Insalubrious Charisma Of The Gulf Of Guinea

Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Saturday, 6 November 2004 @ 4:46 pm.
Unforeseen Circumstances:

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may, or may not occur." - Al Gore, Vice President, USA (1992~2000). Question: What really attracted Sir Mark Thatcher - the very beloved son of Margaret (The Iron Lady), former Prime Minister of Great Britain - to be involved in coup plotting in Equatorial Guinea?

Answer: Crude oil, Stupid!

Equatorial Guinea was fairly well-off in the 1950s, even with its modest slave labour-driven, cocoa-based economy. The country became independent in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish colonial rule. Equatorial Guinea's first post-independence president, Francisco Macias Nguema, (who was probably afflicted with either benign psychosis or acute ignorance), unleashed a nightmarish reign of state-sponsored sadism, that led to the death, disappearance, or exile of an estimated 30% of the country. Under his dictatorship, the capacity of the state to do anything meaningful for its citizens was practically zero. Equatorial Guinea was simply a failed state: a banana republic!

President Macias Nguema was overthrown, and subsequently executed by his own nephew, Obiang Nguema-Mbasogo, in 1979. Nonetheless, executive corruption persisted. Opposition leaders were hounded and tortured, and, predictably, Obiang Nguema-Mbasogo won 97% of the votes in massively rigged elections. Funny enough, for over fifteen (15) years, Equatorial Guinea continued to thrive as a full-blown banana republic under President Obiang, simply because the country escaped the attention of external predators. Today, with the discovery of crude oil in Equatorial Guinea, all of that has changed.

Petroleum was discovered in Equatorial Guinea in 1995. Suddenly, Equatorial Guinea's economy expanded by a mind-blowing 1,500%. Overnight, oil production leapt from zero to 350,000 barrels per day! Mercenaries tried to invade the country in 1997; separatists attempted a rebellion in 1998; then there was an attempted coup d'etat in 2002. Each time, President Obiang Nguema-Mbasogo crushed the invasion, (or rebellion, or coup attempt) with shocking barbarity and assiduous brutality, with a little help from his loyal foreign "bodyguards".

Unlike Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea is one of those rare cases in which the discovery of petroleum has not yet aggravated the country's social, economic, environmental, and political problems, primarily because that country's government already existed in a hopeless state of near-total dysfunction before the discovery of crude oil there. The country's decayed infrastructure, and paralysed bureaucracy, plagued with corruption, fails to provide even basic welfare services to most of its population.

In 2004, a band of aging White mercenaries, (mostly veterans of an infamous mercenary organisation that coordinated communal clashes, inter-ethnic conflicts, and civil wars on behalf of various so-called "ethnic militia", "warlords", diamond-smuggling barons, and oil-rich rogue regimes in West Africa, Central Africa, and Southern Africa), met in South Africa, with the sole objective to destabilise and overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea, in exchange for petro-dollars and lucrative petro-contracts. An opposition leader, one Mr. Severo Moto, who was then in exile in Madrid, was slated to take over power in a "government of national unity, consensus, and reconciliation". President Obiang Nguema-Mbasogo was to be flown to Spain "in the national interest". But it all went wonderfully wrong.

The mercenaries were arrested, variously in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. And then, they began to talk. Subsequently, the South African police arrested the son of the Iron Lady, Sir Mark Thatcher on suspicion of being one of the active mentors, and key financiers of the failed coup plot.

Unintended Consequences:

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may re-apply if there is a change in your circumstances."

-- Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

In the past, both the USA and the EU took strong stands against authoritarianism, and institutionalised executive kleptomania in Equatorial Guinea. In the early 1990s, the US ambassador to Equatorial Guinea openly criticised his host government's very poor human rights record. In response, the government of Equatorial Guinea formally accused the US ambassador of practicing witchcraft, and told him to leave their (God-fearing) country with maximum despatch. In one of those refreshing displays of "unbridled superpower arrogance", the ambassador used the opportunity of his farewell address to name Equatorial Guinea's most notorious pathological sadists and political thugs, most of them, very close confidants, or associates of His Excellency, President Obiang.

However, today, all that has changed. ExxonMobil (of USA) was the first to discover crude oil in commercial quantities in Equatorial Guinea. Other US multinational oil companies are now also operating in the country. Suddenly, the White House has discovered the need for a "positive, constructive engagement" with Equatorial Guinea, even when there is little or no improvement in the human rights situation there. Surely, this is yet another noxious attraction in the oil-rich territory of the Gulf of Guinea. It reflects a failure to learn from the bitter lessons of the Middle East, where Pentagon support for autocratic or/and despotic oil-rich regimes in Iran, Iraq, and the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has helped create an implacable adversary, culminating in an epidemic of copycat trans-national terrorism, post-9/11.

In the Niger Delta region, violence now rages with reckless exuberance. It has repeatedly threatened, and in some cases, significantly disrupted crude oil production in Nigeria over the past couple of years. These are experiences that both the USA and the EU, (and their oil companies) ought to be in no hurry to institutionalise here. At the very least, the recent "fact-finding" tour of the Niger Delta region by some EU diplomats is an indication of failure to learn the lessons of the Middle East, or even of Equatorial Guinea, just a short skip away to the south of Nigeria.

Increasingly, the Gulf of Guinea region is becoming attractive as an alternative to the Middle East region, as a conflict-free source of supply of petroleum to the USA and the EU, for obvious reasons, sequel to 9/11. However, as it appears, this blossoming relationship, based on existing conditions and terms, is unlikely to do the USA, or the EU, or the Gulf of Guinea region much good, ultimately. It is an insalubrious magnetism for sure; one that is beyond the bravado of quixotic geriatric mercenaries, and genetically privileged "foreign core investors".

The "Cat-and-Mouse" battle continues.

Kòmbò Mason Braide (Ph.D.)I welcome your comments via e-mail, and encourage this article to be freely reproduced, published, photocopied, dubbed, scanned, faxed, reprinted, reformatted, broadcast, digitised, uploaded, or downloaded, in whatever manner or form, with or without acknowledgement, or further permission.


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Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Odumodu posted on 08-07-2006, 13:47:05 PM
He he he he! E don happen again-o!
Una say Naija-Biafra War don' end?
I say na lie; Senor Satan is a liar!
The thing wey Gowon take settle the French;
The French don come to collect.
It's as simple as that!

"Onye tara amu ebune, ji ebune ugwo!"
[Person wey chop ram blokos, 'e owe the (race of) rams!]

Long live Republic of Bakassi -- inclusive Cross River/Akwa Ibom!
Long live Republic of Aladimma!
Long live Republic of Bendel -- if MEND agree not to secede and form Izon Republic!
Long live Republic of Oduduwa!
Long live Republic of Arewa -- Middle Belt and Kanem Bornu go take care of themselves!

We will meet next in ECOWAS!
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Gwobezentashi posted on 08-07-2006, 13:47:08 PM
If Bakassi get their own country, what is to stop Biafra or Niger Delta or Oduduwa? Can you see what Obasanjo has caused? Is this carelessness or negligence or just incompetence? We should have never recognised the ICJ on this issue period and this is not 20-20 hindsight. Some things are just not worth the risk. To compound things, they now sought to treat the Bakassi people very shabbily indeed. Having handed our money over to Paris Club, Ghana, Sao Tome etc they are now handing our people and their land to Cameroun as if he were some Father Christmas. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. The result may be the disintegration of our country. A country for which he claimed he was willing to pay the ultimate price. He better get ready.

What has he got all these advisers for? To give useless advise that he does not take? He has some advisers who have probably not advised him since they were appointed. They have government quarters and a retinue of staff and cars and we still get crap like this? Tell me how much advise he has had from Segun Awolowo and compare with how much we have spent on his office.

Why is the Falklands still part of UK or Alaska part of USA? Why didn't the ICJ tell them where to go? When America intervened in Grenada they cited national security. When Kennedy intervened in Cuba, it was national security. What are they doing in Afghanistan or Iraq? national security. Well, Chief Gen Congo Shiner, you have a serious matter of national security on your hands. Sort it!

Aluta!

Gwobezentashi
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Obi posted on 08-07-2006, 13:54:31 PM
What can Mazi Obi say than to wish Bakassians what they wish themselves. Let them also pray that their efforts not be "sabotaged" by the very lot that profess to have their interests at heart. Hmmmmm.
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Picasso posted on 08-07-2006, 14:08:29 PM
QUOTE:
If Bakassi get their own country, what is to stop Biafra or Niger Delta or Oduduwa ?..... The result may be the disintegration of our country.


gwobezentashi:

There is nothing wrong with Bakassi, Biafra, Niger Delta or Oduduwa forming their own countries. In fact, it will be the best thing to happen to them as a people! The only reason I've never supported the proposed Biafra state for instance is because they lumped the Niger Delta states into their geographical map without any referendum or agreements from the Niger Delta indigenes - no be wayo be dat?

As for the resultant disintegration of the country; I say why not? What is wrong with forming a country of 15,000 people? Nothing! Even the Europeans were never forced to live together; and after centuries of living apart, they only recently gathered together around a table to negotiate the EU - and our colonial masters, who lumped different people together by force to form Nigeria, in her selfishly infinite wisdom refused to join.

As long as the people are happy, that's all it takes! Why must we continue to live together forcefully when we have nothing in common but the color of our skins? Why must we continue to live together when we harbor mutual distrust for each other and will never be satisfied unless someone from our ethnic neck of the woods is at Aso Rock?

Its only those who have nothing to offer that are afraid of disintegration. If the country will tear into shreds for peace, stability and economical progress to occur, then I say so be it!
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Gwobezentashi posted on 08-07-2006, 14:34:41 PM
@ Onos

Do you think that a Biafra or Niger Delta Republic will be stable? I think not. We went to war to keep Nigeria one. That says something. You insult Nigerians with crass and ignorant statements like
QUOTE:
Its only those who have nothing to offer that are afraid of disintegration
. Do you understand what disintegration means? Better go and read your dictionary again. I would say, it is those who have nothing to offer to intelligent discourse that make coarse and ignorant statements like that. But why am I talking to you anyway, we established your credentials as a bigot a long time ago?

Aluta!

Gwobezentashi
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Picasso posted on 08-07-2006, 15:17:17 PM
QUOTE:
@ Onos

Do you think that a Biafra or Niger Delta Republic will be stable? I think not. We went to war to keep Nigeria one. That says something. You insult Nigerians with crass and ignorant statements like
Quote:
Its only those who have nothing to offer that are afraid of disintegration

. Do you understand what disintegration means? Better go and read your dictionary again. I would say, it is those who have nothing to offer to intelligent discourse that make coarse and ignorant statements like that. But why am I talking to you anyway, we established your credentials as a bigot a long time ago?

Aluta!

Gwobezentashi


gwobezentashi:

Whatever you've had to say on this site is all about the survival of your people's parasitic dependency on Nigeria. That was why you came here trembling and worried about the consequential result of the formation of a Bakassian state. Dont worry, this is just the beginning; other regions will hopefully follow suit soon and make your nightmare a reality.

I'll leave you with one final note; you are threading on thin ice by bringing insults to this discussion. I know you had the effontery to do that because I dismissed your insults on another thread with a wave of hand - and I never even insulted you in anyway in my preceeding post. However, I must strongly warn you to exercise restraint and maintain civility in your discourse with me next time or I'll gladly jump into the gutters with you and teach you the lesson of a lifetime. This will be my last word of caution to you and I hope the Admin and moderators are reading because it will really get very nasty if this chap doesn't respect himself here.
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Nkire posted on 08-07-2006, 15:28:41 PM
Lovers of Freedom:

Congratulations to the people of Bakassi for choosing freedom. I hope your dream of a nation state for yourselves and future generations of Bakassians becomes a reality.

Why do Africans foolishly believe that the boundaries drawn by white colonial people, who did not have their interest in mind, should remain sacrosanct? Why do we continue to live our lives on the belief that the white man can better chart our course than we can for ourselves?

You know what is tragic, while we kill and devour ourselves trying to hang on to the epitaph of some European overlords of yore, Europe has added at least twenty additional countries to the world number of countries since 1991. That's right, the same Europe that plays its clandestine games in Africa and objects to the re-drawing of African country maps to suite Africans has re-drawn the country map of Europe - from the old Soviet Union, to the disintegration of old Yugoslavia to the disintegration of old Czchekoslovakia (sp) and counting.

Very soon, there will be Iraq Shiite, Iraq Sunni and the Republic of Kurdistan. If Africans loved freedom and were smart, there would a Republic of Southern Sudan, Darfur Republic, Eastern Congo Republic and whatever Nigerians want to do with themselves.

If you are a lover of freedom, and believe that the black man has a right to decide his fate and chart his own course, I challenge you to support the people of Bakassi in their quest for self determination and nationhood. I challenge you to support them because they are our fellow Africans. I challenge each and every one of you and all Africans who may be reading this to oppose any army or force (both military and diplomatic) that would be put in motion to deny the fine people of Bakassi their right to self determination and freedom. People, this is the 21st century. The African man deserves to rise up and grab his freedom. Start your quest for freedom today by supporting Bakassi republic.

Thank you.
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Obugi posted on 08-07-2006, 15:41:17 PM
QUOTE:
Lovers of Freedom:

If you are a lover of freedom, and believe that the black man has a right to decide his fate and chart his own course, I challenge you to support the people of Bakassi in their quest for self determination and nationhood. I challenge you to support them because they are our fellow Africans. I challenge each and every one of you and all Africans who may be reading this to oppose any army or force (both military and diplomatic) that would be put in motion to deny the fine people of Bakassi their right to self determination and freedom. People, this is the 21st century. The African man deserves to rise up and grab his freedom. Start your quest for freedom today by supporting Bakassi republic.

Thank you.


Nkire, you must be living in dreamland. Abeg wake up!

No Black African Negro will ever in this life live up to your challenge. I predict that either the people of Nigeria or Cameroun will soon descend on the ppl of Bakassi with the usual violence that Africans reserve for themselves, the kind of violence and bestiality they would never dare visit on the true God they worship, the White/Arab man.

And of course the Bakassi ppl will soon give up the fight, that is if they were ever serious. A few hundred casualties, give them a few jobs on an oil rig and they will fold.

Nothing will ever come of this so-called declaration. NOTHING! Dem no dey fear? If you want to see ppl who love and fight for their freedom and self preservation, why not follow the Israeli/Arab conflict unfolding right now before our very eyes?

Africans? Abeg make I hear word jare!

Get Yours!
Obugi.
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
Gwobezentashi posted on 08-07-2006, 15:42:17 PM
@ Onos
QUOTE:
I'll leave you with one final note; you are threading on thin ice by bringing insults to this discussion. I know you had the effontery to do that because I dismissed your insults on another thread with a wave of hand - and I never even insulted you in anyway in my preceeding post. However, I must strongly warn you to exercise restraint and maintain civility in your discourse with me next time or I'll gladly jump into the gutters with you and teach you the lesson of a lifetime. This will be my last word of caution to you and I hope the Admin and moderators are reading because it will really get very nasty if this chap doesn't respect himself here.


You have my answer:

I would say, it is those who have nothing to offer to intelligent discourse that make coarse and ignorant statements like that.

Bring it on @#$%%^.

Aluta!

Gwobezentashi
Re: .Bakassi residents declare independence from Cameroon and Nigeria
VOR posted on 08-07-2006, 15:58:58 PM
What is the excitement for? I agree with Obugi, Obj this minute is probably sending troops to Cameroun to help them quash these "ungrateful millitants" who want to tarnish his international image with this "declaration". He has promised to "deliver" and he will deliver whether they like it or not!!!
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