“Africa has come of age. It is no longer under the orbit of any extra continental
power . It should no longer take orders from any country, however powerful. The fortunes of Africa are in our hands to make or to mar. For too long have we been kicked around: for too long have we been treated like adolescents who cannot discern their interests and act accordingly. For too long has it been presumed that the African needs outside ‘experts’ to tell him who are his friends and who are his enemies. The time has come when we should make it clear that we can decide for ourselves; that we know our own interests and how to protect those interests; that we are capable of resolving African problems without presumptuous lessons in ideological dangers which, more often than not, have no relevance for us, nor for the problem at hand.”
That was Murtala Mohammed looking imperialism eyeball-to-eyeball and asserting the African dignity with a distinct Nigerian voice. He was setting our continental feet on the path of liberation.
However the discerning could perceive that he had signed his death warrant.
Thirty-one days after this rousing speech at the Organisation of African Unity (Eunuchs, says Fela), Murtala was cut down on the streets of Lagos . By some strange coincidence, the man who was American Ambassador in Lagos when Murtala was killed was also on the US delegation that met Abiola in prison in 1998 when he had his terminal tea. MKO had also embarked on a reparation campaign before he won the presidency he was not allowed to assume.
A lot of waters have since passed under our bridge that an assertive Murtala now looks like a fairy tale.
The low we have sunk in our servitude and genuflecting grovelling before imperial powers manifested in the 2015 elections which the West practically conducted for us.
Our equivalent of Pius Anyim (former SGF) in US came here reading the riot act to our leaders and threatening them with visas.
Joe Biden followed up with a call to our President that we must use card readers that had not been tested for our elections even when American laws forbid direct interference in the internal affairs of other countries close to elections.
Britain and America were issuing joint communique on Nigeria !
The American envoy made us a butt of practical joke by saying our card reader was better than theirs even after a colossal failure. May be it was better because it accredited infants in our clime which would not happen in the land of freedom!
The height of the assault was when they brought one lady from the ICCJ who was threatening our politicians on Television every five minutes. Our delinquent politicians bereft of any sense of history and pride started using the ICCJ to harass one another. “We are going to report to the ICCJ” became their common refrain.
We saw the West making a plaything of us even in our adversity. Mrs Obama was carrying #BringBackOurGirls which she never displayed against Barrack for the 340,000 Americans who go missing yearly.
Our unsuspecting protesters kept parading
Unity Fountain causing distractions. The foreign powers who wanted to use the issue to have a check at the oil in Lake Chad Basin came here on the pretext of finding the girls and left immediately.
All is now quiet at Unity Fountain as if the girls were part of the inauguration on May 29.
Our forces that were written off as incompetent within weeks of having the weapons the West would not sell to us were able to dislodge Boko Haram from most of their occupied territory.
Here comes Amnesty International with a list of the top brass of our gallant Armed Forces who must be tried for violating the rights of Boko Haramites. The silly report stopped short of declaring detained activists of the terror group “prisoners of conscience ”
….To be concluded!
Culled from Daily times Nigeria
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