History: New COS Prof. Ibrahim Gambari Once said Nigeria don’t need democracy. Do You remember Prof. Gambari Role on June 12 Saga
I wrote this article in 2005 against prof. Ibrahim gambari, buhari’s newly minted chief of Chief of Staff. This is one of the maximum “devious and threatening” (apologies to ayo turton) public servants nigeria has ever had. Prof. Ibrahim gambari and june 12: the “un-disgraced” collaborator
if the abacha repressive regime have been a soccer group, professor ibrahim gambari would be one of the “1st 11 players” or as a minimum a quarter again on the reserve bench inside the authorities squad. Even though abacha didn’t play football, he surely sat on a killer squad that faced down individuals of the competition-all enthusiasts of democracy, and normal nigerians in and out of nigeria-even as his bestial reign lasted, in addition to abacha professor gambari has served nearly all of the dictators that has scorched the piece of earth called nigeria.
Professor ibrahim gambari, who a few human beings declare is an wise guy, used his ‘intelligence’ to protect the draconian policies of the abacha regime even as he became nigeria’s everlasting representative at the united nations. He become considered one of abacha’s equivalents of the “goebel” representing the infamous dictator with power and a propensity that would only be discovered in fascist italy of vintage.
He become once quoted as saying, “nigerians don’t want democracy because democracy isn’t meals. It isn’t always their priority now.” as greater strain hooked up at the abacha regime from all corners of the arena, professor gambari became more notorious and ruthless in protecting and deflecting attacks in opposition to the abacha dictatorship. I consider his many appearances on cable news channels, especially after abacha murdered environmentalist and creator, ken saro-wiwa following what can be described as a kangaroo trial. Professor gambari stoically denied that the abacha regime had committed a criminal offense; he classified saro-wiwa a “not unusual criminal” who had engaged in the homicide of a few ogoni elders. It turned into gambari and tom ikimi who went everywhere in the international to convince and blackmail governments of nations against the killing of saro-wiwa and the ogoni 8. They attempted in useless to convince the governments of a few countries, but it become also clear that they might have succeeded in blackmailing a few countries into silence or acquiescence.
There are claims that professor ibrahim gambari had get admission to to the nigerian treasury; he had infinite resources to do what ever he wanted in the name of defensive the abacha regime, no wonder he was able to pay for the juicy residences sold with the aid of the federal government in ikoyi recntly. After the demise of abacha, his other co-dictators and collaborators have been put in their vicinity: name it the nigerian hall of disgrace. Professor ibrahim gambari has no longer been touched; he has no longer been called to account. Unlike the usenis, mustapha, and gwarzo, he did not seem earlier than the hapless “oputa panel” to give an explanation for his ignominious function.
As an alternative he become accelerated by using kofi annan, the united international locations secretary-widespread, to the position of underneath-secretary and unique adviser on africa on the UN. The motives are not a long way-fetched. Kofi annan wasn’t too keen on democratization efforts in nigeria; he became already in cahoots with the abacha regime via his son, kodjo, who turned into concerned in the oil commercial enterprise in nigeria. Kodjo lives a life of opulence in lagos. There had been rumors gambari changed into the link among abacha, annan and their organizations. Even after the loss of life of abacha, kofi annan’s visits to nigeria have been usually to prevail on leader m. Okay. O abiola to neglect approximately his june 12 mandate. He didn’t care about abiola’s freedom so he quietly went to satisfy him in prison and asked him to ‘fuggetabutit.’ it’s far a recognized truth that prof. Gambari had already briefed annan effectively approximately the “real deal” and shortly after kofi visited abiola, chief anyaoku followed, then the brits and then the people and the rest is now painful history. It is intriguing that professor gambari has now grow to be a darling of such a lot of nigerian groups.
Honors are pouring in from everywhere and he’s getting awards and making speeches all around the vicinity. Recently a set named “international congress of afenifere” invited humans to return tonewark, new jersey to concentrate to a gambari lecture. I didn’t realize what to think, besides the reminder that even the leader of the yoruba race, leader abraham adesanya, was in the organization of trendy abubakar whilst he got here to fee the now defunct “abubakara. Abdusalami lecture collection” at the chicago kingdom college in 2001. For this application general abubakar had dedicated a whole lot of cash described by means of the chicago state college president, dr. Elnora daniel as”largesse”, this he gave from his ill-gotten wealth. Rapidly after the chicago imbroglio, dr. Conteh, who became the brain in the back of the lecture collection turned into relieved of his plum process at csu and the “abubakar lecture series” died a natural loss of life. I am proud to say i used to be there at CSU with lanre banjo, pete sophie, kayode oladele, participants of amnesty worldwide, America, and plenty of more nigerians from everywhere in the Country. To protest the “beautification” of abubakar. Inside the milieu that ensued abubakar become served a courtroom summons that accused him of human rights violations, and ever when you consider that he has not been visible parading us universities in search of a dubious legacy and undeserved honors. The case towards gen. Abubakar has superior rather at the u. S. Appeals courtroom, circuit seven. The court reached a choice on the case between abubakar, enahoro, and others (case #03-3089 on may 23, 2005). The 31-page choice of the appellate court presided with the aid of justices cudahy, kannes, and evans concluded that the abubakar case have to be cited trial. For professor ibrahim gambari, he appears to have escaped justice each domestically and internationally. He can continually claim that he was just a diplomat doing his process. However, for the reason that days of the nuremberg trials such arguments now not hold water. Professor gambari is getting bolder by the day, and as such on june 12, 2005, professor gambari, consistent with resources at the UN, goes to make a speech at a weeklong event tagged “medgar week” being organized through the medgar evers college in brooklyn, new york consistent with the . It isn’t always clean why the college has no longer placed the information on its website as at press time.
They know all too properly that professor gambari is to nigerians right here within the us, the equivalent of what david duke (a white supremacist) would imply to african americans. It has come to be clear that the day, “june 12” has some sanctity to nigerians everywhere in the world. I haven’t any doubt that medgar wiley evers a committed civil rights chief could be delivering his grave proper now, truely abiola must be boiling with rage anyplace he is and virtually the date “june 12” ought to by no means be the birthday party day for shenanigans and collaborators.