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Nigeria: A Boko Haram Republic Or A Future U.S. Military Base?

The national anthem of Nigeria hails the country as “one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.” But when one reflects upon Nigeria’s somewhat chequered past, it is quite clear that even when the anthem was adopted in 1978, freedom, peace and unity was more a thing of hope than reality.

Nigerians are a resilient people. And despite wholesale embezzlement of public funds, pseudo democracy and long-standing austerity measures, the average Nigerian has managed to survive — albeit by careful scrapping.  But terrorism is a totally different kettle of fish. Since 2010, the terrorist group Boko Haram has sustained a steady campaign of bombings in northern Nigeria. And with President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration having very little grip on internal security, the urban guerrillas now have the country on lock-down.

With the Nigerian administration being evidently clueless on how to effectively contain Boko Haram, one wonders what then is the African Union (AU) doing about the volatile situation? Well, if Africa cannot sort out her own problems, there’s always “global rent-a-cop” ready to charge to the rescue.

The U.S. clearly has a vested interest in Nigeria. Most of us know that already know that the U.S. always closely follows the crude oil trail, just as files follow animal feces and garbage. According to Professor Paul Lubeck of University of California, Nigeria “is a major source of petroleum and natural gas for international markets, especially for the U.S., because it’s outside the Persian Gulf, it’s close to American refining, and it’s of a particular quality of oil that many gallons of gasoline could be developed from every barrel of oil.”

It is therefore little wonder that the U.S. is closely watching the situation in Nigeria. The White House spokesman, Jay Carney, released a statement on Boxing Day saying that the Obama administration contacted the Nigerian government over the Boko Haram Christmas Day church bombings, offering to help bring those responsible to book.

Strangely enough, I am always somewhat wary of U.S. involvement in global political situations.  There is just too much spin, deceit, manipulation, misinformation and self-aggrandisement for my liking.  Consequently, it’s quite understandable that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is pussyfooting over whether to accept U.S. help or not.  But of course, this doesn’t diminish the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan and the AU ought to step up to the plate ASAP and demonstrate true and effective leadership at such a critical time.

Nigeria the Boko Haram Republic is just as bad as Nigeria the U.S. military base.  Neither is a viable option worth exploring.  And as these are clearly testing times in the already chequered history of the sleeping giant of Africa, there is no better time for Nigerians to resoundingly invoke the part of the national anthem that says:  “O God of creation, direct our noble cause. Guide our leaders right, help our youth the truth to know……….”

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Gaddafi Is A ‘Living Political Corpse’

These are heady times for Colonel Gaddafi and for humanity at large. It is  now insignificant whether outside influence is responsible for the uprising in Libya. The main bone of contention at the moment is that Libyans have had enough of Colonel Gaddafi’s 42-year rule and want him to go.

Colonel Gaddafi, for his part, remains defiant in his decision to fight to the death. Just because Colonel Gaddafi is locked in his position at the moment, does not mean he won’t back-track in days to come. After all, this happens a lot in politics, and who said a man cannot change his mind, especially when he finds himself between a rock and a very hard place?

If Colonel Gaddafi truly believes that if he dies in the uprising he will attain martyrdom, then he does not understand the virtues of martyrdom. Fighting for self-aggrandisement and political survival is not what martyrdom is about in any religion. Moreover, the fact that he publicly announced this preposterous wish is an insult to all true martyrs of all religions.

The US and UK, on the other hand, are oil hustlers and opportunistic good Samaritans. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it is difficult to believe that the US and UK concerns for the plight of the Libyans are genuine.  The  bottom line is that the US and UK are attracted to Libya’s oil like vultures are attracted to the carcasses of dead animals.

It does baffle me though, that all of a sudden UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is saying  “It is not acceptable to have a situation where Colonel Gaddafi can murder his own people ……..”  Didn’t his predecessor, Tony Blair, say something similar about Saddam Hussein just before the commencement of the second Iraq war?  What shape is  Iraq in today? Does anyone really think that Iraq is better off now than when under Saddam? Agreed Saddam was Pharaoh-like, but the US and UK are no Moses. They are fake messiahs.

If Colonel Gaddafi loves Libya as he claims, he should step down and go into exile before US and UK tankers roll into Libya.  Libya under western occupation is not a viable option for Libyans, the Middle East and world peace. The sooner Colonel Gaddafi and his sons quit daydreaming and accept the reality of what is happening around them, the better for us all.

Both the Arab League and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) should get their acts together with immediate effect. I think it is shameful that things are happening on their door-steps and they are conspicuously silent. The Arab League and OAU really need to take things by the scruff of the neck to stop these oil-thirsty vampires in their wake.

I couldn’t agree more with the Kremlin’s recent remark about Colonel Gaddafi being a “living political corpse.” What a brain-teaser for the vultures hovering above Colonel Gaddafi.

In oil we trust !