Africa, Obama, Romney and the U.S 2012 presidential election. By Chido Nwangwu

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Africa, Obama, Romney and the U.S 2012 presidential election.

By Chido Nwangwu
Founder & Publisher of USAfrica (Houston)

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“Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals. We have in — in Egypt a Muslim Brotherhood president….”Africa, Obama, Romney and the U.S 2012 presidential election. By Chido Nwangwu

With those words said by President Barack Obama’s Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Monday night October 22, 2012, almost 40 seconds into the opening of the much awaited third and final debate for the November 2012 U.S presidential contest, an important reference to Africa and international security was made.

The radical and pro- al Qaeda sect Ansar Eddine and the umbrella group of Tuareg tribal militias known as the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) worked together in the closing weeks of December 2011 to go for TImbuktu and control most of the north of Mali. Their agenda is the overall imposition of the Islamic Sharia law.

USAfricaonline.com reported in February and April 2012 that some of the activities of the violent Boko Haram Islamic sect in north eastern Nigeria drew inspiration and some operational support from the pro al Qaeda groups in Mali.

Romney was right in raising the issue. But I hoped that the two aspirants would have connected the festering crises in Mali to the hellish cauldron that Boko Haram coalitions have turned the Nigerian cities of Maiduguri, Potiskum, Mubi, Damataru, Yobe and others in the northern region.

I wished, like most Nigerian-Americans that the President and Gov. Romney would have assessed the materially enhanced threat of radical, violent Islam in the most populated African country, Nigeria.

I expected that the candidates would have assessed the weekly reports of the brazen and bold terror attacks since the December 25, 2011 killing of Nigerian (mainly south eastern)christians by Boko Haram.

It is equally important to note that past the middle half of the October 23 debate, Obama cited three other African countries, arguing that “One thing I think Americans should be proud of, when Tunisians began to protest, this nation — me, my administration — stood with them earlier than just about any country.
In Egypt we stood on the side of democracy.
In Libya we stood on the side of the people.”

Hence, it is a welcome development for the U.S — under the leadership of Obama — to take the side of the canvassers and activists for democracy while turning away from corrupt, brutal dictators, especially in the Afro-Arab parts of Africa. Three dictators who stole billions of dollars were driven away in the face of people power.
The images and impact of the ‘Arab Spring’ as quests on the path of full democratization served as a source of inspiration for the voting and human rights of millions.

Second, on Mali and Somalia’s weakening by terrorist groups, I think that the bilateral and bi-continental issue of fighting or containing al-Qaeda and its advances into Africa’s “failed states” and actual threats to multi-religious and democratizing countries in the continent remain the continuing obligations of the Obama presidency (or those of Romney) should he win the November 6 presidential elections.

Third, I believe that a police-law-enforcement approach to al-Qaeda in Africa will be inadequate. A bold, thorough-going draining of the swamp of radical, fundamentalist theologies which feed and fuel terrorism is necessary.

Fourth, it’s important to note that a recurring feature of the first and second presidential debates in October 2012 was the absence of the discussion of non-Arab Africa and contemporary/current issues about Africa with implications. National and international security in this age is not only defined by military armada but the soft, human power of collaboration in the international arena.

Finally, for millions of Africans in the U.S., their primary interests and votes are primarily defined by and attracted by fair immigration policies and the opportunities offered by a better economy. The 2012 presidential elections offers them an opportunity to vote their hopes and not their fears…..Africa, Obama, Romney and the U.S 2012 presidential election. By Chido Nwangwu
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com;  and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. He worked  for the Nigerian Television Authority and the Daily Times of Nigeria; and has served as adviser on Africa business to Houston’s former Mayor Brown. USAfrica, CLASSmagazine and USAfricaonline.com are assessed by the CNN and The New York Times as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks. e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com

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