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What's our President doing in Saudi Arabia?

By Reuben Abati 

Why would President Umaru Musa Yar'çdua choose to go to Saudi Arabia at this time instead of the 64th UN General Assembly meeting holding in New York? What's so special about Saudi Arabia which the President has visited thrice this year and at least twice in 2008? Which trip would have been of more strategic importance to Nigeria: the junket to Saudi Arabia or Nigeria's presence at the meeting of the world's leaders and diplomats? The answer is straightforward: Mr President should have been in New York promoting Nigeria's interest. But he is not. What we are dealing with is a serious crisis in Nigeria's foreign relations process. It is ocassioned by the failure of a new team of foreign policy managers who have no idea what should be important to Nigeria It is either the President has bad foreign policy advisers or he does not care enough about the message that is being sent across namely that Nigeria is losing its pre-eminent position in African and global politics.

It was this year that President Yar'çdua lamented Nigeria's absence at the London Summit of the G20 and others. He later attended the G8 meeting in Italy. Shouldn't we expect therefore that President Yar'çdua would attend the UN General Assembly Meeting? His presence would have been more useful. Nigeria not only had an invitation to the Summit, President Yar'Adua would have had an opportunity to make a speech and to engage other world leaders one on one, and make a case for Nigeria on many fronts, and to promote issues that are of interest to the country. Who advised the President to shun the UN summit?

If it is thought that this amounts to a snobbery of President Obama as a kind of reciprocal action, then that would be wrong. The UN General Assembly is not about the United States; it is not a visit to Obama. After all, President Obama avoided any contact with Libya's Muammar Ghaddafi and before Ghaddafi made his provocative speech, US foreign policy figures including Hillary Clinton had left the hall. Perhaps the world would have been more interested in listening to President Yar'çdua. He has stories to tell and the world has questions for him too. Besides, Nigeria remains the most strategic country in Africa with its oil and large market.

Last year, President Yar'Adua sent Foreign Affairs Minister Ojo Maduekwe to represent him at the UN General Assembly. He has done so again this year. The way these things work, nobody of serious weight is likely to grant audience to the Nigerian delegation. Okay, Maduekwe and co met with Johnnie Carson, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs! But no one should be surprised that the Nigerian representation has been rather ludicrous with the biggest report so far being Maduekwe's alleged statement about the flawed elections of 2007 and the possibility of Maurice Iwu being removed as INEC chair once his tenure expires, and back home, there has been some response from the Iwu camp, accusing Maduekwe of condemning the election that brought Yar'Adua, his boss, to power! This is the cockfight that the Nigerian delegation has contributed to a meeting where important issues like climate change, the composition of the UN Security Council, global poverty, international terrorism and multilateralism are being discussed by over 100 Heads of States.

Lagos, Nigeria was in fact cited as one of the cities of the world with serious climate change challenges. What did the Nigerian delegation say to that? President Yar'Adua may not have said anything cleverer but with the weight of his office, he would have been in a good position to seek out more friends for Nigeria and do some direct back-room diplomacy for example, over the US rejection of Nigeria's ambassadorial nominee to the United States, bilateral relations with other countries and Nigeria's interest in the UN Security Council seat. Maduekwe or someone else should have been sent to Saudi Arabia! Let our leaders stop ridiculing Nigeria.

Imagine: Newspapers yesterday published our President's photograph as he arrived in Saudi Arabia, looking very happy, being received by the Governor of Makkah! A Governor! Where was the King of Saudi Arabia who reportedly invited him? The King of Saudi Arabia invites our President to the opening of a University of Technology and Science and he jets off and ignores a UN function? And he gets there only to be received by a state Governor. How did Saudi Arabia become so overly important in Nigerian affairs? Our President goes there for medical treatment. Government officials of all ranks visit the same country at least twice a year, for hajj and umrah. When they are not in Saudi Arabia, they are in Dubai!On nearly all fronts in the the past two years, we have consistently played badly in the international arena.

The Nigerian seat at important international engagements is often vacant or it is occupied by low-ranking officials who arrive late or if they are punctual at all, they lack the weight or the authority to engage other participants and secure important commitments. With the Nigerian voice now muted in foreign policy and with the general concern about the failure of governance in the country, the modest gains of the Obasanjo years in foreign policy are being lost. Nigeria is once again back to its position during the Babangida-Abacha years as the country which everyone likes to treat lightly. In China, there are over 700 Nigerians in prison and there is no evidence that the Nigerian embassy is making any effort to ensure that they get fair hearing. In Libya, it took the intervention of the AU to insist that 22 Nigerians on death row should not be killed because they have not been fairly treated by the Ghaddafi government.

In Darfur, a Rwandese was chosen above a Nigerian for the post of the Commander of the UN-AU peacekeeping force simply because Nigeria did not push hard enough. President Obama during his first historic visit to Africa as US President pointedly ignored Nigeria. Mrs Hillary Clinton visited later in what looked like a make-up visit but that soon ended in a disagreement of sorts between the US Secretary of State and the Nigerian authorities particularly the EFCC. Even diplomats who are serving in Nigeria are not impressed with our domestic policy: they file reports to their home governments about how Nigeria is floundering on all fronts and how so little has been achieved two years after the flawed elections of 2007.

About a fortnight ago, the British High Commissioner felt concerned beyond the call of duty to advise Nigeria to diversify its economy, noting that out of six containers that are imported into Nigeria, only one manages to get sent back as export cargo. Corporate bodies and the cultural community abroad are reinventing stereotypes about Nigeria. Sony Corp in its Playstation 3 advertisement labelled our country, a nation of gangsters and scammers. Nigeria's protest has resulted in the withdrawal of the offensive material but the damage has been done. There is also at the moment a controversial movie, Destiny 9, produced by SONY Entertainment in which Nigerians are portrayed as gangsters. Nigeria's image has always been problematic, it is the more reason why greater energy is required on the foreign policy front to reassure the international community about efforts being made in the domestic sphere to address the challenges of national development.

The Saudi Arabian trip by President Yar'Adua is said to be a working visit. On Thursday, President Yar'Adua was one of the guests at the opening of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology whose President told the guests: "We have recruited the very best minds from around the world, we have students from more than 60 countries. This is truly the beginning of a very exciting academic enterprise." Shame on Nigeria: President Yar'çdua presides over a country where the academic system is anything but enterprising. While he is in Saudi Arabia shaking hands with the Governor of Makkah, the President of a University of Science and Technology and having tea with the King of Saudi Arabia, Federal universities in Nigeria have remained shut for more than three months due to workers' strike. Secondary and primary schools resumed after a long holiday this week, but the teachers are nowhere to be found in the public schools in many states: they are on strike. Best minds are fleeing the Nigerian school system. Students from other countries are no longer coming to Nigeria to study.

And did President Yar'çdua go on a tour of the King Abdullah university? Does it look like any of the under-funded and poorly managed structures we call universities in Nigeria? Is the Minister of Education part of the President's delegation to Saudi Arabia to take notes? Working visit indeed. Hopefully, Mr President will learn some lessons from his trip to Saudi Arabia. He likes the hospitals in Saudi Arabia. He should try and build similar ones in Nigeria. He likes to attend university functions. When last did he personally attend a university lecture or convocation ceremony in his own country? He admires the Saudi Arabian education system. He should try and build a similar system in Nigeria not one that drives away "the very best minds," because government refuses to negotiate with academic and non-academc staff.

President Yar'Adua has already succeeded in helping to advertise the newly commissioned university in Saudi Arabia, that university may soon attract the very best minds in Nigeria who are seeking a place where they can have quality education. And we hope that a memo will emerge from this trip about the importance of education, and that no one will tell stories, the strange type that we have heard this week, that the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja could not hold because Ministers enjoyed the Eid-el-fitri holiday so much they forgot to prepare memos for the meeting!

http://odili.net/news/source/2009/sep/25/99.html

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If yaradua were a citizen, it would not be anyone's business where he goes, the company he keeps or how he is treated. But this nama man is the president and commander-in-thief chief of Nigeria. Whether he thinks so or not, it matters to us where he goes, the company he keeps and how he is treated.

It is a shame that at a time when Nigeria, in fact Africa needed a voice to speak for the continent at the United Nations, the images flashing around the world were those of Moummar Ghaddafi and Robert Mugabe. President yaradua ranked the opening of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology over and above participating in the opening of the UN General Assembly.

It didn't matter to the President that his presence at KAUST, at a time when Nigerian university are in their 13th straight week of strike is a shame for him and his administration. It is a measure of how the saudis esteemed yaradua's visit that not only was he received by a provincial governor, his name did not appear on the KAUST inauguration programme, which incidentally contained such name as those of the Prime Minister of Sudan, the Prime Minister of Djibouti, and the Prime Minister of Somalia.

Yaradua real mission to Saudi Arabia for the secon time in 2009 and the fourth since 2008 still remains a mystry.

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It's not about the military coming back seeing they contributed the majority of the morass we are in, IBB,OBJ, Abacha,Aikhomu, Ahigbe, Abdusalam Abubakar, Danjuma , Jerry Oseni just to name a few.  The way things is going, one day when we've all had enough, we'll pour out into the streets. France, Russia are distant examples. Romania is a more recent example. Force through gunfire cant stop it. Captain Moussa Dadis Camara will soon find out in Guinea that regardless of what happened on Monday, you cannot suppress a people's will with gunpowder, it's just a question of time before he himself [Camara] will expire. But back to 9ja, one day & very soon, we'll forever flush down the drains: the saying that 'If you push a Nigerian to the wall,he'll break it and run away from you'. Can you see the signs? Cos' nimbus is the hue of the clouds over her as the vultures have gathered to feast, who will stop the blood from flowing on the streets. ABBA help us all!

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@ poster

i am wondering were dis country is going 2, the president was busy commissioning a university in Saudi whn ours is lockup since three months ago, nobody is doing anytin abt it. bcs all their childern ar over there studying. pray, pray, pray, 4 Nigeria, i am afraid, d way dis country is going, military might be force 2 intervene.

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No worries little bro – let’s move on with the discourse at hand

My one advice to you would be that you try to avoid asking contributors to identify themselves – Anonymity is one of the reasons this forum is the most popular for Naija folks. They can vent their frustrations with the polity and socio-economic woes of our beloved nation without fear of reprisal. Furthermore, avoid using words that can not be found in simple English thesaurus – folks on this forum come from all works of life from the agbero to medical doctors. Keep it simple so your view point can be understood.

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@german007

Alright man.I get you.I won't argue (but u still need to explain wetin "autology" gat to do with topic of discussion)

lol

hehehe

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Our able president - see link below

http://extramantra.blogspot.com/2009/09/poem-ode-to-president-musa-yar-adua-of.html

was avoiding: see the link below

http://extramantra.blogspot.com/2009/09/poem-united-nations-general-assembly.html

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the game is against us

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The bastard is a ruthless dictator and a terrorist, he should be insulted at any given opportunity

I was not awere that OPEC has been desolved - if my memory serves me well, some of the OPEC member state rulers were present at the UN. Why is it that we can't get a straight answer from the presidency? If he's too sick to rule the country , he should handover to the VP - unless maybe the VP is just a pawn to qwell agitation in the ND.

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hello guys, make we leave this man, and just hope he knows what he is doing sha. pls any one who is interesteed in this nation sud just pls pray for mr president and pray for nation nigeria.

it is well with our nation.

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Our President is taking his time to tour round the world!

Now is a free world for him, since their no 1 eagle eye, checkmating their excesses has gone to rest! I mean our man! Gani!

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st. EDWIN,TANX .GUD PRAYER 4 OUR DEAR GOIN GOIN

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you people dont kown the time una carry one kindey go put for throne

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I doubt if Yar Adua is alive and healthy cos a healthy man who is alive and being a leader would not think of himself first but the wellbeing of his people.

This prayer goes to the Almighty in Heaven,

Dear God,

Please forgive us for ever electing a sick person to be our president. We are really sorry that we left healthy candidates to chose tis sickler. Anyway, God, please tamper justice with mercy cos the election was rigged.

Amen.

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he is doing something so speacial to him coz u 4get dis is nigeria

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@mccloud224, $poone

I mentioned in my post that there is no country in the world today that generates most of its electricity from wind. I maintain there's none in existence. Most here means 51% and above.

I support the use of coal, but you should know that the discussion at the UN regarding global warming is also designed toward telling us not to use coal and the countries who have already engaged themselves in generating energy from coal should discuss how they would gradually end their dependence on it. That may take 50 years, or hundred years, but in that while we will be waiting for them in the dark.

I tell you, this shunning of the United Nations in preference of a school launch in Saudi Arabia is not as simple as it looks or as black-and-white as Reuben Abati paints it.

Look at the way that man even writes. He goes as far as to refer to Barrack Obama as "President Barrack Obama" and then the rest are Ghadaffi, Yar'Adua and Zuma. Even our own journalists have been subconsciously tutored from watching CNN, to see those nations as superior United Nations.

Before President Moumar Ghadafi spoke, the USA delegate got up and left the arena. Do you know that was a planned diplomatic insult. Now, do you know the kind of Diplomatic insult the USA had planned for the Nigerian President? You know of what they did to our ambassador. If the USA should hold President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua at the airport and told him to turn back returning to Nigeria, you know how damaging that would be? It is their country and the USA can do it. All they need to do is claim that there's some intelligence about a grave security threat on Yar'Adua then call it level 5 security threat and mention Code Red.

Let our president go to Saudi Arabia and launch a university. After all, Obama went to Saudi Arabia to bow to the King. All these are symbolic towards the real objectives of such visits. Oil control was actually why the president went to Saudi Arabia, university opening, a gesture.

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the issue is not yaradua goin to sit at d UN assembly to listen to rantings of other presidents because that is not all they do at these conferences. He wud have had ample opportunies to meet with them and discuss issues of national interests, pushing nigerian concerns and interets while meeting with them.

Remember obj always said in modern age u dont just send people to negotiate for u but u, as the president, have to go urself so they take u seriously. And to say obj's attendance of such meetings and his frequent trips abroad didnt yield anytin is just being plain silly, ignorant and idiotic. There were huge foreign investments coming in, foreign debts erazed, our place in the comity of nations was enhanced.

Seriously it is immoral to wish for an obj 3rd term but i reckon if he had stayed in for 4more yrs we wud av made great leaps forward in all areas.

The man had is flaws but there is no doubtin he had gud plans for nigeria. End of.

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I think Yar'adua is either very foolish or very very smart and I will tip for the latter, he's fooling us Nigerians to believe he is foolish while he smartly carries out his well-laid plan of northernizing the Federal Government. Get the facts guys, this man is learned, he was a University Lecturer, he can't be dumb, he isn't Dumb !! Its only that his plans for Nigeria is quite different from our dreams and expectations from him and since he's got the Power, he is carrying out HIS OWN agenda quite successfully, we can shout all we can. Get the facts straight Guys, this man was supposedly an excellent and active Governor in Katsina State. And now as the President he is suddenly lame only active when it comes to installing Northerners with top Positions at the various Federal levels. Guys, smell the rat, its stinking to the high heavens !!!

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The president is SICK.

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@nex

I concur with some of the valid points you made but let's be realistic with some issues.Our so called leaders don't need to globetrot for advice.We have credible brains here already.Also, do you know that there are several bodies overseas that would do anything to be given license to provide Nigerians with electricity?The monthly costs don't matter.Personally, i am willing to cough up N50,000 for light bill.What i spend on fuel a month alone is above that amount (sorry about that, it was off topic, lol). Our government is not ready to allow that.They make billions or even trillions from "funding" PHCN and they are not willing to let go of the "goose that lays the golden eggs".Look at our oil sector.We shamelessly import petrol,diesel,kerosene and probably cooking gas and we have 4 refineries here.Isn't that a crying shame?The governments have "spent" billions to revamp these refineries but to no avail.Ask yourself, why are these refineries not working.It's not because anything is wrong with them.I can bet you that nothing is wrong with them (or maybe minor issues).Do you know how much the government makes for every ship that brings in oil and gas products?To cut the story short, Our so called "leaders" (who are leading us nowhere by the way), do not want this country to progress.It's that simple.Look at the recent road construction (especially lagos).They give contracts to incompetent hands whereas the likes of Julius berger and schlumberger are there.They give road construction contracts to someone who read food and nutrition in school.They give electrification contract to someone who hasn't written GCE all his/her life.Tell me, how can there be progress?

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@mccloud224

I thank you for your patience reading through my post.

My issue is foremost the United Nations and its agencies should be decentralized from New York and Switzerland so that the rest of us can feel like a part if at all we're really meant to be. Even Nigeria is not run as lopsidedly as the United Nations is. We're totally marginalized.

Now my friend, I'm sorry to say this, but Brazil is not the way you paint it. Brazil just like China may be called a 3rd world country, but It's among the richest countries in the world earning approximately 4 times the annual GDP of Nigeria. Brazil is the country that has made the most advancements in the production of biofuels and they have gone far in several industries including petroleum, auto and agriculture. If Yar'Adua goes there he may be trying to liaise with countries we can grow along with, not countries that continue to look down on us and find every opportunity to go behind our backs to stall our development.

I don't believe Yar'Adua is a good president, but the truth is that these countries that talk rubbish about him are in fact happy that Nigeria has such a president. Of all the African leaders and presidents Europe and America have done away with, which one was an evil dictator? Emperor Selassie or Patrice Lumumba?

Let's be real here, it has become too obvious that these people don't want our progress so what are we meeting for? What are we assembling for?

If not for anything but the Freisian landscape, I'd like to see fields of windmills stretching to touch the skyline along Benin-Ore expressway, but the truth is that there is no country that generates most of its electricity from wind or solar energy. Nuclear is the power for the world now. Cheap, dependable, abundant and we have the raw materials.

Resources are scarce and time is short, so this is not really the time for perambulating over issues of our future just to rub shoulders with the big boys.

Saudi does help keep crude price up.

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lol

Some people just think that the way out of an argument is to bamboozle people with antique grammer.Unfortunately for german007,almost everyone here is literate and well read.

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How it relates to the topic of discussion I have no idea.

I could be that German007 is a misunderstood genius or a complete lunatic. Don't quote me it's just an opinion. What do you think?

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@NEX

What about Iran - they were at the UN?

Your argument does not hold water at all - this president is either too sick, not comfortable around other leaders, or has some ulterior motive for avoiding other world leaders that matter, and more importantly his own country. more and more, I am leaning towards the later.

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He's just ridiculing all Nigerians. We are already down BUT not totally out.

He's a big disgrace to Education and Human Capital Development. But I believe Nemesis will catch up with him very soon.

There's God and his Interventions are not far away. Lets just trust that something , will happen soon. We all know what it is. So watch out.

Peace to all,

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@nex

You've made some very valid points but let me ask you something.Do you really think that our government cares about global warming?Is nuclear power the only alternative for power supply?Definitely NOT.How about wind mills?Nigeria has good weather that can support wind mills and lots of space to serve as windmill stations.We have no good roads, no good education (i really hate to go on and on with things you already know) and yet, nuclear power is the on their top priority list?Come on.We havent'e even developed ourselves and we are talking about nuclear power.We can't even send a rocket to space and we are talking about nuclear power.Does that make sense?

The way our leaders keep disgracing themselves is appalling.They globetrot around the world, meeting leaders for advice on how to "develop" their own country.NO WONDER WE ARE THE BUTT OF JOKES AND LAUGHTER ROUND THE WORLD. The senselessness of this has gone to the extent that Obama and Hillary had to voice it out for us to hear "Africa can only be developed by Africans and Nigeria can only be developed by Nigerians".It's as simple as that.When Boko Haram was on their rampage, our so called president was away meeting leaders in Brazil for advice in moving our country forward.Imagine the nonsense.Brazil of all countries.Brazil that's a certified 3rd world country.Brazil isn't even as rich as lagos not to talk of Nigeria as a whole and these are the people we go to meet for developmental advice.Can you imagine the height of stupidity?This is why we have no respect anywhere in the world.It has nothing to do with our skin or fraud,drug issues bla bla bla coz if this country was moving ahead, why would anyone want to take the risk of carrying drugs and getting caught.Why would anyone want to leave the land of milk and honey.Go to Dubai.These people were no where 30 years ago.Today, people from Europe,UK,US and Cananda go their for vacation and the infrastruture there is mind captivating.It's the same oil we have that they have and yet, we are gallivanting round the world for "advice".The money is here, the resources are here, the man power is here, the intellectuals and brains are here.So what else are we looking for?

Like i said earlier, their travels are money laundering adventures and nothing more.I keep asking myself over and over and over again, what is wrong with africans?Why are we so wicked to ourselves?

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@ $poOne

Abeg help me ask am.Also ask am how "autology" relate with the topic of discussion.

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I don't understand you people. Yar'Adua wants nuclear power for Nigeria, the UN is against it. So what is he there to discuss with them? Their interests and their progress? What about us.

Global Warming is something that can easily be discussed over the phone. By the way, It's about time we moved some of the United Nation offices closer by. I see no reason why we Africans will always have to travel to strange lands for United Nations Assemblies. What's so United about the Nations if some countries are being treated as real members and others as probationers?

We are not going to contribute billions of dollars to any Global Warming Fund. We have benefitted little or nothing from the globe being warmed up. Those that have should get themselves together and start solving that problem.

Discussing poverty everyday and nothing is being done. Promising promises that never yield fruit.

Yar'Adua didn't forget to go to New York, his flight did not mistakenly divert to Saudi Arabia. He is making a statement whether you accept it or not. He's putting an end to Nigeria's involvement in silly gum flapping that leads nowhere.

Reuben Abati should stop talking like a layman. If he'd watched District 9 at all, he wouldn't have called it Destiny 9. So because of District 9, Yar'Adua should go to New York to tell the world to stop cussing.

If the United Nations is not ready to discuss the modalities for a nuclear Nigeria, then Nigeria should not be interested in discussing whatever rubbish they take as pertinent to them.

Yar'Adua nor dey try. We know. But na like this we go dey dey?". How can we discuss Global Poverty and Terrorism when it is the same countries up there in the United Nations that sponsor wars which cause strife, hunger and suffering in Africa and South America.

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mccloud224's take on the Yar’Adua’s presidency, or the lack thereof, is plausible – Nigerian political elites have many guises for looting our treasury; this may just be another one. And your rebuttal to his comments was totally unrelated, utterly strange at best. He didn’t know why, and I didn’t either – and your next explanation was worse. Maybe you want to take jab at it again?

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@$poOne

I cosign on that.Really weird if you ask me.

@german007

Concerning the topic, could you please highlight just post that indicates biased critism?This post is about "Yar Adua in Saudi Arabia".It has nothing to do with what i believe or what i doubt.Please stick to the topic of discussion.

Thanks for your expected co-operation!

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@$po0ne

Sir, What is strange about my question?, lol

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@mccloud224

Sir, Many Thanks for your response

I asked  a detailed question and required a detailed and concise answer.  But your response comes across to me as being jactansical and sarcastic . Im trying to comprehend why you resorted to what I categorize as insutive words.

To allay your fears bro, Im not a policeman, Im not CIA, M15 or KBG.

With all due respect and accord. Il lay emphasis on my main concern.

Within your experience and autology, Do you think its appropriate and ethical for you to be critical of other people's beliefs , ideologies  and views?

Regards

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@german007

You know, this is the kind of attitude that's killing this country.I'll take your "questions" one by one.

First of all, how does identifying myself relate to the topic being discussed.This is obviously a derailing question with no connected to the matter at hand.I'm an active nairalander and i'd personally add, with a reputation of my own on here for unbiased critisms.Want to know more about me?Check out my profile and other posts.

Once again, this is one of the reasons why Nigeria is as stagnant as it is.Someone gets up to make a statement and the popular "Who are you?" question is thrown back as a rebuttal.My beliefs and ideologies are of no concern of yours but if you still remain adamant on finding out, check out my posts.There are hundreds of them.That would definitely satisfy your curiosity.

Definitive characteristics of what?Dude, please check your dictionary before you conjure up words.I don't want to be rude to you but please think twice about what you type.In between, your questions seem to be the typical everyday grammer of the average policeman.So i ask you, U BE POLICE?

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All you people should stop complaining and deal with the situation your fathers helped created. We are in ONE nigeria and he has the righ to go to Saudi and stay one year if he wants. That is the meaning of ONE nigeria. After all, it's you sabotuers that helped them to cling to power until this day. So, deal with it.

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@mcloud224

Sir Can you please identify yourself and Tender your evidence and status.

Who are you, What are your belief's and ideologies.

What are your definitive characteristics?.

Many Thanks

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@Topic

Definitely transferring his looted funds.Has anyone noticed his travel preferences to countries like Saudi Arabia, Brazil and so on?He's definitely got accounts there.Probably those accounts that are bound by secrecy.Even his "medical trips" are suspicious.Also, he could be laundering the stolen money through investing in developmental projects (long term).At the end of the day, it all boils down to money laundering.He might even build a university in Brazil while ours is closed down.Don't worry people, Brazilian universites will soon be open for Nigerian students to study at "discount" rate.

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Praying, for Allah to say his life.

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Our President should stop embarassing the largest black nation on planet Earth, he should own up to his health palavar, Nigerians are understanding people, they would even fast and pray for him if he could come out and tell us the truth each time he goes for his numerous check-ups under the guise of one official appointment or the other.

Dont our President see it as embarssing being welcomed into Saudi Arabia by Governors of the different Regions, 1stly he was welcomed by the Governor of the Mecca region now by another Governor, the Royal Family in Saudi Arabia has not giving him an audience yet, all we heard he is staying in one of King Fahds boys quartes albeit opulent boys quarters this is getting embarassing for an oil rich nation's President staying in King Fahds boy's quarter.

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He's baaack!

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-328739.0.html

Seriously, how long will the National legislative body allow this to continue - the President is simply not healthy enough to rule this country.

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hi nairalanders,

we can see clearly that yar adua is nothing but a fool surrounded by his fellow nonsensical northerners that called themselves his advisers i am not tribalistic but i must say the truth.nigerians criticised obasanjo that he is always travelling but his travelling brought us gains.The way nigeria is been painted today wasnt like that atleast obj tried to give nigeria a new look in the world but what will you say about this sick president?,  obasanjo has his own bad sides atleast he engaged the services of professional not only from yoruba land but from the three major tribes we have in nigeria unlike yar adua who is surrounded by northerners, i dont know what this northerners are up to may be to sharialize nigeria or sell nigeria to saudi arabia, what i love about this northerners is that they will never criticize their own but talk about igbos and yorubas they will be first to criticize their own people while this northerners laugh at them, former president IBB recently interviewed says 2yrs is  too early to judge yar adua administration i ask if this administration is to be judged after 4yrs when already we have just next year(2010) and it is for 2011 campaign.na only God go help us for this country,

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he was stashing his money in the saudi arabian banks

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What a perfect epistle.If u must know,HE want to to see his mallam,for , ,to take care of uncompromising citizens like u.

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Yaradua don open school tay tay , the mumu dey wait to die for Saudi Arabia, nine virgin dey wait am for heaven, the mumu wan tear toto die

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it is largely possible that the university launching was a guise for mr president to pay another visit to his doctors, lets stop all this yarns abt islamising naija cos i consider such claims as unfounded.

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He's is also trying to lay his hands on arab money

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When i watched ghaddafi rambling to himself at the UN summit, i shrunk in terror at the thought that this could have been yaradua: Muttering incoherently and unintelligibly.

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what is united in united nations where one vote is equal to 100 votes,  i mean no point wether our president absence makes no meaning, The libyan president was present and gave wonderful speech.the question is why is 5 members more powerful than other members perhaps the UN chater made it that every member country is equal no matter how big or small.

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