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*Gaddafi’s Shameful Death: A Red Card To Remaining & Emerging Dictators Says Nigeria’s Intersociety
(Onitsha Nigeria, 21ST October 2011)-The Leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law-Intersociety welcomes the news of the end of the disastrous era of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in the People’s Republic of Libya, though, we preferred him being captured alive so as to face trials over his regime’s sundry grievous rights violations including mass murder, covert and overt sponsorship of international terrorism and internal political insurrections. The journey to Colonel Gaddafi’s disastrous fall remotely started in the Tunisian city of Bouzid on 17th December 2010, where the 26-year old Mohammed Bouazizi, a street vendor, set himself on fire, over his frustration as per former President Azedine Ben-Ali’s failed leadership and dictatorship. The former President, who ruled his country dictatorially since 1987(23 years), later fled the country on 14th January 2011 as a result of the raging “Jasmine Revolution”.
The “Jasmine Revolution” later spread like a wild fire to Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Syria and Libya and swept away the dictatorial regime of former President Hussein Mubarak of Egypt, who ruled Egypt since 1981(30 years). The immediate cause of the Libyan revolution started in Benghazi in February 2011, leading to the formation of the Transitional Ruling Council by the opposition forces or armed opposition groups. The Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years and 21 days, having come to power through his “Arab Islamic Jamahiriya Socialist Revolution” in September 1969, otherwise called the “September Revolution”.
The Gaddafi Revolution was very disastrous to humanity by any standard. His ascendance to the Libyan political throne marked a turning point in the international peace and security. He was instrumental to the formation of the leftist and radical Organization of Islamic Conference formed in the late 70s to humiliate and extinguish the 21-member Arab League, formed in March 1945, because of the latter’s reconciliatory approach towards Arab-Israeli age-long conflicts, especially that between Israel and Palestinian Liberation Organization. In November 1978, Colonel Gaddafi spearheaded the setting up of a 3.5Billion US Dollars fund under the aegis of the Arab League for the destruction of the State of Israel. Within the same period, he personally voted 3Billion US Dollars for the propagation of fundamentalist Islamism and overthrowing of the “Western puppet governments” especially in the Middle East and Africa by the Islamic radical elements .This partly led to the emergence of Ruhollah Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979, Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977, Omar Hassan el-Bashir in Sudan in 1989, Mullah Mohammed Omar in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, etc.
He recruited, trained, funded and exported thousands of mercenaries to Spain, Northern Ireland, former Yugoslavia, Americas, etc, in furtherance of his anti-west crusade etc. In 1997, he donated a whopping sum of 1Billion US Dollars to the leadership of the Nation of Islam in the USA for the “advancement of Islam in USA”. In Africa, he was believed to be the brain behind the civil wars, insurrections and military take-overs in Chad(1990),Burkina Faso(1987), Gambia(1994), Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, to name but few. He was also accused of being the main mastermind in the bombing of Pan American Airlines over Niger and Canada in 1988 and 1989 respectively, which killed over 400 passengers, though he was exonerated over that of Niger for want of concrete evidence. He spearheaded to its logical conclusion the open campaign for the death of the Late President Anwar El- Sadat of Egypt because of the latter’s favourable disposition towards the Camp David Accord of 1979, between Israel and Egypt. Even in the attempts made on the life of former President Hussein Mubarak of Egypt in 1995 during the OAU (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Colonel Gaddafi was suspected of being involved.
Colonel Gaddafi’s capture and not his death would have gladdened our heart, because his international trials would have been an eye opener to the 6Billion-plus global population over his innumerable crimes against humanity. Colonel Gaddafi’s atrocious era quickly reminds us of the inglorious epoch of the Late “Comrade” Pol Pot of the “People’s Republic of Kampuchea( Cambodia), whose bloody rule of 1975 to 1979 led to the death of more than three million lives. Through his infamous “profound socio-economic changes”, the country’s economy and cultural institutes were destroyed. The prevailing Buddhist religion was banned and the clergy massacred with utter impunity.
The shameful death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and other members of his household means express issuance of red cards to the world’s remaining and emerging dictators to quit their long held political powers before it becomes too late. In Africa, many dictators still dot the Continent’s political enclaves. Some of these dictators are: Jose Edwardo Dos Santos, Angola (1979)-32 years; Obiang Nguema Mbasago, Equatorial Guinea (1979)-32 years; Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe (1980)-31 years; Paul Biya, Cameroon( 1982)-29 years; Denis Sassou Ngueso, Congo Libreville ( first came in 1979, left in 1992 and returned in 1997)-27 years; Yoweri Musevi, Uganda(1986)-25 years; Blaise Compore, Burkina Faso(1987)-24 years; Omar Hassan el-Bashir, Sudan(1989)-22 years; Idris Derby, Chad(1990)-21 years; Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia(1991)-20 years; Issaias Afwerki, Eritrea(1993)-18 years; and Yahya Jammeh, Gambia(1994)-17 years.
The leaders of Djibouti, Rwanda, Senegal, Algeria, Congo DRC, Kenya, Morocco, Swaziland and Lesotho are emerging African dictators, having stayed in power for over ten years or transformed into absolute monarchies. Internationally, the Castro political hegemony in Cuba remains the world’s longest serving political power having come to power in 1959-52 years. Others are: (absolute) King Haji Hassan al-Borkiah Muizzadin Waddaulah, Brunei (1968)-43 years; (absolute)King Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Oman(1970)-41 years; Mr. Ali Abdullah Salih, Yemen(1978)-33 years; Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan(1990)-21 years; Nursaltan Nazarbaev, Kazakhstan(1990)-21 years; Emomali Rahman, Tajikistan(1994)-17 years; Alexsandr Lukashenko, Belarus( 1994)-17 years; Kim Jong-iL, North Korea(1994)-17 years. The leaders of Jordan, Syria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Venezuela are also emerging dictators in their countries having stayed in power for over ten years or transformed into absolute monarchies. The post Gaddafi Libya must be credibly democratic and respecter of the people’s rights and fundamental freedoms. The ICC and relevant UN bodies must also not rest on their oars until the killers of the thousands of the Libya’s innocent citizens are brought to justice to account for their heinous misdeeds or crimes against humanity.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, BOT
Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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