Atiku and Buhari

By John Odeyemi

I have gotten to the point where any kind of mention of Nigeria, politics, or elections immediately gives me acid re-flux, migraine and rage, all at once. I gave up writing commentaries for a while because a good friend of mine accused me of being an armchair critic, which is what I am truly but not out of cowardice or impudence. It is simply a case of a man under obedience – nothing much can be said more than that. But why then am writing now? I think it is just an avenue to let off some steam, to try and make some sense of the illogically of the Nigerian political scene. As I have followed the recent gubernatorial elections and now beginning to see how the dominoes are falling at the parties’ primaries, I am stultified by what I perceive largely as a nation in bondage, and that is in every aspect of the word. That is the absurdity in the friendship between a baboon and a dog.

I look at the everyday Nigeria; market women, taxi drivers. Cobblers etc., as they rejoice in amala politics recently renamed stomach infrastructure. It is maddening to see our people sell their votes for money, bags of rice and cheap yards of Ankara. They seem incapable of understanding the idea of our collective future as a nation. The denigration of a people is fully in place if their stomach matters more to them than the future of their children. And they seem incapable of learning from history that these politicians will stop doling out these ‘benefices’ once they have gotten the votes they want. I saw young abled body men on social media dancing and exulting Atiku as the best choice for Nigeria’s next president. They have ‘egbejoda’ uniforms with the same print of Atiku’s picture and party emblem with face cap to match. They are boisterous in his praises and insist on the man or no one else. Looking at that video again and again, I felt a deep weariness for the future of our nation. We are where we are in the first instance due to men who should have nothing to do with leadership but who by default find themselves in the corridors of power. It is only in Nigeria that our politicians are not vaguely aware of what the fathers of Greek philosophy thought before professing democracy as a way of governance. Ours became a kleptocracy; government of the few, for the thieves and by the thieves. You see why a baboon and a dog’s friendship is absurd?

In any country with the slightest modicum of rational civility, people like Atiku should shy away from the public sphere. Roundly condemned by the farmer from Ota as a thieving vice president, one who even God will never allow to rule Nigeria – suddenly, he does not only win his party’s nomination, he goes with a mix match of characters to Ota to kowtow to the chief ‘Oni Manafinkin’ of Nigeria. Obasanjo himself, ever gracious to grovelers and ass-kissers, welcomes the prodigal son, and immediately anoints him to be a better choice than the incumbent. In one masterful stroke, Obasanjo is back on top to the chagrin of the incumbent who so far has ignored him. Here is the case of the baboon and the dog. Here we are back to 2015 where in our electoral process; we are always forced into a corner where we have to choose between two bad choices. Why must the same people keep recycling themselves and perpetuate the same unmitigated lack of vision and unparalleled, unequaled corruption?

It is no news that our legislators unjustly accrue unto themselves huge monthly income (outside of the monies changing hands and unaccounted for). Their own over inflated incomes never fails. But all over the country, there are civil servants who do not get paid for upwards of eighteen months! Retirees are treated as if by serving their nation they have committed a crime. The media reports rising GDP but our nation’s minimum wage pay is still a joke. A few months back, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen were free maiming, raping, displacing and killing people at will. Elections are near and without warning, they are on recess. These people who lead the nation must presume that everyone else is a fool!? How long shall we engage in a drama of absurdities? People connected with armed robbery gangs lead us with impunity. People wanted by the FBI will soon be president of the republic. How long shall we remain in the back woods of civility? For how long shall we endue baboons managing the affairs of dogs?

Let the Moghalus, Duke, Sowore and their ilk, if they truly love and want to serve our nation, come together to form a coalition that can at least put up a fight against these old vandals. We need the younger fellas to bring up a manifesto that desires to serve the people and our nation. If they keep pursuing personal agendas, they will not only loose to the old vanguard with excess stolen foreign currencies to spend; they would have sold their father’s land back into the hands of traitors and old rogues. Again, it will come down to a case of baboons and dogs trying to be pals.

Odeyemi writes from Pittsburgh, USA.

Actors and actresses should generally stick to what they know best; repeating the lines others have written for them. Jamie Lee Curtis recently decided to try to explain, in her own words, how much she really supports the Second Amendment, but ended up showing how dependent she is on her screenwriters.

It started innocently enough, when posted an article about Curtis’s role in the latest installment of the Halloween horror movie franchise. The article simply pointed out that the character Curtis plays in the movie, Laurie Strode, uses firearms for personal protection (as do other characters in her body of work), then points out that Curtis is a vocal opponent of gun rights. But the article also suggested that she may not be “entirely anti-gun.”

Sensitive anti-gun folks on the Internet then leapt to the “defense” of the actress, claiming she’s just an actress playing a role. Several tweets from these Internet White Knights seemed to indicate that there is nothing incongruous with Curtis being anti-gun AND acting in movies where guns are portrayed in what most would think is a favorable light.

Some even went so far as to point towards other movies and characters as part of their defense of her. Many of the examples, however, show despicable people committing horrific crimes. Anthony Hopkin’s Hannibal Lecter character is mentioned, along with his cannibalism. Tony Curtis (Jamie Leigh’s actual father) playing the infamous Boston Strangler is offered. But for sheer magnitude, it’s hard to top the atrocity committed by the evil Thanos, portrayed by Josh Brolin in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War. He wipes out half of all life in the universe!

Sorry. Spoiler Alert!

But there’s a big problem with these examples. Nobody is defending these heinous acts. We all agree they are wrong, and the characters who commit these violent crimes are truly villainous.

On the other hand, the character Curtis portrays, Strode, has been one of the intended victims of Michael Myers, the homicidal maniac from the Halloween series, in most of the films. We presume she is an intended victim in this one, too, although it won’t be in theatres until next week. If she uses firearms in an effort to put an end to Myers’ psychopathic killing spree, then that’s a good thing, right?

Well, maybe not. If you are simply so anti-gun that you think firearms used by good guys to stop bad guys is still bad, simply because firearms are used, then perhaps those on Twitter will think Strode is just as bad as Hannibal Lecter or Thanos. If that’s the case, they won’t like what Curtis had to say.

Although all of these people defending Curtis seem to be doing so because they believe her anti-gun views are still pure, Curtis herself appears to be upset that the FOXNews piece implies she is anti-gun.

A USA Today article quotes Curtis as claiming, “I fully support the Bill of Rights. And fully support the Second Amendment.” She also refers to the FOXNews article as “trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think.”

Now, here’s where Curtis might have wanted a screenwriter to help her with her words.

She claims she is not anti-gun and supports the Second Amendment, but also states that she supports banning semi-automatic firearms. Funny, but that sounds pretty anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment.

After claiming to support the Second Amendment, she then qualifies that “support” by promoting schemes pushed by the anti-gun crowd, like government-mandated licensing and training, “universal” background checks, and waiting periods. And that’s just to possess. One wonders what she would want the government to put a law-abiding gun owners through in order to actually carry the firearm for personal protection?

She even uses regulations on automobiles to bolster her anti-gun views, which is one of the more popular false equivalences used by most anti-gun folks. Of course, none of the schemes she mentions, much like automobiles, have any relation to the Bill of Rights or the Second Amendment.

So, her valiant online defenders seem adamant that she’s just an actress, and is still pure in her anti-gun views. She claims she is not anti-gun, and supports the Second Amendment. What’s the verdict? Well, if you want people to believe you when you act like you aren’t anti-gun, Jamie, you’re going to have to stop reading from the standard, anti-gun scripts when you promote your “support” of the Second Amendment.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary: USA is ready to support Armenia in making reforms

October 15, 2018 – 22:10 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – USA is ready to support Armenian government to make reforms in the country. The statement was made by the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent during his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan.

PM Pashinyan welcomed Kent to Armenia stating that this is a good opportunity to discuss the agenda and development of mutual relations and cooperation for two countries.

George Kent stated that he is very happy to visit Armenia during the period of changes in the country and that US gives a great importance for further development of mutually beneficial cooperation with Armenia.

PM talked about the political developments in Armenia stating that the country is steadfastly moving forward towards the way of democracy which is an internal belief and value for our society and not a foreign policy orientation. The head of government also talked about the consistent work in the fight with corruption as well as the initiated reforms in different fields.

Deputy Assistant Secretary stated that the government of US is interested in the development of democracy, progress in economy as well as in other priority fields in Armenia. He also stated that US is ready to assist Armenia in making these reforms, reports the press service of the Prime Minister.

During the meeting, the sides also exchanged thoughts about Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement, the current international situation, regional challenges and list of other issues.

Earlier it was reported that Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (NSA) of USA, John Bolton will be travelling to Armenia. The aim of his visit was stated to be “advancing American interests on a range of security issues”. This will be a regional visit as Bolton will also be visiting Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. “On October 20th I’ll be travelling to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia to meet with my counterparts and other senior officials to advance American interests on a range of security issues”, stated Bolton in his message.