Thursday, September 19, 2019
Add this page to Blinklist Add this page to Del.icoi.us Add this page to Digg Add this page to Facebook Add this page to Furl Add this page to Google Add this page to Ma.Gnolia Add this page to Newsvine Add this page to Reddit Add this page to StumbleUpon Add this page to Technorati Add this page to Yahoo


ideas have consequences

You are here:Home>>Gideon Nyan>>Administrator
Administrator

Administrator

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


South African elder statesman, former minister of Home Affairs  and Inkatha Freedom Party  (IFP) president emeritus and traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation, Mangosuthu Buthelezi  speaks on his country xenophobic attacks on foreigners especially Nigerians.


"I must speak very bluntly to my fellow South Africans, not to take sides, but to quell the tensions with the voice of truth. What we have seen in the past few days is unacceptable. The attacks on foreign nationals and their businesses are purely xenophobic. It is a violation of human rights and a violation of our Constitution. Our Constitution enshrines the right to freedom from all forms of violence. That right applies to everyone in South Africa, whether citizens or not.




We cannot allow this to move in cycles. It is not the first spate of attacks; but it must be the last  -Mangosuthu Buthelezi




I understand the tensions, the complaints and the anger. I understand that there is validity to the complaints, on both sides. I also understand that wrongs have been committed by both sides. This has not come out of nowhere. But there is a saying in Zulu that you cannot slaughter all the sheep because one sheep has transgressed. In a situation of conflict, it is dangerous to tar everyone with the same brush. Even where there are valid complaints against an individual, we cannot take the law into our own hands. Looting and destruction of property is a crime, full stop. Assault is always wrong.


Don’t think these things have no consequences. This violence has diplomatic and economic ramifications. We have hundreds of thousands of South Africans living in countries throughout Africa. We have businesses and companies operating across this continent. We have vital trade relations within the African Union and within SADC, the Southern African Development Community. South Africa is not an island. There will be sanctions against us for what we are doing. It started with the Zambian Football Association cancelling a soccer match against Bafana Bafana. Then Nigeria announced a boycott of the World Economic Forum on Africa being held in Cape Town. But as I feared they would, sanctions quickly turned to retaliation.


Already South African-owned companies in Nigeria have been targeted for looting and vandalism. MTN has had to close all its stores to protect staff, while the police stand guard at Shoprite stores. On Thursday our diplomatic missions in Abuja and Lagos were forced to close after threats were received. President Buhari has announced a visit to South Africa to speak to President Ramaphosa. We need to stop this thing in its tracks before serious action is taken against us. Do we really want to escalate into international conflict? I feel ashamed. As Africans we are making ourselves a laughing stock in the rest of the world. Because the world knows what we seem so quick to forget: Africans are brothers and sisters. In every family there are quarrels and squabbles. But the way we are behaving is shooting ourselves in the foot. We are making the name of South Africa a swear word on the continent.
Image result for Mangosuthu Buthelezi

This is not the first time we have had a spike of xenophobic attacks is our country. In 2008 and in 2015 lives were lost and livelihoods destroyed as communities went on the rampage against foreign nationals. I went then, too, to the communities and townships, and I spoke as I am speaking now.  But now my words are somehow different. The sentiments have not changed, but there is a sense of urgency because I fear what will happen if we fail to extinguish this fire. The IFP has formally asked the Speaker of the National Assembly to call an urgent debate in parliament, not just to condemn xenophobia, but to hear what the state intends to do to swiftly end the violence.



We cannot allow this to move in cycles. It is not the first spate of attacks; but it must be the last. We have been facing the rising problem of undocumented migration ever since 1994. I served as the first Minister of Home Affairs in a democratic era. For ten years my department grappled with this, trying to find a way to balance human rights with the good of the country.I was struck even then by the number of undocumented Africans within our borders, especially from Zimbabwe, and the implications this had for our ability to create social and economic justice for South Africans. But when I pointed out our porous borders and said they need to be guarded, some people actually accused me of xenophobia, saying it was because I didn’t go into exile.



 


If anyone knows what our African brothers sacrificed for the sake of our struggle, it is I -   Buthelezi




Many of the countries whose citizens were coming to South Africa had given sanctuary to our political exiles during the struggle for freedom. Being an Anglican myself, I received a letter from the Anglican Bishop of Mozambique, Bishop Dinis Sengulane, lamenting that I was not helping his people who were flocking to South Africa. These accusations were painful, and quite misplaced. Because if anyone knows what our African brothers sacrificed for the sake of our struggle, it is I. I went myself to Zambia and Tanzania in 1974, to thank President Kaunda and President Nyerere for giving sanctuary to all our exiles. Earlier this year, I again visited His Excellency Dr Kenneth Kaunda in Zambia, and he spoke touchingly about the risks they took on our behalf. Let me quote him directly. "

 

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:25

POEM : What Rain anyway?

 

Image result for raining

What Rain anyway?
By Emeka Chiakwelu

Siliceous tiny droplets water flowing
Arousing the atmospheric haughty cloud
Sunlight giving away to sunset
Not really indeed, it was a cloudy sky
A metaphor for the coming rain
Season for everything, a season for rainfall
The golden molecules stars emitting
Falling from the remote sky
The melting bubbles of the chicly cloud
Comes to the earth to reside
You said, “This is not a rain”
But I disagree for the ground is wet
Yet body soaking with flowing matter



Raining commencing to emit its glorious bubbles
Falling on the swollen face of agility
Did you not convince me to come?
The promise that rain cease to pour down
It was raining..But where is the falling water
Slabs of frozen pebbles were a mirage
Look under your feet, the soil is wet


This is not rain
This is falling pebbles of ice
Throwing on the naked faces of rigidity
On the soil it pours
Yet the fugacity of depravity comes not
The rains continues to pour down
Umbrella was built in awkward modus
Not wholly protected from the rain




At edges water continues to beat from all corners
Loose water running from the edges
Try staying in the middle point
That did not shield from rain
Cloths by now is wet
Throw away the unfulfilled umbrella
Is of no use anymore when totally wet
Porosity it was not raining
Unwavering points of sagacious rain


Winding dust has come and gone
Strenuous sky is calm and clear
Come out the sun now
Clearly I can see crystal clear
For the rain is gone
And sunshine becomes imminent


@CopyrightEmeka Chiakwelu

 

Former Presidential candidate in Nigeria's 2019 election writes to President Muhammadu Buhari on country's state of affairs.

Dear President Buhari,



A time comes in the life of every President, when legacy and posterity beckons. That time is now, because time is ticking, and time is no respecter of any person.
This is not a partisan message.  As a bona fide new-generation leader, and fellow stakeholder in the Nigerian project, I acknowledge that you did make some efforts to keep Nigeria moving forward in your first term; especially in your efforts to contain security in our Northeast corridor. However, most Nigerians have now judged those efforts as insufficient, given the state of insecurity nationwide today.


The security situation has now given rise to economic challenges. All Nigerians have a right to expect more from you, especially in your much avowed war against corruption, and insecurity.
On a very practical note, the below are areas Nigerians need to see timely dividends of democratic governance from your second term, with greater urgency.  Ignoring this well-intentioned counsel means a clear and present danger of Nigeria unraveling under your watch.



1. National Security
Nigeria is a very fragile nation today; from Sokoto to Ibadan, from Akwa Ibom to Bornu, and from Anambra to Adamawa. Mr. President, your inner circle may have played this down for you, but there is a crisis in the country now. Most Nigerians suspect that close advisers, who were also referenced by your wife in a 2018 speech in Abuja, may be limiting your exposure to the reality of today, because we are not seeing the sense of urgency that the moment requires from the government. Mr. President, there is a clear and present danger that Nigeria may unravel under your watch, or right after, if things do not change for the better. We do not want Nigeria to unravel, and we do not believe that you want that situation as well, because there simply will be no nation to govern if Nigeria unravels.



2. Corruption and  Cronyism
Mr. President, though we do not accuse you of personal corruption; however we have seen many cases of bizarre corrupt practices among your comrades across Nigeria under your watch. Most especially, we have seen recent former or present governors, who basically plundered their state beyond recognition, but who are still tagging alongside you and your party, in order to shield themselves from prosecution. We are all watching to see how a particular former Governor from the Southeast, who plundered his state beyond belief, and who drops your name every so often, will fare under prosecution by the EFCC.  We have seen this particular governor making moves to avert justice by seeking a perpetual “injunction” from prosecution, if this injunction succeeds, then we’ll know impunity has started in earnest under your watch.  We hope you will encourage the EFCC to do a creditable job with these people.


3. The New Cabinet
If anyone had informed Nigerians in a dream, that they would be hearing the names of the likes of Timipre Sylva, Godswill Akpabio, and others, who have “active” corruption cases running into billions of Naira, as ministerial designees in your new government, we would say it is a bad dream. However alas, we have been shocked by the list you just submitted to the Senate for confirmation, containing the names of these same people, plus other former ministers, who basically undermined your government, through extreme incompetence during your first term. What message are you sending here Mr. President?  Is this a signal that you have now embraced wholesale corruption in public life in Nigeria?




4. Infrastructure Power Works & Housing

Our Telecommunications and “Power Works & Housing” infrastructure is really of marginal condition, thereby leading to a stubbornly sluggish economy.  Lack of electricity alone, and a poorly maintained nationwide road network; limits interstate commerce inside Nigeria; thereby limiting the growth of our internal economy.  The state of telecommunications is limiting us from the 21st Century economy. Mr. President, let us not deceive ourselves, there’s no development or economic growth coming under the above conditions.  In-fact, serious investors are either turning back or deciding to wait you out.


Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who manned the “Power Works & Housing” ministry for you, was either overrated, or you didn’t give him a free hand to do the job. Either-way, infrastructure is in dire need of attention.


Solutions (Insecurity)


Mr. President, the least you can do right now is to rein-in the ethnic group in the mouth of every Nigerian, and increasingly every African and the world today; our very own Fulani brothers.  We are currently one country and all first-class citizens of Nigeria; therefore, if a rule applies to one ethnic group of Nigeria, it should apply to every ethnic group.
While I have met you one on one, and also have met many Fulanis in the ordinary course of a heritage in Nigeria, and do not believe every Fulani is evil; however somebody is indirectly inciting or condoning atrocities committed by people who wield AK47’s while herding cows across the country, it is even worse where those people are not known to be Nigerians.
Your ambivalence and lack of condemnation of various atrocities across the country speaks volumes. Further, “Ranching” is inevitable in a future Nigeria.  The sooner we join the league of civilized nations by “Ranching” our cattle, the sooner we can begin to enjoy a more robust economy, based on modern animal husbandry.
Today, the violence has also reverted back to the Northeast (and now the Northwest as well); because the insecurity was not contained as it ravaged the Middle Belt and the South. This time the insecurity is mixed with kidnapping and banditry.
Mr. President you would do well to support the urgent matter of initiating State and Community Policing urgently, that way, local officials down to the local government levels, can contain security in their regions, states, and LGA’s.





Solutions (Corruption)
Some former or present corrupt government officials must be prosecuted aggressively, and be convicted where the evidences warrant conviction, and actually serve commensurate long sentences for violating public trust, and impoverishing their states.  Various economic and security catastrophes including loss of citizens lives, can be directly attributed to the corrupt failures of some governors who governed these states, or manned certain agencies.
Legacy and posterity beckons to you Mr. President, let us not waste this opportunity.




Okey Samuel Mbonu is a former Presidential Aspirant, Strategic Advisor, Attorney and Consultant.  Mbonu earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), Law, from Washington, DC; he served formerly as Commissioner for Housing & Community Development in Maryland, US and aExecutive Director of Nigerian-American Council Washington, DC . Mbonu advises on International Development & Conflict Resolution. This statement is released under authority by Charles Adeyinka, Senior Media Adviser to Hon. Okey Samuel Mbonu.  Adeyinka can be reached via the below contact email address.   Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The gigantic statue of the Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi  in the middle of University of Ghana campus has finally been removed due to Gandhi past racism towards Africans. Since two years the controversial statute has been installed, there was an uproar and protesting for its removal by the university faculty (lecturers and  students) .




The University of Ghana lecturers opposed to the statue pointed to what they called, Gandhi's "racist identity," highlighting remarks in which he repeatedly referred to native Africans using a slur and indicated that Indians were superior to Africans. Gandhi is famous for leading India's independence movement against the British and for pushing for other reforms across the country, but he spent more than two decades in South Africa working on civil rights issues. A petition from the faculty members also noted that the University of Ghana's campus did not have statues of African heroes and heroines.





"The statue was unveiled in June [2016] by Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee during a state visit to Ghana, and professors began rallying against it in September [2016].




A book  written by two South African writers in 2015 pointed to instances where Gandhi complained that Indians were being forced to use the same separate entrances as Africans, meaning “their civilised habits … would be degraded to the habits of aboriginal natives”.




“About the mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly,” he wrote in a letter in 1904.



"In a statement, Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was following the controversy with 'deep concern,' and added: 'While acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The ministry stressed that the 'unfortunate verbal attack' against Gandhi could potentially 'create disaffection not only at the level of Government relations, but also between people not only in our country but all over the world.' "

Kanye West  and Kim Kardashian is in Uganda!



Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, met with the President of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni, during their trip to the country in East Africa.   Museveni detailed the meeting with the power couple in a tweet on Monday, revealing that the 41-year-old rapper gifted him white sneakers amid talks of improving tourism. The president also shared photos from the meeting where he’s greeting the couple, posing with the sneakers and having discussions in an ornately decorated room.


President of Uganda said, “I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda,” Museveni wrote on Twitter. “I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda's tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.”

Atiku defeated other  13 other candidates including Senate President, Bukola Saraki and tSokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to emerge as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.

The winner Atiku thank the delegates for choosing him, “thank you for choosing me. This is a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now.”

The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar  will be challenging President Buhari for the office of Nigeria's presidency in  Feburary 2019.


The complete PDP primary result:


Atiku Abubakar 1500+ votes


Jonah Jang scored 19 votes


Datti Baba 5 votes


Ahmed 5 Votes


David Mark is 35 votes


Tanumu Turaki 65 votes


Sule Lamido 96 votes


Attahiru Bafarawa 48 votes


Ibrahim Dankwambo 111 votes


Ahmed Makarfi 74 votes


Rabiu Kwankwanso 158 votes



Bukola Saraki 317 votes


Aminu Tambuwal 693 votes


Voided votes- 68

 

Dr. Mukwege, Nadia Murad Win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize For Efforts To End Sexual Violence


The Congolese doctor and Yazidi activist won for their work to eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday was awarded to a Congolese doctor and a Yazidi former captive of the Islamic State group for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.



Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad, left, and Denis Mukwege. 



Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other.” The 2018 prize is worth 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million). Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.


Mukengere Mukwege  is a Congolese gynecologist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces.[  He has treated thousands of women who were victims of gang wartime rape since the Second Congo War, some of them more than once, performing up to ten surgeries a day during his 18-hour working days. According to the The Globe and Mail, Mukwege is "likely the world's leading expert on repairing injuries of rape."  In 2018, he and Nadia Murad were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."[

Image result for Mukwege


Mukwege was the third of nine children born to a Pentecostal minister and his wife. He studied medicine because he wanted to heal the sick people for whom his father prayed, after seeing the complications of childbirth experienced by women in the Congo who had no access to specialist healthcare.[5] Upon graduating from medical school in Burundi, Mukwege started working as a paediatrician in a rural Lemera Hospital near Bukavu, but seeing women patients who due to the absence of proper care often suffered pain and genital lesions after giving birth, he decided to travel to France to study gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Angers.

 

credits AP, Wikipedia

Facebook (click )   

Nigeria's Senate President and the strong man of the senate, Bukola Saraki has officially declared his candidacy  for the office of the president of Nigeria under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He made the declaration on his Facebook page at the Abuja Sheraton .  Saraki said, “Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.”


He continued: “Up and down our country today, Nigerians are crying out for succour. Many of our children are hungry. Many people are dying of avoidable or otherwise treatable diseases. Many have fallen below basic living standards, and are now among the 87 million that sealed Nigeria’s position as the country with the highest number of people in extreme poverty. Our young people lack opportunities.  The necessary education facilities and system to equip them for the future simply do not exist. We are not creating the jobs needed to usefully engage them in order to grow our economy. And too often, the youth feel shut out, prevented from having any say in the direction of this nation. The harsh conditions of extreme poverty faced by the people, fuels the state of insecurity all over the country. Hunger, lack of education and lack of opportunities push many Nigerians into criminal activities including terrorism."


“Many of our communities are paralysed with fear – due to incessant communal crises, kidnappings and other social ills, as well as the threat of terrorism. We are failing abysmally to tackle the problems of today and to prepare for the future.


“Our economy is broken and is in need of urgent revival in order for Nigeria to grow. GDP growth rate has declined. Diversification remains an illusion. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Businesses are shutting down.
“Jobs are being lost in record numbers, and the capital needed to jumpstart our economy is going elsewhere.  “Nigeria is perhaps more divided now than ever before. We are increasingly divided along regional, religious and ethnic lines. Nigerians are also divided by class, a festering gulf between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-Nots’. “The fault lines of this nation are widening to an alarming degree. We must do something fast, and we must be brave about it. “We must ensure the security of lives in Nigeria. As things stand now, no one is safe in this country. No one feels truly safe. We must restore the sanctity of the rule of law and strengthen democratic institutions in order to build a just, fair and equitable society for all.


“We must rebuild the trust of our people in government. We need a new generation of leaders that are competent, with the capability to rise to the challenges of the 21st century. We must pull this country back together and rebuild, block by block, with dedication and commitment. “You will agree with me that this is an urgent task that requires the concerted efforts of each and every one of us. If we look around today, what do we see? What is the condition of our citizens? Where are we as a nation? How are we perceived locally and internationally? Why are we not making the expected progress? Why are we not growing? There is no time to waste. The time is now, to come together to stimulate growth in Nigeria, especially in the national economy.

Image result for saraki declares for president 2019


“The choice we face in the forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are, or make a radical departure from the old ways. To find a better way of doing things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past. To fix the problems or keep compounding them. “It is with all these in mind, and taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President. “Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


“I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians. My Plan for Nigeria has inclusion in all aspects of the country’s affairs as a central pillar. Every citizen has the inalienable right to feel a sense of belonging, no matter their background or creed, or what part of the country they come from. No matter who you voted for or what your convictions are, government must work for you.


“Your generation does not deserve to live in the poverty capital of the world. It is no longer an issue of how we got here, but how do we get out of this situation?

“I promise you that I will lead the fight and employ every God-given resource available to us in turning things around. I am determined to grow Nigeria out of poverty. We will stimulate the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as one of the ways of energising the economy and to create wealth for our people, especially the youth. “I want to see the youth play major roles at all levels, not only in government but also in the private sector and indeed in every area of Nigerian life. This will be a government driven by youthful energy, innovation and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit.


“Nigerian youth will be given all the opportunities to realise their potential to the full within a national framework that guarantees inclusiveness. For youth who have ideas and capacity, we will make sure that there is funding for their ventures; and we shall build on the Made in Nigeria legislation as part of our job creation drive.  “My plan is to secure Nigeria by redesigning our national security architecture, while adequately equipping our security agencies to fulfil their primary role of protecting lives and property.


“I will address our infrastructural deficit through aggressive financing initiatives including mutually beneficial PPP arrangements, regular floating of bonds and other financial instruments, which will ensure stable, adequate and reliable funding to see to the completion of core projects especially road, rail and power.
“My plan is to protect all Nigerians and defend their constitutional rights and freedoms. I will stand for and uphold at all times the principle of the rule of law, which is the bedrock of democratic governance.



“Ours will not be a selective fight against corruption. The emphasis will be on strengthening institutions, with a particular focus on deterrence. We cannot afford to compromise our institutions with proxy wars against perceived political opponents. We see the fight against corruption as crucial to Nigeria’s economic development.


“I offer leadership driven by empathy. Where leaders are responsive to the citizens. Where they know that government cares. We will not be indifferent or turn a blind eye to the real concerns of our people. Every single Nigerian life matters.


“For me, the leadership we deserve is one that will be a source of pride to all Nigerians, one that will be respected and admired in Africa and around the world. It should be a leadership that can hold its own and stand tall anywhere in the world. That is the type of leadership I offer.
“As a former two-term Governor and currently President of the Senate by the grace of God, I believe I possess a unique blend of executive and legislative experience to push for and implement reforms that will deliver real improvements in the daily lives of our people. I know what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy. I can make the tough decisions when it matters. I will spearhead a new agenda that can transform the lives of ordinary Nigerians in real terms.


“Believe me when I say that it will not be business as usual. This will be a dynamic government of action that will pursue the growth of Nigeria with doggedness, determination and conviction. I will lead a result-driven administration. We shall set targets with clear timelines to ensure that anticipated deliverables are met. You can benchmark us and hold us accountable. In short, I assure you that I will deliver on all promises. What I envision is a new chapter in governance in this country. We will be driven by what is best for Nigerians.


“I have deliberately chosen the opportunity of being here with you, my Number One constituency who I see as the future of our great country, to make my intention known. I believe the Nigerian youth are critical to rebuilding and growing the economy, and restoring our national pride.


“I therefore ask you and all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with me in this noble cause.
He concluded :  “My brothers, My sisters, Let’s Grow Nigeria Together.”


"President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday August 27 met US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC and held talks on security and trade. Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her US counterpart, Melania Trump joined the two leaders in the historic talks."

 

Start
Prev
1
Page 1 of 39