…So that the audience do not move. One has to sit tight, be vigilant with shiny eyes, follow the drama and determine at what point it turns to a theatre of incongruity. And if JEGA does not become the umpire, faith should still be kept like the rock. Nothing has happened yet to tilt us to suspicion.
I read some of the responses to my article, “Buhari vs Jonathan: Beyond the Election”, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the debate. I am glad that the debate has finally taken off. I have decided, for the record, to re-enter the debate if only to set some records straight and hopefully elevate the debate further.
Twitter has been agog since “Madame due process” Mrs Oby Ezekwesili lent her voice to the current Brouhaha surrounding the article credited to the former Central Bank Governor of Nigeria Mr. Charles. Soludo. This was necessitated by the counter utterances made by the Nigerian Minister of Finance Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,.
On 17th of February, 2013 a new struggle was born in South Africa. It was the founding of ‘United Nigerian Wives in South Africa (UNWISA)’ – a union of South African women who are legitimately married to Nigerian citizens living in South Africa. A growing boil – painful and dangerous – on the body-politics of South Africa seems to have called for the conception and delivery of this union.
But, the key vision of UNWISA is to further the strides of freedom and justice so that all who live in South Africa shall enjoy equal treatment before the law irrespective of their sex, or creed, or origin, or race, or tongue, or colour. And UNWISA is sworn to go to the ends of the earth in order to make this vision the reality of everyday life in South Africa.
Look at it, how low we have brought ourselves. Nigeria simply put, could not deal decisively with a group of idiots causing mayhem in market places that called themselves Boko Haram and have invited foreign imperialist to come and help. And docile Nigerians are now clapping their hands and breathing a sigh of relieve. The reason for our inability is nothing more than cumulative greed of our leaders tens of years ago till date. They could not see beyond their nose because of political greed, corruption and good life.
A well publicized news which emanated from a Johannesburg based news organization CAJ (Centre for African Studies) and republished unchanged/unverified by News24 claiming that Nigerians living in South Africa last weekend demanded that they be allowed a vote in South Africa’s upcoming elections. SANigerians.com sensing that such baseless report must have been published by a section of the South African press who a sworn to ensure that Nigeria and Nigerians living in South Africa never gets any good publicity in the media, decided to investigate such allegations crafted to subtly generate xenophobic reactions against Nigerians in South Africa as untrue and unlike Nigerians.
The full transcript of Thabo Mbeki’s lecture at UNISA delivered on 23 August 2013 below:
Thabo MbekiI HAD thought that you had started yesterday, but I was told only when I arrived here 15 minutes ago that actually you didn’t. I hope that doesn’t signify that as Africans we are always late.
We had agreed that I would speak at the opening of your symposium, because I had to go to Zimbabwe yesterday to participate at the ceremony of the inauguration of President Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe, I’m told that this was the seventh as President and more if you include his Prime Minister-ship.
I write this letter with tears and in consideration of the fact that you are a listening president. I will not fail to commend you on your transformation agenda and just like you will always say, “we may not be where we are going now, but we will surly get there”.
You have given Nigeria a breath of fresh air, just like you promised during your campaign. Yes! the demands are high, but it will be an ungrateful act if I fail to acknowledge the good works of yours especially in sustaining our growing democracy even when the pressure is too high on you. I also wish to give you credit on the transformation going-on in the railway transportation sector in Nigeria, power sector, health sector, Finance,Oil and Agricultural sector.
Most of these are aimed at creating employment for the youths and I applaud you on behalf of Imo state University Students and Nigerian Students at large.