Obasanjo’s Hypocrisy on Zambian politics

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Obasanjo

Dear editor,

It’s sheer hypocrisy for General Olasiguni Obasanjo, a former military dictator, for intuiting that President Edgar Lungu is a dictator.
President Lungu, unlike Gen.Obansanjo, who first came to power via a coup, was democratically elected, and upholds the tenets of democracy and respects the rule of law.
Obasanjo should not even serve as an Observer of democratic elections, but rather be cited by the ICC for crimes against humanity.
However, a clique of frustrated politicians used him to agitate for Hakainde Hichilema’s release, the incarcerated UPND leader.
The release- UPND leader campaigners are now using African leaders and the clergy to speak on their behalf.
I urge the right –thinking Zambians to dismiss the Obasanjo’s comments with the contempt it deserves.
Justin Mupundu
Political analyst
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6 Responses to Obasanjo’s Hypocrisy on Zambian politics

  1. Ba Justin, i respect your opinion but the little i know about General Obasanjo is not what you have portrayed. The little i know about the man, after having served the Zambian Government their in the 1980s and having lived there for four years is that General Obasanjo went into power unwillingly after the coup d’ etat that sadly removed General Murtala Mohamed from power.On that particular night when General Mohamed was ousted, General Obasanjo even went into hiding and it took your officers in the names of Generals Babangida and Sani Abacha to fish him out of the reeds where he was hiding and threatened him death if he refused since he was General Murtala’s second in command……

    sinono
    May 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    • ….Generals Babanginda and Abacha were Colonels at the time. After that Mr Justin Mpundu, Nigeria went for an election and General Obasanjo shed his military uniforms and participated in the electiins and fortunately, he won. The short of it all is that when General Obasanjo retired from active politics, he retired to his Ota Farm near a city called Ibadan. So, i wonder at what time Obasanjo killed people as you are implying bcause during his retirement, he became part of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) and together with the former Front Line (now SADC) Heads of State, he fought for the emancipation of South Africa and Namibia. Like i said, i wonder what time he killed his citizens for him to appear at the ICC. You want my phone number so that i explsin more to you on Obasanjo?

      sinono
      May 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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  2. The only problem I can see is that politicians can so short sighted,and fail to look at history; they become too puffed up and too big when they see people following them.
    They forget that they are just individuals, just as everyone is.
    You in prison a lone no one of those followers go with you.

    nshilimubemba
    May 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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  3. Justin Mpundu, STOP your PF inspired tendencies of barshing the messenger, your PF has brough Zambia back to the UNIP days, here for your consideration;

    1. Kaunda was full of harrassment of private media, PF closed the only real private established media – POST.

    2. MMD led Zambia in the most democratic era, they cherished freedoms of press, speech, association, etc. All that is lost!

    3. The judicairy in Zambia is soooooooo compromised, even the indepence that they enjoyed is gone, e.g. why cant a court hear an opposition party’s petition to elections, why ? when the constituition always for that. The election was rigged you know it, ECZ was bullied by PF cadres who were practically running the election.

    4. Zambia has become a Police state, just ask yourself how can a citizenry be soooooo afraid of a police service which is supposed to be at theri service, why?

    5. Zambia is offically a disctorship, Zambians are so afraid to say anything against the PF and its tin pot dictator.

    Stop bootlicking PF while your country goes down the drain, because of one selfish leader.

    kapola
    May 17, 2017 at 6:28 am
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  4. The Sad and Pathetic End of Obasanjo

    By

    Aonduna Tondu

    New York

    [email protected]

    Today, only the most cynical or brazenly sycophantic in our society will deny the fact that Nigeria is witnessing a nadir in the welfare of its people. The gloom that one sees everywhere is to a large extent directly attributable to the criminal conduct of perhaps the most callous despot in the history of our nation. It is worth reiterating that Obasanjo’s corrupt and dangerous ways have brought the country to the brink. There is death and destruction everywhere. The catalogue of the Obasanjo regime’s atrocities just keeps expanding : Odi, Zaki-Biam, the 2003 electoral heist, Anambra, Bayelsa, etc. Other assaults on Nigeria and its putative democracy as illustrated by the dictator’s illegal take-over of the structures of the PDP and the imposition of some of the more despicable characters in the Nigerian political firmament as its officers have also immensely contributed toward the sordid legacy of one of Africa’s most enduring political disasters in living memory. All this implies a sad and pathetic end for Obasanjo, for history has never been kind to any soi-disant leader who has so ignominously treated his fellow humans the way Obasanjo has trampled on Nigerians in the last six years of a most primitive kleptocracy masquerading as a national government.

    It is amazing that confronted with his disastrous track record, this punchinello of African statesmanship and his sinister henchmen take refuge in the tired and nauseating argument that the tyrant needs more time in order to «consolidate» his anti-people policies so abusively referred to as reforms. So, even as the average Nigerian sinks deeper in the pit of despair that has been his lot since 1999, the dictator from Otta has refused to change course. As a matter of fact, there has been an escalation of the political rascality Nigerians have come to associate with an individual who seems incapable of self-redemption. As I write, Nigerian democracy is once again being brutally assaulted, this time in Oyo with the despot apparently offering tacit support to the perpetrators of that transgression. The single-minded obsession to illegally hang on to power beyond 2007 would seem to be the only thing that matters to the Nigerian Caligula and the like-minded bunch around him. As I have argued elsewhere, Obasanjo has committed so many atrocities and human rights abuses against Nigerians that he is afraid of the inevitable consequences to him should a truly democratic government emerge after his scandalous imposition. The desperation to sit tight has taken the form of a multi-pronged attack on civil society : the hounding of political enemies, real or imagined, the divide-and-conquer strategy as evidenced by the crude use of region-based outfits, the corrupt use of state resources like the EFCC under the spineless puppet called Nuhu Ribadu. Nuhu Ribadu and his EFCC constitute an eloquent example of all that is wrong with the Obasanjo regime, namely, the corrupt and immoral use of state structures in the promotion of a perverse personal ambition . As a willing tool of the Obasanjo authoritarianism, Ribadu cannot exempt himself from involvement in the regime’s excesses. His shameful role in the recent military occupation of Bayelsa state prior to the forceful removal of the governor speaks volumes as to Ribadu’s identity as an agent of dictatorship and repression. Ribadu and his EFCC have become an integral part of the despot’s reckless, immoral and undemocratic deployment of the nation’s resources in the pursuit of a sinister personal agenda with sectarian overtones. In the so-called anti-corruption scheme of the regime, Ribadu has consistently demonstrated his readiness to sumbit to the very forces of evil that continue to trample on Nigerians and their collective aspirations.The people of Nigeria must reject the likes of Ribadu for the latter aid and abet the enemies of the nation in their nefarious activities. In a decent society, a post-Obasanjo period should necessarily see Ribadu and his type answering for their many sins against the nation.

    The pertinent question Nigerians should be asking themselves at this critical moment is how to robustly and effectively respond to the moral perversions of a despot who has shown that he has no qualms whatsoever resorting to the most shameful of tactics in the pursuit of selfish or unpatriotic aims. History has taught us that there are options available to Nigerians in their desire to rid themselves of profligate, sit-tight tyrants in the mould of Obasanjo.

    But first, Nigerians should remind themselves that one critical factor of the full-blown dictatorship Nigerians are living under today is the role of the Nigerian media and especially that of the so-called Kabiyesi press in Lagos. As early as 1999 when it was obvious to much of Nigeria that Obasanjo had no interest in seeing genuine democracy take root in our country, not to mention his numerous crimes against fellow Nigerians, prominent actors of the Lagos axis of the national press chose to behave as if they were imbued with a moral duty to defend the regime of Obasanjo against imaginary undemocratic forces. They were joined in this unbecoming role by leaders of so-called pro-democracy outfits like the NLC leader. Nigerians still remember vividly how Oshiomhole of the NLC and several newspaper columnists resorted to intimidation and blackmail tactics in order to silence those calling for public protest against the 2003 electoral brigandage called 419. Prior to 2003, leading voices in the media even went as far as mentioning what a prominent columnist with the Guardian (Lagos) called the « religious rationalization at the heart of the Obasanjo presidency »! By that, it was meant that Christian values formed the basis of Obasanjo’s political conduct! Of course, the uncritical, knee-jerk support offered the Obasanjo regime by the media and some sections of the human rights and pro-democracy establishment up to 2003 in particular did contribute in no small measure in providing a dubious legitimacy to a rogue regime that had already shown that it deserved only derision and disdain from citizens. Even nowadays, some media people continue to incredibly talk of giving «the benefit of doubt » to the Abuja dictator as far as his policies and political conduct are concerned. These days, some self-proclaimed pro-democracy cum human rights activists like Beko Kuti would seem to have discarded their duplicitous masks in favour of open support for the dictator as can be attested by Kuti’s suspected pro-regime infiltration of PRONACO. So, human rights and pro-democracy activists as well as national media practitioners cannot in good conscience exonerate themselves regarding the current mess in the land. It is simply not enough for our media men and women to express anguish or dismay regarding the apparent emasculation of Nigeria’s political class in the face of the danger called Obasanjo. Individually and collectively, the national media and other strategic sections of the Nigerian society should seek to atone for their respective roles in the sustenance of the current murderous dictatorship with pretensions to leadership.What this means is that Nigerians must shed their indecision and clannish mindset in favour of a more robust and concerted approach in dealing with a blood-thirsty despot. They must be prepared to return fire for through the use of democratic and popular means. They should borrow a leaf from the actions of those genuine pro-democracy activists who not long ago, did fight another despot, Abacha, to a standstill. Obasanjo and his horde of hangers-on must be made to understand that they do not own Nigeria and that the choice of the next president, like that of other elected representatives, is for Nigerians to make in a transparent and democratic fashion and as such cannot be the prerogative of a backward cabal represented by Kabiyesi and his predatory gang.

    Faced with a Bokassa-like tin-god, the nation’s democratic forces must discard their penchant for sectarian involvement and suggestion. Obasanjo has sought so far to use ethno-religious differences within the Nigerian society in order to maintain his ghastly grip on the nation. The abiding lesson of history that should guide Nigerians as they come out in a concerted effort to once and for all confront Obasanjo and his backers – alien or local – and take back their country is that ultimately, what matters most is that no dictator be allowed to hold the nation to ransom without a purposeful challenge. Abacha’s sad and pathetic end is living proof of that.

    Aonduna Tondu.

    moseszulu
    May 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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  5. Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and despite it being an oil producer, riches are in the hands of a select few.Why should we be schooled by a dictator like Obasanjo on democracy when for him democracy means getting rid of your opponent.

    Mbo Mbubo
    May 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
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