Monday, April 12, 2010
AMERICA - NIGERIA RELATIONS THAWS, AS OBAMA WARMS UP TO JONATHAN?
Icheoku asks, what suddenly changed to warrant this sudden about-turn regarding Nigeria, on the part of Washington; after-all both President Umaru Yar'Adua and then vice president and now Acting President Jonathan Goodluck were beneficiaries of a discredited Olusegun Obasanjo's doctored election 2007? And if feelers are right, America has beef with the manner of the 'election' that brought them both to power; hence the earlier subsisting cold-shoulder to their government; which continues till date with the acting presidency of Jonathan Goodluck? Icheoku is really now at the deep end with this sudden warming up to Jonathan in view of the earlier turning down of the plea of then not bed-ridden Yar'Adua to visit Washington and meet with President Obama. Strangely too, America recently allowed the hitherto embargoed Ibrahim Babangida to visit and nurse his late wife Maryam while bed-ridden in a Los Angeles hospital and suffering from ovarian cancer, from which she never recovered. It is also rumoured that Obama's Washington is actively encouraging Babangida's presidency in 2011 and you wonder which side President Obama is on - the Nigerian people or their corrupt leaders? It is albeit so strange that wonders shall never end in that a youthful energetic leader of the free world is allegedly rooting for the return to power of a 71 year old tired despot; whose hands is forever soiled and dripping with the blood of so many Nigerians? Dele Giwa, Mamman Vasta, Gloria Okon, Gideon Orkar, MKO Abiola, Ejigbo military officers plane crash, just to name a few all perished under his watch, as a military coup head of state in Nigeria for eight years? A known scofflaw who disrespectfully refused to honor summons by the Justice Oputa duly constituted legal investigative panel to testify and give evidence over some burning state issues; and who created the enabling environment for 419 to thrive in Nigeria, is the kind of man preferred as Nigeria's president by Washington? Please say it is not true and Icheoku hopes it is not true; as such inexplicable and misplaced allegiance will surely have a discomfiture in Obama's admiration by the Nigerian public. Why in a country of 150 million people, littered with so many highly educated professionals, would the choice of Babangida be preferred by Washington's Obama? Something is not right with this trending and Nigerians must rise up to stop Babangida and whoever is sponsoring his candidacy!Now to the issue of Jonathan's sudden embrace by Washington, can anyone with insider knowledge please tell Icheoku what changed? Is Acting President Jonathan Goodluck no longer tainted by the charade of the Obasanjo tele-guided 'election' of 2007 or is he communicating to these Americans better and in the language of oil, which they understands most? It would have been all good and dandy; except that it sends a bifurcated message across to the various ethnicities in Nigeria that one 'duly elected' president is a taboo and another 'doctrine of necessity' produced acting president is welcomed to the Americans? Something is certainly not right, but very fishy and unnerving with the picture. We don't know about you but we are very suspicious of the motive behind this new "Jonathan is good, Yar'Adua is bad" dance scenario in and by Washington. Go figure!