Atiku Is Not Fit To Rule Nigeria

In 2006/2007 the police (EFCC) and the judiciary had more than enough to pursue the criminal offences of both Obasanjo and Atiku. But nothing happened. These arms of government are totally useless.

By Adeola Aderounmu

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If we back track to 2006/2007, that time when Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo was bidding for a third-term and spending billions of naira of taxpayers monies to bribe senators and legislators, we will also remember that the resistance to that bid was headed by his deputy, one Atiku Abubakar.

At that time Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo had turned the EFCC in the hands of Nuhu Ribadu to a tool of witch-hunting instead of the cleansing for which it was intended. So he turned the EFCC on his deputy but it was an incomplete process because no one was arrested or prosecuted. The EFCC published details of the criminal offences of Mr. Atiku and did so almost daily in various newspapers in Nigeria.

In the fight back, MR. Atiku’s media aides did a fine job. They dug deep into the criminal records of Olusegun Obasanjo and also made sure that these criminal records ended up the pages of the newspapers.

So for several months, Nigerians enjoyed a free soap opera.

The two men who were supposed to lead Nigeria were consumed by their quest for power, Obasanjo for the 4th term actually having been a dictator/tyrant in the 1970s.

Atiku won the fight because Olusegun Obasanjo did not get a civilian 3rd term in office. Majority of Nigerians were against the idea because it would disrupt the already dysfunctional constitution-one that had already ensure that majority of Nigerians are poverty stricken even to this date!

The saddest thing, from my perspective, is that when Yar Adua became the president of Nigeria in 2007, Nigerians went to sleep as if nothing had hapened.

The Nigerian Media is a piece of rubbish.

The Nigerian police is the biggest joke in the world.

The Nigerian judiciary, for me, is absolute nonsense and ingredients!

The media needed to pepper the system and the people. It failed, and even now still sleeping!

The police ought to have utilised the documents that were released by both Obasanjo and Atiku because they are hard evidence on each other’s criminalities. They both showed why the other person was a thief.

The Judiciary and the police had more than enough to pursue the criminal offences of both Obasanjo and Atiku. But nothing happened.

Nothing concrete had taken place in Nigeria’s civilian regimes to put criminals and thieves behind bars even in the faces of hard evidence.

Now we hear that Atiku is a top notch for the 2019 elections. He is aiming to become the president of Nigeria.

Nigeria is one of the few countries on earth where known criminals achieve their political ambitions. I don’t need a reply for this article. I don’t need a rejoinder. I am so sick of the Nigerian political system where people try one way or the other to justify why we must coninue to run the political system we have and why every four years we must queue behind a thief.

Once, Obasanjo had boasted that Atiku will never become the president of Nigeria. So far, this remain the case. I don’t know if there is a settlement between them now or if one had gone behind to beg the other.

In Nigeria’s politics, no enemy is permanent. It is the interest (to seek power and to steal from the commonwealth)  that is permanent. That is why today APC government is full of looters and criminals from 1999 and earlier regimes.

As soon as Atiku’s interest came up again, the Nigerian Media owed Nigeria and humanity a re-publication of all the crimes that were made public by Obasanjo’s camp. They need to open the EFCC files and tell him why he needed to first go to court than to try to seek a return to the seat of corruption in Abuja.

They must re-publish those allegations and support them with the documents so that young people can see how Nigerian politicians have stolen their future even before they were born and whilst they were growing up.

People like me cannot prove these crimes, we have our limitations. Those who have access to the criminal files and offences and do not open them to the public and media will never know peace.

It is such duties that the media owed the people: to investigate, to bring back memories that could help to save the children yet unborn from these old scavengers.

For, once a criminal is allowed back to the seat of government, this entire circus will continue and suffering will persist in the land.

Atiku in my records is a criminal, just the same way as his boss  Obasanjo was. They both made this clear in their roforofo fight. So this is not something l made up. They told us themselves!

Nigerians need to thank Obasanjo for his misadventure, his 3rd term quest which we together with Atiku made sure never came to pass. But Obasanjo will deny this 3rd term bid until the end of time. We don’t care because it does not matter anymore. The other pain left from that was the ghana must go bags that went to the sena-thieves and legis-looters.

That Atiku, like 99% of other Nigerian politicians, is a free man is a failure of the Nigerian police, the Nigerian judiciary and the Nigerian law system.

So don’t blame the people who classify the Nigerian police as the worst police in the world. There are so many reasons for that including the zero effect of ensuring that politicians are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

If there is a report tomorrow classifying Nigeria’s judiciary as the worst in the world, l will sign under it. l will, because as long as criminals can vie for office in Nigeria, then we can as well do away with the police and the judiciary. Why do we have police and lawyers when criminals are what we get in public service?

A lot of people in Nigeria settle for criminals in political offices because of the anomaly that has become the normal thing. That is there are no saints in Nigerian politics and since the law is ineffective in dealing with looters and criminals in government, the people have accepted the situation.

The consequences are huge. Nigeria is withholding one of the most tragic mode of existence for humans. Forget about the flashy lives of the rich and the celebrities! More than 100m Nigerians are poor and live in extreme poverty.

Some Nigerians prefer to go and die as slaves in Libya. That summarises the mode of life in Nigeria!

The people think that saints will never emerge on the political platform. The people have accepted criminals to go and come as they like into government offices. The people are easily carried away by the cash that these criminals spread around mostly every four years.

Some fools will come to the social media to defend crooks and looters in goverment. They will ask you, what options do you have? They will ask you, who do you want to be the president? Stupid thinking, stupid questions, senseles mentalities!

The people of Nigerian unlike the people in Sweden or England do not know that their rights and they think that their lives depend on what the politicians do or not do (largely true) but it should be the other way round. The people, if they are upright and thinking straight, should ask accountability from politicians and fire them within 2 to 3 days if accountability is not given.

That is where the people, the media, the police and the judiciary have let the system down in this unified passiveness.

In Nigeria, people continue to choose between different grades of criminals, they call them politicians because they think they don’t have a choice. Nigerians don’t look inward to promote good people and people who can actually change the system for good.

The other sad thing about Nigeria is that since there is absence of accountability and as a result of almost 60 years of stupid leadership/rulership, the people don’t know what a real government feels like. So, even when a good person is put into government, the system corrupts the person and he or she start to steal or loot.

A friend once told me that if any person in public office does not conform to these criminalities, that the person will be killed or gotten rid off one way or the other.

That is why today, in many government offices, there is sharing of bonuses every Friday or other regular intervals. I mean there is a lot of loose cash in the Nigerian economy that it appears everybody is crazy and corrupt.

In any case, Atiku can continue to exercise his rights for as long as the useless system of government in Nigeria permits him. He is not alone, l always say 99,9% of Nigerian politicians are criminals/looters and it’s so true.

The system of government in Nigeria must change. If we restructure the political landscape and make the president a ceremonial and figure-head position, the corruption and even the urge to become a president will likely disappear. Now everybody wants to become the president or the governor because of the lawlessness in the land  and the useless constitution on which Nigeria runs.

If Nigeria returns to regional government, Atiku will be vying to become a regional leader and l am sure the sharia law will cut off his hands if he is found guilty.

A regional form of government will bring about healthy competition among the various regions in Nigeria and any region lacking behind will ask for the heads of its custodians.

The regional system of government is the most promising option for Nigeria. The other option which is also growing nowadays is the outright dissolution of Nigeria.

One day the people will be pushed to the wall, they will take the laws into their hands too and they will chase the corrupt politicians, catch up with them and send them into exile or out of this world.

Nigerians, the ordinary citizens are hungry, angry, frustrated and see no meaning with life. Again, that is why crazy and lawless Libya is an option. I am sure there are Nigerians in Yemen and Afghanistan looking for ways to survive when we have a state governor who can steal 300 billion naira or more at this very minute and walk free!

The politicians are looting, living large, sending their children around the world, buying houses around the world and doing what they like with taxpayers monies. These crazy ways will stop. These crazy things will come to an end. I don’t know when, but l don’t think Nigeria will continue for another 60 years of criminals ruling and making the people slaves in their homeland and in places like UAE and Libya.

Nigerians must see the 2019 elections as an opportunity for 2 things.

One, push for political changes before the elections so that regions re-emerged no matter the opportunity cost. There is a need to pause this nonsense APC-PDP Dilemma deluxe.

Two, for once in our life time, look for saints, good people and visioners to move the respective regions forward.

If we recycle criminals in 2019, if we recycle those who became rich stealing from us (people who became businessmen/women after looting the treasuries around the country) and if we maintain the currrent system of government, then it is just another cycle of idiocy. Nigeria will remain a country heading nowhere.

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The APC-PDP “Dilemma Deluxe”

Under the APC-Buhari mandate, corruption became padded and embedded. For as long as this status quo exist, where the politicians and some other people are above the laws of the land, Nigeria will continue to exist in a combo of the APC-PDP dilemma deluxe or something similar.

The APC-PDP ”Dilemma Deluxe”

By Adeola Aderounmu

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There is a joke that continues to make the rounds on the social media. It is about a citizen of Nigeria who appeared before his creator on judgment day. He told his creator that he was sure that he was not going to hell. His reason was that living in Nigeria during his lifetime meant that he had already been through hell. Now he must go into heaven.

Some jokes are not to be taken on their face values alone. In this case, the certainty is that ordinary citizens living in Nigeria are living in hell. Nigeria, like l always reiterate, is no ordinary country. The country, since 1960 when it claimed independent from Britain, had gone from one traumatic regime to the other. It had been a combination of both civilian misrule and military tyranny.

So, for nearly 60 years of her existence as a country, there had been a gradual corrosion of normalcy which has now reached a point whereby to be normal or to act normal in Nigeria is now the abberation. This unusual situation is now systemic. If you do something that is normal in Nigeria, people look at you twice and some people will define you immediately as non-Nigerian.

I remember an incident when someone asked me to do something for him and l quickly responded that l would not be able to do the task. But l added that l would recommend another person that would be suitable for the task. It was in a group chat and l could immediately detect the mood of others in the group. One person was bold enough to react. He said ”Adeola, you are definitely not a Nigerian. You could have accepted to do the job as a contract”.

That experience sums up Nigeria today. People are accepting to do things that they cannot do. Nigerians are offering positions and jobs to the wrong people. There are a lot of contracts and sub-contracts that drags in the system and everybody is taking advantage of the other person.

You have to be a fool in the eyes of the people to confess that there is something you cannot do when you can run around to find someone who can do it whilst pretending you are the one doing it. They call it business or hussle.

Meanwhile there are a lot of other things that you are good at but the Nigerian system invariably ensures that most people end up in the wrong branches.

The aberration of the abnormal becoming the normal and the unusual business of the wrong people and criminals running Nigeria lands me in the thought of the APC-PDP Dilemma deluxe.

In Nigeria the APC-PDP deluxe is simply an aggregation of criminals and opportunists who emerged in 1999 as the new (but actually old) custodians of Nigeria. They have wriggled around in cycles prior to 1999 and remain so till date and their sole aim is to continue to do the business of governance that they are not suitable for. They sustain themselves and their families directly and indirectly by stealing from the people.

From 1999 to 2015 the years that l predicted were going to be the worst days of our lives in Nigeria, it was the PDP that held sway and controlled the resources in the land. First there was a dictator turned democrat called Olusegun Obasanjo, who went from prison to become the president of Nigeria to end the brutal years of military rule for which he had been part and parcel of in the 1970s.

The people thought that his experiences as a former prisoner will liberate Nigeria. It did not. Today he regards himself as a saint. I am sure if one browses through my blog and search ”Obasanjo” one would see my opinion about him. In summary l regard him as one of the several criminals in Nigerian politics. Nigerians did not become free under him.

Then came Yar Adua who was implanted and imposed on Nigerians by Obasanjo himself. He died in office and my blog is not short of words about him. He tried a clampdown on bloggers but he did not live long enough to see where we are today. Nigeria did not become free under him. Social crusaders and online warriors will outlive bad government anywhere. It is a fight no government can win. It’s common sense!

Then entered one drunkard of a president who doled out Nigeria’s monies like a father Christmas. Jonathan’s wife is one of the richest Africans today. You will never be able to find an answer to why a first lady is amongst the richest Africans today. She has no job other than being the wife of the president. Of course she is a thief.

If you do a simple browse online, you will find out how one criminal called Diezani turned Nigeria’s oil money into her personal source of wealth. In my opinion all these people are mad. I cannot find another way to describe people who steal monies that are supposed to be used for the development of the country for personal gains.

So in 2015 the APC preached change, it gathered a few criminals from the PDP (including one Atiku who l have written about a few times) and merged with the criminals already in APC and CPC. They convinced the people that they are changed and they will bring change to Nigeria.

Remember that this is a country where normalcy does not exist. Otherwise all these politicians are supposed to be in prisons across the country. But they are free people, above the law and exclusive to say.

So the people gave a chance to the APC. Even me, l bought the lies in the end. When you have a president who is a drunkard and who does not seem to be able to control anything at all, of course you want a change.

This is the end of 2017, the APC has succeeded in only one thing.

They have succeeded in proving that the PDP was right. That there will be no change. That the people in the APC are the same as those in PDP.

The APC under Buhari is one of the most useless regime ever in Nigeria. In performance it ranked at the same level as the Jonathan administration before it, woeful!

In terms of corruption, it’s the same, same, same…

Whilst the looting was open and obvious under Jonathan, it is obvious but not open under Buhari. Under Buhari, corruption became padded and embedded.

The standard of living for the ordinary people did not improve. Things became more expensive. The Buhari government maintain a high level of propaganda through its Information minister, one Lai Mohammed whom everybody now called Liar Mohammed.

The media around Buhari is the most disastrous ever. It’s doing a job far worse than that of journalist turned political jobber Reuben Abati who served under the drunken regime.

It’s 2 years left on the Buhari administration and the signs are very bad. Politicians continue to steal, loot, and do whatever they like. They are above the law as the judiciary and law enforcement in Nigeria especially on matters relating to politics is almost 100% useless. I would be ashame if i was a lawyer in Nigeria. In terms of politics, the laws in Nigeria are worthless.

This is proven by the existence even in positions of the senate president and house of representatives leader who are both criminals. Almost all Nigerian politicians are criminals, so yes the laws and lawyers and judiciary are culpable.

For as long as this status quo exist, where the politicians and some other people are above the laws of the land, Nigeria will continue to exist in a combo of the APC-PDP dilemma deluxe or something similar.

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Appendix

Some people always ask “what then is the solution”? This question is now “lame”.

Does anyone know how great Nigeria will be if all our politicians are “clean”?

Does anyone know how prosperous all Nigerians would have been if everybody did the right thing in public service, if criminals no matter their positions (president, councillors, senate president and others) are sent to prison?

How nice if the country is ruled by law and justice?

In any case, we now have something on the table. Take away the political power in Abuja because it will NEVER, NEVER solve Nigeria’s problem.

Bring the government back to the people just the way it was before the useless coups of 1966, promote justice, law and order. Send all the criminals in Abuja to their separate constituencies and let them build their region and economy.

Bring back the healthy competitions between the regions and watch Nigeria rise to stardom again. It won’t happen overnight but it would be gracious for our children and children’s children.

Traumatized Libya

By all means and at all cost, the slave traders of Libya must be found, arrested and prosecuted. Justice must prevail or this will happen again.

Traumatized Libya

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Libyans are today presenting an image that shows that some of them are the most useless humans on earth in 2017. No other country in the world can compete with Libya as the domain of some of the most complete fools, idiots and silly asses that the wold knows today.

The reason for these qualities are not far fetched.

Some Libyans took advantage of the economic migrants in their domain and sold them as slaves. The internet is awashed with the gruesome images and videos of how Africans are sold as slaves in Libya. It was CNN that probably first reported the news.

It sounded as if Libya is not in Africa. Actually that is one issue that still needs to be addressed. How do North Africans view themselves? I have seen some football matches where North African footballers behave unruly to players and officials from sub-Saharan Africa. I get the impression that they think that they are superior to the rest of us. Foolish thinking!

Libyans are traumatized. They are a people so foolish they killed their former ruler. I am sure they never expected that their lives will be turned upside down as it is today.

How could they be so foolish and ignorant of what was to follow the assassination of their ruler? They stupidly connived with the west and eliminated Gadhaffi.

Since then, their lives have been in turmoil and there has been complate breakdown of law and order.

It is really sad that this is the route that our brothers and sisters from sub-Saharan Africa choose in their quests to reach Europé.

Definitely one cannot exonerate the stupid rulers in sub-Saharan Africa. In general, there is failure of leadership in Africa.

Africans, south of the Equator is a place where men and women ought to be living like Kings, Princes and Queens. This is a part of the world that is blessed with abundant resources and human talents.

Sadly the rulers and politicians in that part of the world are totally crazy. They are the ones who are misruling their people and forcing them to become economic migrants. It is the misrule in sub-Saharan Africa that is serving as the source of the men and women sold as slaves in Libya.

The rulers of sub-Saharan Africa need to borrow themselves some senses and start to rethink how they govern their people. They cannot govern their people and threat them like slaves and expect miracles to happen in Libya or even Europé. They have to stop stealing money at some point and start to think about the people and not themselves!

For now the criminals who sold people as slaves in Libya need to be apprehended and served some very long prison terms. By all means and at all cost, they must be found, arrested and prosecuted. Justice must prevail or this will happen again.

The governments all around Africa must begin to rethink governance and meeting the needs of the people in their individual countries and allowing treaties that ensure that human rights are not violated across borders. Those slave-dealers of Libya must be used as examples of the importance of the laws in Africa and globally.

For all the errors of judgment that led to the elimination of Gadhaffi and the lawlessness that now pervade in Libya, the world must wake up and the world must ask for the rebuilding of Libya. Libyans are traumatized and they are transferring their traumas and aggressions to dark-skinned Africans. They do not have the permission or right to do so. Again, those who have committed these crimes must be made to face the music squarely.

The rest of Libya deserve our sympathy. Together, they are all not feeling fine. The behaviour that emerged amongst them, though criminal, must also be deep rooted through psychological rebuilding. The people of Libya may be crazy. Definitely they are inhuman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APC-Buhari Mandate And Dateline 2019

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Apc-Buhari Mandate, A Failed Government

The APC is into the second year of its reign. Not much has been acheived. A lot of hopelessness pervade the country. The discord between the ruling class the the suffering masses remains a big issue.

In 2019 Nigerians may head to the polls again. The struggle for the outcome of the 2019 elections started already in 2015 or probably earlier. This is one of the huge problems with Nigeria. There is no ideology to deal the pressing issues such as performance of a sitting government and even right now more pressing is the issue of the political structure of Nigeria.

Nigeria is not working and is probably not going to work under the present arrangement. So year in, year out, elections in, elections out, the problems continue to get bigger at a rate proportional to how the crazy politicians conitnue to enrich themselves.

The present political stucture in Nigeria is built for the benefits of those who conquer political power no matter the level.

So APC has failed and it will fail by the end of its tenure in 2019 because the operating manual for Nigeria is outdated and since the people are still abiding by an expired manual, their life-time porgrammed suffering will continue.

 

Buhari, Which Ticket Again?

Mr Buhari ought to be the first person to dissociate himself from governance in 2019. In the run off to the 2015 elecions, he hardly spoke and make very fragile appearance on the platform during the campaigns. Now we know why.

He had been sick and in need of medical help. The position of the presidency opened a flood gate of unlimited funds and so he treated himself to the use of our commonwealth spending many days in a london hospital. Grace is what he got. Many of us did not expect him back in Abuja.

So, if there is anyone who should be longing to a well-deserved rest, it should be Buhari himself.

Sometimes, l do wonder what the gains are: when you can be at home resting and even if you like travel the world to do wonderful things, why choose to sit in a rat-infected office in Abuja?

Seriously, l was expecting Yemi Osinbajo to have taken over from Buhari because he is younger, more energetic, brilliant and willing to lead. It still baffles me that a man with a fragile health would risk the next 2 years clinging on to power.

The issue of contesting in 2019, from my perpective, is like a suicide mission. But l may be wrong. I left medical research in 2004, what do l know?

I don’t even want to talk about Atiku.

I don’t know how Nigerians elevate criminals and allow them to occupy public offices.

Atiku and Obanikoro have done some kris-krossing and moved to different camps. They will keep moving until Nigerians put a final stop to this nonsense that allows thieves to find all available options to the public treasuries.

Nigeria is full of intellectuals and brilliant minds but all we chose to talk about with regards to the 2019 elections are criminals like Atiku and Obanikoro.

Nonsense and ingredients!

This country will not be forgiven!

 

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Mugabe: När firandet kan vara fel

Mugabe: När firandet kan vara fel (Previously posted in English language)

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av Adeola Aderounmu

Många observatörer både inom och utanför Afrika tycks ha firat störtandet av Mugabe som Zimbabwes president efter nära fyra årtionden vid makten. En sådan uppfattning är en skarp motsägelse till vad som erhölls på 1970 och 1980 talet då Mugabe agerade som hjälte för Zimbabwes självständighet.

Jag minns min reaktion när Mugabe röstades till makten för den sjätte gången år 2008. Då var han 84 år gammal och jag trodde hans pensionering var väntad, för honom att kunna vila upp sig och njuta av återstoden av sitt liv. Vid det tillfället drog jag slutsatsen att dåliga ledare, oavsett hur bra deras avsikter kan tyckas, är de som vägrar att träna eller handleda sina anhängare att ta sedan över efter dem.

Enligt min mening är Mugabes största misstag att inte ha värnat om ett fåtal unga män och kvinnor som kunde fört Zimbabwe framåt. Han var beredd att styra Zimbabwe fram till sin död, det är den enda förklaringen jag finner för en man som är 93 år gammal och inte pensionerad från offentlig service.

Det råder ingen tvekan om att Mugabe stannade för länge vid makten. Han blandade troligen ihop demokrati med monarki. I en demokrati är överföringen av makt oundviklig. De som kämpade vid sidan av Mugabe för ett självständigt Zimbabwe hade anledning att känna sig förolämpade när det blev uppenbart att Mugabe planerade överföringen av makt till sin fru. Några av dessa personer är nu politiker, om än gamla politiker, och vissa förblev i militären. De har nu säkerställt att makten togs över med våld från Mugabe, i hans gamla och hjälplösa ålder.

När den nuvarande maktstriden är avgjord, har Zimbabwes handläggare en del saker att klargöra och rätta till. Ett exempel är lagen som ger Mugabe makt att avskeda landets vice ordförande som bör återkallas genom lagstiftaren. Andra repressiva lagar i konstitutionen som är kapabla att omvandla revolutionerande, demokratiska ledare till tyranner bör avskaffas.

Zimbabwe och förvisso många andra länder i Afrika behöver granska sina politikers ämbetstider. Zimbabwe till exempel skulle troligen vuxit demokratiskt om det fanns en begränsning på antalet gånger en president kan väljas om. I länder där makten över ämbetstiden gör det till en nästan omöjlig uppgift att ändra makten genom trovärdiga val, blir begränsade mandatperioder ett motgift.

Det finns en allvarlig fara i om den använda metoden att driva bort Mugabe är firad. Användningen av militären för att korrigera politisk anomali borde inte firas eller hyllas någonstans i världen. Det förblir ett recept på våld och inbördeskrig. Det var fel att det militära alternativet var vad som togs till för att köra bort Mugabe och stoppa hans fru från att ta över makten. Valmöjligheten, som använder sig av trovärdiga omröstningar och godtagbara resultat, är alltid den bästa metoden.

Därför måste globala media presentera en balanserad rapport om situationen, oberoende av dess predisposition (kärlek eller hat) mot Mugabe. Det som hänt i Zimbabwe handlar inte bara om personen Mugabe eller hans hunger efter makt utan även om välfärden och välbefinnandet hos folket i Zimbabwe, hemma och utomlands.

Lärdomarna från Zimbabwe borde återigen öppna våra ögon om demokratins brister i vissa delar av världen och dessa lärdomar borde vara behjälpliga för diverse institutioner som främjar av inte bara demokrati men även medborgerliga rättigheter för alla människor globalt.

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Footnote:

Mugabe resigned today 21st of November 2017 after 37 years in power.

Mugabe: A Wrong Type Of Celebration

There is grave danger if the method used to oust Mugabe is celebrated. The use of the military to correct political anomaly should not be celebrated or hailed anywhere in the world.

Mugabe: A Wrong Type Of Celebration

By Adeola Aderounmu

 

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Adeola Aderounmu

Many observers within and outside Africa seem to have celebrated the overthrown of Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe after nearly 4 decades in power. Such a perception is a sharp contradiction to what obtained in the 1970s and 1980s when Mugabe was a hero of Zimbabwean independence.

I remember my reaction when Mugabe was voted to power for the 6th time in 2008. Then, he was 84 years and l thought he should be due for retirement so that he could rest and enjoy the rest of his days. At that moment l concluded that bad leaders, no matter how good their intentions may seem, are those who refused to train or mentor followers to take over from them.

In my opinion, Mugabe’s greatest mistake was not nurturing a few young men and women who could move Zimbabwe forward. He was prepared to rule Zimbabwe until his death and that is the only explanation l found for a man who is 93 years and not retired from public service.

No doubt about it, Mugabe overstayed in power. He probably mistook democracy for monarchy. In a democracy, the transfer of power is inevitable. Those who fought alongside Mugabe for the independence of Zimbabwe have reasons to feel insulted when it became apparent that Mugabe was planning to transfer power to his wife.

Some of these people are now politicians albeit old politicians and some remained in the military. They have now ensured that power was taken by force from Mugabe in his old, helpless ag.

When the current power tussle is settled, the handlers of Zimbabwe have a few things to clarify and rectify. For example, the law that gives  Mugabe the power to sack the Vice President of the country should be revoked through the legislature. Other repressive laws in the constitution that are capable of converting revolutionary, democratic leaders to tyrants should be abolished.

Zimbabwe and indeed many other countries in Africa need to review the tenures of their politicians. Zimbabwe for example, would probably have grown democratically if there was limitation on the number of times a president can seek for re-election. In countries where the power of incumbency makes it an almost impossible task to change power through credible elections, limited terms of office will be an antidote.

There is grave danger if the method used to oust Mugabe is celebrated. The use of the military to correct political anomaly should not be celebrated or hailed anywhere in the world. It remains a recipe for violence and civil war. It was wrong that the military option was what it took to oust Mugabe or stop his wife from taking over power. The electoral option, that which makes use of credible ballot votes and acceptable results, is always the best method.

The global media therefore need to present a balance report of the situations regardless of  its predisposition (love or hate) towards Mugabe. What has happened in Zimbabwe is not just about the person of Mugabe and his hunger for power but also about the welfare and the well-being of the people of Zimbabwe at home and abroad.

The lessons of Zimbabwe should once again opened our eyes to the inadequacies of democracy in certain parts of the world and these lessons should be instrumental to various institutions saddled with the promotion of not just democracy but civil rights of all people globally.

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Den Afrikanska Kvinnan

Jag hyllar de afrikanska kvinnorna. Jag hedrar den goda nigerianska kvinnan. Nigeria måste, mer än någonsin tidigare, börja främja kvinnors rättigheter och jämställdhet mellan könen

DEN AFRIKANSKA KVINNAN

Av Adeola Aderounmu

A Market Place in "old" Nigeria

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Jag bor i Stockholm, Sverige. Jag har varit pappaledig vid två tillfällen, vilket betyder att jag har varit ledig från jobbet för att ta hand om mina barn.

I vad som kan beskrivas som en omvandling av roller har jag skött om mina barn genom att ge dem materiellt, emotionellt och socialt stöd medan min fru arbetat måndag till fredag under den tidsperioden.

Mina reflektioner var mer intensiva under min andra pappaledighet. Här följer min berättelse.

Jag växte upp i en normal nigeriansk familj med bröder och systrar. Det jag kände till om min barndom, är förmodligen typiskt i de flesta nigerianska hemmen.

Våra mödrar var skyldiga att ta hand om hushållet medan våra fäder jobbade hela tiden.

Under vissa omständigheter skötte kvinnorna inte bara hemmen utan försörjde även familjen med det dagliga levebrödet. På ett sätt är det en väsentlig del av våra liv att lägga bördan av hushållssysslor och barnuppfostran på kvinnorna.

Mina erfarenheter som hemma-man i Sverige under en tolvmånadersperiod, med dubbelt ansvar att ta hand om mina barn och vårt hem i allmänhet, har övertygat mig om att denna aspekt av våra liv i Nigeria behöver ändras eller bytas ut.

Men utan ett ingripande från regeringen eller en mycket stark rekommendation från Nigerias kvinnodepartement kan det bli både tekniskt och byråkratiskt omöjligt att genomföra nya riktlinjer, inom både privata och offentliga institutioner, som skapar en högre grad av flexibilitet för föräldrar med respekt i att uppfostra sina barn.

Det förefaller som att denna fråga kommer bli en het debatt som står inför både motstånd och fördömelse eftersom det drivs ett icke önskvärt system i Nigeria, där många människor fortfarande anser att kvinnor är underlägsna männen. Jag kan föreställa mig att förespråka för lika rättigheter och möjligheter för kvinnor utifrån respekt för familjevärderingar i Nigeria, kan vara att efterfråga för mycket. Men det borde det inte vara.

Vi bör tillhandahålla en förlängd mammaledighet till nyblivna mödrar oavsett var de arbetar eller arbetets karaktär.

Dessutom behöver vi göra en studie eller kartläggning om hur föräldraledighet för båda föräldrar fungerar i länder som med framgång genomfört sådana program.

Jag vet att Storbritannien nu lägger mer uppmärksamhet på ett sådant program.  Grundstommen är väl fungerande offentliga institutioner, en genomtänkt regeringspolitik och ett välgrundat undervisningssystem.

Jag tror inte det kommer innebära att en främmande kultur införs ifall pappor genomgår samma upplevelse som mammor, i form av att vårda sina barn under de tidiga formgivande åren eller hela spädbarnstiden.

Efter nio månaders graviditet med efterföljande förlossning behöver kvinnor både moraliskt och känslomässigt stöd och att ge dem förlängd mammaledighet och ett socialt stöd borde vara den minsta ansträngningen samhället kan bidra med.

Jag tror att ett av de troliga skälen att Nigerias befolkning fortsätter att explodera, trots den hårda ekonomiska verkligheten och det ofördelaktiga politiska klimatet, är för att många nigerianska män inte alltid är hemma för att fysiskt se skötseln av hemmet.

När de är hemma är deras prioritet att se på tv, läsa gamla dagstidningar eller att underhålla vänner medan de fortsätter att uppmanar sina fruar att göra både det ena och det andra.

Män behöver förstå smärtan och den besvärliga situationen hos kvinnor och de behöver inse att det krävs mer av en pappa än att bara vara spermadonator eller inkomstkälla.

Betydelsen av familjen som samhällets grundläggande enhet kan inte nog betonas.

Familjebandet och dess inlärda gemensamma värden är grundläggande delar hos den närmaste omgivningen och för nationen som helhet.

Det finns starka tecken idag på att kommunikationsklyftorna inom familjen blir större och det kan i hög grad ha bidragit till de socialekonomiska problemen vi har i Nigeria.

Naturligtvis är splittrade familjer och värderingar nu ett globalt problem.

Vissa pappor känner inte sina barn och många barn känner inte sina fäder. Sexuell obetänksamhet är till och med på uppgång vilket leder till barn i ett odefinierbart föräldraskap. Sällan är det då mamman som saknas.

När dessa luckor väl skapats under de formgivande åren är de vanligtvis svåra och ibland omöjliga att överbrygga. Klyftorna kan komma att fördjupas och bestå livet ut.

Skilsmässa och/eller att leva separat kan inte antas ge rätt till ett vårdslöst föräldraskap.

Många separerade föräldrar i olika länder fortsätter att fostra och försörja sina barn som de skulle gjort om de levt under samma tak.

Mina erfarenheter under pappaledigheten gav mig möjlighet att reflektera dagligen.

Vanligtvis tänkte jag inte bara på min mamma utan även på afrikanska kvinnor i allmänhet som symboler för styrka, mod och beslutsamhet. Jag frågade mig själv flera frågor.

Hur klarade dessa kvinnor av sex barn eller fler?

Klagade de sig någonsin över trötthet till sina män eller papporna till deras barn? Fanns det alltid någon de kunde dela sin smärta och frustration med? Vad gjorde de när de inte fanns någon att vända sig till?

Hur hanterade de all stress och situationer omkring dem? Vad gjorde de när de själva skulle vilja sova men barnen fortsatte gråta efter uppmärksamhet och tröst?

I korthet frågade jag mig själv, hur hanterade de alla dessa problem? Hur klarar de av det nu?

I varje familj fortsätter den afrikanska kvinnan att fullfölja sina skyldigheteter som hushållerska, i nöd och lust!

Jag hyllar de afrikanska kvinnorna. Jag hedrar den goda nigerianska kvinnan.

Jag kan inte heller sluta tänka på de ensamstående föräldrarna.

Jag undrar hur mycket repatriering som kan ge tröst åt dem för deras roller, deras motståndskraft, deras mod, deras tålamod och deras uppoffringar i kampen att hålla ihop hem och arbete.

Nigeria måste, mer än någonsin tidigare, börja främja kvinnors rättigheter och jämställdhet mellan könen. Med jämställdhet och erkännande av kvinnors och barns rättigheter blir det lättare att kontrollera födelsetalet.

Nigerias ekonomi lider av ständiga åtstramningsåtgärder och arbetslösheten förblir mycket hög men ändå har inte födelsetalet sjunkit.

Detta är en onaturlig trend, inte bara i Nigeria utan även i andra ekonomiskt utmanade länder eftersom de biologiska lagarna kräver annorlunda.

Det är särskilt irriterande att läsa eller höra om kvinnor som ger upp sitt vardagsliv på grund av sin karriär eller vise versa. Det finns ett behov att skapa flexibilitet för att tillåta en rimlig integration av arbetet och hemmet, som en källa för både tillfredsställelse och glädje.

Nigeria måste skapa eller se över situationen gällande ammande mödrar och sociala välfärdspaket. Vi behöver inte vänta på ett perfekt politiskt klimat innan vi börjar leva och njuta av våra liv.

Det är inget fel i att påbörja program som ger stöd åt medborgarna i Nigeria, även om den politiska klassen består av obotfärdiga lögnare och korrupta människor.

Det är en annan aspekt i vårt kollektiva ansvar att rädda oss ur sådana missförhållanden.

Genom att noggrant studera föräldraledighetens process i länder där framgång har uppnåtts, kan Nigeria påbörja ett okorrumperat nationellt socialförsäkringssystem som tillgodoser ammande mödrar i alla åldrar och kategorier.

Det borde vara utgångspunkten. Inom en överskådlig framtid blir samverkan med papporna i processen mycket användbart i att återuppbygga familjen och även säkerställa att våra kvinnor inte är överbelastade eller missbrukas.

Slutligen måste regeringen omforma och ge ny kraft åt familjeplaneringspolitiken, samtidigt som de betonar behovet av den.

Fördelarna med en överensstämmelse av familjeplanering av alla och en var kan inte överbetonas.

 

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Translated to Swedish by Louise Holmberg