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Should The US And Great Britain Pressure Obasanjo Against 3rd Term?

Do you think a sustained effort on the part of the US and Britain can make Obasanjo abandon his 3rd term ambitions? Are they willing to take such bold step in the case of Nigeria knowing that their economic interest might be at stake. I'm asking this questions because a lot of times you hear mid to low level officials in the US government make few comments about Nigeria, but you rarely see the top level officials commit on such issues. Western countries when they support despotic regimes in Africa often hide under the excuse of respecting their sovereignty. But we all know that their actions are determined by economic interest and strategic advantages. So do you think the US will insist that Obasanjo drop his 3rd term and risk their steady supply of oil?

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This guy that said is a londona, has he ever been to Nigeria, how can you comment on a country you only see on TV, come to Lagos and see 99 standing 24 seating for Molue, and then take that back to England and see if the so called Britons can adjust to that.

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when u get to heathrow airport, the way the officials scrutinise ur passport is baffling, the questions u r asked is annoying, but the worst fact is when those nasty dogs start to sniff u around. but this doesn't happen to citizens of other so called industrialised nations.

and he has the temerity to also insult me on nairaland. i don't blame him.

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its a free world; let them try if they can.

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@SIBLI-06, I will take it that you are ignorant of your country's hostility to Nigerians/Africans who want to visit their land.  It starts right there in Nigeria - at the Embassy.  In all my primary to tertiarry education in Nigeria, I never spent close to £15,000 tution. But we are made to pay up to and sometimes, twice as much to study in your country and after such a huge sum of money for tution, you are told to go home because you are not Bristish.  That, to me is very harsh.

The ruins the British caused in Benin, Edo state is still there for you to see today.  The worst thing is that the artifacts that were STOLEN from Nigeria still generates millions in pounds to the British people till date. The British govt as do other western countries do not see the need to send part of the money generated from stolen art works back to the countries where they originated from. That indeed is sad!

Well, back to the topic. The UK and US should repect our sovereignity and stay out of our politics.

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yes, stay out of our politics. as for ur 3rd insult, i'm not surprised, it runs in the blood, ur ancestors insulted mine. it has been there for centuries so there's no surprise but pls stay out PERIOD.i wont fall for the temptations of trading insults. i'm civilised.

LET US DETERMINE FOR OURSELVES AFTER ALL U'VE GIVEN US INDEPENDENCE, SO LEAVE US ALONE. if u loved africa so much, what did u do during the rwandan crisis, the somalian crisis, the liberian and sierra leonean crises. what did u do.i mean the british govt, wt did they do?

oh, i forgot, those countries don't have much oil. unlike iraq. isn't it?

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Odeku- Like I said before, the UK & USA should stay out of the 3rd term issue.

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I am just saying if they want to tell us what to do in our house, then come to Nigeria and provide the luxury their citizens enjoy like good housing and good roads and nice transportation not OKADA. Untill then, then let us do it the way we want.

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toshmann , why are you wasting your time and energy discursing this issue with all this novice, the only reason the Americans and the British government are showing intererst in Nigeria politics is because of their selfish oil interest in The Nigerian Niger Delta, this 2 countries should stay out of our country and let us rule ourselfs. The issue in Nigeria is domestic, where were all this big brother when the military was in power mismanaging the country wealth? they harbor and provide save heaven for all this criminal because they want their ill gotten money. its all about the Benjamin's no matter how they portray it, they have no intrest in providing stability and comfort for the ordinary Nigerians living in the village that has no electricity or water. if they so much care about Nigeria send your doctors and medical aids to Nigeria and help cure some of the deceases and send your so called engineers and come build good infrastructure houses for Nigeria and we will respect this supper power, until then stay the Bleep out of out policies.

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"toshmann - Let's agree to disagree re who is to blame!!!

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Visitors visa's (Or study visa's) are not issued just because the subject is going to spend x amount of money in the economy, the monetary issue is to ensure the subject can support themself or be supported by person or persons other than the british tax payer.

Well at least you have shown me your ignorance!.

After reading all your posts (ALL) it is clear to me that you play the blame game and you believe your thoughts are all that matters.

If you class this as the 3rd insult so be it.

Now that is unfortunate but TRUE!

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i'll be right back,i've got lectures to attend

make i no fail.

abeg

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see, i want to concentrate on the nigerian leaders who destroy our country. let's not talk about these westerners(uk,us,eu etc) who are interested in making sure that africa never grows(i repeat myself; they are making sure that AFRICA NEVER GROWS;i challenge anyone to challenge that statement)

the nigerian leaders are our worst enemies

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when u buy a car with a bad engine and give the key to a bad driver what do u expect. until the car is changed and the driver too, it'll be problems all the way.

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As a matter of fact I will prefer nigeria the way it was when the british were here than the way its after hand over. Everything is derailing,

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recently the as an attempt to unite europe, the matter was put into vote, france voted against it, holland voted against it and blair was reluctant to put the matter b4 the british electorate. people were consulted and they showed their mind. imagine if by some force someone somewhere unified europe with a president and one govt. what do u think will happen? chaos.

today u guys are hesitant to accept turkey into EU, the issue is being discussed regularly, but u guys came to Africa, without consultation U created countries that cant work. just look at east Africa; the swahilis were split into three countries kenya, tanzania,uganda. why didn't the masters make a nation of the swahilis? instead u put them into three countries with other tribes to make three multitribal nations. enabling environment for chaos. and they knew what they were doing.

from ur history, there were problems in the past with the scotts and the welsh. so u guys knew the inherent problems in putting incompatible tribes together in one country. yet u did it.look at nigeria today, a far cry from what we could have been.

tribal hatred and distrust led to a civil war, shamful political controversy and instability etc. imagine peopl in this century asking for an ibo president, northern president etc. shame .men

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@SIBLI 06

I'm in the U.K for education. and the reason i was allowed to come to Uk is that i'm going to spend over £15,000.00 while in the UK. if not, they wont give me visa. if i wanted to come here for tourism, or holidays ,they wont give me visa, but b/c i want to spend huge amt of money in their economy they give me a visa.

even at that, theywont give me a job after school. then they'll remember i'm from africa. here, they teach us so much about british NHS, after all nthe money we pay, and all the lectures on NHS, they now ask me to go back to my country to look for a job. how will knowledge of NHS get me a job in nigeria?

i do not blame the british for all nigeria problems, i chose my words carefully, i said they can be [b]traced to the british rule and why not. who did lord lugard consult b4 the decision of 1914? who told the british that we'll make it together as a nation. recent history has made it clear that 1914 was a fatal mistake. who made that mistake? the british. every other problem nigeria faces can be traced to 1914. do want some information on this?

u insult me a 2nd time by telling me to grow up. once again i say this, it is better i do not respond to that.

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Now we're blaming britain for our problems.

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I rekcon that too, America should back off, it's our problem, and we going to deal with OBJ ourselves

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There they go again African leaders are FOOLS, the word here is Greed, and it will always be the source of our downfall. U've got the chance to serve your country for eight years, and now u are planning to extend it because u not contended with wat u've had. OBJ is an Bottom

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big brother larger

NAME ONE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

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As much as i like OBJ, he will be the greatest fool on earth if he try to run come 2007. Every good thing must come to and end, and its better to leave once you are ahead than to be chased out. IBB did it

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The answer to your question, according to the New York Times, is yes!

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they r doing it now. They dont want him for third term. OBJ visit to the United is doubtful due to the missing taylor

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HEC NO this is a family affair, and US and the British government only presure if they are gonna benefit from the oil.

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