Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Obasanjo: A Hypocrite And His Epistle

By Ikechukwu Amaechi 
If I know Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, well, he will be beside himself now with joy. He has done what he knows how best to do – monkey business. He is a master in the game of mischief and I will not be surprised if some Nigerians hail him over his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan.


Obasanjo’s Letter To Jonathan — Some Observations 2

OBJ’s letter to GEJ—some observations 2
By Chinweizu



1] Former President Obasanjo, OBJ, is a general. Like a good general he is trying to defend a city under siege by launching a diversionary attack elsewhere, to draw the besieging troops off to defend the target of his diversionary attack and give himself respite to defend his city. That’s a military strategy that’s been in use for thousands of years.

 *Presdent Jonathan

I think that’s the strategic objective of his 18 page letter to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GEJ.

OBJ is a diehard defender of the Nigerian status quo, of which he has been a major lifelong beneficiary. This National Dialogue/Conference debate is directing serious attack on the 1999 Constitution and the status quo that is based on it. Presumably, being doubtful that the system can withstand this siege, OBJ has launched this diversionary attack on corruption, which he believes will capture the attention of the, supposedly, gullible Nigerian public and divert them from the issue of the SNC and a new People’s Constitution. We must resist the temptation to follow him and change the conversation to corruption from the issue of the SNC and a new Constitution.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Open Letter To Junaid Mohammed And His Fellow Shariyalanders--Re 2015 Bloodshed And Civil War


By Chinweizu
December 6, 2013

2015: There’ll be bloodshed, if Jonathan runs, warns Junaid Mohammed
Our Reporter December 1, 2013
‘Supporters of SNC asking for civil war’—Junaid Mohammed
(Accessed December 6th, 2013)

Here is my three-point rejoinder to Junaid Mohammed and his threats:
1] The issue isn’t whether or not President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GEJ, runs in 2015 (that is his personal affair and his constitutional right) or whether or not there will be bloodshed if he does; the issue is whether there should be any further elections under the fraudulent 1999 constitution. That “constitution” is a self-interested creation of Northern generals, for the parochial interest of Shariyaland. Many genuine Nigerians hold that any future elections mustbe under a new constitution created by a transparent democratic process and approved by the people through a referendum. That is what the two-decades-long Sovereign National Conference, SNC, campaign has been about, and it is what will be decided through the ongoing National Dialogue/Conference process. In any case, there is already bloodshed--Boko Haram bloodshed, bloodshed by rampaging Fulani cattle herdsmen--all sponsored by the Caliphate bigwigs on whose behalf Junaid is speaking and making these threats.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Obituary Walter Sisulu Wrote For Nelson Mandela

Towards the end of his own life, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela's fellow freedom fighter and friend, wrote this very moving obituary for Mandela. Although, Sisulu died before it could be published, it is, no doubt, a great tribute to Mandela's life and struggles...


"Thank You For Your Life, My Friend"

By Walter Sisulu















Nelson Mandela And Walter Sisulu In 1990


As he rests in his eternal sleep, I am certain of one thing: that Madiba's face is enveloped in a gentle, enduring smile. No, not the broad, beaming smile we are accustomed to. Not the one so full of warmth that one felt bathed in sunshine. Rather, the quiet smile, reflective, born out of looking over his life and times; a smile tinged with a hint of mischievousness for having beaten the odds, cheated the hangman and knowing he had helped make South Africa and the world a better place. Overarching his life of struggle, hardship, humiliation, pain and suffering there must be the sense of fulfilment that he has left an indelible footprint in the service of humankind.

His is a life that touched millions not only in South Africa, not only in our continent of Africa, but throughout the world. For the greater part of his life he was a beacon of the struggle.
In his later years he became the symbol of hope. In death he stands confirmed as the embodiment of humanity's hope for the future.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

*Mandela: Time To Say Goodbye

One of the world’s most respected statesmen and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, is dead. He died on Wednesday, December 5, 2013, at about 20.50 pm, surrounded by his family. He was aged 95.

In a broadcast shortly after his death, South African President, Jacob Zuma, announced to South Africans: Our nation has lost its greatest son; our people have lost a father”

Below Is The Full Text Of Mr. Zuma’s Statement:
“Fellow South Africans. Our beloved Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed.
“He passed on peacefully. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.
“His tireless struggle for freedom, earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude.
“They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free.
“Our thoughts are with the SA people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nationhood.

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