ON INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND RUMOURS OF WAR
In 1976 Robert Nester Marley, known as Bob Marley, translated a speech by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia to the United Nations, into music. The song was called War. The powerful speech captured the reality of African oppression, foreign interference in African development and sadly too, over the years has shown that Africa`s worst enemies are Africans who disgrace humanity with their utterances and actions.
“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And abandoned –
Everywhere is war..”
In 1976, Kim Jong-un was not yet born. Today he is the leader of North Korea and he is doing exactly what Emperor Selassie said will never bring about world peace. Kim Jong-un still believes his family and close associates are divinely superior to the entire country of an unfortunately brain washed people. Such people will never know peace regardless of the fleeting illusions they may perceive daily. They can be likened to the Almajiris of Northern Nigeria. Brain washed, hungry and easily deceived into supporting violence. The International community will therefore always have to interfere in North Korea`s internal affairs until the day the bells of freedom can be heard by the ears of North Koreans and peace in sensed in the region as a whole.
“That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
Me say war.”
In 1976, the year War was released on Island Records, Muhammad Buhari and ex Head of State through a coup that overthrew an elected civilian Government, was thirty-four years old. While Bob Marley is preaching peace in his music, and his message has not changed ,as it can not be changed, Buhari, some 37 odd years later, is at the forefront of preaching war and bloodshed. From referring to people as “Baboons” and inciting violence through unguarded comments unbecoming of a Statesman, to refusing to pick up the challenge when Boko Haram insisted in his attending a peace meeting, and now to supporting a call for amnesty for the sect, one can only go back to Bob Marleys music and do some soul-searching about what it means to be an African leader.
What do Kim Jong-un and Buhari have in common? They are common people with over bloated assumptions of relevance to humanity. Maybe to their fellow ‘tribesmen” they are relevant. However, in the eyes of humanity, on the scale of equity and justice, it would seem they fall short. To be silent in the face of tyranny knowing you can do or say something to confront such tyranny but you choose to remain silent because you want to be leader, makes you a disgrace to humanity. Likewise when all you do is stock pile arms and have only one Television station that teaches only what you want to be taught, yet your people are hungry and dying, then you too are a disgrace to humanity.
The world has since evolved away from the blame game. Humanity is never concerned about who is wrong or right but what the consequences of actions will bring. An all out war in Nigeria or North Korea today will do nobody any good. We have learnt from the recent past that war does not necessarily bring peace. Dialogue is still the best option till then.
“And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight – we find it necessary –
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory
of good over evil”
Finally, the blame has to stop at one desk. The person in charge of that desk has to have the support of the people or the mind to overlook consequences and do the right thing for the sake of humanity. And who says that is not what is going on in Nigeria right now? Now what we are seeing are Northern leaders running from pillar to post. First they gave us the impression they could tell Boko Haram to cease hostilities so we all looked at them in awe. Today Boko Haram is washing its blood stained hands away from their control and obviously removing that cloak of authority of Northern leaders to their region. Soon, most of these people who have been criticizing Governments handling of the sect will leave town and it will be left to Government to carry on the job of protecting lives and properties of citizens.