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My Response To David Cameron’s Claims
I read the comments by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his new book, For the Record, in which he accused me and the Nigerian Government, which I headed, of corruption and rejecting the help of the British Government in rescuing the Chibok Girls, who were kidnapped on April 14, 2014.
It is quite sad that Mr. Cameron would say this because nothing of such ever occurred. As President of Nigeria, I not only wrote letters to then Prime Minister David Cameron, I also wrote to the then US President, Barrack Obama, and the then French President, François Hollande, as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appealing to them for help in rescuing the Chibok Girls.
How could I write to appeal for help and then reject the very thing I appealed for?
Also, history contradicts Mr. Cameron. On March 8, 2012, when the same Boko Haram linked terrorists abducted a British expatriate named Chris McManus, along with an Italian hostage Franco Lamolinara, in Sokoto, I, as Nigerian President, personally authorised a rescue effort by members of the British military Special Boat Service supported by officers and men of the Nigerian Army, to free the abducted men.
So, having set a precedent like that, why would I reject British help in rescuing the Chibok Girls, if it was offered?
I also authorised the secret deployment of troops from the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel as a result of the Chibok incident, so how Mr. Cameron could say this with a straight face beats me.
Moreover, on March 8, 2017, the British Government of former Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a widely circulated press statement, debunked this allegation and said there was no truth in it after Mr. Cameron had made similar statements to the Observer of the UK.
In his book, Mr. Cameron failed to mention that I wrote him requesting his help on Chibok. Why did he suppress that information? I remind him that copies of that letter exist at the State Houses in Nigeria and London. He never called me on the phone to offer any help. On the contrary, I am the one that reached out to him.
He accused me of appointing Generals based on political considerations. How could that be when I fired my service chiefs twice in five years, to show that I would not tolerate anything less than meaningful progress in the war on terror.
I was completely blind to ethnic or political considerations in my appointments. In civil and military matters, I appointed people that I had never even met prior to appointing them, based on their professional pedigree. Though I was from the South, most of my service chiefs came from the North.
I do, however, know that Mr. Cameron has long nursed deep grudges against me for reasons that have been published in various media.
On July 24, 2013, while celebrating the passage of the United Kingdom’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, 2013, Mr. Cameron said “I want to export gay marriage around the world”.
At that occasion, he boasted that he would send the team that successfully drafted and promoted the Bill, to nations, like Nigeria, saying inter alia:
“I’ve told the Bill team I’m now going to reassign them because, of course, all over the world people would have been watching this piece of legislation”.
As President of Nigeria at that time, I came under almost unbearable pressure from the Cameron administration to pass legislation supporting LGBTQ Same Sex marriage in Nigeria. My conscience could not stomach that, because as President of Nigeria, I swore on the Bible to advance Nigeria’s interests, and not the interest of the United Kingdom or any foreign power.
As such, on Monday, January 13, 2014, I signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law after the Bill had been passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Nigeria’s parliament, in line with the wishes of the Nigerian people. This happened shortly after a study of 39 nations around the world by the U.S. Pew Research Center came up with a finding which indicated that 98 percent of Nigerians were opposed to the idea of Gay Marriage.
Immediately after I took this patriotic action, my government came under almost unbearable pressure from Mr. Cameron, who reached me through envoys, and made subtle and not so subtle threats against me and my government.
In fact, meetings were held at the Obama White House and at the Portcullis House in Parliament UK, with the then Nigerian opposition to disparage me, after I had signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law.
On the issue of corruption, it suffices to say that Mr. Cameron is not as competent as Transparency International, which is globally acknowledged as the adjudicator of who is corrupt and who is not.
During my administration, in 2014, Nigeria made her best ever improvement on the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, moving from 144 the previous year, to 136, an 8 point improvement. As a nation, we have not made such improvements on the CPI before or after 2014.
In line with these facts, I would urge the public to take Mr. Cameron’s accusations with a grain of salt. I will not be the first person to accuse him of lying on account of this book, and with the reactions in the Uk so far, I definitely will not be the last.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and President of Nigeria 2010-2015.
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THE EFFERVESCENCE OF CASCADING HOPE: A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER WE KNEW AS DADDY.
By Nosakhare E. Osawe
This indeed has to be one of the most difficult moments in my life. It almost seems like truth in words hit you in the face when you least expect. It couldn’t be more difficult when we walked into the New Year wishing one another the very best of the season according to the traditions of men and the very hope of a better tomorrow. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick… Proverbs 13:12”. You did call me somewhere around 9:00PM-10:00PM GMT on New Year’s Day. We shared thoughts and plans for the next few months. Yes, you were so positive and optimistic, we even talked about how happy you were about the conduct of Osadebamwen & Marvelous’ wedding.
We talked about your recovery process and the next step we must take. You called me the following morning at about 9:00AM GMT and we had a repeat of the same conversation of the previous night. A bit concerned as to why you were repeating yourself again, I wanted to question it but a part of me said no, I just listened and agreed to every word you said. Aimuanmwenosa, your grandson was the last person to speak with you that day in the house. Infact, he said; “…’gimme’ the phone ‘lemme’ talk to grandpa”. Soon as he got the phone, he greeted you, saying, ‘yeyezi’ he meant, “Lamezi”, the family greeting you taught all of us many years ago.
The moment of truth couldn’t have dawned on me, impossible! The day I was traveling to Nigeria, we prayed together, shook hands and you bade me farewell. You gave me specific instructions and simple assignments to follow through on. I couldn’t imagine it was going to be last time I will have to call you daddy. No, impossible!! I wasn’t going to accept it. How can I be saddled with a responsibility I am not prepared for?...“Nosa, this is another milestone please ensure total compliance, daddy.” was the message you sent me as I arrived Nigeria. Days after we carried out your assignment, you sent another message, “Congratulations for a job well done”. Yes daddy, it was always a pleasure to carry out your assignments and instructions to the letter. We couldn’t bear to see you disappointed, we loved and respected you so much for that.
Returning back to the US to see you in that cold room where you laid calmly and peacefully, gave me a combination different vacillating emotions. I took off my hat and greeted you “Lamezi”, no response, I walked very close to your body, yes it was your body but you weren’t there anymore. I looked closely, I saw the bald part of your head fully covered with white wooly hair, all I could mutter under my breath was, “God is great!”. Not sure if it was the right thing to say in such circumstance, however, it was all that came out of my mouth. Indeed, there was peace and calm. Then, in an instant, I went back to all the moments we shared with you as your children and you as our father, whom we knew as daddy.
I somehow felt an unusual peace and calm when I thought about how you walked me through life from my cradle to your very last moments here on earth. Ironically, I happened to be your student. As defiant as I would have been, you taught me everything there was to learn in becoming a man. As kids you taught us how to separate work from play. We knew week days were for school work, weekends for house chores, Sunday’s for church and Sunday afternoon for recreation. You taught us how to swim, enrolled us in tennis lessons, made us appreciate sports because you were a sportsman too. You gave us a very decent upbringing which we would cherish forever. On the day of my first interview into secondary school, you taught me how to read, prepare and sit for interviews. We had breakfast that morning and you taught me how to handle a set of cutleries. I hear for the first time the word, “Etiquette”, yes table manners. You removed anxiety from me that day and taught me self-confidence.
When I made it through the interview process to gain admission into Federal Government College, Ido-Ani, I remember how excited you were walking me through those big iron gates. You said to me, “this is exactly how my father walked me through my first day in secondary school”. You told me how you missed him when he passed and that I should be very serious with my studies to become a responsible man in future. At 10 years old, you already told me of this uncertain day that would surely come, a day I really never wished to come anytime soon. You’ve always prepared me but how prepared can anyone ever be to lose a loved one, let alone a good father and mentor? You taught me about God, how merciful he was and you ensured we all got baptized in the catholic church. How would I have known God if you didn’t walk in His path? How would I have understood love and mercy if you didn’t first show it to me. When twisted and broken, you gave me light and hope. I saw you in your strength but you also showed me in strength lies weakness. You had a large heart, you forgave with so much compassion. How else could you have preached God’s love and mercy, daddy?
You were a great teacher, a master historian who loved to take anyone who cared to listen, down the memory lane of ancient history. You distinguished yourself in your political career, you carved a niche for yourself in your profession. You taught us the dignity of hard work. We learnt through watching you, what passion and commitment is. You never showed any sign of weakness even until your last moments. Your voice was always so strong and powerful that it reverberated high energy anytime you spoke. Your presence and demeanor always commanded authority, dignity and respect. Yes, I was always proud of my father, a daddy like no other. Yes, all my problems went away when I told daddy about them. Everyone knew you on a different level but you opened up to me in a way like no other. First, your son, I became your student, under your strict tutelage I struggled to become a man. I earned my first salary working for you. Growing up as a young man, you took me through another learning process in life. Was I sure I knew what I was doing in life? You taught me to understand that if I deceive the whole world and still deceive myself, I will only have myself to blame. That used to be your punch-line but it was also my red-line, I should never cross.
We kind of became friends until finally we became buddies living in the same residence. Indeed, your fire never diminished, your passion was always ignited by your desire to move forward. You had so much hope in life that nothing was ever strong enough to put you down. You abounded in grace and you also accepted your low moments. I saw through you, a man without hope is a lost man. You overcame your body and defeated sickness because it never defined you. Oh daddy, I miss those teasing punch lines you gave me, the fist bumps and bro hugs. I miss our political debates and some of our serious talks, yes, we had moments were we would normally disagree, not speak to each other for a few days, then somehow we both want quick settlement. Gladly, I make you something to eat, then you begin with those interesting stories of the past. You taught us so much about the great Bini empire, the great kings of the past. You ensured I had keen interest in current affairs. I know when I score a cheap point in our argument, you somehow with the wisdom of a wise old man turn it around to admonish me to apply knowledge to get results. You gave hope to dead hopeless situations, you had the eye of an eagle that sees far and wide. You indeed conquered your world, distinguished yourself, made a good name for yourself and when it was time for you to leave, you made that call.
You walked me through life by just observing your lifestyle and yes daddy, you taught me to have faith but you also gave me hope that cascades effervescently down the hills. And yes daddy, you were indeed a great father. Rest in peace sir for you have completed the circle of life.
At the time of birth in August 2018, he could fit in both palms of an adult's hands and weighed slightly more than a grapefruit
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