The minister who was giving a keynote address in an Immigration conference, noted that the issue of "forced (economic) immigration" has taken a moral and cultural dimension which must be tackled at that level for any meaningful progress towards halting it." Icheoku will like to remind the minister of a popular aphorism which says that "he whose house is in order does not loiter outside". Mr. Minister of External Affairs, tell your Umaru Yar'Adua to address and fix the root-cause of the desperation rather than you rant about it! These are Nigerians who are dying and some of these deaths are preventable and could have been prevented! Icheoku will also like to add that the exodus has not petered-off yet. The minister also queried why the nation’s youth could engage in such risky adventure that most often resulted in their deaths, all in the name of traveling abroad in search of greener pasture. In response, Icheoku says that is the only meaningful alternative as the other option is to stay back in Nigeria and slowly starve to death. The Minister further stated that no one would love the country more than its citizens, as such, only they could build it to become a great place. To which, Icheoku says, but will you hijackers of government allow people with the know-how to freely return, thrive and fix the problems? Where is the freedom and security? Where also was the free elections that produced Umaru Yar'Adua, whom you are serving as his Foreign Affairs minister? Have you made the conditions safe and viable for such peoples' endeavour to take root? The answer is of course capital "NO"! Mr Minister, please enough of this tortured admission that the leadership of Nigeria has woefully failed her citizens. The only credible course now, is for the old leadership to yield way for new more vibrant and patriotic fresh-minds to mount the saddle and fix what is broken! Salute!
Friday, August 8, 2008
10,000 NIGERIANS DIED ON HIGH SEAS!
And you ask yourself why? The contemptible, corrupt and horrible governments of Nigeria, made up of several decades of military and "unelected but selected" politicians who do not care a hoot, about the welfare of their country men and women! This is the root cause of the wanton and unwarranted loss of human lives on the seas between North Africa and Europe; Nigerians who perished in their last-ditch effort to escape the harsh conditions back home. One is forced to ask, why would the people in government care about improving conditions in Nigeria when they are not "atypical" Nigerians? They do not shop in Nigeria! They do not live in Nigeria, strictly speaking! They get their medical treatments overseas! Their families do not live in Nigeria! They jet out to a "German" hospital at the slightest symptom of "malaria" or to Dubai for shopping or to treat a simple "knee-dislocation. With several homes overseas and their children and wards studying or living in opulence abroad, why would they care about what the "ordinary-Joe" in Nigeria is going through? The state of acute joblessness and hopelessness in Nigeria is the major driving shaft pushing this many Nigerians into taking such extreme measures, which sometimes involve criminality, in their attempt to literally speaking, be able to put food on the table, hence the desperation to survive by all and any means possible! And if it means "EUROPE BY ROAD" so be it. If it means sailing to Europe in a dinghy raft, so be it. If it means losing one's life in the daring escape from the hell-hole called Nigeria, which Nigeria has been turned into by reason of crass leadership, so be it. Their conclusion is that it could not be worst from the conditions they are escaping from; after-all life in Nigeria is so hellish for the majority of the people that any other thing else is an "improved" condition. What manner of men are running this kind of place, Nigeria? Shameless and unabashed nincompoops whose patriotic credentials is so thin otherwise why would they allow the condition to so deteriorate that the citizens are prepared to brave the rough seas and tidal waves on a mere non-seaworthy contraption to try to find succour elsewhere in some strange land? "Get a break in life or die trying" and they chose to try! And this minister of External Affairs in Nigeria, Ojo Maduekwe is opening his loud mouth to shamelessly acknowledge to the world that Nigerians have been turned into desperadoes by conditions at home; and are now going through hell in search of any place they could find succour. Which patriotic citizen in a position of authority will not fight to ameliorate the situation back home, through job creations and some other form of welfare assistance, to cushion the harsh conditions and by extension curtail this "wildebeest-exodus" of Nigerians to foreign lands? Could this Minister tell the world how many jobs his government or the ones before it created to absorb the manpower being churned out in Nigeria at an unparalleled speed? Could this minister tell the world what wattage of electricity his government or the ones before it is generating in Nigeria to assist small scale industries power on? Could this minister tell the world how many kilometers or miles of road his government or the ones before it has constructed in Nigeria to help move people and commodities from one place to another; and by extension, fire the economy to employ these people? Could this minister tell the world how many programs of welfare and social security his government and/or the ones before it put in place to help the suffering Nigeria masses? Could this minister tell the world how many times his government or the ones before it has ever played a big-brother or fatherly role in the interest of any Nigeria in trouble in any foreign land? Why would they not escape? Like a drunken sailor, this minister is atop his "sailing mast" telling the whole world that his country men and women, 10000 of them, perished while escaping untold hardship in his country, Nigeria? Icheoku says SHAMELESS!