However, Excellencies, your own external intelligence agencies operating in Nigeria will no doubt have briefed you on how difficult it is to assist the current Nigerian Government in this noble task of seeking to help it return the country into the safe place for ALL its citizens that its government is duty-bound to ensure. The reasons for this difficulty are complex, but the principal one is that Nigeria sees herself as not lacking in either manpower or fire-power when it comes to defending itself. So the country may actually resent assistance from abroad.
I suggest to you, Excellencies, that it is because of such complexities that the United States and Great Britain, for instance, find themselves unable to render as much military assistance to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram as they would normally, be only too willing to provide. The London missions of Your Excellencies may have reported to you that there was a mini-debate, arising from a Question in the British House of Commons in London, on the Nigerian situation on 12 January 2015. I trust Your Excellencies will find time to acquaint yourselves with some of the things the British MPs had to say. The point was made again and again in the debate that no-one could assist a person who did not seem to want assistance.
In other words, if you must go, do candidly make clear to President Goodluck Jonathan that – as a Ghanaian proverb has it – “it is only when you try to climb a tree with adequate proficiency that those on the ground may feel inspired enough to push you up it!”
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MALAWI GOES ‘GHANAIAN’ IN ITS ELECTION By CAMERON DUODU Malawi is a Commonwealth country in Central/Southern Africa. But it has chosen a West African country as its model – when it comes to elections. Well, when it comes to how its elections are conducted by its Electoral Commission. The result is that it now has …
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BOKO HARAM: UNRAVELLING AN ENIGMA WRAPPED INSIDE A PUZZLE By CAMERON DUODU Disintegration is the most important possibility that should be considered, when Nigeria’s future comes up for a prognosis. And yet, the rest of Africa cannot countenance that, as it would be an extremely grave development for the continent. A disintegrated Nigeria would …
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Daily Guide 17.05.2014 Home / Columnist / Nigeria’s Incompetence Is Putting The Future Of Africa At Risk Nigeria’s Incompetence Is Putting The Future Of Africa At Risk May 17, 2014 It Is a well-known precept in geopolitics that a country does not have “permanent friends”, but “permanent interests.” Nigeria may be neither a permanent friend …
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R.I.P. FOOTBALL KING EUSEBIO! By CAMERON DUODU In the annals of colonialism, the Portuguese were as bad as it gets. Next to the Boers in South Africa and the British in the Rhodesias, they treated their African subjects as little better than beasts of burden. Africans in …
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The Mail and Guardian, Johannesburg Of Congo’s music and blood-stained history Oct 02 1998 Cameron Duodu: LETTER FROM THE NORTH The Democratic Republic of Congo has always aroused two contradictory emotions in me as an African: the ecstasy created in my soul by some of the best guitar music on the continent, and the fear …
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Sarkozy’s new Africa policy may have been a disquieting change in course for Africans, yet not a surprise to them. Many Africans were wary of Sarkozy before he took office. As Interior Minister, a job he held twice under President Chirac, Sarkozy was well known for his no-nonsense law-and-order views. At Interior, Sarkozy made remarks that raised flags about his sensitivity toward France’s minorities, particularly those with origins in Africa, either the Maghreb or sub-Saharan Africa. In June 2005, after the killing of a young boy in a troubled Paris suburb with a high number of minorities, Sarkozy said he would clean the area out “with a Karcher,” referring to a German high-pressure, water-hose cleaner. At the time of the November 2005 riots in France, Sarkozy described the rioters as “voyous” (thugs) and “racaille” (scum, rabble), the latter term generating strong critical responses from France’s minorities and from others worried about their Interior Minister’s (and possible next President’s) views on ethnic issues.
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The Okah problem Terror suspect testing SA’s legal abilities, writes Martin A Ewi Johannesburg Sunday Times Nov 22, 2010 12:02 AM The highly complex trial of Nigerian terror suspect Henry Okah is testing the efficacy of South Africa’s criminal justice system and its ability to respond appropriately to international terrorism. The trial carries a number …
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Comment is free The racism that kills The recent death of an asylum seeker adds to the grim statistic of those who have died as a result of the UK’s brutal laws Harmit Athwal guardian.co.uk, Sunday 17 October 2010 21.30 BST The horrific death of an asylum seeker, Jimmy Mubenga, forced to return to Angola …
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