Saturday, 16 February 2019

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra and Radio Biafra freedom broadcaster, speaks to BBC News Igbo in an interview conducted by Chiagozie Nwonwu, London, Friday 15 February 2019 – part 2

(Nnamdi Kanu...: leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, interviewed by Chiagozie Nwonwu (part 2),  BBC News IgboLondon, Friday 15 February 2019  video of this interview at link below)

(https://www.facebook.com/biafradigest/videos/252601542352989/), accessed Friday 15 February 2019


FOR Nnamdi Kanu’s interview by Chiagozie Nwonwu (part 1Wednesday 13 Februar 2019):
(https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/02/as-biafrans-boycott-this-saturday-16.html)


*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is author of the recently published The longest genocide  since 29 May 1966 (2019)  (https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/01/published-longest-genocide-since-29-may.html)
Twitter@HerbertEkweEkwe

Friday, 15 February 2019

Bruce Fein and Bruce DelValle of Washington DC (US) law firm Fein & DelValle PLLC formally file criminal complaint on Igbo genocide against Muhammadu Buhari et al in International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands, Monday 11 February 2019


THE Law Firm of Fein & DelValle PLLC, Washington, D.C., USA, acting on behalf of the EKWENCHE Research Institute in Chicago, Illinois, USA, have submitted the names of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Madam Fatou Bensouda, for trial.

EKWENCHE Research Institute disclosed this on Friday via a statement issued in Chicago, Illinois, USA signed by the President, Prof Justin Akujieze, and Chair, Genocide Legal Committee, Mr. Luke Nwannunu.

The statement named others whose names were submitted to the ICC to include governors William Obiano and Okezie Ikpeazu of Anambra and Abia states respectively; former Nigerian Inspectors Gen of Police, Solomon Arase and Ibrahim Idris, and former Director Gen of SSS, Lawan Musa Daura, among others. 

The statement said:

The successful filing of criminal complaint was done on 11th February 2019 at the Office of the ICC Prosecutor in the Netherlands and in accordance with Article 15 of the ICC Statute of 1998. Owing to overwhelming evidence earlier submitted, Mr. Bruce Fein (former Associate Attorney Gen of USA) and his associate, Mr. Bruce DelValle were graciously invited by the Chief Prosecutor (Ms. Fatou Bensouda) to her office in the Netherlands to make their formal presentation and filing of other necessary documentations. The eloquent and erudite Law Firm was accompanied to the Netherlands by Prof Justin Akujieze (President of EKWENCHE Research Institute and Mr. Luke Nwannunu, Chair of the Genocide Legal Committee of our Institute/Organization).

The submission of the perpetrators’ names and filing of the criminal complaint were in response to Nigerian Government ordered genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated or committed against defenseless citizens of Igbo origin in Eastern Nigeria. The horrendous crimes were committed in non war situation without any form of justification under Nigeria’s extant laws and international laws including treaty laws signed and ratified by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

This latest bold step taken by EKWENCHE is as a result of three years of research work done on the massacre by the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-INTERSOCIETY. Intersociety is a foremost researcher Nigerian rights NGO based in the Igbo heartland city of Onitsha which recently conducted and completed an 85 page research work with another 62 page photo album of the victims. The Intersociety’s research work, leading to the filing of the criminal complaint at ICC is titled: Under Buhari & Osinbajo: Many Have Gone & Crippled For Life In Eastern Nigeria (Detailed Chronology of Nigerian Military Massacre Operations in Eastern Nigeria: August 2015-Sept. 2017). The pieces of evidence contained in the research work are shocking and overwhelming.

It would be recalled that EKWENCHE had in June 2017 filed a civil claimant suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit filed on behalf of ten Nigerian families who lost their loved ones or were grievously tortured by Nigerian security personnel under the authorization of named Nigerian security chiefs with complicity of others including Govs William Obiano and Victor Ikpeazu of Anambra and Abia States, is presently at the preliminary appeal stage before a US Court of Appeal.

The latest moves by EKWENCHE is also in fulfillment of her earlier promise in 2017 through the Law Firm of Fein & DelValle, PLLC, to drag PMB and other identified Nigerian security chiefs and the above named conspirator Govs to ICC concerning coordinated and systematic genocidal massacre in Eastern Nigeria.
(Source: News Express, posted 15/02/2019 07:17:19)
(Bruce DelValle and Bruce Fein discuss the track of the legal proceedings against Muhammadu Buhari et al in a Q&A session in Washington DC, Monday 11 February 2019, after filing the Igbo genocide case at the ICC, The Hague) 

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is author of the recently published The longest genocide  since 29 May 1966 (2019)  (https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/01/published-longest-genocide-since-29-may.html)
Twitter@HerbertEkweEkwe

Friday, 8 February 2019

Biafra freedom movement: Referendum, not “elections” organised by the occupying genocidist Nigeria regime – including, especially, the Saturday 16 February 2019 so-called poll


Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THE BIAFRA freedom movement surely dictates the terms of the freedom of the people of Biafra from Nigeria despite the savagery of the feudal Fulani islamist/jihadist-led genocidist Nigeria occupation and the overseeing ruthlessness on the ground by that league of quislings-of-occupation alternatively known as heads of regime of the administrative regions.

The movement insists on a referendum: nothing else, including bogus regime-elections, to democratically secure the next crucial phase of the restoration-of-independence process. 
(Nnamdi Kanu: ... leader of Indigenous People of Biafra and freedom broadcaster, Radio Biafra) 
“Election” exercises in occupied Biafra have in the past been distinctively fraudulent and immensely contradictory as the Fulani lead-occupiers with no tradition of democratic discourse or engagement whatsoever in its own culture or brutish history of terror, conquests, occupations, expropriations, decadence and genocide, not to mention genocidist Nigeria itself which has had no credible election throughout its history, would bizarrely posit to organise elections in (occupied) Igboland that has enjoyed an advanced republican democratic tradition for over 1000 years. 

THUS, for the Igbo in occupied Biafra or in the diaspora in Nigeria, the way forward couldn’t be clearer: boycott all “elections” organised by genocidist Nigeria including, particularly, the Saturday 16 February 2019 so-called poll.

Besides, “election” time in Nigeria is time-of-death. It is also time-of-destruction, time-of-desolation, time-of-waste, time-to-waste... Genocidist operative and one time head-of-regime Olusegun Obasanjo captures the characterisation of this season most vividly, if not horridly, in a February 2007 proclamation at Abeokuta, west Nigeria: “it’s do or die” (all-africa.com, 11 February 2007), a haunting disposition echoed readily by co-genocidist Muhammadu Buhari who paints a characteristically morbid portrait of  “dog-and-the-baboon-would-all-be-soaked-in-blood” (The Vanguard, Lagos, 15 May 2012) to attest to the extent of violence he would unleash during this appointed time-of-death.

Biafrans do freedom... 

Biafran people don’t do “it’s do or die” nor “soaked-in-blood”. Tufia kwa

EITHER of these is predictably genocidist Nigerian stuff – as Biafrans have known, most devastatingly, in the past 53 years, with 3.1 million of their people murdered, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970, and tens of thousands others additionally murdered since, 13 January 1970-present day, by this most gruesome band of murderers in African history since the 1908 end of the 30 years of genocide of African peoples of the Congo Basin, executed by Belgian King Leopold II/Belgian state during which the latter murdered 13 million Africans (Isidore Ndaywel è Nziem, Histoire générale du Congo: De l'héritage ancien à la République Démocratique, Paris: Duculot, 1998, p. 344).

Biafrans, on the contrary, do freedom.  Freedom is inalienable. One does not ask for it; one takes it! The 50 million Igbo know they have to take their freedom as they head to the referendum to proclaim this liberatory choice. This is the choice the rest of the world awaits eagerly.

“Ofe okazi day”

THE freedom movement, true to form in its assured peaceful trajectory, has already designated the Saturday 16 February 2018 day boycott call of the “poll” the “ofe okazi day”, after a local delicacy – essentially asking the population to stay firmly home with loved ones throughout the day and enjoy a scrumptious dinner and dont partake in the desperate occupation’s strategy to prolong its murderous stay which is now clearly unsustainable.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Pursuance” {part-III of A Love Supreme suite} [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones,  drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 9 December 1964]) 

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is author of the recently published The longest genocide  since 29 May 1966 (2019)  
Twitter@HerbertEkweEkwe


Friday, 1 February 2019

Sparks of Biafran creativity! 45th anniversary of first open heart-surgery in Biafra and southwestcentral region of Africa

(1 February 1974: operation performed, Nsukka University Teaching Hospital, Enuugwu, Biafra)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

FIRST OPEN heart-surgery in Biafra/anywhere else in southwestcentral Africa including genocidist Nigeria, was performed at the Nsukka University Teaching Hospital, Enuugwu, Biafra, on 1 February 1974 – four years and just over a month to the day after the formal end of phase-III (beginning of phase-IV) of the 44-month long Igbo genocide, the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa perpetrated by the Fulani islamist/jihadist-led Nigeria and its suzerain state Britain in which 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of this nation’s population were murdered. 

The surgeons who worked on the surgery included CH AnyanwuDC NwaforFA Udekwu and M YacoubIn the subsequent 26 years, i.e., by 2000, a total of 102 (one hundred and two) open heart-surgeries were carried out at the Enuugwu centre.

Ethic and drive

FORTY-FIVE years since the first surgery, Africa and the rest of the world cannot wait for the triumph of the Biafra freedom movement to witness the exponential expansion of the stretch of such creative and transformational energy by Biafrans  an African people building and reconstructing on their land and on their own terms, a disposition which squarely repudiates those outrageous British presumptions on African peoples given Britain’s role as the principal architect and codifier of anti-African racism as an ideology (see Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, African Literature in Defence of History: An essay on Chinua Achebe, 2001, especially pp. 1-54) and whose involvement in the Igbo genocide is to punish  the Igbo for the latter’s vanguard role in terminating the British conquest and occupation of the states and peoples of this southwestcentral Africa region.

It can’t be overstated that one of the insistent factors that has fuelled the Igbo genocide in these past 53 years is the mutually shared British and Fulani Nigeria islamist leadership’s trenchant aversion to the well-known Igbo hardworking ethic and entrepreneurial drive. Consequently, this dual attribute of ethic and drive has transformed Igbo people to presently control one of Africa’s best-developed multidisciplinary humanpower conglomeration of assets which will surely be deployed in building Biafra.

BIAFRA is dedicated to furthering and nurturing the resilience of its people and to enable them pursue their highest creative endeavours. This state continuously strives to remove all limitations in the paths of its people  to create and transform. Biafra primes its people to flourish.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Sun ship” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass;  Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Impulse!, New York, US,  26 August 1965])

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is author of the recently published The longest genocide  since 29 May 1966 (2019)  
(https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/01/published-longest-genocide-since-29-may.html)
Twitter@HerbertEkweEkwe


                                                                                                                                 

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The catastrophe that is genocidist Nigeria


Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THE Fulani islamist/jihadist-led genocidist Nigerianot Europe, not the United States, not “the white man”, not any extracontinental aggressor state, constitutes, currently, the principal retrograde agent of  genocide and underdevelopment and immiseration and wretchedness across Africa:

1. It has murdered more Africans in Biafra, southwestcentral Africa, since 1945 than the total number of Africans murdered in Africa since 1900 by all of Europe’s conqueror-powers in Africa: Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain – including the number of Africans the Germans murdered in the genocide of the Herero, Nama and Berg Damara peoples of southwest Africa (1904-1907). It is still murdering, murdering, murdering...

2. It now rates a not-too-distant second to Belgian King Leopold II’s notorious position as lead génocidaire of African peoples since the 19th century in the Leopold II/Belgian state’s genocide against Africans in the central regions of the Congo River basin (1878-1908).
(Wayne Shorter Octet, “Mephistopheles” [personnel: Shorter, tenor saxophone,  Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Alan Shorter, fluegelhorn; Grachan Moncur III, trombone;  James Spaulding, alto saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano;  Ron Carter, bass; Joe Chambers, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 15 October 1965])

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is author of the recently published The longest genocide  since 29 May 1966 (2019)  
(http://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/01/blog-post_25.html)
Twitter@HerbertEkweEkwe

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Defining registers of Biafra affirmation


Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

BIAFRANS have an historic opportunity to embark on the construction of a new civilisation where human life, African life, fundamentally, is sacrosanct. This salient feature cannot be overstressed.

For Igbo people, Nigeria has for long been a haematophagous quagmire in their history, beginning in the 1945 Igbo pogrom in Jos (northcentral region) carried out by the Fulani islamist/jihadists, duly overseen by the British conqueror-occupying regime. A “next time” Igbo pogrom was executed in Kano (north region), in 1953, by the same Fulani islamist/jihadists and again overseen by the British occupation – “dress rehearsals” for the Igbo genocide which the dual-genocidists and the expanded league of pan-African perpetrators (particularly, Yoruba, Kanuri, Edo, Tiv, Gwari, Nupe, Jukun) would embark upon on 29 May 1966, slaughtering 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of the Igbo population in the subsequent 44 months of sheer savagery, phases I-III of the genocide. Phase-IV of the genocide has continued since, with the murder of additional tens of thousands Igbo people.

Mission

THE Biafra freedom mission is therefore not to begin to construct a state that is merely post-genocide or post post-conquest (post post-“colonial”) state of Africa; in other words, cancelling out here and there, in some mechanical venture, that which was Nigeria, “Berlin-state” Africa’s most notoriously anti-human.

Instead, Biafra is a realisation, a profound reclamation of that which makes us all human and part of humanity. Biafra is a beacon of the tenacity of the spirit of human overcoming of the most desperate, unimaginable brutish forces. 

THE restoration-of-independence of Biafra at once signals to the rest of the constituent peoples and nations enveloped in the European-created “Berlin-states” of death, immiseration, desolation and hopelessness that freedom and transformation, right there in Africa, are achievable goals – that African peoples can build, reconstruct, embark on all possibilities of working for themselves and appropriating the fruits of their labour from their land and on their own terms...
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Attaining” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass;  Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Impulse!, New York, US,  26 August 1965])

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is author of the recently published The longest genocide  since 29 May 1966 (2019)  
(http://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/01/blog-post_25.html)
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe
                                                                                                                                 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Kindle edition of The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 by Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe. Copies available now at amazon: Britain, US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Japan, Australia, Brazil, India

Herbert Ekwe-EkweThe longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 (Dakar & Reading: African Renaissance, 2019), ISBN 0955205034/ISBN 9780955205033, paperback, 283pp., £7.76/US$10.14/CDN$9.99/EUR 8,79/1,097/Aust$11.99/R$24,99/₹449.00
THE Igbo genocide is the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa. This genocide has been executed by Nigeria and its suzerain-state Britain since 29 May 1966. It inaugurated Africa’s current age of pestilence. It is the longest and one of the bloodiest genocides of contemporary history. The genocidists murdered 3.1 million Igbo (25 per cent of the Igbo population) during phases I-III of the genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970. They have murdered tens of thousands of additional Igbo in phase-IV, 13 January 1970-present day. 

No single nation or people in Africa has suffered such an extensive and gruesome genocide and incalculable impoverishment in a century as the Igbo. As Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe demonstrates in this authoritative study, Britain is the principal agent in the perpetration of the Igbo genocide. Britain had sought to “punish” Igbo people for their vanguard role in the campaign to terminate the British conquest and occupation of this southwestcentral region of Africa from the 1930s-October 1960. 


NOWHERE else in Africa nor indeed the South World, during the 1950s-1970s, does any of the seemingly departing European occupying-powers in a conquered country effectuate the crime of genocide on a constituent people as a means of safeguarding its strategic interests. Britain’s sordid record in Nigeria is exceptional. In fact at the apogee of phase-III of the genocide in 1968-1969, Prime Minister Harold Wilson reminded the world, on record, of the end game of this dreadful mission he chiefly directed from the comfort of his residence and office at 10 Downing Street, London, 3000 miles from Biafra. Wilson informed Clyde Ferguson, the US State Department special coordinator for relief to Biafra, that he, Harold Wilson, “would accept a half million dead Biafrans if that was what it took” Nigeria to destroy the Igbo resistance to the genocide. As the final tally of the murder of the Igbo shows, Harold Wilson probably had the perverse satisfaction that his Nigerian on the ground allies did perform far in excess of his grim target. The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 concludes that Britain and its client genocide-prosecuting state Nigeria will surely account for this crime as both states are fully aware, being signatories to the relevant international treaties, that there are no statutes of limitation in international law in the pursuit, apprehension, prosecution and sentencing of individuals and institutions involved in committing genocide. Genocide is a crime against humanity. And this is indeed a heinous crime against the Igbo humanity.

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is a specialist on the state and genocide and wars in Africa. He is the author of several books including African Literature in Defence of History: An essay on Chinua Achebe (2001), Biafra Revisited (2006), Readings from Reading: Essays on African History, Genocide, Literature (2011) and author, with Lakeson Okwuonicha, of Why Donald Trump is great for Africa (2018)


Publication date: 22 January 2019

Key subjects book covers: Igbo genocideBiafraBritish complicityHarold Wilsonconquest of Africapost-conquest Africaself-determinationrestoration-of-independencefreedom, future of Africa

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE
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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Published! The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 by Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe. Copies available today at amazon: Britain (free delivery service within country), US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan

Herbert Ekwe-EkweThe longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 (Dakar & Reading: African Renaissance, 2019), ISBN 0955205034/ISBN 9780955205033, paperback, 189pp., £19.41/US$24.99/CDN$33.37/EUR 23,53/2,962
THE Igbo genocide is the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa. This genocide has been executed by Nigeria and its suzerain-state Britain since 29 May 1966. It inaugurated Africa’s current age of pestilence. It is the longest and one of the bloodiest genocides of contemporary history. The genocidists murdered 3.1 million Igbo (25 per cent of the Igbo population) during phases I-III of the genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970. They have murdered tens of thousands of additional Igbo in phase-IV, 13 January 1970-present day. 

No single nation or people in Africa has suffered such an extensive and gruesome genocide and incalculable impoverishment in a century as the Igbo. As Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe demonstrates in this authoritative study, Britain is the principal agent in the perpetration of the Igbo genocide. Britain had sought to “punish” Igbo people for their vanguard role in the campaign to terminate the British conquest and occupation of this southwestcentral region of Africa from the 1930s-October 1960. 


NOWHERE else in Africa nor indeed the South World, during the 1950s-1970s, does any of the seemingly departing European occupying-powers in a conquered country effectuate the crime of genocide on a constituent people as a means of safeguarding its strategic interests. Britain’s sordid record in Nigeria is exceptional. In fact at the apogee of phase-III of the genocide in 1968-1969, Prime Minister Harold Wilson reminded the world, on record, of the end game of this dreadful mission he chiefly directed from the comfort of his residence and office at 10 Downing Street, London, 3000 miles from Biafra. Wilson informed Clyde Ferguson, the US State Department special coordinator for relief to Biafra, that he, Harold Wilson, “would accept a half million dead Biafrans if that was what it took” Nigeria to destroy the Igbo resistance to the genocide. As the final tally of the murder of the Igbo shows, Harold Wilson probably had the perverse satisfaction that his Nigerian on the ground allies did perform far in excess of his grim target. 

The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 concludes that Britain and its client genocide-prosecuting state Nigeria will surely account for this crime as both states are fully aware, being signatories to the relevant international treaties, that there are no statutes of limitation in international law in the pursuit, apprehension, prosecution and sentencing of individuals and institutions involved in committing genocide. Genocide is a crime against humanity. And this is indeed a heinous crime against the Igbo humanity.

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is a specialist on the state and genocide and wars in Africa. He is the author of several books including African Literature in Defence of History: An essay on Chinua Achebe (2001), Biafra Revisited (2006), Readings from Reading: Essays on African History, Genocide, Literature (2011) and author, with Lakeson Okwuonicha, of Why Donald Trump is great for Africa (2018)


Publication date: 22 January 2019

Key subjects book covers: Igbo genocideBiafraBritish complicityHarold Wilson, conquest of Africapost-conquest Africaself-determination, restoration-of-independencefreedom, future of Africa

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE
africanrenaissance1@gmail.com

Cover Design
Mr Leroy Cristof

The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 is available from

1. amazon.co.uk 

2. amazon.com

3. amazon.ca

4. amazon.de

5. amazon.fr

6. amazon.es

7. amazon.it

8. amazon.co.jp

Kindle edition of book:
(https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2019/01/blog-post_25.html)

Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

In a stunningly rare exposition, Italy openly reminds fellow EU member state France that its current wealth and prestige lie in the French continuing occupation and expropriation of “francophonie” Africa

 (Luigi Di Maio: ... stunningly rare exposition on France from Italian ally)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

LUIGI DI MAIO, the Italian deputy prime minister, couldn’t be franker in raising the subject of France’s continuing occupation and expropriation of the peoples and states of so-called francophonie Africa. 

In a speech in central Italy last weekend (John Irish and Gavin Jones, “France summons Italian envoy after Di Maio’s comments on Africa”, Reuters, Paris, 21 January 2019), Di Maio pinpoints one of the key empirical embodiments of contemporary France that is derived directly from its Africa conquest: 
If France didn’t have its African colonies, because that’s what they should be called, it would be the 15th largest world economy. Instead, it is among the first, exactly because of what it is doing in Africa … If we have people who are leaving Africa now its because some European countries, and France in particular, have never stopped colonizing Africa … I have stopped being a hypocrite talking about the effects of immigration and it’s time to talk about the causes … The EU should sanction all those countries like France that are impoverishing African countries and are causing those people to leave.
(For an expansive essay that focuses on this French occupation, expropriation and immiseration of Africa, see Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, “‘Francophonie Africa’ works!”,
https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2015/10/herbert-ekwe-ekwe-since-the1960s-there.html)
(John Coltrane Sextet, “Out of this world” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Donald Garrett, clarinet, bass; Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jonesdrums; recorded: live at Penthouse Jazz Club, Seattle, US, 30 September 1965])

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is the author, with Lakeson Okwuonichaof Why Donald Trump is great for Africa (2018)


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Laurent Gbagbo is free!

(Laurent Gbagbo: ... freed of all charges at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Holland)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

CÔTE D’IVOIRE’s former head of regime Laurent Gbagbo has been freed by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Holland, where he has been detained since 2011, accused of “crimes against humanity”. He is found “not guilty” to all the charges brought against him.
Gbagbo’s detention and charge in the ICC, at the very instance of France, were obviously suspect, right from the outset.

Sarkozy & Obama

France, under the staggeringly racist President Nicolas Sarkozy, had earlier on invaded Côte d’Ivoire with full support of the new US President Barack Obama 
(https://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.com/2018/07/herbert-ekwe-ekwe-main-thrust-of-ex-us.html), overthrew Laurent Gbagbo, and installed Allassane Ouatarra, its francophonie acolyte, to power. The French murdered 2300 Ivoriens during the course of the invasion and destroyed significant residential and industrial districts of Abidjan in its stride.

FRANCE’s decision to hand over Gbagbo to the ICC was a cynical ploy to cover up this glaring crime of invasion and also allow its Ouatarra stooge to consolidate the imposition. France and Britain, particularly, have ensured that the stretch of genocidists from a Nigeria, for instance, are shielded from appearing at the ICC, whilst they cooperate readily and send critical African leaders to the court. The ICC, consequently, has been rendered utterly redundant.

For Barack Obama, first African-descent US president in 233 years of the US republic, his support of this French invasion of an African state was the deadly first salvo fired in his aggressive foreign policy to Africa during his eight years in office which also included the tripartite US-British-French invasion of Libya and murder of head of regime Muammar Gadaffi, and, most catastrophically, Obamas support of the raging Igbo genocide. An abhorrent presidential legacy indeed.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE heartily awaits the return of Laurent Gbagbo home.
(Max Roach Quartet, “A variation-part I” [personnel: Roach, drums; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Mal Waldron, piano; Eddie Khan, bass; recorded live, The Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, US, 27 October 1962])

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is the author, with Lakeson Okwuonichaof Why Donald Trump is great for Africa (2018)