“There is no doubt about the fact that this election was rigged. Inflated results especially in the SS, SE and some SW show it clearly. Everybody knows that this isn’t it. I’m only sorry for the country and most people who think this is the way the election should be conducted. I can only welcome Nigeria to another long years of endless looting, uncontrolled parade of godfatherism, brutality, criminality and battered image internationally. This isn’t about CPC or north candidacy, it’s all about competent hands steering the affair of our dear nation. If all we’ve got is GEJ, then we are simply joking.Whatever may be the case, the election is a free for cash as far as PDP is concerned, certainly not fair an inch.“ (O.O, a Nigerian observer )
A question that could be flickering across your mind is : Is it possible to pre-plan and massively rig an election across the federation, right under the noses of 40 or so international observers? The answer to that too is, yes, it’s possible. On a grand scale, especially when there is the unfounded fear of Islam in the background of what’s known as international politics, of the so called “international community”….
Another take : The Nigerian way of dying ……………………………………………………
The ideological stances about Libya are now hardening and will continue to do so the longer the now protracted conflict between the pro-democracy forces allied to NATO and one of Africa’s last surviving strongmen, Colonel Gaddafi lasts.
Before turning my attention to the results of Nigeria’s presidential election these are the last series of words that crossed my mind:
A moving personal insight about Gaddafi
A brave new voice: The Gambia’s President Jammeh’s position about the Ivory Coast
Another interesting dimension to Ivory Coast politics and about the Ivory Coast’s Quattara, which may not be of any significance but was forcefully brought to my attention as being significant ( Senghor was also married to a white woman; so was Sir Milton Margai):
“Quattara married his wife, Dominique Nouvian Folloroux, who is French Jewish, in a 1991 wedding ceremony held in the town hall of the prestigious 16th arrondissement. Although there have been claims that the marriage ceremony was presided over by French President Nicolas Sarkozy when he was mayor of Neuilly, this was not actually the case. “
Now, most importantly, back to Nigeria and the Nigerian Elections , and this is the song :
Gotta serve somebody
– an easy sell where missionaries come and go as they please; but I can assure you that Bob will have a hard time selling this kind of song about not serving any other Super deity or power, or about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or about Peter, Paul & Mary to the Confucian Chinese …
In many parts of post-colonial Africa, it’s the same question and the same answer.
Question: You want democracy?
Answer: We will arrange an election
and Voilà – there you have it: democratically elected winners ( by hook or by crook) will form the government and losers by even five percent , lose all ( all power) and are shut out. Winner takes all. There you have it – divide and rule, majorities and minorities – a nation made up of 250 nations, always in conflict in their divided and disunited country, the North, South, East, West segments dis-united but still welded together within their common national colonial borders which are not of their choice or of their making.
When it comes to Nigeria, you had better ask Lord Lugard about what has sometimes been described as a Lugardist experiment which gave birth to a nation called Nigeria as recently as 1926 . Nigeria became independent on 1st October 1960…..
Needless to say, Nigeria, like Robinson Crusoe’s Man Friday, remains within the English Language sphere of influence , whether he be a Soyinka or an Achebe , a Ken Saro-Wira or a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a chief Goodluck Jonathan or my man, my good man, MUHAMMADU BUHARI – a really impressive man. And that’s me: I’m not easily impressed, especially not by mediocrity.
For a better understanding of the complexity called Nigeria, we in Sweden should just try to imagine choosing a president – fielding our best sample, our own Freddy – Fredrik Reinfeldt as the American style presidential candidate for President of Europe as a country – ONE COUNTRY – (The United States of Europe) with the Danes to the South, our Scandinavian brothers the Norwegians once a part of us, now to our West, the Germans (and Austrians) over there, amalgamating their interests and teaming up with the Slavs and Russians; there’s the Poles, the I-talians, La France, the Spaniards, the Portuguese, NATO, and in the English-speaking zone quietly re-forming their coalition of interests the Great Brits in their British Isles and Northern Ireland and all that was once part of the Great Empire, where they still have a lot of influence and commercial ties….
Born to win, born to lose. And let me hasten to add that I’m not not trying to speak in the voice of unrestrained objectivity or of prophecy , since I have not attained to that state; I have my own biases, my own understanding and of course, just like you, I’m far from being omniscient.
The exercise that has just been completed in Nigeria, sticks you in the eyes and quite literally, it’s time for the post-mortems.
As I’ve said before, incumbency goes a long way, particularly in an African presidential election.
Voters often say that they really have no choice other than the choice of choosing between the lesser of two evils.
The saying is “Better the devil that you know than the devil that you don’t know” – or is it better to vote for the devil that you don’t know than to vote for the devil you know? My man Buhari was such a long time ago and the political landscape has changed a lot in the intervening years – furthermore, we should not forget that the majority of voters were born after the legendary Buhari years. In either case (devil you know versus the devil & the devilry that you don’t know – or even the unknown, the unknowable devil ) it would still be difficult for some people, even sooth-sayers, to make up their minds. Only time will tell, if we are living in heaven or we’re living in hell
Approximately, only an alleged 36 million out of the 70 million people who were registered to vote have voted. So, what happened to the high turnout that the media was constantly crowing about? The hype about a high turnout usually presages massive rigging/ election fraud which can run into the tens of millions of “ballots cast” in the country, a country that is so unfortunately infamous for the 419 letters….. a country in which Mallam Nuhu Ribadu the anti-corruption crusader that Wole Soyinka was exonerating just the other day, apparently only managed to garner two million votes to back the morality and civil courage of his anti-corruption crusade
What we have seen is extraordinary and can only be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is now more polarized than ever before. How else to interpret the fact that Jonathan won 90- 99.% of the votes in the following 10 Southern States:see Nigeria’s presidential election results update from Nigerian World
Needless to say, the figures are inflated….
Let me now make clear what I should have made clear from the very outset, that had I been entitled to vote in the Nigerian presidential elections, all things considered, I would have voted for a man of sterling quality MUHAMMADU BUHARI and without hesitation both in this presidential election and in the last one (in 2007 ) in which Muhammadu Buhari was again badly cheated by the same crooks – not that I am from the North of Nigeria or a Muslim. I am not from Northern Nigeria nor am I a Muslim. I have nothing against people from Northern Nigeria or against al-Islam or Muslims ( I visited my friend Mustapha Touray and other friends in the Mosque just before he said his Asr prayers this last Friday) – in fact during my sojourn in Nigeria, 1981-1984, I have found Northern Nigerians of Hausa and Fulani stock to be among the nicest and most dignified people that I have encountered in Nigeria or elsewhere – as nice as the Kalabari people who I know best – and I know all parts of what was once called Rivers State , Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, the uplands from Ahoada to Omoku and the Riverine area from Bonny to Okrika, through Yenagoa to Brass. I witnessed the 1983 presidential elections in Nigeria ( massive rigging) and was surprised to read the Dagens Nyheter headlines about that election: “Triumph for Democracy!” Sometimes these reporters and observers who admittedly can’t be everywhere at the same time, simply don’t know what time it is…..
You may be wondering, what does my man Muhammadu Buhari have going for him?
He has honesty, humility, INTEGRITY, principles, love for Nigeria – he campaigned on a platform that wants Accountability….. and no one can produce any evidence that Muhammadu Buhari ever stole any money…..
Other interviews with Muhammadu Buhari
I was not in Nigeria when a little later, elements belonging to the lootocracy which he had overthrown without bloodshed, wanted to take their revenge on Muhammadu Buhari, first of all by spreading all kinds of nefarious rumours about him, in the so called free press – and because he took the necessary stern measures to put a stop to this,some people who should know better, accused him of dictatorhship even in those extenuating circumstances in which a desperate situation calls for an appropriate remedy – you just can’t in the name of a free press start churning out masses of articles falsely accusing the head of state of corruption, or having looted xx billion amounts of dollars, when such publications are manifestly false and were only aimed at destabilising the state and at demonizing a good man (Buhari) who along with Tunde Idiagbon, cleared up much of the garbage not only at Mile One Market in Port Harcourt, but also among the hierarchy in the corrupt oligarchy/ plutocracy that was Nigeria – and Muhammadu Buhari was on the good road of completing the job of clearing the garbage that was holding Nigeria up ,when while still in Mecca , he was deposed by a military coup. His only mistake was that before setting off on the pilgrimage to Mecca, his departing words were that he was now gong to Mecca and that when he returned he would finish the purification that he had started. Of course the corrupt elements within the plutocracy got together and fixed a coup d’etat, so that they could continue to plunder the country’s resources, with impunity.
Today I lit my candles at 19.50 …
Today, 18th Day of Nisan 5771 – the First Day of Pesach 2011 and the Exodus of the nation of Israel from slavery in Egypt…
( to be continued)
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