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KONY 2012, The “Good Intentions Vs The Real Intentions””

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I support a genuine war on terror. However, I am quite sceptical when it comes to ‘fighting terror’ in an African country that until recently suddenly discovered oil in commercial quantities.  Mark Kersten from Justice in Conflict says Uganda’s recently-discovered oil reserves, which “may produce between 2.5 billion to 6 billion barrels of oil. This oil is suddenly directly linked to the country’s security”, (cited by RT). Of course we understand that the US has never intervened in a country where there is no economic or military benefit.
 
A video interview which is said to have been conducted in 2006 with the captioned “Joseph Kony – The Interview” which is posted on [http://www.break.com/index/joseph-kony-interview-2307628]
the narrator made some interesting statements that must be examined carefully: “As we walked through the bush, I was hoping that I was going to meet Joseph Kony, the man who has eluded the Ugandan government for 20 years. As we ate together, Africa’s most wanted man whose never been interviewed by a journalist seemed guilt-free more interested in the records of other criminals”, – the narrator who appeared to be the same voice interviewing Joseph Kony. As interesting as this interview was presented, one question needs to be asked. How does a foreign journalist, who has no direct links with the Lord’s Resistance Army, or its notorious leader manage to contact the entire terrorist group deep in the forest for an interview without any special security arrangement for his safety? How do these journalists always manage to find such people to interview them when in fact the most sophisticated intelligence service networks usually have no knowledge of their whereabouts?
 
 “It would be great to get rid of Joseph Kony and the entire Lord’s Resistance Army. He and his forces have left a path of abductions and mass murder in their wake for over 20 years. But let’s get one thing straight:  Joseph Kony is not in Uganda and hasn’t been there for 6 years”, -Keating. Most importantly, I would like to remind the world of one critical statement: “A MAN ALWAYS HAS TWO REASONS FOR DOING ANYTHING- THE ‘GOOD REASON’ AND THE ‘REAL REASON’”, (J.P. Morgan). This is why any such US proposed military intervention must be critically examined especially when it may lead to the establishment of a US military base (AFRICOM) in the country and the possible use of depleted Uranium which equally has devastating consequences. Our experience in Iraq is still fresh in our memories. As we look forward to “get rid of” these terrorists, let us always be guided by the Iraqi experience. The US went to Iraq (and Afghanistan) with the promise to get rid of Al-Qaeda. Today, although Bin Laden “is dead” together with Al-Zawahiri and  about 1.2million Iraqis, Al-CIAda is still hanging around in the Middle East and Libya with more sophisticated weapons. Yet, the military contractors made billions of money in these wars. Perhaps the bitter part of this reality is that Al-Qaeda today has grown beyond mere terrorist attacks to a much bigger role of overthrowing governments labelled as evil. Al-Qaeda no longer seem to be a threat since their actions are justified and supported by many governments including the supply of arms to the group (as seen in Libya and Syria). We therefore need to understand that ‘terrorism’ though it is a dangerous threat to global peace and security, it is a very “important partner” to the military industrial complex, who are determined to make trillions of dollars from the war on terror. In fact, the globalist are working hard behind the scenes to keep the wars  going for as long as it will take for humanity to wake up and say enough is enough. As these and many such humanitarian scenarios are being presented to us in such appealing manner, let us carefully reflect on what J.F Kennedy, once said: “Things do not just happen. Things are made to happen”. Therefore one wouldn’t be wrong to imagine that some of these developments might not be happening  by accident, but a well-planned event.
 
In order to appreciate the way forward and the most effective way of dealing with terrorism it is important to analyse a few things. First, let us go back to Afghanistan and Iraq. Before the US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, Al-Qaida and the Taliban offered to hand over Bin Laden and a few other terrorists who were on the FBI’s most wanted list. Unfortunately, the then president of the United States, George W. Bush, turned down the offer, claiming that “the US does not negotiate with terrorists”. Yet, after almost 10 years later, it is shocking to see the US negotiating with the same terrorist group in Qatar where the Taliban is reported to have set up an office. Surprisingly, even the United Nations now seem to advocate for peaceful negotiations rather that conflict with the Taliban. So, the burning question is: if negotiations are the way forward, then why does the US always proceed with many years of military conflict before it proposes negotiation after hundreds of thousands of civilians’ casualties has been created?
 
Imagining the impossible- “the audacity of hope”
Many Al-Qaeda leaders have been assassinated, yet Al-Qaeda has expanded its sphere of influence to at least two regions: Africa and the Middle East. One would wonder why these leaders were never captured alive to use their sphere of influence to convince the entire Al-Qaida group to lay down their weapons for an ‘attractive offer’ in other to end this assault and retaliations that keeps us going round in circles? Isn’t it possible to imagine a world where the US, instead of ‘targeted assassinations” rather choose to negotiate with the Al-Qaeda group as it is currently being done with the Taliban? Can anyone imagine a world where Bin Laden and a few of such rebel leaders are seen in the news, shaken hands with world leaders, holding summits together and appealing to their followers to lay down their weapons? Wonderful woundn’t it? Just imagine, a world where African leaders are seen everywhere on TV, interacting with Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, and even leaders of the Al-Shabaab  holding summits together and appealing to their followers to lay down their weapons? Many people may feel this approach is completely impossible and certainly not the best way forward. But I have a strong conviction that this approach would have given the best definition to the true meaning of “the audacity of hope”. As impossible as it might seem, I believe this approach would create a very wonderful world for humanity; a world where terrorism and weapons of mass destruction would be of no use; a world where even those who might aspire to become notorious, may have no such motivation because there will be no bitterness within their hearts.
But unfortunately, these imaginations may never be given any priority and might never come to reality. Because behind all the chaos and the instability created by the bad guys; there is always a window of opportunity for some ‘investors’ and the ‘good guys’ to reap their benefits while the poor ordinary people suffer. This is the reason why even though I support the fight against terrorism, I still have my reservations, especially when the military option is always given the utmost priority above all other approach.
 
 By Dr. Saka
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  1. ?????????

    March 18, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Stupid Saka,
    you have been paid to write rubbish……
    I suspect you,……. You must be one of the terrorIst group…….
    The U.S, i know values life and humanity…… They can do anything to save life………
    We are talking about life here.
    … Money is suppose to save life but a life that save money shall rust in hell…..
    A good man is better than 1000, 000 men……
    U.S, save life and are prepared to save good life………
    Stupid Saka… You must be a terrorist …… You do not know what to say or you have been paid to write this ……

  2. Lucky

    March 18, 2012 at 3:30 am

    …… Stupid Saka,
    you have been paid to write rubbish……
    I suspect you,……. You must be one of the terrorIst group…….
    The U.S, i know values life and humanity…… They can do anything to save life………
    We are talking about life here.
    … Money is suppose to save life but a life that save money shall rust in hell…..
    A good man is better than 1000, 000 men……
    U.S, save life and are prepared to save good life………
    Stupid Saka… You must be a terrorist …… You do not know what to say or you have been paid to write this ……

  3. Etiosa

    March 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

    The U.S, good intention is a real intention……
    Real intention = good intention….
    No money is comparable to life….
    The U.S, values life…….
    They are the world peace…… God bless them……

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Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.

In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.

“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.

In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.

As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’

Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.

The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.

On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.

“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.

In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.

With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.

The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.

Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.

Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.

PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.

• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.

• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye

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Dethroned Monarch, Sanusi

We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!

So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.

Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A

Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.

The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?

The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.

He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….

The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.

Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences  of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”

It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.

My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.

Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.

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Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth

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Emir Sanusi

By Fredrick Nwabufo

Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.

I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.

But wait!

The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.

READ: Dethroned Sanusi Will Be Under House Arrest – Ganduje’s Aide

“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.

In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.

In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.

Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.

As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.

‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.

READ: Sanusi Breaks Silence After Dethronement As Emir Of Kano (Video)

And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.

To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.

So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.

But Sanusi was still talking.

Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.

I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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