Transcript CNN International interview with Nigeria's President Obasanjo and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu on Democracy and Security Issues


Liberia's bloody mess and hopes of a battered nation

Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston
USAfricaonline.com, and The Black Business Journal

The bloody mess and orgy of slaughter in the once beautiful Liberia, practically America's only colonial territory in Africa and home to millions of freed slaves from the U.S, have shifted to a relatively better option. On July 4, 2003, the man in the eye of the storm, embattled President Charles Taylor, agreed to leave only when international peace keepers are well-entrenched in the country he ruined.

Here are a few points to underscore:

First, Taylor's desire to stay in power has fuelled much of the crises. He had insisted he will serve until January 2004. It would have been foolhardy and unrealistic since he had lost control of most geographic and civic territories of Liberia.

Second, and worthy of note is that Taylor had merely a sliver of moral credibility locally, regionally and international. His diamond deals made him enemies not true friends.

Third, African-Americans are incensed that the only country in Africa where, officially, their enslaved great-grandparents were shipped back to the "motherland" have received less than priority or significant humanitarian attention until Bush had less than 4 days to travel to Africa. Bush on July 2, 2003 indicated his intentions to send American troops to Liberia for monitoring truce and peace-keeping. Recall that it was the American Colonization Society (ACS) that was organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. Some were known as "Americo-Liberians." Research students will recall that John H. B. Latrobe, president of the American Colonization Society, made a significant speech at the anniversary meeting of the American Colonization Society held in the Smithsonian Institute, on January 18, 1859.

Fourth, the informed opinion of key African-Americans and continental Africans show displeasure that only a few days before his second week of July 2003 trip to parts of the African continent, U.S. President George W. Bush cast his policy interest to Liberia, although belated - after almost 850,000 have been killed in recent ethnic, diamonds-control and militia fights.

Yet, I agree with President Bush that "All the parties in Liberia must pursue a comprehensive peace agreement." At the end of the day, I believe that Liberian leaders must be held accountable for their violent greed and butchering of the the once glorious country. Liberian citizens who have joined various factions to chop off the legs of little kids and raped teenagers and burned down villages have some responsibility, too.

A major consequence of the war is that Liberians have since been scattered all over west Africa and in many cities here in the U.S. Their best brains are on exile! People like Informational technologist Eric Peabody and writer Tarty Teh. Eric's wife, Elaine, has been a member of the editorial board of USAfrica for almost 7 years.

Although I am a Nigerian by birth, I've been involved through professional/media and personal efforts to be a part of the solution of the crises. Those efforts made the Liberian community in Houston 1995 to make me "an honorary Liberian citizen."

Since then, I've since looked forward to the day I'll set foot on Liberia. It's been a wish similar to ropping the wind....


Chido Nwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), is Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com (first African-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the internet), USAfrica The Newspaper, CLASS and The Black Business Journal. He has served as an adviser to the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) and appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC news affiliates. He travelled with and covered former President Bill Clinton's visits to parts of the African continent during the latter's presidency.
This USAfricaonline.com commentary is copyrighted. Archiving on any other web site or newspaper is unauthorized except with a Written Approval by USAfricaonline.com Founder. July 4, 2003

While Liberia burned....
Exclusive USAfricaonline.com commentary

The way in which the United States have treated the people of Liberia is simply a low down dirty crying shame. We have sit back and watch as Monrovia has literally burned - and that almost in total silence and blindness. Even while the pleas of the UN and the rest of West Africa and more importantly the Liberian people themselves begged like dogs for the crumbs that fall from a master's table. We waited and waited.  Only now on the eve of a presidential trip to Africa do President Bush shows a reluctant "compassion" or more properly should I say guilt. How could America be so cold, callous, insolent and heartless of one of the few places it colonized?
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OIL in NIGERIA: Liquid Gold or Petro-Dollars Curse? By Chido Nwangwu

Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability. By Chido Nwangwu


Nigeria, a terrible beauty....

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How Obasanjo's self-succession charade at his Ota Farm has turned Nigeria to an 'Animal Farm.' By USAfricaonline.com contributor Prof. Mobolaji Aluko
Abati's Revisionisms and Distortions of history. By Obi Nwakanma, USAfrica The Newspaper contributing editor and award-winning poet
Reuben Abati's fallacies on Nigeria's history and secession. By Bayo Arowolaju
How Abati, Adelaja and others fuel the campaign of hatred against Ndigbo. By Jonas Okwara
"Obasanjo, secession and the
secessionists": A response to Reuben Abati's Igbophobia. By Josh Arinze, USAfricaonline.com contributing editor.
Abati and other
anti-Igbo bigots in Nigeria. By Chuks Iloegbunam, USAfricaonline.com contributing editor and author of Ironsi

Obasanjo's late wake to the Sharia crises, Court's decision and Nigeria's democracy. By Ken Okorie
Obasanjo's own challenge is to imbibe "democratic spirit and practice," By Prof. Ibiyinka Solarin
Is Obasanjo really up to Nigeria's challenge and crises? By USAfrica The Newspaper editorial board member, attorney Ken Okorie. This commentary appears courtesy of our related web site, NigeriaCentral.com
Obasanjo's late wake to the Sharia crises, Court's decision and Nigeria's democracy. By Ken Okorie

Sharia-related killings and carnage in Kaduna reenact deadly prologue to Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967. By Chido Nwangwu.

CONTINENTAL AGENDA
Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents." These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
By Al Johnson
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS

Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa  
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TRIBUTE
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DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: African-American diplomat who put principles above self for Nigeria (USAfrica's founder Chido Nwangwu with Ambassador Carrington at the U.S. embassy, Nigeria)
DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
ARINZE: Will he be the FIRST BLACK AFRICAN POPE? By Chido Nwangwu
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
How far, how deep will Nigeria's human rights commission go?
Rtd. Gen. Babangida trip as emissary for Nigeria's Obasanjo to Sudan raises curiosity, questions about what next in power play?
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 


Apple, Steve Jobs extend
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Nigeria's future and the burden of Obasanjo's leadership. By Okey Ndibe


Debating Obasanjo's record toward Nigeria's South East and South-South. By Pini Jason

Elections in Nigeria more a battle of the retired Generals, and votes buying bazaar. By Chido Nwangwu
Lifestyle
Sex, Women and (Hu)Woman Rights. By Chika Unigwe

Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (above) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

OPINION: Destruction of property and human massacres are always traumatic events in a community, saddening and enraging, but the organizers of the beauty contest, as well as the participants, must understand that they are totally free of guilt. The guilty are the storm troopers of intolerance, the manipulators of feeble-minded but murderous hordes of fanaticism. The nation will mourn the dead and render aid to the maimed and bereaved, but that same nation must understand that it will itself join the graveyard of nations if it fails to uphold the principles of plurality, choice and tolerance. The phenomenon of intolerance is eating up a world that can only survive on peaceful coexistence. By Prof. Wole Soyinka

APPRECIATION
A young father writes his One year old son: "If only my heart had a voice...."
Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu

Since 1958, Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" set a standard of artistic excellence, and more. By Douglas Killam
DEMOCRACY DEBATE
CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast on CNN. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.

NEWS
5 students from Nigeria at Abilene Christian University killed in March 31, 2002 one-car accident.18 year-old Kolawole Oluwagbemiga Sami was identified as the driver of the Isuzu which had 2 other men and 3 women. One of those female passengers in the 1994 Isuzu Rodeo SUV had an identification card stating her as Iyadunni Oluwaseun Bakare. She is also 18 years old. USAfricaonline.com special report by Chido Nwangwu
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Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
NEWS INSIGHT
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CNN and Freedom of the press in Nigeria.
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September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
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In a special report a few hours after the history-making nomination, USAfricaonline.com Founder and Publisher Chido Nwangwu places Powell within the trajectory of history and into his unfolding clout and relevance in an essay titled 'Why Colin Powell brings gravitas, credibility and star power to Bush presidency.'

AFRICA AND THE U.S. ELECTIONS
Beyond U.S. electoral shenanigans, rewards and dynamics of a democratic republic hold lessons for African politics.

Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu