February 25, 2017
Africans as always will never cease to behave as described. Events overtime has shown that African leaders are very myopic to situations around them and the world. It has become worrisome that there is no exceptional leader that the rest of the world can liken to Nelson Mandela whose ideology triggered revolution in South Africa to end Apartheid. The fact that there is no 'big player' within the region as obtainable in Organisation of American State (OAS) where U.S has much influence is a call for worry. All we have are frail looking mediocre whose penchant for corruption knows no bound in the AU.
The weak posture of AU has often times affected the Sub-regional organisations within the continent. As most of the sub-regional organisation look forward to putting in place structures that will benefit the region, AU as the mother union puts in disarray those structures using various tactics.
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It is arguable that the root cause of AU's dysfunctionality is the gene embedded in a black man to do evil, some might see it as lack of political and mental will to define and pursue the African course, while others might see it from the point of having sub-regional organisations lacking indigenised purpose and vision. Whichever way it is being viewed, the point to note here is that AU as a body is an embodiment of shame and disgrace to the continent, a union whose vision has been corroded with the black man's love for condoning evil.
Unlike the EU that organically evolved from Benelux Union of 1944 with a clear purpose of solving continental need, AU is a product of 'copycatting' with no clear purpose of putting the black continent in order; their only achievement is the institutionalisation of regional bloc. AU is more-or-less a “toothless Bulldog” marred by bureaucracy and endless summits with no positive results. While other regional blocs are characterized by summitries and conference with actions that has yielded positive results and proferred solutions to their regional plights, AU runs an inverse structure that has not only tarnished the image of the black race, but rendered Africa useless before the world.
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One keeps wondering why such organisation in a continent with multifaceted socio-political challenges confronting her cannot tackle those issues like the EU is doing.
In the case of the ongoing genocide against Biafrans that has been making news headlines and trending on social media, one cannot help but wonder why AU is not talking, much more proferring solutions to stopping it from further escalating; rather we have a distance regional organisation like EU that has been outspoken against the ceaseless human rights violation against Biafrans, doing what AU ought to have done.
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While Amnesty International (AI) has spoken without fear or favour against such unwarranted carnage on the Biafran People, AU has continued to maintain deafening silence as if Biafra exists in Asia and not her continent. If AU cannot lend her voice in condemning the ongoing extermination of the Biafra race, despite condemnations of such actions from all over the world, it simply means that AU is just a group of 'time wasters' and should be overhauled or scrapped entirely.
It is a height of double standard and hypocrisy for regional organisation who receives aid from donors on maintenance of human rights to feign blind, deaf and dumb in the ongoing Anglo-Nigeria carnage on Biafran people. If there is anytime AU is expected to speak, that time is now. She ought to join these various international voices to condemn and sanction Nigeria for the horror she is committing against the Biafran people.
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AU's refusal to do so is a bad precedent that will hunt her in the future and to an extent delink her from other notable bodies that holds the sanctity of human lives in high esteem. Nigeria should be used as a scapegoat in order to deter others who might wish to tow same lane like the evil contraption is currently leading. The constant violation of human rights, especially that of the Biafran people must be accounted for by the Nigerian state.
The continued detention of Nnamdi kanu and others despite court pronouncements to release them is a big slap to AU's human right position in which Nigeria is a signatory to. The earlier AU relieves Nigeria of her membership in the union and call for Biafra referendum, the better for Africa and humanity as the consequences will be contemptuous.
By Chika Austine
Edited & Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers