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Temple Chima UbochiSaturday, September 30, 2017
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Bonn, Germany

NIGERIA'S EXIT OF 90 INTERNATIONAL BODIES

Do not expect justice where might is right (Plato)

Be mindful of how you use your power (Ayesha Grice)

Unlimited Power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it (William Pitt, Sr.)

If every conceivable precaution is taken at first, one is often too discouraged to proceed at all (Archer John Porter Martin)

[It is a basic principle of a tyrant] to unarm his people of weapons, money, and all means whereby they resist his power (Sir Walter Raleigh)

Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control (Denis Diderot)

he latest news that Nigeria is exiting 90 International bodies, for whatever reasons, was a jolt to me. Is Buhari, under whatever pretense, taking Nigeria out of some world bodies to save his own skin, because of the atrocities he has committed against some innocent Nigerians?

When Neil Hamilton (1949), a Conservative Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, was speaking in the House of Commons debates, on February 8, 1994; I didn't know that what he said then will reflect the attitude of Nigeria's government of today. There and then, Hamilton said: "I have always believed that government had a limited capacity to do good and a virtually infinite capacity to do harm..." Buhari and his government fit in well here. Buhari has been leading Nigeria into the gutter, and we're watching him do this without any challenge. That's too bad!

I, just like the Astronomer, Galileo (1564 - 1642), "do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." That Nigerians are napping while Buhari destroys the country and its people puzzles me.

To recap: On Wednesday, September 27, the government of Nigeria, under Buhari, announced the withdrawal of the country from 90 of the 310 international organizations whose membership it holds. The Vanguard reports that the decision was taken at the Federal Executive Council meeting. In Vanguard's words: "Briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said exiting some of the international bodies would help the country meet its obligations and save it from the embarrassment it was currently subjected.

Asked to mention the names of the international bodies Nigeria was pulling out of, Adeosun said that would be known in two weeks after the committee set up on the matter would have completed its assignment".

I agree with the Minister of Finance that prudence and value for money suggest that Nigeria doesn't need to be a member of every organization; I also see no need for Nigeria to belong to some of those organizations which can't add any meaningful value to the lives of Nigerians at this point in time. It's the right thing that we cut our coat according to our size, and be able to pay our dues or subscriptions. In fact, we have no reason to owe. But why would Buhari's government blame the previous ones for the indebtedness, when they have been in power for more than two years - enough time to pay off the debts incurred by the previous governments. Afterall, governance is a continuous process? The problem is that Buhari blames others for everything, even for his own incompetence.

Methinks that what the Finance Minister said are not the only reasons why Buhari is taking Nigeria out of those organizations. It's good to pay up, but every country is owing one organization or another; so it's not the end of the world to owe: The United States is the chief debtor to the United Nations; Germany and almost all the European countries in NATO are owing the organization substantial amounts, and I'm sure many African countries are indebted to the African Union and Ecowas. It has been alleged that Buhari's medical bill was a whopping $32M in 6-Weeks, according to Republic Reporters, and still we can't pay our dues. The Voice of America (VOA) wrote an article, on February 16, 2017, captioned: "Nigerians pay for leaders' treatment abroad, (but) get little health care at home".

At face value, one might see this move to withdraw Nigeria from some international bodies as a wise decision, but behind the fašade, it might have been a precautionary measure taken by Buhari to guarantee his own freedom, even after leaving office. Taking precautions is good, but it will not work well for Buhari this time around. Buhari has been denying many Nigerians of their own freedom, but tries to guard his own jealousy, knowing how vulnerable he can be outside the shores of Nigeria. Exiting some of the international organizations, that can question his human rights records, might be a ploy to avoid being embarrassed outside Nigeria.

Having violated the human rights of so many Nigerians, a warrant of arrest can be issued against Buhari. More especially now that he sent the army to Abia State to kill, maim, and rape innocent civilians on the pretext of stopping IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu. Also, remember that Buhari boasted of helping in killing about 3 million Igbos, during the genocide called a civil war, and he added that he will do it again if that will help keep Nigeria as "One". These cases are before the United Nations, and there's the possibility that after reviewing those cases, the United Nations might refer them to the International Criminal Court for the issuance of an arrest warrant. Methinks that's what Buhari wants to avoid.

Even if the decision to remove Nigeria from those organizations was made in good faith, the timing makes it look suspicious; now that there's national and international outcry against Buhari's decision to send the Army to molest and kill IPOB members, to declare the group a terrorist one, and their leader a terrorist wanted at all cost.

The International Criminal Court (ICC), in The Hague, the Netherlands, investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Court is participating in a global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent these crimes from happening again. The Court's website says that it cannot reach these goals alone. As a court of last resort, it seeks to complement, not replace, national Courts. Governed by an international treaty called the Rome Statute, the ICC is the world's first permanent international criminal court.

Mindful of what happened to his fellow blood-thirsty despot, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who narrowly escaped arrest in South Africa, in June 2015, Buhari is trying to be clever, but he will fail. For those who don't know, the BBC, on June 15, 2015, reported that the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, has returned to Khartoum from South Africa, avoiding arrest over war crimes charges on an international warrant. Mr. Bashir flew out of South Africa despite an order barring him from leaving while a Pretoria court decided whether to arrest him on charges issued by the International Criminal Court. Mr. Bashir was visiting Johannesburg for an African Union (AU) summit.

Tell me how Buhari will not end up in The Hague when his government says that the Fulani herdsmen are only criminals but IPOB members are terrorists? Imagine the kind of government we have: The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, told a world already laughing at us, that "Nigeria did not designate marauding Fulani herdsmen as terrorists despite being responsible for hundreds of death and destruction of properties because their activities were criminal and not terror-related, reiterating what Shehu Garba, the presidential spokesman said some days before. The Guardian reports that Lai Mohammed told BBC's Focus on Africa that the criticism of Nigeria's designation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization was flawed, noting that both the separatist group and the deadly herdsmen have different agendas. Mohammed insisted that the herdsmen's "acts of criminality should not be confused with terrorism acts" even though they were named the fourth deadliest group in the world, according to the 2014 Global Terrorism Index.

Hearing such, I feel like hitting the roof. Who are they trying to hoodwink? Just as The President General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, argued, every right thinking person knows that Fulani herdsmen deserved the terrorist label, not IPOB. The point is that Buhari is the patron of the Fulani herdsmen, that's why they will not kill when he travels out of Nigeria but will resume their killing spree when he returns to Nigeria. All these will be used, as evidence, in judgment against Buhari when the time comes.

Buhari can't be operating how he likes, after all, being a president doesn't confer any right on anybody not to be held accountable for his actions. With the way Buhari is behaving, who knows if he will allow the 2019 elections to go on, bearing in mind that he will be voted out?

I wonder why Nigerians didn't see that Buhari was unqualified for the job in 2015. I and many others warned, and I even wrote that Buhari wasn't even qualified to be a Chief MaiGuard of a small bungalow, not to talk of being the president of a complex entity like Nigeria, a land of many world's acclaimed intellectuals. Buhari wants nobody to oppose him in any way; he wants all Nigerians to be his zombies, but that's not possible. If he wants what's best for Nigeria, he must know that any good ruler must also listen to the ruled, and have to tolerate dissent views or opinions, and that's why Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) wrote that "The man who craves disciples and wants followers is always more or less of a charlatan. The man of genuine worth and insight wants to be himself; and he wants others to be themselves, also." Buhari, as an illiterate, dabbled into power by chance, and he craves absolute power and submission, thereby turning himself into a despot. Probably, he sees himself as a god; he's not and can't be; just as Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) warned that "Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, while the absolute despot turns men into clay."

To digress a bit here: Do you see how Buhari has boxed himself into a corner? Nnamdi Kanu him like a ball always, and every time, he's entrapped. Buhari sent the army to Abia State to arrest Kanu, dead or alive, but the problems created by that order are just exacerbating. Judge Binta Nyako, who granted Nnamdi Kanu bail, put it into perspective when she blasted the Nigerian Army, and told it to produce Nnamdi Kanu or she will hands up his case. The Omovibes just reports that "The magistrate judge of Abuja high Court has just expressed her displeasure as how the Nigerian Army will invade the house of a man, who is about to appear in court in three weeks time.

In Judge Nyako's words "This is never done; you never can attack a client who has a case to answer. Now he has been declared missing and am putting it on those that invaded his home to provide him before the court or I will hands up anything about his case. How can Nnamdi Kanu be setting a trap for Nigeria and they will be trapped in it? The Army should have consulted us first before any attack on that man, he is well educated and knows which trick to use to pin Nigeria down, and they are always trapped in. Now the international community's eyes are on Biafra, they are gaining more sympathy after his house was invaded. The Army is to provide him next in court or I hands off".

To make it clear here; I'm not an IPOB member, I'm not a supporter of Nnamdi Kanu (probably, he wasn't born when we experienced the civil war), I might distaste his ways, but as a human being, he has the right to express himself the way he chooses, as long as that's non-violent. Tagging him a terrorist was wrong. He has his own way of achieving his set out goal different from those of many of us. No matter how each and every one of us chooses to go about it, the most important thing is that we must bring pressure to bear on this inept government. Even though not necessarily through the use of force, but one thing we must not do is to acquiesce, or relent, but we must resist Buhari's dictatorial tendencies in our own ways, just as the Article 10 of the New Hampshire Constitution tells us that "The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."

I will continue reiterating it that Nigeria will either restructure or will break up. There are no other options left. For me, I prefer restructuring, but if Buhari continues the way he's going and hastens the breakup of Nigeria, that would also be alright. Restructuring is good, and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), who was US Founding Father, who drafted the Declaration of Independence, and was the 3rd US President, noted, in a letter to Joseph Cabell, on February 2, 1816, that "The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions in which he is competent ...

- To let the National Government be entrusted with the defense of the nation and its foreign and federal relations ...

- The State Governments with the Civil Rights, Laws, Police and administration of what concerns the State generally.

- The Counties (local governments) with the local concerns, and each ward direct the interests within itself.

It is by dividing and subdividing these Republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the administration of everyman's farm by himself, by placing under everyone what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best."

No matter what they tell us as the reasons for taking Nigeria out of 90 organizations, the main issue might be that nemesis is catching up with Buhari, and he knows he will end up in The Hague (ICC), dead or alive. Buhari has committed so many atrocities as such that he will have "smooth ride" to The Hague. Let's just wait and see which organizations he will exit Nigeria from. If the International Criminal Court becomes one of them, then know that my premonition didn't miss.

This government is so inept that no one would be surprised if it decides to take Nigeria out of some important organizations, but will rather take Nigeria into the OIC - Organization of Islamic Conference. Will you be surprised if this government removes Nigeria from the World Football governing body - FIFA and International Olympic Committee, telling Nigerians not to engage again in International Football tournaments or the Olympics?

While other countries are reaching out to one another through these international organizations, Buhari wants to make Nigeria a pariah state and is taking Nigeria back to the Cave era. If you're a Christian, the Bible in Romans 15:7 says "So reach out and welcome one another to God's glory. Jesus did it; now you do it!" I'm sure the Koran has something to tell us about this too. If Buhari doesn't know anything, let him start learning. No matter what Buhari does; if he likes, he can take Nigeria out of all the organizations in the world, but sooner than later, Karma will get him; and no matter what he does to safeguard himself, he can't run more than his heels. He can't be killing innocent people and thinks he can get away with it.

Buhari's past will catch up with him. He must atone for his atrocities, one way or the other, soon!

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