Life President Mugabe!

By Adeola Aderounmu.

If you were in doubt as to who owns Zimbabwe, the doubt must have been laid to rest by now. Zimbabwe belongs to only one man whose name is Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe has been sworn in for the 6th term and for another 5 years in office. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and he is now 84 years old or more.

Mugabe won the latest elections in which he was the only candidate. That would explain the reason why it was so easy and quick to do the counting and announce the result in a record timing.

As a matter of fact, invitation to the swearing in which took place today (June 29) were sent out even before the results were announced officially.

The opposition party pulled out a week ago citing violence and intimidations by the ruling party as the main reasons. The opposition argued that the run-off election cannot be free or fair because people were being haunted down, maimed, imprisoned and killed. Indeed, Tendai Biti, the opposition party’s Secretary General is now on death row courtesy of a treason charge against him.

Nevertheless, the image or symbol of the opposition leader remained on the ballots and surprisingly the opposition pulled some substantial votes. As the opposition members were being hunted down, some of them had the time to send cruel messages to Mugabe. MUGABE IMBAVHA (Mugabe is a thief) was one of the messages that was left on Mugabe’s election posters in a suburb of Harare. Another message was HAULUME BOB (you won’t get anything Bob). But Mugabe got everything. Zimbabwe is his personal property!

In the presidential elections held in March this year, the results came in in trickles and eventually stopped. No one knows exactly the outcome of that election. Indications were that the opposition won the election perhaps with a landslide or with 120, 000 more votes but those will remain speculations. Everyone in Zimbabwe and elsewhere, for the sake of elusive peace, believed the electoral commission that the first election held in March ended in a stalemate even though final results were not made public officially.

Who knows the truth? I think Tendai Biti does and that’s why he could pay with his life if Zimbabweans continue to look on the same way Nigerians did when Saro Wiwa was slaughtered by an animal called Abacha. One Gambari, the man who turned his eyes away during that gruesome murder of Saro Wiwa is now accepting invitation to head Niger-Delta peace summit in Nigeria. Wonders and mediocrity don’t cease in Africa.

Mugabe and his evil machinations cannot continue to claim that the opposition (MDC) participated in this run-off because that would amount to confirmed insanity. Why would it be possible for the results of the run-off to be available in a record time while the results of the elections held in March remain scanty or unknown?

Sometimes, I imagine that some parts of the world are living in the Stone Age. It cannot be true that we are all civilized. Our thoughts and actions do not indicate that the whole world is living in the same period of time. For example, what Mugabe is doing now in Zimbabwe (or the scenarios in Zimbabwe and Nigeria as an additional example) WILL NEVER happen in Sweden or Britain in the year of our lord 2008. NEVER!

Indeed there are serious problems the world over and we still have living dictators scattered around here and there but to pronounce democracy on the political events in Zimbabwe or Nigeria is tantamount to daylight rape.

It doesn’t matter how Mugabe presents his case. The truth is that he WAS a hero of independence whichever way that was achieved. That was in 1980. In 2008, Mugabe is not a HERO. His present image is that of a power drunk insane octogenarian. It appears as if the man is going down and he wants everything and everyone to go down with him. History abhors that Mr. Bob!

To many of us, it doesn’t matter that he blames the West for the troubles in Zimbabwe or that all he is doing is to prevent the re-installation of “foreign rule” through the opposition in Zimbabwe. The fact is Bob has past his prime and his invincibility aura had since given way but he ignored all the signs. Only a short time is left for Bob.

Zimbabwe today has 80% unemployment rate and probably the world highest inflation rate at 165 000%. Once a darling of Africa, today’s Zimbabwe is struggling with extreme poverty, homelessness and instability. Zimbabwe has a $10million note that may not sustain you over two days! The other day, a queue for bread was mistaken for a queue at a polling station! Zimbabweans are fleeing from their homes in thousands and Mugabe is blaming it on the West. How?

Beyond Mugabe, unless some drastic reconciliation and reasoning take place, I see a very bleak future still in Zimbabwe. This man called Bob has sown seeds of discordance over the country. He gave land to the people who are loyal to him: the army and other greedy people who could not do anything to match the productivity of the foreigners he chased away were those who benefited from Bob’s land reclamation.

These greedy people are behind Mugabe and they will strangulate the opposition further when Mugabe is gone. They will not want to part ways with their lands. They are afraid of a new leadership with new orientations albeit alleged western. There is a serious danger ahead in Zimbabwe after Mugabe. It is a sad situation.

DOES NIGERIA HAVE A MINISTER FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS OR AN AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN?

By Adeola Aderounmu.

If the answer to these two questions is YES, then there is a very serious problem on our hands. Indeed, we have always had big problems in Nigeria.

If Nigeria has a minister for external affairs then that person is grossly incompetent and unfit for that position. If after 365 days the body of slained Osamuyia is still lying in the cold morgue somewhere in Spain, then it is better for that Minister to resign and bury his head in shame.

I declare that the minister for foreign affairs in present day Nigeria (2008) is the most incompetent human alive today. The person occupying that position should be sacked and replace with someone else who is capable and knowledgeable.

A new minister should be appointed in that position and his or her first mandate should be to secure the corpse of Osamuyia for burial in Nigeria.

This also makes me wonder what the role of an ambassador is in Spain. Apart from Nigeria, what is the general function of ambassadors from all over the world who are sent to Spain? This question is important to me because the answer probably lies with the Spanish government.

Maybe the Spanish government can tell the world what they are doing with a corpse for 380 days. The Spanish government can explain to us or to the world why they have not been able to release the corpse to the family or the embassy of Nigeria in Spain.

Depending on the explanation, we can figure out the roles of the Nigerian ambassador to Spain because until now I think the ambassador is also very useless.

If I was the ambassador, I would either resign due to my incompetence or publicise the issue by criticising the handling of the matter by the Spanish authority. Doing neither of this means the ambassador is not protecting the rights/privileges of Nigerians in Spain. Therefore he/she should be sacked forthwith.

The Minister for External affair and the Nigerian ambassador to Spain should quit offices now, they are unfit, incompetent and un-knowledgeable to fulfil the positions that they occupy. I know that this is the pattern in Nigeria-having wrong people in political offices-still this particular episode of the killing of Osamuyia and the retention of his corpse by the Spanish murderers speak volume and such a matter should not be swept under the carpet. It is an international issue!

What more shall we do to ensure that Osamuyia’s body is released by the Spanish government one year after they murdered him?

This is the third day (out of 4) that I have dedicated to this story. I will conclude my story tomorrow and surely if nothing happens, I will dedicate an entire BLOG to this story. Osamuyia must be buried in Nigeria-this will not be compromised.

We will also continue to seek justice regarding the manner of his death.

The Killing of Osamuyia: The Irresponsible Nigerian Government.

By Adeola Aderounmu.

Osamuyia

Osamuyia, the young man killed by the Spanish Police in 2007

Yesterday, I reminded the world that the useless government of Spain is keeping the corpse of a Nigerian Killed over one year ago by the Spanish Police.

Today I am telling the world that that is possible because the Nigerian government is also useless. Imagine if the Nigerian Police have killed a Spanish man in 2007, would the body of the dead man still be in Nigeria in 2008? I don’t think so. I also imagine that Spain would have taken the case to the United Nations or to the EU. Spain would have done everything possible to paint Nigeria blacker

This is the ridiculous level of governance in Nigeria. I don’t care attitude! The people who have shown that they care about Osamuyia have done so at an hypocritical level. Some miscreants even travelled to Spain on fact finding information/Investigation. Is this the result of their mission? To allow the corpse of the dead Osamuyia to rot away in a Spanish morgue?

I am still at a lose how these types of things are still happening in this age and time of human civilization. Is there one responsible person in the Nigerian Foreign Ministry who can take this issue up with the Spanish Government? Please let him or her take this burden up and her the family of Osamuyia.

They want to bury their son at home in Africa; it has been more than one year since he was slain in Spain.

Quote of the Day

“We saw one long queue, which we mistook for a polling station, only to find the people were queuing for bread,” he said, adding that the ingredients for a free and fair election were missing.

By Marwick Khumalo, head of the Pan-African parliamentary observer mission to Zimbabwe.

Source: BBC

The Government of Spain: Please Release Osamuyia’s Body to his family!

By Adeola Aderounmu.

Osamuyia

Photo of Osamuyia.

Osamuyia was killed in Spain on June 9 2007 by the Spanish Police. I have written about this several times and for the next few days I am going to remain focussed on this issue. He was killed by the Spanish Police while being forcefully deported on a notorious Iberia Flight.

Killed in Flight

Notorious Iberia Flight

Today is June 27 and the purpose of today’s blog is to Condemn the Spanish Government for not releasing the body of late Osamuyia one year after its agent murdered him.

The family is is distress and they want to be able to bury their son at home in Nigeria.

Family

Osamuyia's family in Nigeria

Mama

Chester, Osamuyia's brother
Chester, brother of the slained Osamuyia

What is wrong with the government of Spain? Does that country have a sane leadership? You cannot keep a dead body for this long and be normal, can you? The families and friends of this young man whom you murdered are waiting, they have been waiting for more than one year, to be able to bury Osamuyia.

It is time you let Osamuyia go home afterall your dirty mission was to deport him dead or alive. So what are you still waiting for?

It is time to let him rest. The Government of Spain must release the body of Osamuyia NOW.

Photos/Images courtesy of Ahaoma Kanu and The Nigeria Village Square.

Emmanuel Adebayor; From Rags to Riches and Fame

Culled from BBC SPORTS

Togo and Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor has just been on a “tour of hope” across West Africa to his homeland, where he was presented with the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for 2007. The BBC’s Farayi Mungazi travelled with him

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor’s self-styled “tour of hope” that took him to Ghana and Togo left me with a different view of today’s professional footballer.

The Arsenal and Togo striker is not particularly showy.

For a man with little education, he projects himself with consummate ease and is unfailingly polite.

He reminded the cynic in me that not all professional footballers are arrogant millionaires with egos that match the size of their pay packets.

Due to his status as an African football icon, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, Adebayor is mobbed wherever he goes.

“I enjoy the attention because it shows that people love me for what I do,” the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year said, when asked about the non-stop adulation.

But, he says: “I’m a normal person; in the morning I clean my teeth like everyone else.”

Everywhere we went, Adebayor kept his childhood friends close, reminding him of the time he had nothing.

Household name

Adebayor may not yet be at his peak as a footballer, but the Togo captain is fast becoming one of the finest Africa has to offer.

The 24-year-old is now a household name; his meteoric rise aided by a string of scintillating displays for English Premier League side Arsenal.

I told myself that I only had one chance to survive and that was to be a footballer

In Ghana, where Adebayor went to school, some people wait years to see Otumfuo Osei Tutu II – a revered man and king of the most powerful and richest part of the country.

But Adebayor got an appointment within months, and was able to sweet-talk the palace into a second one after a no-show the previous day.

The audience with the football-loving king brought him to the heart of the Ashanti kingdom, about which his late father once told him stories.

Like most African stars in Europe, Adebayor was born and raised up in a desperately poor family, and his is a classic rags-to-riches tale to rival any other.

He grew up in a dilapidated house in a poor suburb of the Togolese capital, Lome.

His mother sold dried fish at the border with Ghana, earning barely enough to feed the family and buy the young Emmanuel his first pair of football boots.

The family was so poor that once he was left in hospital for seven days because his parents could not afford to pay for the treatment.

‘Hard work’

“I think a lot of people know me just on the pitch,” Adebayor says.

“They don’t know where I come from and they don’t know how I began.”

“I put in a lot of hard work to be where I am today, but I’ll never forget what it was like when I was young.

“Life was very difficult, and I told myself that I only had one chance to survive and that was to be a footballer.”

Adebayor did not have to wait long for an appointment with the king

Adebayor did not enjoy school, skipping classes to play football – though now, on his “tour of hope”, he encourages children to stick to their studies.

He sees it as his chance to give something back to Africa’s youth.

When he left Togo for France to embark on a professional career in 1999, not many would have foreseen that a football superstar had been unleashed.

“When I was going to Europe, I remember what my mother told me at the airport; she said: ‘Manu, you see where we’re living, you must go to France and do something good because we need your help.'”

He has now built her a huge, double-storey mansion in Lome, which is surrounded by shacks and run-down buildings.

But his mother has refused to move in, preferring to live with the friends who once knew her as the “Haton patchwork woman” – someone so poor that she could not afford a matching dress and headgear.

Nine years after launching his professional career, Adebayor speaks passionately about the need for him to inspire youngsters with a similar background to his.

“When I was growing up I had someone to help me, to give me something, and today I’m in a position to help others, so helping people is always a pleasure for me.”