U.S. Meeting With Babangida: An Affront, Blackmail and Threat…(2)

by Bode Eluyera

U.S. Meeting With Babangida and The Conditions For Terrorist’s list Delisting: An Affront, Blackmail and Threat To Nigeria’s Sovereignty, Democracy and Development! (Part 2)

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
Moshe Arens.

“Every exit is an entry somewhere.”
Tom Stoppard.

“The economic price that the west paid for relinquishing of control over Eastern Europe by the U.S.S.R. turned out to be very small. West Germany credits and grants for the consent to the unificatuion of Germany, American wheat credits cost practically nothing.”

Egor Gaidar. Former Russian Prime Minister.

The Collapse of Communizm paved way for the inevitable collapse of other boundaries and routes to globalization that revolutionized the whole world. And on top of the new structure and order was the United States.”

General Collin Powell. 2000. U.S. former Secretary of States.

“There would come a time when a drop of oil would have so much meaning for a country and its citizens just like a drop of blood.”

George Clemenceau. Former Prime Minister of France (1906-1909).

“We believe that it is an inflated amount. The consortium can not substantiate it for us, this $3.5 billion.”
Alexander Khoroshovin. Governor of Sakhalin, a region in Russia close to Japan. Excerpt of comment on Exxon Mobil deal with the Russian government after a cabinet session. January, 2010.

“We must posess such a system that would not allow the United States and its allies to blackmail us. Such a system that guarantees us from blackmail and maintenance of our sovereignty is military force. In addition, some elements of the so called international law were in actual fact inacted to protect the right and hegemony of one country – ofcourse, I mean the United States. The U.S. has exceeded its national boundaries practically in all spheres: in economic, political and humanitarian; and is imposing its rules over other countries. Who will like that? Who will tolerate that?”

Vladmir Putin. Russia’s Prime Minister. Formerly the President. Excerpt from paper and discussion in Munich Conference.

“…You manage information if you have information. We did not have information that our President was even traveling to Saudi Arabia until we saw it in the news, and when he was in the Saudi Arabia, we hardly got information. I only got information once from Mr. Segun Adeniyi and that was what I reported in Council, that the Doctors in Saudi Arabia said he was getting better and it’s only the doctors that would determine when he would come back and I reported it like that. That was the only information. When I asked him who told him, he said it was one of the aides of the President that gave him the information.

Thereafter, it was they said, they said and they said. We never had a comprehensive channel of getting information that we are sure of and most of the information, sometimes, they don’t add up and it got very disturbing. When they don’t add up, you feel very awkward reporting such information. I believed the information, even though I kept wondering how things can be done better, until when I found that stories told by some of the presidential aide were not adding up, especially stories that are changed when they are told from one person to another.

That was when I started feeling uncomfortable and that was when I now decided that I would go on holidays. People felt it was strange that I was going on holidays in the first week of January. But I traveled because I needed to rest a little, have a retreat, pray and attend a two-day meeting in India. But I went out for about three weeks and I decided that by the time I return, I would never again report about Mr. President’s illness until I sit down with people that will tell me the truth and nothing but the truth, so that I will not be involved in deceiving Nigerians.

I know that most Ministers are credible people. But some Ministers also complained openly that they had no information and that’s why they were handicapped. But I had a peculiar position of being Minister of Information to inform the people. So, I was even more handicapped than everybody. When I came back from my holidays, I made up my mind, as I said earlier that I will not report about his health again and that was why the Executive Council Meeting a day after my return, at the end of the meeting, I did not argue when the Attorney General came to brief.

I did not say he should brief because it’s the Minister of Information that should brief, because I had earlier made up my mind that I will not brief on our President’s health anymore. He came and did the briefing and I was stunned when he was talking. He convinced everybody that the President was capable and I was getting worried. I was getting worried so much that I asked myself that if he were capable, why could he not speak to Nigerians through our own channels. Why could he not speak to Nigeria through our NTA. Why speak to BBC. After that briefing, I really felt very miserable. I got really very depressed and I asked myself: now that Chief Andoakaa has briefed, what do I say about the President’s health next Wednesday?

That depression went so deep that I used to take Lexotan twice at night to sleep and I still could not sleep. I kept asking myself what I would say. How can I say I don’t want to say anything about the President’s health? Would it not look as if I’m disloyal to the President? Would it not look unfair to the Federal Executive Council? So, I was caught in a very bad situation. Before even I traveled, because some Ministers said why didn’t I even consult them. I called three Ministers differently. I just called and said what do you feel about what is going on? Don’t you think that we need to tell the public the truth? How do we get the truth?

The reaction I got from these three different Ministers, I will never forget. One of them said don’t you think he has a reason not to hand over to Dr Jonathan? I never said let him resign. I said it is better to find a way to encourage him to hand over to Dr Jonathan so that the system will be stabilized and our hard-earned democracy will not be truncated. But for each of the Ministers that I found a way of introducing it to, so that we could hold a discussion for us to mobilize more Ministers, I did not get a single support from one of the three. In fact, the reaction of one of them, as I said earlier is that he had a reason not to hand over. ‘You don’t even go there’. I said which reason.

He said he must have had a reason. I talked to the second one. He said those people that were all around Yar’Adua are now going to Jonathan. I didn’t see logic. The third one said be very careful about the way you talk. This your big mouth will land you into trouble. Don’t you ever try it because if you talk to somebody that doesn’t like you, they will go and tell them. I just felt that this is getting ridiculous. I needed to bring this up because some people have variously said why didn’t you consult. When you consult three people and you got deadlocked, how can you continue? There was no way I could continue before I traveled…”

Prof Dora Akunyili. Minister of Information and Communications. Excerpt of interview. February, 2010.


After Ms. Robin Sanders and Mr. Johnnie Carson had completed lecturing Jonathan Goodluck, Nigeria’s new acting president, on how they want him to rule Nigeria and how American interests should be defended in Nigeria, the duo left for Minna immediately to hold another tete-a tete with Babangida,, a.k.a. the evil genius, the most hated Nigerian living.

Sanders and Carson were not even bothered with the fact that Babangida was a military dictator who came to power through a coup detat. Sanders and Carson were not bothered with the fact that Babangida not only terrorized Nigerians, but as well freely looted its treasures and deposited h

is loots in their banks.

Sanders and Carson were not bothered with the fact that it was Babangida’s Structural Adjustment Programme (S.A.P.) that worsened Nigeria’s already dilapidated economy and consequently increaded drastically the number of Nigerians that lived below the poverty line in millions.

Sanders and Carson were not fazed with the fact that it was this same Babangida that annuled the result of the June 12, 1992 presidential election – judged to be the freest and fairest ever held in the country’s history – in which Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was heading for a land slide victiory against Tofa, from the north.

Of course, Sanders and Carson were not bothered with the fact Nigeria and Nigerians went through a devastating economic, social and political turmoil because of the cancellation of the results of the June 12 presidential election – which claimed the lives of Abiola himself and many prominent pro-democracy Nigerian activists who did not allow themselves to be intimidated by the military in their battle/fight for justice and democracy.

The Americans, undoubtedly, were less concerned about the fact that Babangida took active part in practically all coup detats ever staged in Nigeria. The Americans did not give a damn about the fact an overwhelming majority of Nigerians still believe that it was Babangida who was solely responsible for the letter bomb that blew Dele Giwa, Nigeria’s ersdtwhile journalist, into his untimely death in October 19, 1986.

Carson and Sanders did not give a damn about the fact that at the time of the meeting Babangida was not holding any official position and defacto was just like any other Nigerian. Babangida’s August visitors never cared about the fact that a substantial part of the social, political and economic problems that Nigeria and Nigerians are facing today was caused by him, and that the country and the citizens are yet to recover from them – especially the trauma it caused their psyche.


So, one may then ask. What do the Americams that paid Babangida a visit care about? It’s obvious that all they cared about was defending selfish American economic and politic interests at the expense of Nigeria and Nigerians. All the Americans cared about was the oil and gas in the Niger Delta and protecting their country’s investments in the region. All they cared about was continue economic enslavement of Nigerians and depriving them the opportunity and freedom to take independent decisions that best meet their economic, political, military and social interests.

And in order to defend Uncle Sam’s selfish interests, if the need warrants it that they were more than ready to meet with anybody, even with a devil like Babangida, Nigeria’s no.1 enemy; the man whose reign brought so much sorrow, pain, tears, untimely deaths, poverty, instability, anarchy to Nigeria and Nigerians – which we are still yet to recover from. And that was exactly what Robin Sanders and Johnnie Carson did unbehalf of Uncle Sam: they met with Babangida, the devil in human form, right in Nigeria, right in the day light and right under our noses – without any fear or repercussion!


When pressed by Nigerian journalists about the purpose of his visit to tjhe evil genius, Johnnie Carson replied through Babangida’s aid that he and Sanders were on ‘private and condolence’ visit to Babangida. In that case, for clearification, we would like to ask the following questions:

1. Did Carson visit Babangida during his vacation or while on official trip to Nigeria?

2. Why did Carson need to take along with him Robin Sanders, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria on a private visit?

3. What does an Assistant Secretary of States for African Affairs have in common with a military dictator who was disgraced out of office?

4. Is Carson paid by the American tax payers to pay military dictators private and condolence visits in Africa?

5. Is Sanders paid by American tax payers to accompany Carson on private visits to African military dictators?

6. Why did American security men personnel staff of both Carson and Sanders need to accompany them on a private visit to a Nigerian holding no official post?

7. Are American security men and personnel staff of Carson and Sanders paid by American tax payers to accompany them on private visists to military dictators in Africa?

8. Did Carson and Sanders get approval from The White House, Barrack Obama and The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, before embarking on a private visit to Babangida?

9. If yes, are we then to understand that The American government approve of all the crimes: embezzlement, dictatorial and anti-democratic laws; suppression; oppression, impoverishment, murder of innocent Nigerians; staging of coup detats, cancellation of freest and fairest election ever held in Nigeria’s history; cold blooded murder of Dele Giwa; drug smuggling and other crimes committed by Babangida while in power?

10. If no, why did Carson and Sanders disobey their bosses?

11. Why did Carson and Sanders decide to pay Babangida a condolence visist long after his wife had been buried? Why not do it immediately?

12. How long has the ‘bossom relationship’ between Carson and Babangida been going on?

13. When, where and how was the first contact between Carson and IBB established?

14. Who was the initiator of the contact?

15. How often do Carson, Sanders interact with Babangida on the phone, internet, through correspondence, intermediaries and other forms of communications?

16. When, where and how did Robin Sanders first meet Babangida? Who was the initiator of the meeting?

17. Which other Americans have established contact with Babangida through Carson and Sanders?

18.What do Carson, Sanders and other Americans often discuss with Babangida during their interactions and meetings?

19. Was Johnnie Carson or any American official in contact with Babangida during the June 12 crises, immediately after handing over to Shonekan till the murder of Abiola in prison after drinking a cup of tea purportedly served by Susan Rice, another Afro-American, who is presently the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. but was then a Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from 1995 to 1997..

20. How intensive were the interactions and meetings between Carson, Susan Rice, the American Ambassador to Nigeria at that time and/or any member of the Foreign Service with Babangida till Obasanjo emerged as the president of Nigeria in 1999?

21. What were the nature of the interactions?

22. Which other Nigerian has established contact with Carson, Sanders and/or other American official unofficiaklly through Babangida?

23. Did Carson, Rice, Sanders and/or any other American official demand or request for any classified informationdirectly from Babangida during any of their private meetings?

24. Did Carson, Sanders, Rice and/or any other American official demand or request for any classified information directly from Babangida or indirectly through an intermediary?

25. If yes, what kind of information? And when?

26. Did Babangida pass any classified information directly to Carson, Sanders, Rice or any other American official; or indirectly through an intermediary?

27. If Yes, what kind of information? And when?


Even a child who was born today in Nigeria knows quite well that Babangida, whom Sanders and Carson paid private visit to, is a devil in human flesh. But do Nigerians really know who Robin Sanders and Johnnie Carson are in actual fact? So, who really are

these people apart from what their official posts tell us. In order to answer this question accurately, we need to take a very hard look at their background and biography. So, who was Robin Sanders before her present official post as the Ambassador of the U.S. to Nigeria and Johnnie Carson before his present appointment to the post of Assistant Secretary of States for African Affairs?. Why is this information very important? It is very important for the following 3 reasons:

1. For a comprehensive and unbiased analysis;

2. To get a full picture of their personalities;

3. To rightly conclude that Sander’s and Carson’s visit to Babangida was not a private one – as they want us to believe;

4. To rightly assess the true nature of their meeting with Babangida;

5. To prove beyond any reasonable doubts that the meeting of these Americans with Babangida is not in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians, and that it really posez a very serious threat and danger to the sovereignty of Nigeria, its evolving democratization process, economic development and most especially the lives of Nigerians.


Robin Renee Sanders was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria on the 19th of November, 2007. Most recently, she served as International Advisor and Deputy Commandment of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces – one of the U.S. military premier Colleges at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she served as the Ambassador to the Republic of Congo (2002-2005) and as Directotr for Public Diplomacy for Africa for the State Department(2000-2002).

She served twice as the Director for Africa at the National Security Council at the White House (under former president Brush 1988-1989, and Clinton 1997-1999), was the special assistant for Latin America, Africa and international crime for the Undersecretary for Political affairs at the State Department (1996-1997), andf served as the Chief of staff and Senior Foreign Policy for a memeber of the House International Relations Committee (1994-1996).

Her overseas postings have included Dominican Republic, Portugal, Sudan, Namibia, Senegal, and Republic of Congo with missions to Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Botswana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, and Benin.

Sanders holds a Masters of Art degree in International Relations and ASfrica Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Communications and Journalism from Ohio University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communivcations from Hampton University. She speaks French, some Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. She has won different awards.


Johnnie Carson was nominated an March 2009 by Barrack Obama to become the Assistant Secretary of State for Sfrica. He was born in April 17, 1943. He studied at School of Oriental and Afruican studies, University of London. Prior to his present appointment, Carson served as the Senior Vice President of the National Defense University (2003-2006) and Principal Deputy assistant Secretary for the Bureau(1997-1999). He joined the U.S. National Intelligence Council (N.I.C.) as National Intelligence Officer for Africa in September 2006 after a 37 year career in Foreign Service.

Carson was an ambassador to different African countries including Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997), and Uganda (1991-1994). He was also a peace corps volunteer in Tanzania. And was in Nigeria in 1967-1971.

Carson, like Sanders, has won many international awards. He is the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State and a Meritorious Service Award from the former Secretary of StateMiss Maldeine Albright

Before proceeding, for the sake of our analysis, it is of utmost importance to define and explain some abbreviations in the biographies of Sanders and Carson.

I.C.A.F. – Industrial College of the Armed Forces is a U.S. military educational institution tasked with preparing military officers and civilian government officials for leadership and executive positions in the field of national securty.

N.I.C. – National Intelligence Council is the Center for midterm and Long term Strategic thinking within the United States Intelligence Community (I.C.). It was formed in 1979.

N.S.C. – National Security Council is the principal forum used by the U.S. president for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials and is part of the executive office of the president of the U.S.A. The function of the Council has been to advise and assist the president on national security and foreign policies.

The N.S.C. was created in 1947 by the National Security Act. it was created because policy makers felt that the diplomacy of te State Department was no longer adequate to contain the U.S.S.R. in light of the tension between the S.U. and the United States. The intent was to ensure co-ordination and concurence among the Navy, Army, Air Force and other instruments of national secyurity, policy (such as the Central Intelligence Agency, also created by the N.S.A.)


With the biographies of Carson and Sanders almost fully displayed, we now have a better picture of the personalities who claimed that they were on private visit to Babangida. We can draw the following conclusion from the informatiion above:

1. Johnnie Carson and Robin Sanders are not your typical Americans or Afro-Americans;

2. Carson and Sanders are well educated Afro-Americans with very good knowledge of Nigeria and Africa – at least they think so – like the palms of their hands;

3. They have received extended and comprehensive training in security;

4. They have been involved in the Foreign Service almost the whole of their professional career;

5. Sanders and Carson have assess to classified information about the U.S. and the Foreign Service at the highest level possible;

6 .People with such background couild not pay Babangida, Nigeria’s former military dictator, a private visit – even if they wanted to;

7. Carson and Sandwers were not on any private visit to Babangida but went to him on a specific classified American mission.from Barrack Obama, the U.S. president, Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of States and Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

8. They have been actively involved in intelligence gathering, analysis, dissemination, formulating (in otherwords espionage) and advising the U.S. government on the highest level on its Foreign policies;

It is the last conclusion out of the 8 that I want to draw the attention of the reader to. Literally, if we are to call a spade a spade and not just a working tool, what this means is that Robin Sanders and Johnnie Carson are not just CIA agents but senior CIA officers who have been actively involved in espionage activities, security policy formation – for the United States government – in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. If you want me to decode this statement further – incase you still don’t understand – what this means is that Sanders and Carson are ‘tested’ senior C.I.A agents in Nigeria and Africa who have been working in the interests of the U.S. government against Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

It is very important to emphasize here that only American citizens who have been cleared by the C.I.A. and/or are its agents/officials could be at the National Security Council, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National Intelligence Council because they have access to and as well discuss highly classified documents and information. These are not places where Americans who want to sharpen their entrepreneurship skills go to. Just as the West Point is a

specialized military institution for training U.S. officers, the above mentioned institutions are set up by the American government in order to provide the best training in the world to its agents so that they could be able to carry out different complex tasks any where in the world.


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