Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

South African TV and former President George Bush

February 10, 2009

The officials that broadcast that President Bush was dead should be investigated very well  and punished. I wonder why they should be using such a sensitive issue for running their tests. Also the shoe thrower in Iraq and the attention-seeking one in the UK  should be made to pay the price for the false ‘heroism’. They are certainly not my types of heroes. 

The issue of dictatorialism raised against the Chinese President is actually very true but the best way to disagree would not be through voilence. Mind you that the communist China is gradually opening up though not at the speed we expect . But a people’s elected leader deserves respect.

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Choosing Between British and American Education!

January 23, 2009

I am in a difficult position of advising some candidates on where to register for their post-graduate education. The choice is which is better between British and Americcan educational system? Without bias, do you sincerely believe as some people suggested to me that British educational standard is far better than American educational standard in general? Please do help me out of this fix. These guys need my urgent advice. Their choice of courses range from Medicine, Politics, Economics to Info Tech. Your advice and supporting arguments will be greatly appreciated.

Great Obama Weekend!

January 23, 2009

Going out to drink for  Obama inauguration. And who is afraid of a backlash? It is not in our nature. But surely we all need to start choosing what is right. Like we chose President Obama. Eight seven years is not 87 days. Did he not start with ‘God of our weary years?’ And asked for His forgiveness on us. In case you are not happy with that last ‘…choose what is right.’ Forgive him he prays! And forgive Bush too whatever you hold against him.  Yes. Let’s reconcile the world. See u monday and drink to your fill and tell the bar man I will pay when I return to the office Monday.

Thank You Mr. Bush!

January 22, 2009

For all his faults George W. Bush was a very good friend to Africa. It was that friendship that translated into a Black American becoming the US president after him. History will always remember Mr. Bush as that President that loved Africa so passionately to the extent of transferring power smoothly to the First African-American President. God bless you Mr. Bush!

On President Obama and African nations!

January 21, 2009

Ordinary africans are not to  blame for expecting Pres. Obama to solve their problems. Afterall his father is Kenyan. And in Africa, a child takes his/her identity from his/her father rather than  his/her mother. But if only we are to understand that President Obama cannot solve our problems without the coorporation of our leaders.

In a continent where leaders remain selfish, greedy and corrupt; what will Pres. Obama do? Among people who do not agree in change, what can an agent of Change offer? With the poeple who kill all the hopes of their people still seating over us, how can the hope President Obama brings be allowed to reach us. Ours is a ‘cursed’ situation. Ayi kwei Armah summarizes our frustration when he titled one of his novels ‘why are we so blest?’

The rise in Africa must start from African leaders and not President Obama.  It is when we make a step that Obama can help us increase and make many steps. With all the assistance available to African through President Bush and Tony Blair ( yes do not demonize them. They were good to Africa) when they held sway in their various countries; and our inability to seize tthe opportunities they offered, it is only God that can help us make our hay while the sun shines or we may not have anything to show after President Obama’s four years  or rather eight years.

On Zimbabwe and Opposition Politics!

January 21, 2009

While one does not blame the opposition Party, MDC in Zimbabwe for challenging the excesses of President Mugabe, one is forced to see their recent rejections of forming a government with the ruling party as smacking of selfishness rather than selfess love for the Zimbabwean people. The opposition has refused to consider the sufferings of their people at the short term and keep insisting on controlling some lucrative positions which Mugabe is not ready to offer. Union leaders are political demagogues any and everywhere. They will keep brain-washing the suffering people into basking in their suffering and waiting for a D- day which seems too far, whereas the union cum political leaders keep flying from one country to another dining and wining on the wealth they acquire  from countries who keep pouring aid in ‘sympathy’ to their cause. Let the opposition get into governemnt first. It is better to fight from the inside than to fight from the outside. Senseless and blind opposition is not surely a way forward!

Lebanon Launches Rocket Attacks on Israel!!!

January 8, 2009

One cannot understand why some people will start war and begin to cry to cry foul and seek to attract sympathy when the war blossoms.
Lebanon has started rocket attacks on Israel again. One will note that that  efforts not to kill civilians made Isreal to pay heavily last time as they did not launch their attacks indiscriminately on Lebanon . I doubt if Israel will mind  the civilians this time if Lebanon provokes them to war again.

It is therefore left for the government and people of Lebanon to guard their territory and root out these murderous elements that want to make Israel  descend on them again in a fierce war  that one thinks will not be light again as the one they had last time.

President Bush’s Last Minute appointment!

January 7, 2009

A testimony that public officers are not in their positions for service. Why is President Bush giving public appointment as political rewards? He ought to leave the incoming administration free hand to bring in people who can deliver for the administration. And why condemn Mugabe of Zimbabwe and other dictators in Africa? What is this gesture by Pres. Bush other than enforcing some individuals on the American people and future government willy-nilly?  Is it indeed the last kicks of a dying horse? lol. Pervert men are the same everywhere and in every race!!!!

And Roland Burris must not be Bullied….

January 6, 2009

It is easy for the evil to cover the good but very rare for the good to out-shine the evil. And that is for those with beclouded vision if they can be said to have eyes at all anyway.

Although a governor whom is reported to be corrupt appointed him to the senate, he must not be buried with the governor. I have not read that the governor has been indicted but perhaps he has compromised his credibilty with such allegation if all the that flows from press mills are to be true.

But if Roland Burris has not been involved in the auctioning of that senate seat, one would think he is very qualified to hold it. It is neither just because there is no other black American in the American senate and his presence there will be good to show how beautiful a good mixture of colours can be (lol,  I mean of various peoples of various colours) nor because he has been around in politics for quite sometime, have served his people in various capacities and has aspired to various offices even if unsuccessfully. It is still not because he is qualified going by his credentials nor because the press has not reported any wrong he has done in connection with this senate appointment.

Perhaps my only reason is that no one has said the reason why he is not fit for that senate seat if he is considered as Roland Burris and not Roland Burris from  or of of   Governor Blagojevich.

On Gov. Jang, the Federal Government and Jos Slaughter

December 31, 2008

One would have ordinarily considered the action taken by Gov. Jang of Plateau state against the Federal Government of Nigeria on its face value and condemn the Governor. As many other Nigerians, my first instinct was to question the rationality of the Governor’s decision in challenging the Federal Government in court over the constitution of a panel of inquiry on the latest Jos mayhem. But a careful consideration of the issues involved and a later reading of the interview granted to Sun Newspapers by Bishop Gbonigi which was published on the 30th of December 2008 in the same newspaper give food for thought before we condemn the Governor.

 

One would marvel at how the Federal Government reacted to the Jos crisis. The action of the wife of the President who visited Jos and refused to observe due protocols is as condemnable as it betrays that there was bias in her and perhaps her husband towards the governor. The wife of the President is not occupying a constitutional position and yet she was able to throw protocols to the wind. In a sane society, the Plateau state governor would order her arrest together with those of her entourage. What was her credential for engaging in such public display of lawlessness- wife of the President? While one does not begrudge her for her privileged position, she was expected to behave better in that circumstance. And the Army chief visited Jos again and ignored the state governor. Who in Gov. Jang’s position will be happy at such biased attitudes, insults and neglect of protocols? It showed they have no regard for Plateau people who elected Gov. Jang to govern them. Will it be bad if the state’s assembly declares them ‘persona no grata’ to their state?

 

It was clear that the Federal government and her agents have already taken sides on the Jos crisis. The interview by Bishop Gbonigi opened one’s eyes a little to the genesis of all these problems. I had always heard how the Hausas who are visitors to Jos had always wanted to ‘un-sit’ the Landlords. As someone who had visited Jos countless number of times in the past, I am not unaware of some skirmishes that used to take place among the Hausa tenants and the indigenes. But to read that the tenants wanted to turn the Landlords into ‘slaves’ was an action every sane human being would resist. One would think that ‘born to rule’ mentality has gone and gone for good. But what is happening in Jos shows the some Hausa people have not buried the mentality even if they pretend to have killed it. The good Bishop referred to the problem of the Hausa and Yoruba in Kwara state too but that is not the thematic preoccupation of this discourse.

 

The Governor is therefore right to invoke his constitutional powers if that is the case. Even if he cannot stop a federal panel of inquiry, he should be involved in constituting the panel to insure that people who are unbiased and whom the Federal Government has not ‘fed’ what to conclude are selected. The Governor will be right to insist that credible men who are honourable and known to be so in Nigeria constitute the Panel. For instance, people like Justice Kayode Eso, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Rev. Father Matthew Kukah, etc should head the panel whereas an honorable Muslim leader or faithful should be made the secretary. Why do I suggest this? Because religious bias has come into play and to make a Muslim the chairman of the panel will be most unacceptable to Plateau state indigenes who by the way are largely Christians. I am not unaware that the Chairman of the panel constituted by the President sounds like a Christian but how well is he known as a man of honour? He is a sole appointee of Mr. President. Gov. Jang is right to reject him and his panel. It is only a fool that will see the action of the Federal Government since this crisis and fold his hands to watch them play their script. I believe Gov. Jang is no such fool.

 

The Federal Government should be much unbiased in this matter. Whether it involves Muslims or Christians; Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba or Kanuri, we are all human beings created by God to live in peace. We are all Nigerians and the life of one is as important and precious as the lives of the others. The cold blooded massacre in Plateau state was appalling. It was as shameful as it was disturbing but an unbiased assessment is to be made on the crisis. One should consider the history of the crisis if a solution it to be attained. Unless a physician treats the root cause of an illness, it is likely to re-occur. We have to uproot this problem from the root. The Landlords has to be made to live amicably with the tenants but the tenants should realize that someone owns the land and not try to enslave him. If this is tolerated and not nipped in the bud, apartheid in South Africa or that of Southern Rhodesia (Today’s Zimbabwe) would be a mere joke to what people plan to do in Plateau state of Nigeria.