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America and Destabilization of Nigeria
Author: Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Fagge | October 15, 2007

Events unfolding in Nigeria in recent years have for long signal bad omen to the stability of the country and its existence as a sovereign entity. The horrible scenes unmasking in all the parts of the country like a well crafted movie could not of course have happen spontaneously. The flare-ups in the volatile Niger Delta and the deliberate attempt to incite Iraq-like Sunni-Shiite clashes in Northern Nigeria through strategic ambush of prominent Islamic clerics would not have happened without some architects behind it. Amidst the political hullabaloo in the wake of previous administration’s third term bid, the United States of America predicted the disintegration of Nigeria in fifteen years time. How did they arrive at the conclusion, no one knows. That statement from America generated a lot of commentaries and discussions especially in the media cycles. However, the issue died down no sooner then it rose, in the usual I-don’t-care attitude of Nigeria (the leaders that is) and the Nigerians (reads: the people). Looking at how things are going now in the country, one could easily conclude without the fear of doubt that Nigeria is heading toward that uninvited and uncalled collapsing as ill-willed procrastinated by the US. Again, last month the American envoy in Nigeria issued a warning to their citizens on the security situation in the country. In the release under question, the US embassy, Abuja and the American Consulate General in Lagos alleged threat of terrorist attack on the “US and other western interests in Nigeria”, thereby cautioned the Americans in Nigeria to watch their steps. In the same vein, the Department of Foreign and Trade of Australia later issued another security report on the alleged attack. The Australian report is even more specific as it went on to mention the exact time of the said attack and the places. According to the latter release, the attack will be in Abuja and Lagos and will take place by this time (mid of October). However, amazingly, none of the reports identified the scientific research method they used to arrive at this common sensitive outcome. Then how did they know? Does that mean they are telling anybody that cares what they prepare to do so as to prepare for the worst to happen? A philosophical proverb of my people treatise that when there is no trench on the way, you don’t need to caution someone to take care of trenches, hence doing so means you have set something harmful on the way. I have been monitoring America’s ‘intrusion’ and interference in the affairs of many countries in the fast which to my chagrin but not surprise resulted in genocide as in Iraq or massive destruction and impoverishment as in Afghanistan. That’s why when of recent America start rearing its proverbial ugly head to this country I sensed some dangers ahead and became highly sceptic and suspicious. Though there are mixed reactions in discuss such as this on whether America has hidden intention in its interaction with Nigeria (and all other developing countries to a large extent) yet I subscribe to the “pessimistic” point of view. As it happened in many countries, America is always trying to exert its influence and power in the ‘less privileged countries’ to exploit them and their resources as in Iraq’s oil or destroy those that are not dancing to its tune like the case of Afghanistan. To borrow a phrase from the pioneer Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Lord Lugard, America’s mission to destabilise Nigeria as alleged by minds like mine, could have “dual mandate”. First, to ensure secession or at least unending battle in the Niger Delta so as to take hold of the opportunity for ‘toll free’ export (bugling?) of the region’s rich oil resources. Secondly, Northern Nigeria, which is identified as one of the homes of potential terrorist by the America’s mapping after 9/11 bombings need to be deal with. It is their intention to eliminate any ‘terrorist movement’ the world over which is perhaps why they put the North under surveillance. The usual tactic employed by America is to make some noises such as this on the state of affairs in a country and subsequently use any slide chance to drag itself uninvitedly. In such instances, they would camouflage on any rumble to lunch offensive. Now that they foretell the terror attack, they can stand to see that head or tail it occurs so that they would have their said prophesy come true. And in the event it happened (God forbid) they would now come to the aid? of Nigeria to get away with the terrorists and of course that will be the end of the story. It is high time that people started showing suspicion about America’s activities in Nigeria. The issue of deployment of US troops in Sokoto and the Gulf of Guinea and also the infiltration of spies; as the case of an American and two Germans who are recently arrested in the Niger Delta region for alleged espionage are all evidences of what I opine. These and other happenings are indications to nothing but a deliberate plan to perpetuate plan to destabilize this country. I believe no admirer or well-wisher of anybody would always be eager to forecast (and pray for) his downfall. The America’s prediction of Nigeria’s collapse is indeed contrary to its pledge of being a friend to Nigeria. And God willing all such prediction will never come true and all effort to bring Nigeria to its knees will surely be in vein. May God help us!

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Funke    London, United Kingdom    November 10, 2007
The question is this, why is America, China and Europe suddenly interested in Nigeria, Angola and other African countries? The answer is we have the black gold in abundance. With this knowledge I think we should be cautious in embracing the US and other countries as friends. As I understand friendship, a friend is not someone who is around as soon as they find out you have something they want. We need to be careful, we do not want to end up like Iraq..
Wumi Alabi    Arlington, TX, USA    November 08, 2007
If the Chief Justice of Nigeria is sick and sent to London, how else do you want to discribe Nigeria than to say the country is sick, the infrastrucures are sick, How many times has British, Americans, Canadians, French, Germans, Italian being sick and brought to Nigeria?. May God help us as a nation.
Gloria    accra, ghana    October 31, 2007
as to is 419 a game i think yes it is a game. The reason why i am saying this is because it was done to a nigerian and that is why we nigeria's also do the same to others
Gaga Ekeh    Atlanta, USA    October 16, 2007
El Hajj: Can we blame America for being jumpy? No one takes destabilization lightly, not especially when you are responsible for it--stability that is. I do not believe America is trying, deliberately at least, to destabilize Nigeria. It is in no one's interest. If she has erred in interpreting Nigerian intelligence, then it is what it is, an intelligence failure, not a sordid plot to poison the polity. And yet, who hath not feared the rumors of the Great Satan?

I write this sitting freely on Wall St awaiting the opening bell. Greed is good.
idris    mo - city, usa    October 16, 2007
Why in the name of Almighty ALLAH are we blaiming USA for our short comings.

So usa asked you not to fix your roads, provide clean pipe borne water, stabilize electricity, provide employment for the the teeming youth graduates of various universities in and out of nigeria, made corruption legal, wanton killing of people who are bold to challenge the govt. both past and present of bad things eg killng of dele giwa in bid to expose babangida on gloria okon drug largesee, killing of sorowiwa cos he voice his displeasure on govt mistreatment of his people who is sitting on oil keg the provide the finances where the thieves, in sheepclothing under the guise of pdp administration, babangida corrupt regime, abachas despotic govt of killings, looting, plundering of the economy, which is a carry over to aremu seje obasanjo's and anenih pdp govt. where 1 trillion naira was alloted to the death traps called roads in nigeria and nothing to show for the collasal sum spent but dismal statistics of over 17000 deaths every year as a result of bad roads.

The so called communication by cell phone they pride themselves of bringing to nigeria is so epileptic the it has developed to grandmal type that when you try to reach your folks your card you spent your precious money to buy will be half gone before you talk to anyone. the police case is a basket one, virtually no police proctection, they all pitifully a huge joke.and lots more and you want to blame america for your greed, nonsensical and mumurish leaders who are all thieves. to this i will say physicians heal thy self. you think if you continue to play the blaming game you will be justified.

Is America abacha, babangida, abdulsalam, ahigbe, aihomu, obasanjo, ojukwu, etc, etc, after all we had Obafemi Awolowo, Ironsi, Gen Murtala Mohammed,Ogbemudia, Gov Bako of kano state, Idiagbon etc, etc. i rest my case keep on blaiming Usa i hope you are paid enough to do this blaiming game.
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