Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election offers slim choice of Buhari versus Jonathan.

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Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election offers slim choice of Buhari versus Jonathan.

By C. K. Ekeke, M.Div., PhD

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,                                                                                                        Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

On February 14, 2015, Nigerians will elect a new president to govern the nation for another four years.  From all indications, it seems that Nigerians will be choosing between the incumbent president – Goodluck Jonathan and the ex-military head-of-state – General Muhammadu Buhari.  If this is the best Nigeria, the so-called giant of Africa can offer to the world, we have then become a degenerate people and society.

It is also rather unfortunate and unbelievable that the presidential election is less than a month away and no debate has been planned between the presidential candidates and their running mates to articulate how they will fix Nigeria. It’s a fact that since after the civil war, Nigeria has been ruled by vision-less, self-centered leaders.  Currently, lawlessness and corruption pervade the entire nation – a nation where corruption runs rampant and no one is held accountable. I do not believe there are more hopeless people and lawless nation on the face of this earth like Nigeria.  What we have become today is a nation of haters, killers, cheaters, looters, liars, hypocrites, hopelessness, immorality and absolute irresponsibility.
Nigeria needs visionary and action-oriented leadership – to restructure the nation.  The nation needs true transformational leaders. More than any time in history of the nation, Nigeria needs courageous, visionary and skilful leaders to emancipate our land from satanic political leadership and restore her historic honor and moral dignity in the global community.
I’m not sure that Buhari/Osinbajo is a better alternative to Jonathan/Sambo government and ticket.  Buhari/Osinbajo may be an option to fight corruption and Boko haram militancy but I do not believe both men can change Nigeria.  Will Buhari execute his manifesto and vision as outlined or will it be another 4 or 8 years of business as usual? My sincere believe is that it’s going to take revolution or disintegration to restructure Nigeria. The Confab report, which the Federal government spent billions of Naira to prepare last year, is yet to be implemented.  Will APC promise Nigerians that they will implement the Confab if elected into power?  The Confab report has candid recommendations which if implemented diligently can essentially restructure the nation.  Nigeria will be on its path to development, progress, and unity within few years if the Confab report is courageously implemented.
On Boko haram and rise of militant Islam
Whether it is 9/11, an orchestrated commercial plane hijacks by Al-Qaeda that murdered nearly 3000 innocent people in New York and other American cities, or the Danish cartoon of prophet Mohammed that sparked irrational killings in Nigeria and terrorist attacks in other countries, or the kidnapping of  nearly 300 Chibok school girls in northern Nigeria by Boko haram, or the Taliban massacre of school children in Pakistan, or the beheading of westerners by ISIS, and recently the killings at Charlie Hebdo French satirical newspaper in Paris – all these murderous atrocities are part of the global Jihadists agenda.
I believe the root cause of radical Islam is in the covenant promises that God made with Abraham, who is by the way the Father of Judaism (as represented mainly by Israel), Christianity, and Islam.  No man or woman will be able to fix the squabble or eradicate the animosity of militant Islam towards Christianity.   Only God Almighty – the Creator will.
Concerning Boko Haram’s continued murderous atrocities in northern Nigeria, I think the breakdown of law and order reflects a clear repudiation of the failed policies of northern leaders for nearly fifty years they were in power.  The political, religious and business leaders in the North failed to build infrastructure, create jobs for teeming young people and provide for the poor.  Boko haram is 100% failure of northern leadership and it’s also tied to the global jihadist conspiracy and belief.
• Dr. Ekeke, a theologian and prolific author, is a contributing writer to USAfricaonline.com

Boko Haram, Baga and Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity.                            By Dr. Chido Nwangwu.

Boko Haram has turned Jonathan’s Nigeria, with brazen impunity, into what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. Borno and nearby  areas have become Boko violent playgrounds, the capital territory of their medieval Caliphate. We cannot have two Commanders-in-Chief in one country: Abubakar Shekau and President Jonathan. For President Jonathan, again, stand firm and Be Nigeria’s duly elected and only Commander-in-Chief; or….. 

Boko Haram, Baga and Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,                                                                                                        Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

USAfrica, Houston:On Sunday night January 11, 2015, CNN INTERNATIONAL CALLED me to provide some insights during a live interview on the Boko Haram menace and killings. Especially, at Baga. The bloodied Borno city of Baga. I did.

To understand the level of impunity and violation of the national SECURITY of Nigeria by the violent, terrorist radical Islamic group Boko Haram, you have to know about their horrendous massacre of more than 2,000 persons of all ages and gender in Baga.

Baga is near Lake Chad and had not been conquered by Boko until Friday January 9, 2015. Boko overwhelmed both the LOCAL vigilantes and Nigeria’s armed forces near and into Baga…. blood flowed like a river….

The other implications and points I wish to make:

First, Boko Haram has turned Jonathan’s Nigeria, with brazen impunity, into what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. Borno and nearby  areas have become Boko violent playgrounds, the capital territory of their medieval Caliphate. We cannot have two Commanders-in-Chief in one country: Abubakar Shekau and President Jonathan. For President Jonathan, again, stand firm and Be Nigeria’s duly elected and only Commander-in-Chief; or…..

Second,  for having the will and courage to resist the repeated onslaught of the Boko Haram, Baga has been used, hideously, to teach other towns/villages around Borno and Yobe who refuse and resist going under the  dark BANNER of Boko Haram and ISIS that Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his armed forces remain incapable of protecting All Nigerians within its borders.

Third, beyond the issue of the serial incapacities of the Nigerian armed forces to tackle and defeat Boko, I’m concerned like most Nigerians that the Boko massacres in Baga and Boko’s use of 10-year olds as bombs-explosives carriers into markets. Significantly, the killing of more than 2,000 human beings in one weekend has yet to draw any measurable international response or protests as we saw millions on January 11, 2015 in radical Islamists’ embattled Paris. The world came together, stood together against terrorism and for freedom of expression.

Fourth, Nigerians and Nigeria’s government should lead the way! Or do they consider their own as Children of a Lesser God?? Nigeria should emulate the way the French forces and intelligence network moved decisively and killed the terrorists… without forming some committees or bogged down by sentiments.

Fifth, as the year Goodluck-Jonathan-Nigeria-president-reflectn21-USAfrica-file2015 opens, a recurring concern for Nigerians, Americans and the international communities remain: are we safe going about our every day lives or investing to do business in most parts of northeastern Nigeria? The honest answer is No! Daily, hourly, Nigerians say their quiet prayers  in Maiduguri, Kano, Baga, Damaturu, Yobe, Jos etc  asking for one of the following: may the evil eyes and bazooka of Boko Haram and kidnappers not see them! May the lethal bombs of the violent agitators of Boko Haram and political thugs others never set their gps in the same zone… Amen!

Sixth, ahead of the February 2015 election and amidst all the palaver, Nigerians CONTINUE to wonder if their federal state of insecurity would CONTINUE, despite the fact of a whopping federal government budget  with the SECURITY and defense allocation bagging since 2012, annually, the lion’s share of an average of N925 billion (Naira) — the equivalent of $6 billion. Those have not given Nigerians reasonable “SECURITY” from kidnappers, common criminals, terror brigands, radical fundamentalists like the brazen Boko Haram and a rag-tag ethnic armies, area boys and area girls, and so on and so forth.

Seventh, Nigerians, from all sections and faiths and economic status, have expressed their displeasure at the evident incapacity of the federal government led by President Jonathan and most state governors to perform the most basic function of providing SECURITY and safe environments for the citizens. The unrelenting bombs and violent attacks and kidnapping in the middle belt Plateau State and in Maiduguri/Borno State, have combined to make life and movement much more dangerous for families, millions of UNEMPLOYED youths and INVESTORS in Africa’s most populated country of almost 110 million people.

Eight, I believe and have made the political economy point that lawlessness and insecurity affect domestic production and international business worthiness of any country. The very bold attacks on the Nigerian Police headquarters and the United Nations building in Abuja (Nigeria’s federal capital) on Friday August 26, 2011 by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram left a weak profile of the President Jonathan and his team — in the eyes of the LOCAL and international communities. I wrote the  USAfrica special report 14 years ago– on October 17, 2001

USAfrica Publisher Chido Nwangwu, pix Jan11 2014
USAfrica Publisher Chido Nwangwu, pix Jan11 2014

— warning that some radical Islamic groups in Nigeria have some level of inspiration and informal links to international terror organizations. Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. 

 

Finally, if any of the President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity! Nigeria, we hail thee….                                                                                                                              •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; served as adviser to Houston’s ex Mayor on Africa business and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, has been profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

USAfrica: BOKO HARAM’s latest killings sharpen divide for security team at Nigeria’s presidency. By Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/10/21/usafrica-boko-harams-latest-killings-sharpen-divide-for-security-team-at-nigerias-presidency-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Dancing with “ghosts” of BOKO HARAM, President Jonathan, Sultan Abubakar and Nigeria’s national security. By Dr. Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/04/05/dancing-with-ghosts-of-boko-haram-president-jonathan-sultan-abubakar-and-nigerias-national-security-by-chido-nwangwu/

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY IN Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in PART, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first BOOK; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, SECURITY, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor

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