samedi 24 mai 2014

Our condition is a permanent failure

 Our condition is a permanent
“The wonderfully restrained sense of deep disappointment reminded me of how similar the histories of many African countries are how passionately people believe in ideas that would eventually disappoint them, in people that betray them, in futures that would elude them”
Chimamandie Ngozi Adiche
The security of life and property is the primary role of any government , in spite of corruption or greed. 
It is a popular saying in Nigeria that no condition is permanent and yet our condition of distresse, violence  tension and insecurity endures:
 I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the federal Republic of Nigeria…….. and I will devote myself to the service and well being of the people of Nigerian…… So help me God. Now  the reported abduction of some 230 girls from a school in chibok, Bornu state by suspected members of the Boko Haram, insurgents, whose   ferocity,  outrageous violence and savage brutality against the innocents citizens have threatened the very foundation of the federal republic Nigeria, has provoked  so much out cry and  indignation across the world but   highlights the empirical evidence that Jonathan’s presidency is in deep disarray; that our hope for the change that will eradicate corruption poverty and injustice will not come yet, in spite of this Pledge. Boko haram flaunts their disrespect to the nation due to a blatant leadership failure of Goodluck Ebele  Jonathan.
Most of all,  The  rapt of these girls is a glaring  sign  of the cruel indifference  as regards to the citizens, by   Mr President and his cronies. They have  never devoted the tiniest moment of their political lives to the service and well being of the people of  Nigeria, talk less of our social and physical security . In fact the only thing  more emptier than their political rhetoric , bubble gum promises and pledge is a vacuum . However if democracy is defined as “the government of the people by the people and for the people” then the fault there is not in our stars but in our selves . “We the people” have collectively consigned  our political, economic and even social destiny to an inept  and irresponsible  predator class who are taking  advantage of our  resigned complacency and making mockery of our dignity.   
And so this is where we are today: on a platform of  pervasive , impunity ,  unaccountability  and irresponsibility on  an epidemic scale.  Now listen to this. Barely 14 hours after the deadly explosion  that rocked the Nya nya  bus station killing more than 75 people as many more were maimed, President Goodluck Jonathan was seen  in kano dancing and clapping while making his reelection campaign.  Is this a  worthy reaction of a leader that has pledged to devote himself to the well being and service of his people? Don’t forget that this is an experience of a life- shattering event for the victims.  This  should have consumed  much of his time and energy  for a dedicated leader
Many continues  to  wander why  Jonathan has not been impeached in spite of  the people being exhausted and depleted by corruption  , massive mismanagement , lack of empathy, and a blatant display of ineptitude. More so,  are all the promises that have remained tantalizingly beyond reach . The concept of electability- plus means  not just  getting elected for election sake but  possessing the ability to favor new directions, new ideas  and motivate change. Unfortunately the records of this government is on the scale a permanent condition of regression . We live in a permanent condition of chronic inefficiency of public service , we live in a permanent condition of an atmosphere of insecurity and terror ,  we are rendered to a permanent condition of grisly and untimely death,  even though our expectation of a community marked by prosperity and tranquility continues to endure.
With an estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil produced daily selling at $94 a barrel and earning 224  million dollars each and every day, according to the economic  forum report , Nigeria should be in the league rich nations .  Jonathan presides  over one of the richest nations of the world and yet many hospital  cannot provide ambulances  to its patience  and our mothers and sisters continues to die during child birth, and Nigeria remains the worst place to be born on earth. And yet our hope to live a life of decency and dignity with limitless possibilities endures
In Nigeria  you  are  in the throes of  agony and anguish in every process  of your daily lives ; we are still living witnesses of the plundering and looting of the wealth of our nation  by a few unpatriotic misguided criminals. By their action they are showing us that they have nothing but self interest , no love, no regard to the nation. As long as  they continue to steal as much money as possible   in support  of a  life style of the filthy rich you  will  continue to live  with  out basic amenities .  you  will not have the provision of electricity  or pipe- born water supplies in your homes and villages as in the league of nations you  belong. Our hospital have been  and have remained   inadequately funded.    Our schools continues  to decay as in fact higher education has virtually collapsed Nigeria. Then lets talk about our roads  President Good luck has promised that all bad roads will be fixed  by 2015 but like every other promise he has made  such as achieving uninterrupted power supply,  there is  lack of seriousness to his promises . The issue of roads in Nigeria is a mind boggling issue and a clear evidence of the abysmal record of our successive leaders  .We can rightfully  criticize this current  government for lack of clairvoyance  The problem of bad road in Nigeria calls for collective outrage  and demonstrations against this system  of governance .  local economies are derelict due  to bad roads  normal transport  communication are frustrating, roads are  pitted with so much holes that grinds vehicle to a halt    We have been plagued for long a time by these  same woes that one can only  wonder about the underpinning points of these insoluble issues .Only  a mad man continues to do the same things the same way while  expecting a different result. And this is weird
Our roads are simply death throes , vehicle owners are in permanent distress as breakdowns and down right destruction of vehicle have become an inevitable reality.  Some of the glaring example of these roads  such as Lagos / Benin express way ; Lagos/ Ibadan express way  are so dilapidated  to be known as the roads of carnage .  Criminal and armed robbers camp themselves around the bad portions of the roads for victims to be enthralled . On Nigerian roads, Every thing is possible nothing is certain . I don’t know who profits from  this chaotic condition, leaving their country in such a mess, in  the throes of decay and neglect.   The problem of  Boko haram  is  linked  to the entire system of chaos as they are aware, they can  take advantage of  permanent condition of failure and decay of the system  to escape. Leading institution such as the security system , the border control system are derelict. To add to the disarray : the out stripping corruption , bribery is rife even among the police and the custom officers and we are very much aware of all of this condition and we not clamouring for change; lack of leadership, lack of effectiveness ; lack of accountability and lack of professionalism. The bottom line is that Boko haram  will continue on its murderous crime spree until the entire system is fixed; they will continue to wreck havoc upon the innocent souls until decency is restored .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

mardi 29 octobre 2013

A totalitarian Justice: cruel, debased and despicable rape of humanity

  The judiciary in Nigeria  is a colossal failure with a collateral damage to it’s citizens due to recklessness.  
 Nigerian legal system is a disgrace to Mankind and a tragic national plunder.  As  justice of “cash and carry”, it has informed a paradox in the criminal justice system where the innocent is criminalized the criminal walks free  as long as they are able to pay the price.
Within the borders of Nigeria resides one of the most terrifyingly dangerous display of a depraved justice system. From the Roman Empire to the present day it is arguably the most corrupt and the most shameful legal system known to mankind. Obnoxiously arrogant, its proclivities is creating a vicious atmosphere in nation linking up to the morbid corridors of pestilence  and decay. Nigerian legal system has become a metaphor for cynicism and despicable lawful plunder
 According to Judaic  teaching  “justice  is the Ultimate declaration of Gods will , our means of serving  him and approaching him.” Justice is no more or less than  fairness . It breeds  harmony . It gives comfort and  hope  to the afflicted and gives us a chance to feel that life is worth living, that no matter how desperate things might seem , it tells us to believe  that in end all will work out. It is therefore not only a means  towards a harmonious society but altogether an instrument of prosperity   Some nations are blessed with a judiciary system that delivers an efficient, effective, accountable and faire justice. Nigeria’s judiciary is remarkable for scandalous deficit of decency. On the scale, integrity remains  very limited in supply and most of all,  marked by  a pervasive systemic  corruption.
 Martin Meredith aptly described the sordid state of Nigeria’s  legal system “the justice system is chaotic prisoners were often locked up without trial for years on end… half of the inmate have never been legally  sentenced. Court proceedings are often determined by bribes rather than by justice. Many criminal were safe from persecution  because they came from prominent families or enjoyed the patronage of powerful politicians”.  “Justice goes to the highest bidder” says Emmanuel Azinge, barrister and solicitor advocate, yaba  magistrate court Lagos
“ Many  criminal and even dreadful  murderers  in Nigeria escape justice  and go free of charges with connivance  of some corruptible judges “ says  Mr  Nuhu  Ribadu , the chairman who headed the Anti graft  agency and charged prominent bankers as well as state governors and police commissioners
In case you needed a refresher, one of the biggest established cases of stealing money ,states money laundering   and diversion of public funds was the case of James Ibori , the disgraced governor of  oil rich delta state .  Nuhu  Ribadu was the ambushed and attacked anti-corruption  agent who was set against the governor . James Ibori  left Nigeria immediately afterwards . in spite of all the evidence Ibori  was acquitted of 170 count charges by a federal high court judge in Nigeria , but  now serving a 13 year jail term in UK after the crown court found him guilty of stealing and laundering states fund under a 13 count charge
According to Ribadu, Ibori was never the worst plunderer of public fund . Governor kalu of Abia was notorious for scandalous misappropriation of public funds . Mr Kalu diverted public fund during his tenure as governor,  35 billion naira  according to the states treasurer , to build a massive business empire  . He used his mother, daughter , wife and Brother  to plunder the states wealth. Kalu was never prosecuted . Notorious thieves terrifying and mindless criminals have  walked  free out of the courts in Nigeria.  ( because judgment is pay as you go and the criminal justice system is cash and carry) The irony is that innocent citizens who are unable to pay for legal representation or bribe the prosecutors and police are sent behind bars for unlimited period of time  This administration more than any records of past governance has produced too many sordid scandal  of judicial plunder  . A government commission investigating overcrowded prison found that some inmate have sat in their ram shackled cell for ten years or  more  without ever being  judged or sentenced  for any reason . many more were convicted without proven evidences.
 In 2007 four delta  state teenagers  were convicted for armed robbery later assessment  of the evidences against the defendants uncovered  massive deficiencies that wrongfully  convicted innocent young boys for a crime that was never committed.  “ I can still hear the wailing voice of one  the four  innocent  young boys commented their  lawyer, he  was barely 17  asking in his subs “ why me, what have I done in this world to merit such wrongful accusation.. but why …  I don’t even know how to handle a gun ”   “ its complete nightmare” says one of the other defendants
Barely the same moment a prominent political figure Chris  Uba had not only publicly confessed to rigging election but also to masterminding the kidnapping of the  elected governor of Anambra state , Dr Christian Ngige. Rather than punish the felon  Uba was rewarded  with a new political administrative  post and never served one night of jail term . Another prominent politician was convicted of brutal rape of a young college girl he appealed against the case paid money and was set free now the lives of the parents  of are under threat
In another case which was clearly a political murder of a promising local politician, Livinus Ajufo  who had just secured a local political victory. On his way for scheduled victory party he was riddled with bullets in the back seat of his  car  and his assailants were never arrested nevertheless the driver  Nwafor  Emeka 25 who survived the attack unhurt  was arrested and locked up. And since that faithful of July 2007 his life is recklessly wasted away in jail  with out prosecution or trail of any kind
The experiences of Chigioke, Emeka  and all the rest is a monstrous perversity of justice and this is happening on an epidemic proportion to too many young and innocent  citizens. Nigeria’s addiction to corruption has created a massive propensity to criminality amongst the prosecutingbody(judges and police)                                                                                                                                                                      Every one of them  is on the  lookout for money making opportunity. The criminal justice system is creating a massive number of criminal and over crowding the prisons paradoxically there is a massive failure to favor justice.
 If we are to live   together in any  society  a certain measure of protection  of rights and freedom  of persons and properties is necessary; and should be  equally guaranteed to every member of the community without regard to his status, personality or standard. The acknowledgment  of this principle is what sets us apart as a civilized community.  Society cannot not exist without the full measure of justice ; and  the ranking of a people on the scale of being is determined by the role played  by  it’s justice system in the ordering of things. It is well know that any where money buys impunity chaos and disorder  will reign.  

vendredi 10 mai 2013

L’ Inexplicable explosion de la culture du tatouage .Quel paradoxe!

 On le décrivait autrefois  comme la marque historique de la honte, de la criminalité et de la rébellion, le tatouage est aujourd’hui porté par les puissants,  les célébrités et les élites du temps moderne     
Sous un feu d’artifice de couleurs, des objets japonais, des félins , des animaux sous marins  ou encore les fameux dragons  s’animent sur la peau des hommes et des femmes du public  passionné de l’art du tatouage. Les incontournables comme la rose , le cœur transpercé par une flèche ou la croix celtique, les  sujets de tatouage semblent  inépuisables et sont  représentés sur des formes et des styles débordant de créativité.
Mais ce qui provoque la stupéfaction aujourd’hui  c’est la tendance démographique et le changement de statut social des amateurs de tatouages. Samantha  Cameron , la femme du premier ministre  Britannique porte un tatouage d’ un bébé dauphin sur la cheville gauche. Les célébrités  du monde entier : actrices, mannequins, footballeurs sont souvent des prescripteurs du modèle  d’inspiration pour les amateurs . Avec David Beckham  en passant par Angelina Jolie , lady Gaga ou Madonna le tatouage semble avoir acquit ses lettres  de Noblesse. En couverture du magazine ils exhibent fièrement leurs tatouages.  Ils sont patrons de CAC 40 comme Arnaud Lagardère ou journaliste vedette  sur France 2 comme Julien Bugier qui porte un style tribal Maori sur l’épaule  , le tatouage semble être  parfaitement adopté par les gens de la haute société mais aussi par la masse. En France les événements comme le mondial du tatou mobilise   des milliers de passionnées du tatouage . il existe une trentaine de festival  de ce genre a travers le pays, depuis Tours en passant par Paris , Besançon, Belfort, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Nice Toulouse… jusqu’ a Chaudes Aigues  qui aura lieu cette année de 6 au 8 juillet 2013 . Les festival  internationaux du tatouage comme le 18th Milano Tattoo  ou le London  tattoo convention attirent 2013  ont attiré des centaines de milliers de visiteurs
. Mais comment se fait-il que la stigmatisation du tatouage à pu disparaître ?
Voila un grand paradoxe. Les pratiques  du tatouage,  à bien des égards , fut l’apanage, en occident  des prisonniers, des esclaves,  des marins et pour les femmes presque uniquement des prostituées. Jusqu’ au milieux des années 80  la culture de tatouage était exclusivement la pratique des exclus de la société, des Rockers, des Punks et des Skin- Head . il était considéré comme un phénomène de la rébellion contre « establishment »   D’ailleurs,  des crânes  sanglants ou fendus avec des os croisés, des dragons flamboyants et d’autres conceptions complexes sont portées fièrement en public par ces catégories de la société . Le point de vue psychologique explique ce phénomène par un désire d’exprimer son identité individuelle, de manifester  sa personnalité. Le point  de vue  artistique considère qu’il y a une évolution de perspective esthétique d’une certaine génération qui a  su intégrer   le tatouage dans un mouvance artistique et esthétique qui n’existait pas jusqu’ici.
Mais comment  justifier ces explications psychologiques de manifestation d’identité  lorsque cela concerne les élites politiques,  les gothas de la finance et  du CAC 40 et les célébrités  qui ont intérêt à ce que le système soit  préservé. La justification esthétique d’une renaissance  ou reconnaissance artistique de l’art du tatouage  tardive ne tient pas la route non plus. Il y a également d’autres explications qui consistent  à privilégier  le facteur commercial qui peut jouer un rôle promotionnel .
Nous assistons à un phénomène beaucoup plus important et beaucoup plus fondamental,  inexplicable et inexpliqué, qui a trait à l’anthropologie de la condition humaine. Le phénomène de l’art du tatouage qui  explose nous dit une chose, que l’homme est situé dans un  monde qui le dépasse , que le monde  ne lui est pas inaccessible mais qu’il lui est guère connaissable , il est manipulable par lui avec des paradoxes et de confusion, des inconsistances,  il a des cotés bénéfiques et des cotés sombre ou maléfiques   . la vie humaine est faite d’un certain nombre d’activités culturelles ou non à travers lesquelles on  engagent beaucoup de sa personne, sa richesse et son pouvoir supposé pour avoir d’autre richesse et des pouvoirs espérés pour vivre un existence collective, sociale et spirituelle sous une forme ou sous une autre.