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Temple Chima UbochiFriday, April 30, 2010
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IF GADDAFI IS MAD: THEN WHICH NIGERIAN LEADER IS SANE? (3) (PICTORIAL)

There is no economy in going to bed early to save candles if the result is twins. (Chinese Proverb)

The colonialists did not do as much damage to the Nigerian psyche as Babangida did (Time Sep. 06, 1993)

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire (Thomas Paine)

An enemy who tells the truth contributes infinitely more to our improvement than a friend who deludes us (Louis N. Fortin)

Instead of you carrying me on the back and still my legs will be touching the ground, put me down to walk with my legs. (Kama iga akworom n’azu ükwü mu anaeru ala, hapum kam nwere ükwüm gawa.) (Igbo Proverb)


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Continued from Part 2

he former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the outgone Primate of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Peter Akinola, said that Gaddafi’s statement should not be dismissed with the wave of the hand; rather, that the import of the statement be examined critically. Against the background of disturbances in parts of the country over time and the attendant impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators, the religious leader said that the comments credited to Gaddafi were indeed “divine.” Akinola explained that he, just like other people, had dismissed Gaddafi’s comment as one coming from an undesirable quarter. That however, on deep reflection over it for a week, he discovered that the comment deserved a second thought! He said, “Initially I dismissed him, thinking he was only being true-to-type, because he is the kind of person who could say such thing. After a week of pondering over the whole thing, I said to myself, may be the man should not just be dismissed. Perhaps what he has said is divine in the sense that it would serve as a wake up call to Nigerian stakeholders to find ways of finding lasting solutions to the issues at stake”. Pointing out that Nigerian Authorities should ignore the messenger but take the message serious; Akinola argued that although the Libyan leader was not a friend of Nigeria, the import of his comment should not be lost on all.

According to Akinola, what Gaddafi meant was that the time has come for Nigeria to sit and discuss her continued existence as one country under one God. Alluding to the inability of government and law enforcement agencies to bring to book perpetrators of disturbances ever since, the religious leader wondered why government or the Police have never brought anyone to book since the Kafanchan crisis in 1988.

“Where are the murderers and arsonists that caused mayhem in all the crises we have been having in this country. We need to come together and discuss the terms of our staying together if we want to be honest with ourselves. I support one Nigeria, but we have to discuss our continued existence as a nation. If Nigeria should burn, nobody will be spared. The time is ripe and due for discussion to settle Nigeria’s unity, that is what Gaddafi’s statement portends. If Hausa-Fulani can do their business in the South unmolested, Kola and Ugochukwu should be able to do their businesses in Kaduna or Jos unmolested, and if molested, then government and the police have a duty to fish out the perpetrators and deal with them decisively.” (Ref: Sun 23.03.10)

Goddi Akubue opined that “People may call a man who has led his people for donkey years to prosperity all kinds of derogatory names, but the fact that remains is that Gaddafi has been known for his forthrightness - rightly or wrongly. For a practising Moslem in the far north of Africa to look into his crystal ball or hold up the mirror to the face of Nigeria and advice her to either divide and live or stay united and perish, means a clear vindication for Biafra for which Pa Ojukwu is better known. Truth is always bitter. Gadaffi's opinion is merely a suggestion and can either be accepted or denied by those for whom the suggestion is intended. How come Nigerians forgot to find a name for the CIA report predicting the imminent collapse of Nigeria? Patrick Wilmot once said and I quote: “killing me, chopping off my arms may never deter me from my cause, for the truths of a man cannot be dissolved in his blood”. It is interesting that Tripoli which did not support Biafra then, is now openly broaching the very subject for which many Igbo heroes and heroines laid down their lives. Those sacrifices will never be in vain as the non-violent march continues”.

The President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, intervened in the Nigeria-Libya diplomatic row triggered by Mr. Gaddafi's utterances. She visited the acting president with a Libyan delegation which registered their unhappiness with the branding of their national leader as a mad man. Infact the delegation protested comments by Senate President David Mark describing Gaddafi as a “mad man”. Speaking during that reconciliatory meeting convened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia at the Presidential Villa, Abuja then, the Libyan delegation told Acting President Goodluck Jonathan that Gaddafi was not happy with Mark’s comments. Muhammed A. Sherif, leader of the team and Secretary General of World Islamic Call Society based in Tripoli said “Gaddafi is not happy with the Senate President’s response addressing him as a mad man because he didn’t abuse either Nigerian president nor Nigerian people and he was surprised that a highly dignified person in Nigeria will respond in such a way.”

One is always tempted to ask the Nigerian leaders what they have done for the country that’s making them feel hoity-toity.

According to the 2009 chart (figure) released by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis and Nigerians are top on the list of asylum seekers. Check out the countries mentioned above; they are all failed states, so there’s no doubt that Nigeria is a failed state, because, “birds of the same feathers flock together”. The irony is that none of those countries, which made the list with Nigeria, has all which Nigeria has. Iraq may have oil, but, it does not have the kind of solid minerals and human resources which Nigeria has.

Sequel to the Part 2 of this article, Chuma Oguejiofor in Michigan wrote this to me: “My brother, I sincerely believe that I belong to your school of thought. In my discussions, opinions and statements with my fellow brothers and sisters over here, I have always stated that Nigerian needs an honest and dedicated dictator that can change things for the better in the country. My premise is based on the same summation you indicated in your article, namely: lack of opposition in a military government and ability to run the affairs of the country based on military fiats. However, people tend to hold their breath whenever I state that the person who could have steered the country to prosperity would have been Abacha. This guy was fearless, ruled by threats and rooted out civilian and military opponents. The problem was Abacha was corrupt and had no clue on how to make the country great. If you think for a second where the country would have been in terms of development if Abacha was not plunderer of public funds! Some people cry foul when I say this but looking at history, you will find that great countries rose due to the dictatorship of their leaders and loss of lives in the process. Stalin began the foundation for the development of modern Russia that left many people dead. In old Yugoslavia, Tito had to use iron hands to rule which placed the country as one of the developed states in Europe. General Franco did the same in Spain. Even the sadistic Hussein deployed state threats to build a modern Iraq which prior to its destruction, was one of the most modernized countries in the Arabic peninsula.

Abacha had the potentials because amongst other military heads of state, he had no viable or strong opposition within the military circle. Gowon had to contend or share powers with the likes of Murtala Mohammed's, I.D. Bisalla's, the Kastina's and Haruna's. Murtala did not last long but he had to make overtures to the young officers who plotted the coup: Shehu Yar’Adua, Joseph Garba and others. Obasanjo was weak and was blanketed by the Danjuma's, Yaradua's, Babangida's and others. Buhari was not strong because he equally had to contend and share powers with Babangida, Idiagbon, Abacha and a host of other junior staff's that provided the logistics for the coup that brought him to power. On the other hand, Babangida's hands were tied up because of the major power brokers that encircled his government. This group was led by Abacha.

Through threats, killings, intimidation and outright disregard of rule of law, Abacha was able to maintain a sole control of government affairs. His brutal attitude led for the first time the fleeing of military officers outside the country. Civilian opponents also fled to Europe, Africa and United States. There was fear in the country and most Nigerians were dumbfounded that it can happen in Nigeria. Prior to his coming, Nigerians found it impossible that anybody can rule their country like Idi Amin of Uganda or Bokassa of Equatorial Guinea. But Abacha changed that. If Abacha was a disciplined, dedicated officer who was willing to develop his country, Nigeria would have reached major milestones. The reason why he could have done this, is because the military system really makes ethnic hostilities redundant. One can observe that these ethnic wars occur mostly during civilian regime. There is no accountability for the surge of weapons. Politicians buy and import weapons to kill, maim and intimidate their opponents. During military regime, acquisition of weapons are prohibited and intensively monitored. The military knows that their power lies with the possession of guns and hates rivalries with the civilians. Whether you believe it or not, the Niger Delta conflict would not have reared its ugly head if the soldiers are in power. The Niger Delta militants are waxing because we are in a democratic system of government and the JTF cannot vanquish them because they have to tow the line of the government in power. Religious riots would have been a thing of the past if the soldiers are in power. These riots are spring up everywhere because politicians are using them as a means of check mating their opponents. Military regimes also make and reduce the influence of tribalism and ethnic sentiments. People do not fight who amongst their kindred, clan, local government or state on who should hold a particular position and how many terms.

So my brother, you are absolutely right, a military dictator with great devotion and love for his country has the ability to develop and restructure Nigeria to great heights”.

This mail came to me from a person at the “ground-zero”. He knows what Gaddafi has done for his country. Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu lives in Libya and he wrote me from there:

“Hello Ubochi,

I really enjoyed your article, though you do not live in Libya but you have better information, please keep it up.

I just want to say that if what Ghadaffi is doing in Libya is madness I will like to be mad as well. The picture is clear, we can always find out who is mad; Nigerian "rulers" or the Libyan Leader, who is for now the best leader in Africa? Quote me, we are living in this country .......... we know how things are here.

Bye for now”

Pa Adedapo Adeniran (86 years old) said “Gaddafi is not a mad man. Gaddafi is objective. It is they; the very people who cannot analyze or make in-depth analysis of what Gaddafi said who are mad. Perhaps, Mark and others shouting Gaddafi down and castigating him have not been listening to what Nigerians have been saying lately. Or maybe, they have not had the time and opportunity to read my book, Nigeria: Case for Peaceful and Friendly Dissolution.”

The concluding part will be out soon.

Tit Bits

Below are disgusting pictures. I don't intend to spoil anybody's day for him or her, but, the real pictures of how hard life is for majority of fellow citizens must be shown. Bear with the ugly scenes please, that's Nigeria for you. Look at how some Nigerian citizens are "mining wealth" in some of the garbage dumps dotting the Nigerian landscape. This is a country some of its leaders have branded Gaddafi a mad man. Conclude for yourself who's mad; Gaddafi or Nigerian leaders. What's the nation about Nigeria, when its citizens must forage a living on refuse dumps?








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One cannot imagine how deceitful Nigerian leaders are. They preach one thing and do the other. Is it a wonder that Nigeria isn’t going anywhere! David Mark, who happens to be one of the most corrupt Nigerians, fooled himself again recently when the Punch of Thursday, April 1, 2010 quoted him as having said that “Corruption is the bane of good governance”. The Paper wrote that David Mark has identified corruption and non-observance of the rule of law as the major constraints to good governance in most democracies. Presenting Nigeria's position at the 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bangkok, Mark also identified inefficiency of bureaucracy, politicisation of administration and abuse of human and material resources as other constraints to good governance. The Senate president, who was represented by Senator Umaru Dahiru, said that in the face of the constraints, the role of the parliament in political reconciliation was inevitable. "Good governance can be equated with sound economic management based on accountability, participation, predictability, forgiveness and transparency". He listed the vital aspects of good governance to include the promotion of democracy and open plural societies and strengthening of transparent, accountable, efficient and effective national and local governments. Others, he said, include anti-corruption initiatives and respect for human rights and rule of law.

In actual fact, politicians such as David Mark don't give a damn if all the poor Nigerians perish, that's why they care less about building new roads or maintaining existing ones, that's why they don't want to equip and maintain the hospitals since they can afford to jet out of Nigeria for medical treatment abroad. They can bamboozle us with their purport, but, we are not buying their crap.

We just learnt that senators and members of the House of Representatives will walk away with N4.7 billion every year from the lean Federal treasury as basic salaries and regular allowances while many more billions will be spent on their non-regular allowances. Based on the new package, each of the 107 senators (excluding the Senate President and his deputy) will collect N11 million in basic salaries and regular allowances every year while a member of the House of Representatives will get N9.9 million.

The regular allowances are accommodation, car maintenance, domestic staff, personal assistant, entertainment, leave, utilities, newspaper/periodicals and constituency. These figures do not include non-regular allowances-- vehicle loan, furniture allowance, estacode, duty tour allowance and severance gratuity--which are paid separately to each legislator as they become due.

Under the new pay package, each senator is entitled to N3 million as furniture allowance and N5 million as car loan once every four years, and is also entitled to N6 million as severance gratuity after the "successful" completion of his/her tenure. Also, a senator is to collect N23, 000 per day when on official trip as duty tour allowance, and $600 per day as estacode when on foreign trip. A member of the House is entitled to N744, 454 furniture allowance and N4.96 million car loan once every four years, while a Rep's severance package is N5.96 million, estacode, $550 and duty tour allowance, N21, 000.

Imagine what those scums, calling themselves legislators, are receiving for doing nothing, while many Nigerians are scavenging for a living. This breaks a heart indeed!

Although I’m not a fan of the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari; I disagree totally with his tactics, recalcitrance and the call for outright splitting of Nigeria (I support reverting to regional system), but, these would not stop me from acknowledging some of his well made points. Dokubo-Asari threw his weight behind the recent call by Gaddafi to divide the Nigerian state in order to put an end to the recurring ethno-religious crisis in the country. Dokubo also called for the resignation of Senate President David Mark for calling Gaddafi a madman and reasoned that the cry of oppression and marginalization in Nigeria is not limited to the ethnic minorities of the Niger-Delta alone, stating that the majority ethnic groups like the Igbos are also groaning “under the worst form of internal colonialism”.

Dokubo-Asari said the call by Gaddafi was justifiable and appealed to United Nations Organization (UN) and the African Union (AU) to preside over the division saying that the controversial call by Gaddafi was in order in the light of "the growing discontents in Niger Delta and other parts" of the country. He argued that the friction emanating from the colonial contraption or pseudo political union has led to the lingering crises in the country, including 'coup d’états, counter coups, secession battles, civil war, rigged elections, pro-democracy agitations, civil unrest, inter-ethnic war, self determination struggles to armed insurrection in the Niger Delta', noting that "The Berom people of Jos, the Kanuris, Nupes, Tivs, Jukuns, Idomas, Igalas, Ibiras and other ethnic groups of today's Northern Nigeria are not left out."

Dokubo-Asari added that the erstwhile "free nations were forced together into a British Colony that was later put under the authority of the Fulani aristocracy through a massively rigged election and phantom independence in 1960 which has left the Country "more divided, stating that it will be better for the global community to acknowledge this fact so that "pragmatic steps be taken to constructively dissolve the entity called Nigeria".

For Asari, the international community must rise to this occasion like it did in India and Kosovo stressing that there is nothing more sacrosanct about Nigeria than the defunct USSR, Yugoslavia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Czechoslovakia adding that Muammar Gaddafi has boldly taken the first step and initiated the global debate on Nigeria. Dokubo also opined that a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) of all the ethnic nationalities that were forcefully conscripted into Nigeria will be a veritable platform for determining the lines of division under the careful supervision of the United Nations. He said further that statement from Gaddafi should be the biggest challenge before the United Nations and African Union since their inception, since both organizations still have ample opportunity to nip Nigerian crisis in the bud as the time to act is now before the bubble burst”. (Ref: THEWILL of March 27, 2010)

Wishing you a happy May Day!

THE THANX IS ALL YOURS!!!

Continued from Part 2

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