is politicians feeding the fx system got shut down. Mind you, it has also exposed heavily how the country is unable to get fx outside of oil.

Now, if Mr Buhari was worth his weight, he'd have mapped out this before coming into power. From their campaign, they made it look like they had confidently drawn up blueprints for productivity in other areas.
Instead, we got infinitely mundane mix and match and match policies especially in the black market. I mean it took quite a few months to employ a Finance Minister despite the seriousness of the economy! (akin to sailing in a storm with no one at the wheels)

Couple this with a relatively lacklustre roadmap to local productivity to ensure exports or at least even seek trade deals to ensure exports if not now even the future.

Instead, he'd managed with his atrocious economics, we have had to ensure a non uniform fx system where few with access to CBN can conveniently benefit to an extremely large extent. He's subsequently then shoved up policies that impacts directly on the most common man by and too slow to implement infrastructures that can spearhead productivity.
The laws for example are terrible for businesses (I run one) yuck!
His knack for arbitrary total bans on items we can not produce to meet demand without extensive government support is dumb.
The result is that with salaries stagnant, we are now seeing majority of the population unable to afford items they need to survive.

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Politics / Re: How Did The Dollar Manage To Stay At N170 For 4 Years Under Goodluck Jonathan? by BlackBaron: 9:04am On Feb 04
High oil prices
Demand and supply...

The first is obvious.

Demand and supply was helped largely by the volume of fx in circulation under Jonathan. There was a lot of contracts and also a lot of hard currency exchanges via politicians which fed the bdc market. Couple that to the liberal attitude to bdc by CBN by way of high fx sales. It always managed to be in excess of supply or just about.

Fair enough, while politician hand downs are evil and were a proportion of fx inflows for bdc. Buhari obviously cracked down on this, but he's also stopped spending completely. This has left the market completely drained of fx and with demand soaring. It's getting worse.

It's ironic Mr Buhari is absolutely clueless with no alternative to limit fx scarcity also went on to limit the amount of fx inflows into the economy by limiting fx from bdc to $8000 monthly via the CBN. This absolutely meagre sum can not even scratch the surface unfortunately and so here we are with crippling economic conditions.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 8:48pm On Jan 28
Can we say maybe the Ivory Coast is getting excess defence support from others, i.e France?

Though we can largely highlight probably their army's organisation culture too that they are able to instill professionalism from the highest cadre down to the lowest.
Relative to equipment, we are considerably larger in number by a scale of 10 and apart from maybe corruption, it explains why they look relatively well kitted.
Investment / Re: MMM: Benue Woman Commits Suicide by BlackBaron: 8:58pm On Jan 25
Quite unfortunate really.
Any business or investment promising you riches without an actual product, offering and whatnot backing it up is surely a boiler room operation or scam.

I'm guessing it only gained traction here probably due to the economy and the lack of exposure to a sophisticated scheme like this.

We can only hope for better education and probably common sense for those who think riches or great returns in life is as easy as offered on a platter by Mmm.
Investment / Re: Why Has MMM Not Released Official Statement Prior To Resumption by BlackBaron: 11:22am On Jan 13
What company resumes from a break on a saturday.
lol

I might be wrong though
Politics / Re: $550 Million Abacha's Loot To Be Lost In The U.s by BlackBaron: 9:28pm On Jan 12
Abacha... The name that keeps on giving.

Astonishing, many years after his death, we still haven't heard the last of his loots.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Technical Discussions On International Military Equipments Doctrines Tactics Etc by BlackBaron: 9:15pm On Jan 12
PAC is actually a corporation set up by the Pakistani Airforce.
'On its own',... I meant an actual airforce that set up its own corp. and then actively went out to produce a fighter jet of its own in collaboration with China of course.
No other country's airforce, correct me if wrong went on to establish a company that went on to produce an aircraft.
nemesis2u:
grin



Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 5:37pm On Jan 12
Patchesagain:


No
You should cry then.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 1:34pm On Jan 12
tdayof:
PRODUCTION OF MULTI-ROLE LIGHT UTILITY AIRCRAFT: NAF SIGNS MOU WITH COMP AIR AVIATION
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Comp Air Aviation of USA to seal the partnership on production of multi-role light utility aircrafts. The Comp Air Aviation is an aircraft manufacturer company based in Florida, USA...

The interesting thing about this is if it is successful, Nigerian Air Force would be only the second airwing in the world to have privately built an aircraft on its own. The other is Pakistan.
Politics / Re: Photos Of Saraki At CCT Today As His Trial Commenced Again by BlackBaron: 8:27pm On Jan 11
The judiciary is more or less no more in the pocket of the rich and powerful. Or how can this sham of a trial continue to get by at a snail's pace.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/oct/13/properties-seized-assets-corrupt-cash-crackdown-criminal-finances-bill-tax-haven

Mr Saraki's properties in the UK is also under scrutiny amongst others.
Celebrities / Re: Pretty Mike And His Girls In Dog Leash In New Photo by BlackBaron: 8:22pm On Jan 11
Does this idiot not have mum and sisters?

The females too like the few lazy one are those two acting like actual 'biitches' at the sight of money. angry
Foreign Affairs / Re: Technical Discussions On International Military Equipments Doctrines Tactics Etc by BlackBaron: 12:01pm On Jan 10
Let's not be disingenuous here.

The Mi 35 is an attack helicopter quite alright but it is not the most specialised AH compared to others. It is different that while it is an attack helicopter, it can also perform additional duties of troop transport in tandem with attack abilities.
If for purely attack reasons, the specs on Rooivalk might just edge out Mi 35. For others, the absence of additional capabilities for Rooivalk outside of attack may mean its not the best. Either way, both are able to do one thing well.

They can rip to shreds enemy troops when they are called in.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 10:39pm On Jan 08
Patchesagain:
***OFF TOPIC***

Weekly M.E round-up!

Iraqi columns getting wrecked in Mosul by VBIEDS - it seems the Iraqi's have never heard of the First Chechen war (or the battle for Grozny). Either way, very difficult threat to counter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvv5bpwqvAY

Shows just how close the frontlines at Dez-Azzure Airbase are, Syrian Arab Airforce Jets getting taken out by ATGM fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a9H1dXPM9U
The terrorists can keep on trying but the Iraqi army has just pushed through to the Tigris river. Funny the cannon fodders used in suicide attacks do not think of the fear of their own leaders who push them, but then try to scamper away when it's their turn to die.
Politics / Re: Shameful, Irresponsible That DSS Is Leaking Our Phone Conversations - Fayose by BlackBaron: 10:24am On Dec 30, 2016
The country's just like one big crime city with thugs, militants, rogues and so as Governors, etc. The security services on the other hand are petty, recording and releasing conversation.

It's plain sad this are the things we contend with, when the country needs braniacs to solve problems.

Funny is that Nigerians know little of the scale of surveillance possibility held by the government. You can read all about it if you know where to look.

We need laws to protect the privacy of people, especially those working in surveillance who without guidelines can use this to even keep tabs on associates, exes, etc who are outside any investigation.
Politics / Re: Sheriff: I Was Wrongly Accused Of Sponsoring Boko Haram.. by BlackBaron: 10:15am On Dec 30, 2016
Mr Sheriff in a bid to get re elected, cuddled up to the group then due to their populist acceptance amongst borno people. He famously promised them sharia in return for votes.
Subsequently, the terrorist group got out of control as they felt despite all, they wanted a parallel existence to the constitution.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 5:57pm On Dec 24, 2016
^^^
Though easier said than done. It's necessary for our government to have had checks at very local levels to prevent ideologies, especially external types with parallel mindsets to the country's government.
Hez might seem less harmful than shitty state but they remain a threat and when become very entrenched, they suddenly become as powerful as a state in their own way. In Lebanon, Hez and their national army are in some sort of stand offish scenario. The Americans trying to prevent the the further weakening of the state's, try to supply their army with sizeable arms to prevent being usurped by Hez which also gets continued supplies from Iran.

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Politics / Re: James Ibori Holds Prayer Session In His London Home After His Release. Photos by BlackBaron: 10:06am On Dec 22, 2016
Fantastically corrupt

The amount of supporters he has would make you think he was Delta state's Robin Hood. This dude robbed all levels of generations even up to the unborn ones to enrich himself.

Yet, he's celebrated like he accomplished a most astonishing feat of purpose.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Technical Discussions On International Military Equipments Doctrines Tactics Etc by BlackBaron: 9:38pm On Dec 21, 2016
Western Aleppo that is...

Unfortunately that of Syria's is a case of too many cooks spoil the broth.
Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 1:07am On Dec 20, 2016
Nok234:


It is not the same vehicle but I confess that there is a strong resemblance
1st pic Nigerian IVM G 12
2nd pic Chinese BJ2022

IVM G 12 is bigger
Beijing Automotive Works Beijing 2022 is the full name or Yongshi Warrior. They're the same vehicles. What you're posting are variations. They are actually one and same.
Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 1:02am On Dec 20, 2016
Nok234:


more there is no pick-up variant in the chinese Beijing 2022
There are actually...
Many variants from private, gun trucks, etc
Foreign Affairs / Re: African Militaries/ Security Services Strictly Photos Only And Videos Thread by BlackBaron: 11:46pm On Dec 19, 2016
[quote author=Henry240 post=52084910][/quote]

The Innoson vehicle is also the Beijing 2022 jeep used by the Chinese army.

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