Terrorism: The Need To Delist Nigeria!

by L.Chinedu Arizona-Ogwu

It is certainly futile for the United States to escalate tensions with Nigeria. But the Obama regime has continued to raise hostility toward over 130 million of diverse ethnicity as subjects to different religious affinity; Nigeria and its people may appear indistinct but the true-life issue is no native-breed and well-fed Nigerian will accept to die for whatever reason; suicide or extremisms. America has already gone too far in its terrorism-enlistment against Nigeria, and now it seems to run the risk of intensive humiliation of the Nigerian people at port of entries, blaming Abdulmutallab Farouk for causing a catastrophe in inter-Nigerian relations.

It’s nonsense that the Obama regime is trying to turn the clock back to the Cold War era. America’s move is seen as an intention to bully Nigeria’s diplomatic mission into giving up its tougher stance on international peace mission as well as her vie for the UN security seat and accepting its irrational demand for unconditional bilateral ties.

Mr. Farouk Abdulmutallab has only nostalgia for a “religious” fundamentalism with Islamic liberal predecessors ? who advocated the “holy war” of active engagement without a parental crystal ball. But the United States should realize times have changed and learn how to come to terms with the Nigerian government; who will enact strategies to handle her wayward citizens rather than untimely blacklisting. Before targeting to enlist Nigeria into terrorism-watch with its hostile rhetoric, The Obama regime must consider what it really wants to do with the Africans and the rest of the 3rd world nations. The America’s notorious brinkmanship tactics will only deepen its racial discrimination affinity among other members of the international community and possibly lead to sour diplomatic relationship.

Though Abdulmutallab is sentenced; an action widely applaud; the United States’ failure to set-up anti-terrorism drafted agreements has attracted worldwide criticism. There is no doubt that the United States will lose more than it stands to gain from its policy of enlisting Nigeria into terrorism-watch as well as subjecting her citizens into abject diplomatic humiliation. We have a long-standing, productive economic relationship with The United States. From time to time in any bilateral relationship there will be difficulties. Clearly America-Nigeria relations is about to go downhill in a major way. We have begun to delve into uncharted waters in the terms of relationship. These difficulties need to be managed carefully and successfully, as Nigeria is currently managing difficulties that we currently have with the United States, it may not bring about global reconciliation, international harmony and co-prosperity.

Relations between the United States and Nigeria are becoming frayed, with serious risks for both countries. A terrorism-watch policy directed against Nigeria could easily provoke a military crisis in the entire Africa. Although the Obama administration has wisely resisted the most reckless proposals, its policies have been inconsistent and sometimes inept.

Domestic developments in the United States, South Africa, and Nigeria are converging to create a dangerous mixture. These are ironies of underdevelopment which Obama administration could rather tackle than staging diplomatic humiliation to every Nigerians, not taking into records that we have Christians and Moslems even fundamentalists among that .Those developments bash the increasing assault on Nigerian tourists abroad, the growing independence movement in South-east who tagged themselves Biafrans as well as the Niger Delta Agitations on records.

Hard-line U.S. policies based on the assumption that Nigeria poses a strategic, economic, and cultural threat could create a tragic, self-fulfilling prophecy. The military threat is exaggerated; although Nigeria is modernizing its antiquated forces, military spending remains relatively modest, and her government’s strategic policies do not pose a credible threat to America’s security. The notion that Nigeria represents a security threat misconstrues the complex roles of trade and culture.

Internally, Nigeria had made great strides in building a united people, and, therefore, found it troubling that there was polarization along ethnic lines, adding, whereas we should all cherish our individual ethnic identities, we should be mindful that working as a united country is paramount. Nigerians acknowledged the love and desire of politicians to serve their country, but they should recognize that Nigeria does not belong to them alone but to all of us. It would be very sad if their names go down in history as catalysts for mayhem, bloodshed and anarchy in this country.

Despite President Yar’Adua’s troubled health, Nigeria will continue to make progress toward “a peaceful, viable State, irreversibly on course for our African integration”, but was hampered in that effort by divisive religious rhetoric, stage-managed through Farouk Abdulmutallab alleged suicide attempt, Nigeria is not a threat to the world, yet her citizens are humiliated everywhere.

It was no time for the Nigerian community everywhere to endanger people; Nigerians are peace- loving, social and easy-going people. The citizens remained fully committed to cooperation with International Community for the search to nip terrorism and had identified and adopted a revised strategy into that direction.

We the citizens allow a definite period during which parties contend for our attention. Out of respect for us we expect that politicians would debate peacefully and with civility.

For our part, citizens must devote precious time to listen to, understand and evaluate the different philosophies, programmes and projects on offer. Ultimately at the end of the designated campaign period, based on our evaluation we the citizens and we alone make informed choices about leadership.

The candidate with the most popular programme is given control over our State resources to implement the program under our scrutiny. When the people speak they must be heard. The possibility, therefore, of a protracted process of declaring a winner may lead to explosion and descend into chaos and anarchy, which we must avoid at all cost.

We cannot, therefore, tolerate a situation in which political parties seek to reverse the fundamental relationship between citizens and political parties and to impose their agenda on us

Instead of adopting a confrontational policy; the United States should intensify economic relations. Those relations have a liberalizing influence that increases the likelihood of additional economic and political reforms. U.S. officials should advise the elite Nigerians not to provoke a crisis by neglecting their role in children upbringing and moral rearing. . Finally, the United States should encourage the development of a balance-of-power security system in the entire Africa, with Washington playing a low-key, supportive role.

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1 comment

onome tariah January 21, 2010 - 9:20 am

They give a dog names to hang it. if it rhyme well, they would be glad if Nigeria can loose identity.


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