Amidst Military Coup d’états Is the Military Regime Coming Back in Africa ? The taking over of governments by force of arms or through coup d’états appears to be gradually becoming the new normal in Africa, especially in West Africa, where the armed forces of Mali, Guinea Conakry and Burkina Faso have taken over the reins of government.
The dark era of military governments, which took away the joy of independence from Africa, may be creeping into the continent again.
In West Africa, Colonel Assimi Goita of Mali and Colonel Mammady Doumbouya of the Armed Forces of Guinea-Conakry started this ugly trend, a bad example, which other armed forces may be tempted to follow if not stopped now.
In this regard, the African Union and ECOWAS countries should take swift actions against the leader of the junta in Burkina Faso, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, and suppress the rebellion in the country.
The ECOWAS Heads of State Summit should give the coup leaders in Ouagadougou an ultimatum to surrender and restore the democratic institutions in the country. Any discussion about organising a future election in Burkina Faso should not even be discussed or entertained.
There are credible reports in the public domain that Damiba and other senior military officers in Burkina Faso have been stealing funds allocated for arms procurement to build lavish mansions in Ouagadougou, and live large at the expense of ordinary soldiers, who are owed several months of salaries.
This coup may have been staged to cover up such high-level corruption and other crimes, such as arms trafficking, diversion of public funds and other criminal activities by top-ranking Burkinabe military officers.
His carried the patriotic tones of Sankara to deceive the public, but behind the mask is Campaore, who will soon be rehabilitated and returned to continue his reign of terror.
The three coups in West Africa are for now a small flame which should be extinguished, before it becomes a raging inferno that will sweep across Africa. Sooner or later, the Armed Forces of Niger Republic, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Benin Republic will be tempted to take up arms against their governments. Experience has shown that soldiers who are barely literate for the simple fact of carrying weapons, like armed robbers, seize control of states to rob and loot government treasuries, before being kicked out. And sometimes, this may take decades.
The AU and ECOWAS must be resolute in destroying these regimes now, or eventually be confronted with multiple failed states, which the solders must have ravaged and ruined. Of the three states, the junta in Burkina Faso is the most dangerous and ECOWAS/AU must be uncompromising in dealing with it.
On Mali, the isolation and sanctions imposed on the junta should remain and they will work. If the impasse and resistance should continue, further stringent measures should be taken, which may involve military action to remove Goita and his goons from office.
The 16 months electoral transition period to elect a civilian government cannot be extended and Goita will not be a candidate at the election. If these conditions are not met, a war between Goita and the continent should be declared.
In Guinea-Conakry, the coup leader, Doumbouya, has opened the Guinean borders to the Malian junta to break the sanctions against the coup makers. Doumbouya by this act has chosen to confront and fight ECOWAS/AU countries. He must, therefore, be sanctioned accordingly.
The Armed Forces of Africa, especially, West Africa should follow the good examples of their counterparts in South Africa, Senegal, India, Britain, America, and Australia, trained professional and apolitical institutions that do not get involved in political matters, even when civil unrests are at the breaking point.
After clearing the mess in the three renegade countries, the root causes of the wars in Mali and Burkina Faso must be addressed with the support of ECOWAS, AU and the international community.
The request by the Touraregs in Northern Mali for autonomy within a federated Mali must be discussed and negotiated for a peaceful resolution. If the war in Mali is resolved, it will lead to the resolution of other wars in the Sahel region.
Let all Armed Forces in West Africa be warned that military coup in the sub-region is anathema, which will not be tolerated. Military officers should aspire to become Generals and not Heads of State.
AICC: Egyptian Grandmasters Dominate Tourney
With just two rounds left to play, top Nigerian chess players have dropped out in the ranking at the on-going African Individual Chess Championship holding at the Orchid Hotel in Lekki, Lagos.
Although Nigerian players showed shade of genius in the battle field as the tournament reached its climax on Sunday night, the Egyptian who are higher rated players dominate play with Adly Ahmed (African number 2) and Woman Grandmaster Wafa Shahenda leading the pack of other players in both Open and Women sections.
Both have consolidated their lead in the competition, as every win counts to games 4 and 5.
WGM Wafa trounced her Angolan opponent, Woman International Master Esperanca Caxita, in a Sicilian opening with black mostly dominating the game right from the middle play.
The Egyptian WGM is all but a massive one point ahead of the pack leading into the final rounds starting this morning.
While the Egyptian masters are dominating play, credit also goes to some Nigerians raising their heads to be counted. Nigeria Youth Games product, Onoja Iyefu Joy continues to show resilience and determination to earn her first chess title and create a record while at it.
She had on Saturday continued her fine run of form by scoring an entire point against Paulo Jemima to register the second position on the ranking table with 9 points. A win in the 7th round will help Joy secure a Woman International Master Title.
WIM (elect) Ofowino Toritsemuwa bettered her AICC Tunisia 2019 record, and she is bound to create a new one as she takes on WGM Wafa in the seventh round.
Toritsemuwa currently shares second place with her compatriot, Iyefu Onoja, both holding 4.5 points, hence making the 7th game point as crucial for the player.
In the Open section, 20-year-old Eyetonghan Denyefa Callistus is pulling his weight. He scored an outstanding 4.5 points after six games, but it is not about the score, somewhat the opponents; defeating 1 GM, 2 IMs, and three draws against two IMs and FM, the youngster will get his chance at GM Adly in the seventh round.
With a half point behind the tournament leader, African Number 1–GM AminBassem landed his second consecutive win after the drawn game with compatriot GM Ahmed Adly, demonstrating he still stands a chance to catch up and maybe win the tournament.
Bassem faces IM David Silva of Angola in the seventh round, who had to offer a draw to his opponent in the sixth round due to health issues. We hope he’s gotten his strength back for this crucial game.
The tournament ends tomorrow with Maltina and Gulder are among the top sponsor of the event.
Don’t vote for ‘killers’ in 2023 elections – ex-President Jonathan urges Nigerian youths
A former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has urged Nigerians not to elect “killers” in the 2023 general elections.
Mr Johnathan stated this on Sunday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a thanksgiving service to mark the 35th anniversary of the state.
Mr Johnathn and his wife, Patience, were the special guests of honour at the service which was also attended by the governor of his home state — Bayelsa — Douye Diri.
“In 2023, you must not make the mistake to vote killers. Those who carry knives, guns, and all kinds of gadgets to go and kill people because of politics, are the enemies of society.
“If you kill to become a leader, you will continue to kill to remain a leader and the people will continue to suffer.”
The former president said he has monitored the growth of Akwa Ibom, adding that he has been visiting the state at least once a year since he joined the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, now Niger Delta Development Commission, in 1994 as an assistant director.
While thanking the youth of the state for not vandalising infrastructure, the former president recalled how some people sabotaged his development efforts in the power sector by using arc saws to fell towers because they wanted Nigeria to remain in darkness.
Mr Johnathan said the election of the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, should teach politicians a good lesson, especially those who doubted Mr Emmanuel’s ability to manage “human beings”.
Governor Emmanuel was an executive director at Zenith Bank before he was appointed Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, a position he later resigned from to vie for the governorship of the state which he won in 2015.
Akwa Ibom is ‘strong national story’ – Gov Emmanuel
Earlier in his speech, Mr Emmanuel thanked the people of the state for their support and described this year’s state anniversary as his last as the state governor.
The governor said Akwa Ibom has become a state with a “strong national story and a sparkling destination of choice for Nigerians and others around the world”.
He appreciated the people for the choice of “Moving Forward,” as the theme of the celebrations but also reminded them that in “moving forward we have to also look back.”
He referenced Joseph, a Biblical figure who later became the Prime Minister of Egypt and added that the children of Israel suffered because of Joseph’s mistake.
“Joseph made a mistake in Egypt when he was about to go, he did not look at the issue of who succeeded him and that is why the children of Israel suffered.
“If you are a God-sent man you must also learn. I’ve learnt from what Joseph did and today we went back to God and I want to appreciate all Akwa Ibomites because a man after God’s heart will come after another man after God’s heart,” Mr Emmanuel said.
He promised to complete before leaving office next year, the international worship centre that his administration is building in the state.
Knocks, Kudos as Peter Obi promises 100m poor Nigerians ‘access to free medical care’
Mixed reactions have trailed the promise by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, stating that his administration will prioritise the welfare of the poor Nigerians if elected.
“If elected the next president of Nigeria, youths would be the main proponents of my main agenda to transform Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. The two main components of this agenda are human capital development and finance.”
Obi further said health and education are vital to the development of the country, promising to ensure “at least 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical care”.
“Given the role of health in reinforcing education in the measure of productivity, my leadership will pay serious attention to the health system by ensuring that at least 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical services through an integrated health insurance scheme.”
Obi’s promise which has gone viral, generated divergent reactions on social media platforms.
While some supporters of Obi believed the promise made by their candidate is possible, they argued in support that the country is buoyant enough to take care of citizens’ medical care.
ASUU: Seven months after, FG orders VC’s to reopen schools
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has been on strike for about seven months now.
The association is demanding from FG the funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
Recall that the federal government went to court to challenge the action of the association. Last week the national industrial court through Polycarp Hamman, the judge in the NIC, granted the federal government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike.
The outcome of the judgement was questioned by Femi Falana, human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who stated that the national industrial court does not have jurisdiction to rule on the case between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
However, tired of the lingering strike the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students resume lectures.
In a letter disclosed to journalists on Monday, signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, FG instructed all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities to re-open schools.
“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses”, part of the letter read.
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