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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Why The World Disrespects AfricaToday - Ex American Ambassador to Nigeria Speaks

Ken,
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Why The World Disrespects Africa Today - Ex American Ambassador to Nigeria Speaks

Despite the discouraging headline for this piece, the account of carrington's life work in Africa is inspiring to read. Thanks for the posting

ken

 

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Subject: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Why The World Disrespects Africa Today - Ex American Ambassador to Nigeria Speaks

 

Why The World Disrespects Africa Today - Ex American Ambassador to Nigeria Speaks

• L-R: Chairman on the occasion, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola; a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Walter Carrington; Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass; Temisan Carrington; author, Dr. Arese Carrington; and Secretary to the State Government, Lagos State, Mr. Tunji Bello, during the public lecture on Nigeria and Africa in a changing World and presentation of Defend the Defenseless in Lagos... on Monday. Photo: Goke Famadewa

Amb. Walter Carrington (OFR), a former American Ambassador to Nigeria, has said that the failure of Africa to fully realise its potential has earned it scorn rather than respect in the comity of nations.

The outspoken diplomat noted that the failure of the continent's leaders to guarantee socio-political development was robbing it of an enviable place on the global scale.

Carrington dissected Africa's dilemmas in Lagos on Monday when he delivered a lecture titled Nigeria and Africa in a Changing World.

The event, which also witnessed the presentation of Defend the Defenseless, the memoir of the ambassador's wife, Dr. Arese Carrington, attracted many dignitaries from all walks of life.

While the former Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, was the chairman on the occasion, the Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu, was the 'Father of the Day' at the programme held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island.

Others present included the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; the Secretary to the State Government, Lagos State, Mr. Tunji Bello, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; US Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington; former Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Fola Adeola, who was the chief launcher  – alongside the Chairman of Premier Lotto, Sir Kesington Adebutu.

According to Carrington,  his over six decades of encounter with Africa has revealed a gap between dream and fulfilment  despite the enormous resources on the continent.

He said, "How difficult it is to believe that it has been 65 years since I first set foot on the continent of my ancestors. So much has happened since then.  So many hopes have been realised but, sadly, so many more have not.  The predictions of the greatness that lay ahead for Africa and its people have yet to be fulfilled.  The dream of the important role that the most resource-endowed continent would play in world affairs has been too long deferred. Today what was once dismissed as the "dark continent" remains largely ignored and marginalised by the outside world."

 

Carrington lamented that despite the huge resources all over the continent, neither Nigeria nor Africa in general occupied vital posts in major international organisations, while most parts of the continent were still soaked in poverty and unemployment.

He said, "In international fora  Africa is a potential powerhouse. The Africa Group is, after all, the largest voting bloc in the United Nations.  Its 54 countries represent 28 per cent of that august body's entire membership. It has at least 25 per cent of the votes on most of the UN's bodies except, of course, the most important one of all, the Security Council,  on which it is not represented at all while the other major regional blocs Europe, Asia and the Americas are.

"Africa's standing in the UN serves as a perfect metaphor for its standing in the world as a whole.  Size, it seems, doesn't matter. That is true whether we are talking about Africa's long held natural resources or its projected population boom.

 

"Foreign media cover Africa mostly to report its calamities. Their political leaders often give the continent little more than lip service and put it on the back burner of their concerns.  They see it as the continent of the poor whose peoples lag hopelessly behind in education, health, and most standards of living.

 

"That is when they see it as a continent at all.  Much of the world sees all 54 nations as if they comprised but a single country."

 

The ambassador, who was roundly commended for the role he played during the struggles for democracy in Nigeria,  said it (Nigeria) continued to be frozen out of membership in confederations of nations thought to be the most important in the world.

"Although its economy is the 20th largest in the world and is expected by 2050 to rise to number 9, it has not been invited to membership in the G-20, which claims to represent the world's most advanced economies. Nigeria is not regarded as influential enough internationally or regionally to be included in the company of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

"South Africa, whose economy is smaller and is not expected to grow as dramatically as Nigeria's, is however, a member. I continue to wonder whether the continuing domination of South Africa's economy by her white minority gives Western countries a comfort level that they do not feel when dealing with black controlled economies in the rest of Africa" he said.

For Nigeria to attain greatness, Carrington noted, it must tackle what he called kleptocracy, poverty, and patriarchy, calling for more roles for women especially in the political space.

He said Nigeria must prepare for the population boom that experts said it would experience by 2050 so that the explosion would not assume destructive proportions.

In his introductory remarks, Ogunshola recollected the role played by the press during the struggles for democratic rule, when Carrington overtly joined the cause.

Hazarding what could have persuaded the organisers to ask him to chair the lecture, he recalled how The PUNCH was persecuted by the military when he was the company's chairman, because of the newspaper's stand on the cause of democracy.

Ogunshola said, "During the years of military rule, the press as a whole suffered. The National Concord and The PUNCH bore the brunt of the fate that befell newspapers and some magazines."

According to him, not long after Ambassador  Carrington was accredited on November 9, 1993, The PUNCH was shut down by the Abacha junta.

After surviving the closure, the dictator, according to him, hatched another ploy to shut it again, but this was not to be.

Ogunshola said, "One of the journalists in detention then, Mr. Babafemi Ojudu, after his release, said that when under incarceration, he got information  from some soldiers on June 7, 1998  that Abacha had concluded plans to close down The PUNCH again. But the day after, that was on June 8, Abacha died."

He noted that Carrington's achievements and influence transcended Nigeria. According to him, by age 22 when he (Carrington) graduated from the Harvard University and at 25 when he earned his doctorate, he was already a star by any standard.

"He was the American ambassador to Senegal in 1961. He had the responsibility of evacuating Americans when the Biafran war inched closer. By 1970, he oversaw programmes that provided scholarships for many Nigerians.  When he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the US ambassador to Nigeria, in spite of threats to him and his family, including two assassination attempts on him, he continued to call for return to civil rule."

Ogunshola gave a similar account of the exploits of Arese, tracing how her childhood vision to help others made her to become a public health specialist.

Describing her as a human rights activist and an art collector, Ogunshola added that she, against all odds, joined her husband in the democratic struggles in Nigeria.

He described the book as a tender, readable and revealing history of modern Nigeria.

Also commenting on the publication,  The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor in the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass, who coordinated the programme powered by the Ambode government, described Defend the Defenseless as a breath of fresh air based on the way Arese approached the account of the Civil War, saying although it was detailed, it threw no tantrum and remained non-judgmental.

For Adeola, he is a friend of the Carringtons because they are a friend of the Yoruba and Nigeria in general.

He stressed that they were prepared to lay down their lives for the values they believed in.

Adebanjo and Bello also paid tribute to the couple, saying they deserved all that Nigeria could give them.

"They are the conscience of our country. That is why the Lagos State Government is supporting this," Bello said.

Arase thanked everyone for the love they showed her and her husband.

She said her belief that history must be recorded inspired her to write the book.

"We should all act on behalf of one another to ensure a world safe not just for some but for all. We should learn from one another. We should always remain united no matter how different we are," she said.

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - TRUMP-NATION: Star USA Editorial: Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?



My People:


This below is a tough editorial, if ever there was one.  In my almost forty years as a resident and naturalized citizen of the United States, I have NEVER read or seen any President described in such terms by otherwise polite people.

President Donald Trump should resign from his position - or be caused to vacate the seat.  He is an embarrassment to the USA and to the office of our Presidency, a bad role model to our youths.  The contrast between himself and his immediate predecessor Barack Obama is like night (white) and day (black).

Mercifully, the good people of Alabama have now rejected Trump's embrace of defeated candidate Judge Roy Moore, ensuring that he does not join the swamp of alligator-size sleaze that President Trump is causing in Washington DC.

And there you have it.



Bolaji Aluko

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Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?

A president who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes: Our view



With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2017/12/13/white-house-no-way-sen.-gillibrand-tweet-sexist/108547026/

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.  


And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.   

A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.  

This isn't about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.  

Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.

It should surprise no one how low he went with Gillibrand. When accused during the campaign of sexually harassing or molesting women in the past, Trump's response was to belittle the looks of his accusers. Last October, Trump suggested that he never would have groped Jessica Leeds on an airplane decades ago: "Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you." Trump mocked another accuser, former People reporter Natasha Stoynoff, "Check out her Facebook, you'll understand."  Other celebrities and politicians have denied accusations, but none has stooped as low as suggesting that their accusers weren't attractive enough to be honored with their gropes.

If recent history is any guide, the unique awfulness of the Trump era in U.S. politics is only going to get worse. Trump's utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office. Let us count the ways:

  • He is enthusiastically supporting Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing — and in one case molesting and in another assaulting — teenagers as young as 14 when Moore was a county prosecutor in his 30s. On Tuesday, Trump summed up his willingness to support a man accused of criminal conduct: "Roy Moore will always vote with us."  
  • Trump apparently is going for some sort of record for lying while in office. As of mid-November, he had made 1,628 misleading or false statements in 298 days in office. That's 5.5 false claims per day, according to a count kept by The Washington Post's fact-checkers.
  • Trump takes advantage of any occasion — even Monday's failed terrorist attack in New York — to stir racial, religious or ethnic strife. Congress "must end chain migration," he said Monday, because the terror suspect "entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security." So because one man — 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. who came from Bangladesh on a family immigrant visa in 2011 —  is accused of attacking America, all immigrants brought to this country by family are suspect? Trump might have some credibility if his criticism of immigrants was solely about terrorists. It isn't.  It makes no difference to him if an immigrant is a terrorist or a federal judge. He once smeared an Indiana-born judge whose parents emigrated from Mexico. It's all the same to this president.
  • A man who clearly wants to put his stamp on the government, Trump hasn't even done his job when it comes to filling key government positions that require Senate confirmation. As of last week, Trump had failed to nominate anyone for 60% of 1,200 key positions he can fill to keep the government running smoothly.  
  • Trump has shown contempt for ethical strictures that have bound every president in recent memory.  He has refused to release his tax returns, with the absurd excuse that it's because he is under audit.  He has refused to put his multibillion dollar business interests in a blind trust and peddles the fiction that putting them in the hands of his sons does the same thing. 

Not to mention calling white supremacists "very fine people," pardoning a lawless sheriff, firing a respected FBI director, and pushing the Justice Department to investigate his political foes.

It is a shock that only six Democratic senators are calling for our unstable president to resign.

The nation doesn't seek nor expect perfect presidents, and some have certainly been deeply flawed. But a president who shows such disrespect for the truth, for ethics, for the basic duties of the job and for decency toward others fails at the very essence of what has always made America great.

USA TODAY's editorial opinions are decided by its Editorial Board, separate from the news staff. Most editorials are coupled with an opposing view — a unique USA TODAY feature.


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