Monday, October 03, 2005

45 years of delusion

Damn Nigeria is frustrating. At a time (45 years after Independence) when people should be reflecting on the profound failures since the British left - increased poverty, complete infrastructural breakdown, corruption on a massive scale - all of which are exacerbated day by day - in fact the media is full of self-congratulatory/delusionary BS. How strange that many are lambasting the arrest of the Bayelsa State governor with the unpronouncable name (Alamieyeseigha) in the UK as a 'show trial' and as illegal (admittedly most of the noise is coming from the Ijaw tribe where he's from).

The argument seems to be that Nigeria should be left to deal with its own. Unfortunately, this would never be possible given that the Governors have legal immunity. The second argument to back this up seems to be that it is bad for Nigeria's image in the 'comity of nations' (you hear that antiquated phrase a lot right now) that a governor should be being tried abroad. I would have thought the opposite: Nigeria's deeply tarnished reputation abroad would be redeemed by this action - especially if the guy is found guilty and thrown in the clink.

With the continuing row between the presidents and his VP, and signs abounding that the PDP (the ruling party which dominates 95% of the country) is about to self-destruct, no one can be sure what is going to happen in the next few months.


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