The cold reaction of other African countries to Nigerian crisis,
by Osita Chiagorom
This article was my reaction to an article I read on the Punch newspaper
of Sunday November 23rd , where a certain Dr Osahon Enabulele who is the
vice president of the West African branch of the Commonwealth Medical
association was calling on Nigeria and others to lend physical medical
assistance to Liberia in their fight against Ebola virus.
It has become a tradition over the years for an average African country
that has one crisis or the other to call on Nigeria for assistance due to
Nigeria”s sincere exhibition of African brotherhood.
Despite this ,how many African countries has ever reciprocated this
How many has assisted Nigeria in times of crisis ?
The issue of South Africa is a very pathetic one.
This is a country that was in slavery and in which every Nigerian paid
dues to liberate from the hands of apartheid.
School children in Nigeria were even levied to raise funds to assist in
the war against apartheid.
Our musicians sang until their voices became hoarse.
That's why Nelson Mandela after his release immediately toured all parts
of Nigeria to thank them for their dogged fight against apartheid but
after that what happened ?
Today, it is difficult to see an average South African who does not hate
Nigeria and other fellow African countries who also played roles to kick
apartheid out from South Africa.
The treatment of Africans, expecially Nigerians in South Africa is very
Their police has fabricated all types of lies to justify their actions.
This is a land that does not want to accept blames for their shortcomings
but prefers to display their aggression on foreigners.
If they are making the world believe that South Africans are not drug
pushers, then why is the illicit trade and violence flourishing in their
It is on record that South Africa has a rising profile of crime and all
the high profile murders and homicide cases were committed by their fellow
Was it foreigners that killed Lucky Dube a renowned world acclaimed
What of a celebrity ,Mr. Oscar Pistorius who shot and killed his
girlfriend under a very mysterious circumstances and recently, a few weeks
ago,their national football team goalkeeper and captain was shot and
For South Africa to continue to be aggresive to their fellow Africans
shows that their fathers did not properly inform them of their history
which is very,very unfortunate.
It shows that most of their youths today are acting out of grave ignorance.
An Igbo proverb says that ” a rich man should be careful when helping a
poor man so that he(poor man) will not rise to kill him( rich man) to
acquire his riches.
This is becoming the story between Nigeria and South Africans.
And come to think of it ?
As a Christian am not against Nigeria lending help to other countries
because afterall as travellers we found ourselves in a situation where
non-Nigerians helped us .
My lamentation is all about the cold attitude exhibited by fellow African
countries towards Nigeria in times of crisis.
What is their response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra
Leone and what was their reaction when Nigeria was put in grave dilenma by
Thank God that we over came that situation within a very short period.
Is Nigeria created in Africa to help and not receive help?
Recently,Nigerians shed their blood to bring peace in Liberia and Sierra
Leone but how are they treated in those countries?
I have travelled to many West African countries and it worries me how
Nigerians are singled out for extortion,believing that every Nigeria goes
around with millions of cash in their pocket.
It is no more a hidden fact.
And what is the reaction of the Nigerian government? No response!
Since this Boko Haram issue, how many African countries has offered to help?
Despite this, Nigeria has gone to Mali as a part of the UN force to halt
the insurgency in the northern part of that country.
Nigerian peacemakers recently came back because the situation at home had
The most annoying was a few weeks ago when Boko Haram took Mubi, the
second biggest town in Adamawa State and the next day, our president
instead of concentrating on our security challenges, shocked the whole
nation and zoomed off to be a part of the peace process that eventually
brought the transition government in Burkina Faso.
Nigerian soldiers were also in Sudan and lost men. I know of a young
Lieutenant who graduated from the NDA officers short term course in 2009
but died in action in Sudan in 2011.
We can't recount how many men we lost to bring peace in Chad in the 1980′s
but what are we reaping from Chad today ?
Economically, Chad has relied on the Nigerian economy to stabilize over
the years, but what has Nigeria gotten in return?
Although, I blame our authorities for the mismanagement that led to the
arms scandal in South Africa, the host country did not really exhibit the
true spirit of African brotherhood.
And nearer home,what is the level of Chad's involvement in the Boko Haram
with regards to recent exposures by the Camerounian investigative
Is Chad really sincere?
Bisong Etahoben, a Camerounian journalist recently revealed that a close
political associate of Chadian president, Mahamat Bichara Gnoti was caught
at the Chadian- Sudanese border with 19 pieces of SAM2 missiles purchased
for the Boko Haram from the Sudanese Army.
It was also alleged that the suspect who was caught with Chadian
president's presidential Pass permit, confessed that the funds for the
procurement was released to him by Chadian president, Idris Derby.
Now, many questions are begging for answers.
Why is Boko Haram only causing havoc in Nigeria and Cameroun but no iota
of operation in Chad?
Why did the recent peace deal brokered by the Chadian government end up as
a fraudulent exercise?
Are those we helped turning around to stab us at the back with intent to
destroy us ?
One day, the truth shall eventually come to pass.
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN
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