Nigeria: The curse of post-election violence continues

Published on Pambazuka News, by Dibussi Tande, April 04, 2011.

‘In reality, the targets of the uprising are the so-called leaders in the North – the political, military and business elite – as well the traditional institutions that have held the region back and truncated any attempt to educate the people and free them from the yolk of illiteracy and poverty.’ Dibussi Tande puts Nigeria’s post-election violence in context, with views from the African blogosphere.

Suleiman’s Blog seeks to put the post-election violence that erupted in (Northern) Nigeria in context: … //

A World View:

  • explains why the international campaign to stop piracy off the Somali coast is not succeeding:
  • ‘The international community’s three-year effort to end piracy off the coast of Somalia is a waste of time; that was basically the message presented by the Foreign Minister of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Mohammed Abdulahi Omar Asharq, to an anti-piracy conference in Dubai on Monday… 
  • ‘Asharq is echoing a sentiment expressed by a number of military and piracy experts over the past few years (despite what Donald Trump may think): that so long as Somalia exists as a lawless state without a functioning national economy, the lure of the big money to be made capturing and ransoming ships along with the ability for pirates to operate from several port cities along the long Somali coast, piracy will continue in a big way in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. But international anti-piracy efforts have concentrated almost solely on intercepting pirates at sea, not trying to bring order and security to pirate ports like Haradheere and Eyl. The attempt of restoring a national government to Somalia, the TFG, is woefully underfunded and militarily only supported by a mission of African Union peacekeeping troops drawn from a handful of nations. The military of the TFG/AU mission spends most of its time fighting against the al-Shabaab Islamic insurgency, leaving them unable to provide security in the port cities and rout out the pirates. And indications are that there won’t be a boost to the TFG coming anytime soon.’

African Moves:

  • is pleased with the ongoing unrest in Burkina Faso and hopes for the collapse of the Compaore regime:
  • ‘I was in secondary school in ‘86 when Thomas Sankara arrived for the Non-Aligned Summit that was held in Zimbabwe. He literally shook the place up. He even upstaged the usual centre-of-attention, Muammar Gaddafi. For the following weeks, his name was on everyone’s lips; “Who is this Sankara fellow?” That’s how I became a Pan-Africanist, living in a country where few knew (or had heard of) “Upper Volta”, or were even familiar with (so-called) Francophone Africa.
  • ‘Now, 25 years later, it appears that me and Blaise Compaore have a rendezvous with history. I’ve been waiting for this moment, literally, for a quarter of a Century. When the demise of Blaise is announced, I’ll savour the moment like no other. The evil conspiracy of French President (Francois Mitterrand) and his official boot-licker (Blaise Compaore), literally shattered one of the greatest experiments in positive upliftment ever attempted on African soil. I hope the gallant people of Burkina Faso bury Blaise Compaore in a shallow grave; the same dog’s grave that Thomas Sankara was (initially) buried in. What goes around always comes around.’

Swazi Media:

  • laments that AIDS support groups are shutting down in Swaziland due to a lack of funding at the same time that more money is being allocated for the upkeep of the king:
  • ‘But, while money cannot be found to keep the HIV AIDS support groups going, the same cannot be said about money for King Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute Monarch.
  • ‘In February this year (2011) the budget for King Mswati and the royal household was raised by E40 million (US$5.88 million) for the coming year. By comparison the US$130,000 for SWANNEPHA [Swaziland National Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS] is a drop in the ocean.
  • ‘But it doesn’t end there. This is for the second consecutive year that the budget for King Mswati Royal increased by E40 million – in the 2010/11 financial year, the royal budget went from E130 million to E170 million.
  • ‘The greed of King Mswati and the royal family seems to know no bounds. The Nation magazine reported this month (April 2011) that the King’s office spent about E13 million ($1. 8 million) on internal decor for three of the royal guest houses.
  • ‘Yesterday was the King’s 43rd birthday and next week is the 25th anniversary of his victory in a power struggle within Swaziland that saw him crowned king.
  • ‘You might therefore be pleased to know that the budget for the Celebrations Office is E12.5 million – roughly 14 times the annual budget of SWANNEPHA.’

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