Gaddafi was a brutal dictator, no doubt but if we will pay attention to the words of the preacher "there is time for everything". At the time when terrorism was spreading like wildfire and Islamic fundamentalism was dividing the world into two spheres of influence, it will be wise to identify the structures that could be supported to check the spread of the idea. The Islamic State threat was there, the Arab Spring was reeling from side to side. There was only a choice to make and that choice was between tyranny or anarchy. NATO forces bombed the Libyan Airforce to shreds and the Army was weakened. In the end, despite pleading for his life, Gaddafi was murdered gruesomely by the angry people. Nigeria and other nations stood by watching, probably on the instance of the United States and NATO.
Gadaffi was briddle to the likes of Idris Deby, the President of Chad and other West African war lords and ambitious leaders. Gadaffi simply didn't want any destabilising agencies with pro-West tendency in the region. His death removed the leash. Deby and his chronies have been having a freeday since the ouster of Gadaffi. A Presidential panel, Wikileaks and Premium Times revealed that a regional club of sponsors of Boko Haram was based in Abeche in the Republic of Chad. Dr Richard Davis, the Australian negotiator, who was contracted to negotiate the release of the Chibok Girls fingered Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika, the former Chief-of-Army Staff and Ali Modu Sherrif, the former Governor of Bornu State and currently the campaign manager of Nigeria's current President. Not much was heard about Ihejirika's connection with the funding role but further investigations pointed in the direction of Ali Modu Sherrif. He was reported to have been a constant visitor to Abeche where Boko Haram members are trained. Deby and Ali Modu Sherrif are the major names that constantly prop up in the mystery.
The Chad Basin, a geographic definition that includes Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria is rich in oil. An American agency -US Geological Survey, in 2010 stated that the region had about 2.32 billion barrels of oil, 14.65 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 391 million barrels of natural gas liquids. Nigeria spent much more than 200 million dollars on oil prospecting in the Lake Chad Basin as at 2013. In fact 3 blocks were identified.
When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were the clear leading candidates for the Democratic Party nomination, I was still hopeful. Sanders was my favorite, Donald Trump looked more warlike but Hillary Clinton was not my option. Her remarks and policies were definitely going to bring America to war again. The wrong wars. When Sanders left the race by the iron fist of the system, I thought we had our end already. She had made us think the death of Gadaffi would bring freedom to Libya. She was almost promising paradise in the statements she made during her visits to Libya in the midst of the chaos that would change the future of Libya as we know it. She was especially excited to hear the news of Gadaffi's capture as if her intelligence was such that could predict the effect of incalculable risk of removing a vital tyrant. He was replaced with an anarchical system featuring the abandoned slave trade (black people are being sold in Libya). She, unaware of the future she had confidently promised the Libyan rebel leaders, happily replied a reporter after the ouster "we came, we saw, he died".
Ojo Aderemi lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. He can be reached on facebook -Ojo Aderemi or via his email -email@example.com.
This is a beautiful piece. You're a great writer, Mr. Ojo.
Nice one bro
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