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How Would You Rate Kofi Annan's Job Performance?

As secretary-General of the United Nations, do you think Mr Annan is doing a good Job for Africa. I watch Fox New channel all the time and Mr Annan seems to get very bad reviews from American politicians. I used to think he was just underestimated because he's African, and Americans always think the better than the rest of the world.

But come to think of it, thousands died from the civil war in Rwanda, Uganda and many more, how fast did United Nations act. Hundreds are still dieing in Africa as we speak and what's the UN doing about it.

So my point is this, do you think Mr Annan is doing a good job for his people or do you think he's just out there kissing up to the white man and jump when the tell him to jump.

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Koffi Annan is the only UN Secretary General I've known so I can't compare him to the others, but I wouldn't rate him high at all. I don't think he has performed well. He doesn't seem to be able to do much if the US doesnt agree. It's almost like he reports to the US and the other big countries. That makes him seem incompetent.

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as i said d man has done well giving d herculean task he has in balancing out d demands of the security council key members. he shd be lauded not criticised.

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Well the guy could not do more than he has done bcause UN is just a tool by the US and other western countries to make us believe that they care for our plights the truth is they are still the leaders afterall annan is only a sec-gen

Who be president?

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it is called united nations not selected nations, that organization is run by the so called first world and they use it to protect their intersets like always, unfortunately we africans are always on the loosing end.

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yes u can mention places dat have nt been resolved by d u.n or dat dey have failed to act but dont 4get to name places where dey have acted e.g. niger republic,indonesia e.t.c agreed dere r places dey shd have acted more decisively but dont let us throw d baby away wit d bath water.

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yeah,

I meant re-organized. Sorry. If it means giving it another name in the process, so be it.

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@my2cents.

u r saying 2 tins. is it dat u want it scrapped or re-organised? i would choose to believe dat u meant d latter because d u.n. is still needed in world affairs. take for instance dere programs in nigeria. dey have touched d lives of so many through agencies such as undp,w.h.o e.t.c even partnering with local n.g.os to help in capacity building in northern areas of nigeria for skill development,education e.t.c i still believe dere is a lot of good d u.n. is doing if u look at dere activities on ground.

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@my2cents sorry 4 d jumbling up (its nt really in my nature)hope dis helps ur reading pleasure

about d oil for food scandal remeber that d independent panel of enquiry did nt find d man guilty of any wrongdoing, ohhhh!!! even though there report criticised some ways d u.n. bureaucracy functions but dere was no direct indictment on annan.

in as much as d u.s. holds a lot of d aces in d u.n. have it in mind that dere r still checks and balances as can be seen in d pre-iraq war where only d u.s. n u.k stood for an invasion while d rest favoured dialogue. d action in iraq has further shown d need for this u.n. because after all said and done,d u.s. still came back seeking a concerted effort for relief n peace-keeping.

d need for d u.n. is unquestionable but d enphasis should be a dilution of regional powers who carry a veto veto vote on d security council and also a reorganisation of d arms of d u.n. to meet d current trends of efficiency,integrity and decisive action.nigeria stands to gain from being a member of d union so i will still maintain that she stays wit it.

annan has tried a lot for africa even though as i said before there are places u would expect more but hey!!! d guy is human and he is d sec.gen of d u.n. nt only africa. hes leadership style was positively felt during d tsunami in asia n he is still calling for investigations into d guantanamo bay prisoners of conscience issue. he is his own man and should be celebrated to an extent by his immediate constituency(africa).

even though boutrous ghali was fighting for autonomy what at d end of d day was his legacy as sec.gen?

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about d oil for food scandal remeber dat d independent panel of enquiry did nt find d man guilty of any wrongdoing, ohhhh!!! even though there report criticised some ways d u.n. bureaucracy functions but dere was no direct indictment on annan. in as much as d u.s. holds a lot of d aces in d u.n. have it in mind dat dere r still checks and balances as can be seen in d pre-iraq war where only d u.s. n u.k stood for an invasion while d rest favoured dialogue. d action in iraq has further shown d need for dis u.n. because after all said and done,d u.s. still came back seeking a concerted effort for relief n peace-keeping. d need for d u.n. is unquestionable but d enphasis shd be a dilution of regional powers who carry a veto veto vote on d security council and also a reorganisation of d arms of d u.n. to meet d current trends of efficiency,integrity and decisive action.nigeria stands to gain from being a member of d union so i will still maintain dat she stays wit it. annan has tried a lot for africa even though as i said b4 there are places u would expect more but hey!!! d guy is human and he is d sec.gen of d u.n. nt only africa. hes leadership style was positively felt during d tsunami in asia n he is still calling for investigations into d guantanamo bay prisoners of conscience issue. he is his own man and shd be celebrated to an extent by his immediate constituency(africa). even though boutrous ghali was fighting for autonomy wat at d end of d day was his legacy as sec.gen?

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Davidylan and a couple of other guys have said it all. Forget that the organization is called United Nations.  There is nothing united in the way the business of the organization is conducted when only few powerful countries calls the shot.  Don't forget that the UN was a creation of the US and the US is the principal contributor to its funds.  So Washington always expect that the UN will take cue from her.  Much like he who plays the pipper dictates the tune.

Why was Boutros Ghali, Kofi Annan's predecessor in office removed?  He wants to show the US that he was the secretary-general, but the US was not going to allow that, so he was not allowed to run for his second term.

The US congress and the government officials are always critical of the UN and they loathe the person of Kofi Annan, especially on ocassions when the UN want to appear to be somewhat independent or when it criticizes the actions of the US.  What an affront? The reasoning is that the UN cannot bite the fingers that feeds it.  The fact is the secretary-general cannot assert any authority over the actions of the powerful members. How many times have the US congress threatened to withhold its contributions to the UN? Many times, the last been the series of discussion leading to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  What was the offence of the UN and its secretary -general? For daring to question the authority of the almighty US for deciding on the pre-emptive military expedition in Iraq.   

So if your source of news is Fox News, the right wing radio talk shows, you will always be exposed to the viewpoints of those highly biased officials of the Bush Administrations pouring venom on Kofi and the UN.  I think the US is only interested in a puppet as the secretary-general which can be kicked around like football.  Its desire is to merely use the UN as a rubber stamp for all its actions without objection.

Why the new wave of criticism of the UN and Kofi Annan? Because he was eloquent enough to call for a ceasefire of hostilities between Israel and Hisbollah when the "paymaster" is interested in elogating the fight.  Bottom line the SG is not allowed and cannot hold any contrary opinion from the US, even though it was made on humanitarian grounds to save the lives of civilians and the children that are being killed without regard to Geneva conventions.

Considering the impediments that confronts the SG in the discharge of his functions, I think he has performed above average, but there is always room for improvement afterall he is human.

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I believe there's so many problems plaguing Africa that most of his achievements seem minuscule when taken as whole. Having said this, though, I still believe he could have done more for Africa.

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when the US has veto power and such a huge influence on the UN what the hell do you expect him to do. Every resolution they pass against Israel and the US is vetoed down, Kofi Annan is a lion whose legs have been cuttoff, he can growl and roar all he wants but lacks the mobility to do anything.

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I agree with you completely. I will award Kofi Annan 8 out of 10. It is sad that we Africans are criticizing Annan here, it is UN that is rubbish not him. I personally think that UN should be abolished period.

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Take a look at what is happening in Somalia. That country is on it's way to becoming what Afghanistan was like under the Taliban. The Government has repeatedly called for UN intervention. Yet no action has been taken.

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What ever happened to his son Gojo (I hope I got the name right) and the oil for food sandal that was all over the news last year.

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i believe d guy has handled a delicate post as good as he possibly can. its nt a kettle of fish u knw, he has stood out as a lone voice of reason in a world filled with war mongers ably led by a bush administration in d u.s. i believe he shd be given credit based on d fact dat he has tried in africa e.g. somalia relief effort(though slow at first) he did his best in niger(during d farmine) he was part of d mediation in zimbabwe,he played a major role in cote de voire(though dat issue hasnt been resolved yet). bear it in mind also dat his jurisdiction is not solely africa but d whole world and as such he must be seen to be d impartial arbiter in united nations activities world-wide

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he is just a useless man, he is not respected and he has made no impact whatsoever other than scandals of course

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What do you expect him to do for africa having spent most of his life in US?

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I would give him a 1 out of 10. He's close to useless.

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How can he stick up for himself when the UN headquaters is in the US, more than half of UN bills are paid by the US. More like what Nigeria should be doing, dictating to the AU and not sitting down there listening to the likes of Guinea, Gambia and Sierraleone!

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That guy isnt relevant to me, He is just a robot being controled by the US, what they tell him to do he does it i would give him 2 out of 10 for his job, he should stick up 4 himself.

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Does the UN exist? Is it relevant in this era? The UN is no more than a lameduck set up by the US and its alies to reign in the communists after the two world wars. It was not set up with Africa in mind and never will be. Even the so-called Western powers routinely disregard the UN whenever they like and they use the UN as a trump card when it comes to nations like North Korea and Iran.

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I don't think so. I wouldn't say he was the worst but he's definitely not the best. Its a shame that he could not use his position to do a lot more for Africa (especially in Sudan (Darfur), Somalia and Congo).

By the time his term ends next year i doubt if there'll be anything worthwhile to remember about his time at the UN apart from the Oil for food scandal

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So far Kofi Annan is the best Secretary-General of the UN. I went on a course trip to US and UN building part of where we went, the talk and the view of everything in general makes me conclude he is the best so far.

The fact that he is the secretary general of UN does not mean the whole load of job should be his, he will need assistant from every individual especially those in power in every country. The question is, is he being giving the support and assistant? The job i the world is not the duty of one person.

The whole world cannot accept one person, there will always be an opposition.

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U knw even there are always politics attached to all these things(Duhhh thats y its under politics lol)but u knw most of the developing countries have power in UN, most of them have big money in the UN so even if he was willing 2 do all he cud, his hands are still tied so 2 speak plus as seun said he is supposed 2 be impartial

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You maybe right Seun but i still think there's just a lot more the UN could be doing for Africa.

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As the UN Secretary-general, Kofi Annan is supposed to be impartial.

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Annan is a sorry Bottom rooster sucking slowpoke (dont mind my language)! he is so full of Arab oil money that he cannot differentiate it from french orange juice. See how he is running around like a slowpoke since isreal started dealing with Hezbollah but doesnt give a sh**t about the Molests in congo or the genocide in Sudan. left for me I will rate him -1%

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