Copied from Sahara reporters, It sounds quite sensational, but abeg, Is this Fact or Fiction?
The School of Assassind due exixt, actually thats its nickname, the real name is The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. I know this because i have been there (visited) and i actually know a few graduate of the school. I am an Infantry Lt with the 82nd Airborne and graduate of Ft Bennings Officer candidate school, Airborne school, Air Assault sch, Infantry Officer Sch and Ranger School. While in Ranger school, i meet a guy for Columbia that was currently enrolled in the school.
As a Nigerian serving in the US Army, i most say, i am really proud to know that Abacha is a graduate of the school. It is a very demanding school, and not just everybody gets to attend it, talkless of graduating from it.
The article was a good one. It was both movie and bestseller material and could probably, have some truth to it. Further to the evidence, that the article is NOT REAL, there could still be SOME TRUTH IN IT. I say so because the Prof, journalist or reporters (in their usual fashion) may or may not have been blown out of proportion to make it 'sweeter' to the readers. The name of the school may not even be known as 'School of Assasins'. It may just be another American Militrary Academy or millitary/policy institute (like NIPSS) that is nicknamed 'school or assasins'
The article however points out that our country was in trouble, is in trouble and will be in trouble in the near future. The atrocities committed by our past leaders in the name of fun, friendship, greed and manipulation cannot go without repercussions. Tie this story in with what El-Rufai has been revealing about the emergence of Yar'Adua as president and how it happened just shows that in our country, ANYTHING GOES and EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. A lot of nonsense happens behind the stage that has shocked and will continue to shock us.
I have also seen so much arguements concerning the realness of the school of assassins and whatnot. Let us not forget that the Americans are a 'crazy' bunch. They can do and undo. They have been manipulated in all kinds of things, from assasinations to the starting of civil wars. They have dis-stabilized countries for their selfish gains as well as put their puppets in power to manage those countries. Yes, Colin Powell himself, said that Abacha warned him that he was taking over governement. Questions like, "Where did he meet Abacha to gain his (Abacha's) confidence for Abacha to confide in him (Powell)"? "Why would Abacha confide in Powell without feeling that Powell would support him" or "Was Abacha counting on the support of America because of a pre-planned or ordained script?" Questions, questions, questions!
A lot has happened that we may not really believe. Let us however, enjoy the articles that people chose to write.
Seems that the story on Kabila may not be true after all based on the reproduced post below. I have not been able to cross check any of the information made available other than the simple fact that the school does not promote any positive thing and as someone who had his father sent there (31 years ago as a Major in the Nigerian Army) you can understand why this story is more than a story to me.
Thanks for pointing out some of the inconsistencies in the writer's piece as it is now clear that though he has some concrete information some of the things he put down don't add up.
I am extremely very happy that this story came out as I am beginning to understand some things I never bothered to figure out maybe for the interest of all the parties involved in the case of my father.
Knowing what I know now I believe I now understand why he was treated as hero and has remained someone whose name continues to ring a bell in the Defence HQs. I only wish more information can come out in the open.
On the school proper
It is clear that this school does not serve any useful purpose for the US even though it is situated there unless of course it is used to train military officers that will help do the bidding of the US in their respective countries as it is very clear that most (if not all) of the students are drawn from foreign nations, trained in US soil and these officers turn out to be extremely bad people in their own respective countries.
Put differently, I have this believe that the US can and will support (financial, technical etc) any willing participant to take over the government of his country and in return would grant access to the US whatever the country can offer in return from contracts to crude oil.
Why would the tax payers in the US use their money to fund this type of school when there is no clear benefit to the US?
It's sheer laziness. They read up something on the internet and they swallow it hook line and sinker without even engaging their grey cells. I hate to generalize, but it seems to be a particularly severe affliction where Nigerians are concerned.
See people rapidly revising their opinions about Dele Giwa because of the opinions of one rabble rouser.
if there's one thing Nigeria has taught us, most of the time Professors and Politics don't mix with good results!!
Further proof that this guy is a lying scumbag
1. Joseph kabila never went to fort Benning. In fact, he received his millitary education from a Chinese millitary school, the PLA National Defense University in Beijing. At the time of his father's death, he was the Army Chief of Staff of the Congolese army.
The professor's story of the guy being in the University before being plucked out of obscurity by Collin Powell are patently false.
2. Paul kagame received millitary training in Ft Leavenworth, not Ft. Benning as the lying professor would have you believe. An easy google search (as well as Wikipedia) will easily reveal this.
When you add these lies to the fairy tale of soldiers duking it out with lions and crocodiles. . .you'd have to be a really crazy person to place any weight on this guy's story.
I wont mince words. I am glad Abacha is dead. I hope he does not rest in peace and I hope his bones become dust never to be discovered. I hope his children change their last name and I hope his lineage and geneology and name do not last another 5o years. and I Hope he is in in Hell right now. burning with Hitler and Idi-Amin
You mentioned 2 things that made me raise eyebrows.
1. When I read somewhere that Abacha called powel before his coup
2. His pulling Kabilla from the so-called school to take over from his father.
Why was that? Was the Kabilla's family the only family in that country. I remember complaining bitterly when the son took over pwer after the death of his father. I never knew the western powers were behind it.
So much! Soooooooo much to chew about!
To my "poor deductive" mind, the above statement is akin to saying:
Since 419 is almost always masterminded by Nigerians, especially people from the Lagos area from shady corner cybercafes,
odds are if you are a Nigerian, and are internet savvy and has ever lived in the Lagos area, you are most likely a 419er!
Think! That description fits a million and ten Nigerians. Just like you have over 50,000 Southern and Central American officers who passed through the school; they all are NOT coupists.
Again, generalizing is unfair to the innocents.
I suggest you begin to dig further for information you don't agree with rather than dismissing anything that doesn't catch your fancy.
Like I stated earlier a lot of things are just beginning to make sense to me after reading through the piece above.
Based on what I have come to know in the last couple of hours I dare say that it would even be difficult (if not impossible) to know exactly what goes on in there and it seems military secrecy is what people would rather embrace on this one.
However, I do agree that the writer may not be 100% correct in his submissions considering the fact that he claims Abacha was the only Nigerian he knows that attended the school in the early 80's where as my father was there in 1978 as a Major in the NA.
There are a whole lot of things that go on that we will never know no matter how hard we try to figure them out.
Pulling the young Kabila (by Collin Powell) out of the school after 1 year to become the president of Congo after the assassination of his father at about 32 years goes on to prove that indeed quite a number of problems in Africa can be linked to foreign interests, interference and programs. That Abacha called Powell (at least Powell stated that much) just before overthrowing Shonekan further cements this Powell connection and the school.
Now, the question remains - Why is the school still existing today? Is it to help promote an agenda of the host country?
No. That's poor deductive reasoning on your part.
Central America has been infamous for armed revolution, insurgency and counter insurgency in the past. Most of these actions have had career army officer in the starring role. Now since a large amount of these officers have been trained in Fort Benning, the odds are you'll find Fort Benning graduates implicated in many of these human rights violation cases.
School of Assassins!!! I can not believe people are actually swallowing this.
The man telling the story seems to believe he is some immune being in all that. He so easily plays both sides and walks off with no scar; is he james bond? He claims he was close to all parties involved, witnesses most all the killings, and even plots against the so called killers ( some of whom are still alive to date) and walks away scott free? Something does not sound right here. . . lol
Now, this is truly amusing.
Someone spins a tale in which he alleges that people are being trained to 'fight lions barehanded and battle with crocodiles' and you people are here wondering if the guy is credible.
There are hundreds of books written by ex SAS and US Navy SEAL commandos. all of them provide an expose on the tough physical training they receive. And NONE of them spend any time battling crocodiles or lions. Yet all these men retain their physique long into retirement. One look at the portly Abacha, and you get the feeling that this man is just pulling out this info from his Bottom.
As to a journalist blackmailing a millitary head of state, i leave you to judge the plausibility of that tale.
Now, this is troubling. My late dad was sent to that school in 1978 as a Major in the Nigerian Army and this is the first time I am getting to read about what exactly they train them to do.
A lot of things are now making sense to me today.
I guess I will research more on this school if enough information is even available online and see if I can lay my hands on some documents I have come across in the past in his library.
Things are not usually what they seem and I am shocked at the description of that school.
Whaoo!! This man sure knows so much. I had always heard the rumour of a connection between Dele Giwa's death/Gloria Okon/IBB/Maryam, I gues this story has laid it bare. But as someone asked, why would someone attempt to blackmail a president of a nation and a military man for that matter? Why would a brilliant, very enlightened journalist play with the tail of a wild, very wild tiger.
It is also surprising that the destiny of a nation could be shaped by three girls who were friends once living in Surulere and later got married to very powerful guys.
Former Nigerian despot Sanni Abacha was definitely a consummate hitman, for when the time came to place a contract on his own head, he chose to be phucked to death by a bunch of Indian whores.
Now that is what going out in a blaze of glory is all about, but Abacha's choice of exit also bears the hallmark of true genius, for given a choice in the manner of their own death, few people would reject the delightful notion of mounting some fine red snapper and simply boning away to the point of keeling over on the down-stroke.
I wish that people like you will someday come to understand that your kinsmen does enough harm to you than what the americans are allegedly doing.
Just read through the story and see the shame of a nation.
Less than 5 people have held over 144 million persons hostage for ages.
Shame on you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!