By Muyiwa Olayinka
At the 72nd United Nations General assembly, Nigerian President was the 8th world leader that delivered his paper, making Nigeria an important nation in the comity of nations. The President delivered a powerful paper that ably captures threat to world peace. In his paper, he reteirated the importance of encouraging consensus building among world nations to ensure the world’s global peace. I want to react to an extract of Mr President’s speech. He said;
The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea. Since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, we have never come so close to the threat of nuclear war as we have now.
All necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts must be brought to bear on North Korea to accept peaceful resolution of the crisis. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki painfully remind us, if we fail, the catastrophic and devastating human loss and environmental degradation cannot be imagined.
Mr. President, Nigeria proposes a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader. The delegation, led by the Security Council, should include members from all the regions. The crisis in the Korean peninsula underscores the urgency for all member states, guided by the spirit of enthroning a safer and more peaceful world, to ratify without delay the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, which will be open for signature here tomorrow.
I wish our President can practise what he preaches. Charity they say begins from home. If President Buhari had practised what he prposed at the UN, he would not have deployed soldiers to Abia.
The independent people of indigenous Biafra have been demanding for a referendum and called for the cessation of the South eastern part of Nigeria. The Nigerian government has consistently spurned any means of speaking to the aggrieved Nigerians.
The leader of this movement Nnamdi Kanu had been incacerated for almost two years despite court granting him bail, and was released on stringent or conditional bail. Though he has violated some his bail conditions since his release, the federal government approached the court to void his bail. Not waiting for the outcome of the court case, The President ordered military to the area, leaving death, sorrow and blood in its trail.
The whole world is appalled by this indiscretion. While we are waiting for the casualties recorded by this military excercise, Kanu had gone into hiding.
The President left his country in turmoil but displaying stateman like disposition at the world stage. If he had built consensus with this separatist movement, that is not violence, it would have stopped the needless blood letting.
I want to end this with this reply from an anonymous Nigerian, he said;
Hypocrisy at its finest. Hypocrisy walking on two feet. Bold and infectious. President Buhari mentioned respect for democratic values! What a world we live in. What a world! Humans can be many things and not know it. I watched that speech and was marvelled at the nature of human beings. Everything he said in that speech made sense. Everything. What I couldn’t understand is how when it comes to his own country none of those thoughts are shown.
He mentioned a negotiation with North Korea. Sending a team of UN delegates to go discuss the issue to calm Kim il Jong. I couldn’t understand how the same person who suggested such a great idea couldn’t apply same in his home country. He also mentioned Gaza and the possibility of a Palestine state. That was a great idea and what every rational mind will suggest but in his own country, such idea is not even negotiable. You are shot by Zombies when you do so. He also called for an eye into the Rohinga killings going on in Myanmar (he should work on his pronunciation of the name) and a call for calm. This is a man who ordered some weak men (soldiers if you like) to go shoot up peace.
The speech showed that when it comes to Nigerian matters, intellectual insufficiency is not entirely his problem. His problem is utter hypocrisy. The reasons he is proposing for peace in Myanmar and Gaza is simply because Muslims are affected. There’s no way you can spot any other reason. That’s a shame. Everything he said made sense but the vessel through which it came out is rusty.
If you know what is good for the world why not begin from your home?