Friday, August 18, 2006

Dear Mark Wood:
Your persistence in continuing to string out this painful and futile exercise (for me) is going to yield one more response, and then, I will quit. If I picked up from you any understanding that it is only a free people free to choose their own associations, no matter how nuclear or conglomerate such an collective relationship is, and no matter for good or for bad--as long as it is a free peoples' free choice--if I got that impression from you--I would continue the conversation. But, I do not.
For the avoidance of doubt, let me state again:
Confined to, and sequestered in, the Colonial-drawn structures currently passing as African Countries, the peoples of Africa are not free, and cannot make any meaningful decisions regarding their own individual or collective destinies
Replacing these balkanized political and forced-on social units known as African countries by artificially erasing the map-borders will not, and could not bring about, nor result in, one-Africa.
The current sad and miserable, shamed and ongoing experience of Africans in Africa (and in the rest of the world for that matter) is the result of two related issues:A) Root-issue: the original balkanization of Africa by the colonial masters hardening into the current African "States" (aka, "countries")B) The ongoing defense of that original unconscionable colonial structure by all and contemporary African so-called leadership with the false ideology of "Statism" (aka: "nationalism").A third issue is the further super-balkanization of Africa by foreign religions like Christianity and Islam.
Any attempt to "unite" Africa which fails to adequately address the above is an exercise in futility. That an organization with even growing membership exists to try to actualize a futile goal does not make the exercise any less futile, nor does it disprove the futility.
If "unity" ever comes to Africa, it will be as a matter of course: Step one: free peoples identifying with and identified each by their natural ethnicities and natural sovereignties and natural nationhoods, in formalized, ratified processes and procedure which means mutual respect and recognition by all, of each other's sovereignty; Step two: free ethnic nations of their own freewill and mutual consent coming together to form mega-cooperatives of economic nature, period; or if economic cooperative or "union" is successfully formed and has proved to be beneficial and trustworthy, then, an extension to either Defense and Security cooperatives followed by Political Cooperation or Union.
The above will respect and accommodate the peoples' choices and cultures, even the peoples' foreign religion affiliations such as Christianity and Islam.
I will, for the last time--hopefully--address some of your responses from my last response:
>>>[Mine earlier] What if this one-Africa of your dream turns out to be a Muslim-controlled continent?
>It will not, at least for the first 20 years of the unification. -
Pardon me, this is not a serious answer: it actually borders on silliness, no disrespect intended.
> Also my coalition for a united Africa is proposing UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan as the 1st leader of a united Africa.
Another silly and non-serious answer. What if Kofi Annan does not want the job, or is not available for it? Actually, this answer reveals a serious fundamental flaw of your construction. You do not build a political structure of the nature of your desired undertaking around one man or around one personality. (BTW, I heard, but am not sure, that Annan is a Muslim. If true, then, I say, Ha, ha, ha!)
>We are talking about a fairly voted election continent wide
A sick joke--this "fairly voted election" you talk about. You cannot even help make that happen in much lesser populations, but you want to carry it "continent-wide"? I hope that you understand that I am being deliberately civil by calling this a "joke": I could also say, "delusion" and it will be a technically perfect characterization.
>and I do not believe the Muslims have that kind of majority in Africa as a population or voting block.
Well, better go back and do your research, so that you don't find out after you might have dragged hundreds of millions of hapless Africans into another hellish debacle. Until you have verified this, you need to put your plans on hold.
>AND for better or worse, Kofi is the most powerful black polition on the planet since Colin Powell has lost his warrior spirit.
More silliness. Colin Powell is regarded as a huge personal failure among the majority in the US--African Americans and other Americans alike. A great warrior, yes; but a poor civilian- and poorer civil- leader. (And I thought you were looking for civilian-leaders of Africa, not warriors.) I would never vote for him. Kofi is not powerful: he is just an excellent Secretary: he claims to be no more, and functions as no more than that. The strings of the UN are not pulled or even held by Kofi: Kofi is the horse at the end of the string. He just does what he is told, like a good Secretary. (A "good" slave functions in a similar role, too!)
>...the united Africa I desire is FOR Africans to be truly free in their own land and not free to die of starvation in some refugee area covered by flies. THAT is the Africa that exists now.
Then, you should seek to make sure that their erstwhile destroyed root is repaired; that's what is causing the eyesore you describe. You should help respect and see that African peoples are allowed to return to what they do most naturally and how they function most effectively and efficiently, naturally: identity with, and loyalty to, each their own different sovereign ethnic nations. Only then can they be free; then, being free, at liberty to seek mutually beneficial aggregations, naturally. Unity of Africa is not a goal of Africans or for Africans: Freedom and Liberty of African peoples is and should always be the goal for Africa. For Africa, ethnic moorings lead to such Freedom and Liberty.
>Bottom line, Africa is stronger as a united nation, than the current fractured countries begging hat in hand for assistance on every matter under the sun.
That's your bottom line, but it is a fallacy--and false at that. Putting sick and disabled soldiers in a combined Battalion does not make the Battalion stronger!
>The families of Africa are dysfunctional because they are staving and ridden with disease and have NO opportunity a United Africa could deliver them. Part of the building and unification of Africa involves " Pastuerization" . That means cleansing the corruption of the united africa as it is built.
That sordid condition of Africans is a direct result of the colonial balkanization of Africa, which your "United Africa" is copying, when you understand that Balkanization means artificial forcing of peoples together ignoring natural boundaries (of language, ancestry, culture, traditions, identity, loyalty and geography). And, a dysfunctional and forced "United" Africa can only deliver a hellish experience. You can't cleanse the corruption of Nigeria, and you can now cleanse it on a continental level? I am hoping that you are learning from real life-examples. Nigeria--a forced "Union," has wealth and resources, yet, it scores dead last in any measure of humanness, including the distinctive honor of having the highest number of poorest children in the entire world. Are you learning anything?
>In a united Africa, ALL africans ARE the same, they are citizens of the United States of Africa and thus regain their natural sovereignties that will exist beyond any previously set colonial borders. ( As in the U.S. a muslim can be a muslim, a jew can be a jew and a mormon can be a mormon WHERE EVER they reside in the national bounderies )
I am waiting to make sure that you can re-articulate the above in non-contradictory terms and clear terms: that has not happened yet.
>You mean England ( member of the EU ) where the founder of Live Aid Bob Geldorf is from?
Yes, I mean England, or Britain, or UK. Member of EU, yes, but retains the British Pound; retains the British Sovereignty and Nationality, and has a Foreign Policy which she exercises independent, distinctly and even afoul of EU's. EU is only an Economic cooperation (not even as strong, nor the same, as the NATO Defense cooperation), motivated entirely by the mutual desire of European nations to compete with, and perhaps, out-compete the US. It's intent is not a political Union, which even the tiniest European nation will resist. Poor rhetorical example!
>Macus Garvey called his vision of a united africa an african empire. A united africa would indeed be an empire, but one formed by the unification of it's people, not the conquest of its people.
Not the first visionary. Not the first visionary whose vision never came to fruition. Not the first visionary with the wrong vision, even when the vision is correctly interpreted. Not the first visionary whose vision was misinterpreted by adherents. Not the least disrespect intended.
Oguchi Nkwocha, MDNwa BiafraA Biafran Citizen
From: mark wood [mailto:greenvalleyreporter@journalist.com] Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:12 AMTo: oguchi@mbay.netCc: dbkichwa2@cox.netSubject: RE: Fw: Bro. Oguchi Responds to Africa Seeking To Integrate into a United States of Africa
re:
What if this one-Africa of your dream turns out to be a Muslim-controlled continent?
It will not, at least for the first 20 years of the unification. - Also my coalition for a united Africa is proposing UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan as the 1st leader of a united Africa. - We are talking about a fairly voted election continent wide and I do not believe the Muslims have that kind of majority in Africa as a population or voting block. AND for better or worse, Kofi is the most powerful black polition on the planet since Colin Powell has lost his warrior spirit.
regarding: what if this one-Africa of yours returned to Africa's indigenous Spirituality, rather than adopt the foreign religions such as Christianity and Islam?
I would hope so! KAfrica33@aol.com the head of Son and daughters of Africa, SADA.org would be immensely pleased as would I.
And, what makes you think that any other people but some Christians take Revelation literally and seriously?

mw - Believe it or not they do...
In the movie, The Omen, the devil's son complanied " these christians like to follow their prophecies to the letter" - That is part of the problem the world is going through now - people who believe what they believe tend to self fullfill their respective prophecy beliefs for better or worse.
re: Your mindset proves to me that the one-Africa of your desire works for only you, not for Africans.
I probably will not live to see Africa unite, ( though I would like to ) the united Africa I desire is FOR Africans to be truly free in their own land and not free to die of starvation in some refugee area covered by flies. THAT is the Africa that exists now.
re: But, be sure that now that I know that you are building a Christian Religious empire....
Not in the least, Pan Africans know where I stand on God, and that is "God is the force of Gravity" as Gravity is the only force proven to be in EVERY corner of the universe. Yes god is all around us, at all times, but not because of some christian or muslim manifest or agenda.
re: "Must STILL be..."? Says who?
As shown on any search engine and as I said earlier, some are for a United Africa and some are against it.
Bottom line, Africa is stronger as a united nation, than the current fractured countries begging hat in hand for assistance on every matter under the sun.
re: Not so. A dysfunctional large family made up of smaller dysfunctional families forced together is no better: in fact, it is worse. Add many bad ingredients to make a soup, you end up with poison, not a better soup. Adding up evil leads to a "stronger" Evil; never to anything else.
The families of Africa are dysfunctional because they are staving and ridden with disease and have NO opportunity a United Africa could deliver them. Part of the building and unification of Africa involves " Pastuerization" . That means cleansing the corruption of the united africa as it is built.
Like the old king of babylon said of the house builders of his time, build it right and solid because if it implodes and causes death, it will be your death as well. So what I am saying is we are not building the united Africa as a house on a foundation of rotted wood, but rather an infrastruture of steel.
re: This is what exists now. We can solve that now by allowing different ethnicities to regain their natural sovereignties and then, decide how to relate to one another. But, as long as you insist on continuing to maintain the already forced "unions", and now, want to force together such dysfunctional forced unions into a larger union, you will reap the same thing that you have preserved: dysfunction compounded on more dysfunction.
In a united Africa, ALL africans ARE the same, they are citizens of the United States of Africa and thus regain their natural sovereignties that will exist beyond any previously set colonial borders. ( As in the U.S. a muslim can be a muslim, a jew can be a jew and a mormon can be a mormon WHERE EVER they reside in the national bounderies )
An Ethiopian should be able to pack and move to and live in freely: Nigeria, South Africa, Libya or any nation state of the continent nation. ( AND I might add travel on the north-south and east-west trans-continental highway system which would be one of the first projects of the united Africa as a whole. )
In the new United Africa, the old colonial borders are just that, "old colonial borders" holding no one in and keeping no one out.
Well, the moment you mentioned the Bible, you helped make my point. What if this one-Africa of your dream turns out to be a Muslim-controlled continent? Better question: what if this one-Africa of yours returned to Africa's indigenous Spirituality, rather than adopt the foreign religions such as Christianity and Islam?

And, what makes you think that any other people but some Christians take Revelation literally and seriously?

Your mindset proves to me that the one-Africa of your desire works for only you, not for Africans.

With that, I will interpolate responses below. But, be sure that now that I know that you are building a Christian Religious empire, nothing you say on this subject can be regarded as objective nor is to be taken seriously.

re: The attendants and sponsors and organizers of Live Aid come from countries that are not mega-political unions or continental political unions.

You mean England ( member of the EU ) where the founder of Live Aid Bob Geldorf is from?

If our debate/exchange took place in a coffee shop, pub or civic auditorium, it would be a lively discussion indeed and would invite much deeply thought out participation from all present.

THIS is how we will form a United Africa, the give-take, push-pull process of it all will force us to take the utmost care and concern in making sure every brick in the house of the United Africa has been put in place with purpose and calculation. That house of united Africa will stand the test of time like the last time Africans put their will and imagination together and built the Pyramids

re: So, let them debate. Zik and Nkrumah are rolling over in their graves at the failure of contemporary Africa to learn from their Pan-Africanism futility.

Pan-Africanism futility?

If that were the case, there would be no Pan Africans now...

re: Your United Africa does not free Africans. You have already betrayed how Christian Religion will enslave the continent (if the Muslims let you get there first or let you do that). It only makes it easy for despots and exploiters and unscrupulous influences to conquer peoples of an entire continent and keep the peoples in subjugation for ever.

The whole purpose of a united Africa is to ensure Africans will be free from now on. Africans have a chance to re-write, enhance and correct the principles of democracy itself. Beyond the foundations of the Greeks who are said to have started it. ( if you are in the mindset of Prof. Diop and have read the book Black Athena, you know Africans are the parents of democracy.)

re: The rest of us are visualizing free and liberated peoples--peoples unhooked from States built by colonial balkanization, living in their natural identities and natural loyalties, free to control their own destinies.

The only borders the United states of Africa would truly have, is it's coastline.

re: Yes, it was in the 1960's. No one appreciates more the difficulties of JFK's vision: it was in fact, an impossible dream. Not because the US was in great turmoil: Vietnam, Interracial wars; the Cold War. But more because that vision forced the US to literally travel the Future 60 years ahead of the time to wrest technology from the future and adapt it to the then present by "dumbing" it down and making it crude: yet, it worked. But, as difficult as that vision and its fulfillment are, it is even more difficult to unite what is naturally separate and functions best that way, as Africa. It will be easier to send manned probes to Mars and settle man on asteroids than to force Africa into one.

The key word is "force" - the people of Africa have to create their own mandate that they as a people and in all their varied current citizenships want to unite as one for the good of all africans. By debating unification among themselves as well as all of the african dispora, we can perfect the blueprint of unification.

Macus Garvey called his vision of a united africa an african empire. A united africa would indeed be an empire, but one formed by the unification of it's people, not the conquest of its people.

I don't know if these words are from a song or a famous quote but they sum up my goal for a united africa:

" If not now, when? If not forever, how long?
Yours in peace and a United Africa,

Mark Wood
Founder
USA4USAfrica
----- Original Message -----From: "Oguchi Nkwocha, MD." To: "'mark wood'" Subject: RE: Fw: Bro. Oguchi Responds to Africa Seeking To Integrate into a United States of AfricaDate: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 21:09:49 -0700

From: mark wood [mailto:greenvalleyreporter@journalist.com] Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:38 PMTo: dbkichwa2@cox.netCc: oguchi@mbay.netSubject: Re: Fw: Bro. Oguchi Responds to Africa Seeking To Integrate into a United States of Africa
Despite the internal corruption that may be present in it's components, there must STILL be a United Africa or United States of Africa.
"Must STILL be..."? Says who?
Regarding: Bro. Oguchi Responds to Africa Seeking To Integrate into a United States of Africa
Africa CANNOT go on in it's current state. A United Africa in ANY form, is a stronger Africa and a stronger Africa can protect, nurture and provide it's people with what stands as the backbone of democracy: Opportunity.
Not so. A dysfunctional large family made up of smaller dysfunctional families forced together is no better: in fact, it is worse. Add many bad ingredients to make a soup, you end up with poison, not a better soup. Adding up evil leads to a "stronger" Evil; never to anything else.
Where there is no opportunity, there will always be despair and misery and death.
This is what exists now. We can solve that now by allowing different ethnicities to regain their natural sovereignties and then, decide how to relate to one another. But, as long as you insist on continuing to maintain the already forced "unions", and now, want to force together such dysfunctional forced unions into a larger union, you will reap the same thing that you have preserved: dysfunction compounded on more dysfunction.
The last "Live Aid" worldwide multiplatform web and telecast demanded no money or donations, it only demanded that the world realize one concept, one fact: That every 3 seconds, a soul dies in Africa from PREVENTABLE circumstances. Be it polluted water, war, starvation, neglect or disease.
The attendants and sponsors and organizers of Live Aid come from countries that are not mega-political unions or continental political unions.
The comments of the people of Africa themselves are most important to the debate among Africans themselves as well as Pan Africans and people of the world. As you can now see at: http://unitedstatesafrica.50megs.com/
So, let them debate. Zik and Nkrumah are rolling over in their graves at the failure of contemporary Africa to learn from their Pan-Africanism futility.
Some are for a United Africa and some believe it cannot happen. I believe that was the same arguement going on when we were slaves in the U.S. yet now we are free and better off for it.
Your United Africa does not free Africans. You have already betrayed how Christian Religion will enslave the continent (if the Muslims let you get there first or let you do that). It only makes it easy for despots and exploiters and unscrupulous influences to conquer peoples of an entire continent and keep the peoples in subjugation for ever.
In the short statement, that goes the same for the concept and action of uniting Africa. Some may disagree and not join the groundswell for unification, but many will and if Africa DOES unite, IT will be free and better off for it.
See above; I doubt it. The freest nations are not continental units.
I have always said a part of creating a United States of Africa, one must VISUALIZE a United Africa...
The rest of us are visualizing free and liberated peoples--peoples unhooked from States built by colonial balkanization, living in their natural identities and natural loyalties, free to control their own destinies.
What would it be? What could it be?
In the 1940's the very thought of mankind landing on the moon was considered as distant and absurd in practical terms as the current movement to unify Africa, but it did happen...Why? A mandate was decided on: "We choose to go to the moon by the end of this decade". ..Action was taken, needed components were gathered together and acted on in a unified goal and it did happen.
Yes, it was in the 1960's. No one appreciates more the difficulties of JFK's vision: it was in fact, an impossible dream. Not because the US was in great turmoil: Vietnam, Interracial wars; the Cold War. But more because that vision forced the US to literally travel the Future 60 years ahead of the time to wrest technology from the future and adapt it to the then present by "dumbing" it down and making it crude: yet, it worked. But, as difficult as that vision and its fulfillment are, it is even more difficult to unite what is naturally separate and functions best that way, as Africa. It will be easier to send manned probes to Mars and settle man on asteroids than to force Africa into one.
We are heading in the same direction with the unification of Africa. The components are being gathered together and thank God, we are currently debating the matter among ourselves.
We are moving towards the direction of the goal and we will learn more of each other and ourselves as we discover together what it will take to unify Africa.
We cannot get you to recognize and address obvious injustices going on right under your nose, and you are claiming you will "discover together...," what?
There is a term in the advertising world called "Viral Marketing" where a product or idea is passed from one person to another and the distribution of the idea reaches exponentially larger numbers of distribution.
Dream on.
This is where I call on all Pan Africans to take up the banner and "Virally Market" the concept of a United Africa to all in their "six degrees of separation" and engage others in the debate and concept of a United Africa.
Go ahead!
In this world today, a news item can travel on many platforms for that communication to be received by as many as possible and thus the same for promoting a unified Africa.
Instead of ending a letter "Best regards" or "Yours truly" - why not "Yours in peace and a United Africa".
No peace without justice, No justice when injustice is ignored. Otherwise, it's all hypocrisy.
The little things add up toward a goal.
Yes: if you take care of little injustices, that should add up to everyone's benefit.
Africa now is a broken bottle that cannot hold water (the water being it's people as they spill out and die )
No, Africa is not a broken bottle where the people spill out and die. It is a vast land where the people are taken away from their natural setting and put into bottles--to suffocate..
A United Africa is a bottle that can hold water and preserve it's people and protect them from the spillage of their current genocide.
No, we don't want a bottle. Africa is an open field, not a closed bottle. There, Africans can find liberty and freedom and self-collective fulfillment.
One last item for now. The Bible in it's last book of revelation says after the turmoil, wars and strife of the last days and the return of Jesus, that the world will have a thousand years of peace, love and understanding....
I just wish you would leave Jesus out of this. No one has been more abused by those who call him, Lord, Lord, than Jesus the Christ. Is it not entirely ridiculous to associate Jesus with rulership or Kingship over men? It is totally ignorant to associate Jesus or God with "Kingdoms." Yea, right: the Creator of Universes and everything seen and unseen--infinite in size and number--will be fixated on a tiny speck of quark-dust called Earth and its world! That does no credit to God or Jesus.
I ask you, do you think Africa in it's current state would be a part of that thousand years of prosperity?
We really don't care: it is not part of Africa Spiritual mindset, nor is it part of African lore and tradition. The last regime that mentioned a 'thousand years" stint lasted not quite one decade.
I think not... I THINK: A United Africa will be THE CAUSE of the thousand years of peace. ..
Dream on. Where, in this world, has Christianity brought unity, let alone, peace among the peoples?
If Africa unites, mankind by example will unite and this will be the glue that holds mankind together in harmony for the next thousand years. A United Africa will be a Giant in "Green Power" that will steer the world from the brink due to "Nuclear Power".
If.
As Tupac Shakur once said: "Holler if you Hear Me"
Let Tupac holler.
Time will tell.
Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
Nwa BiafraA Biafran Citizen.


----- Original Message -----From: dbkichwa2@cox.netTo: "PAAA Network" Subject: Fw: Bro. Oguchi Responds to Africa Seeking To Integrate into a United States of AfricaDate: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 10:03:14 -0700

----- Original Message -----
From: dbkichwa2@cox.net
To: PAAA Network
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 7:01 PM
Subject: Bro. Oguchi Responds to Africa Seeking To Integrate into a United States of Africa
PAN-AFRICAN ASSOCIATIONS OF AMERICA FORWARD

To be prosperous in whatever we do is the sign of TRUE WEALTH. We may be wealthy in not only having money, but in spirit and health. It is the most helpful agency toward a self satisfying life. One lives, in an age like this, nearer perfection by being wealthy than by being poor. To the contended soul, wealth is the stepping stone to perfection; to the miser it is the nearest avenue to hell. I would prefer to be honestly wealthy, than miserably poor. - Marcus Mosiah Garvey



PAAA Note: First of all WE are ALL Africans. Therefore we, as Africans, need to stop this separation from each other because we think some kind of geographical location has changed our DNA. Science now makes it possible for most, if not ALL, Africans of the Diaspora, to determine which ethnic groups they derived from on the continent in the first place. Therefore the idea that has been floated around to Africans of the Diaspora that we cannot determine which group we come from no longer holds water. However Bro. Oguchi is correct about the Diaspora's understanding of current issues pertaining to African politics and social conditions. We do not know and how would we unless individuals like him share information that is normally filtered out of our knowledge base. For those of us who are long time Pan-Africanists who have traveled to the continent and who have lived on the continent, we know that African nation-states censure information to favor whichever ethnic group holds power in the the government. Those of us who are long time poltiical Pan-Africanists are very much aware of these issues but many Africans of the Diaspora, who have no knowledge of the poltiical and social issues raging on the continent have good intentions for Africa without a pragmatic understanding of the politics of Africa. That is why the PAAA stands for grassroots African people while watching what the people have to actually say about their governments on the ground. Just because Nkrumah and Azikiwe harped on Pan-Africanism does not make Pan-Africanism no less important that white men who harp on democracy. There is nothing wrong with the ideal. It is the character defects of men that we must guard against in pursuing the goal. However we in the Diaspora cannot be held accountable for what we do not know until those of the continent teach us differently. Pan-Africanism was in existence before Nkrumah or Azikiwe were born. It predates them however both have shared significant thoughts on how to go about building it. Therefore Bro. Oguchi renders us a great service by sharing his critical views so that we pursue the ideal of Pan-Africanism, understanding all of the warts, sores, wounds that have emerged due to our blundering and naive approaches to helping it evolve. Another thing for our brothers and sisters to understand is that we are all media blind. Unless you share speeches of leaders on the continent, chances are we never read them or hear them. And the same goes in reverse. Most continental Africans never read or hear the speeches of African American leaders in this country. Therefore we are mutually blind, making mutually ignorant statements that piss each side off all of the time. Bro. Oguchi brings up issues that serious Pan-Africanists cannot avoid. He points out once again that we need to move beyond a cheerleading stage to holding everyone with power on the continent accountable for all of their actions all of the time based on a standard that demands justice for African people whether the perpetrator is of European descent or African descent. Pan-Africanism is not about and has never been about politicians. It is only about what results in the people having better lives because they say their lives are better and not because some official government report says their lives are better. We salute Bro. Oguchi because we understand, in reverse, what it is like when continental African brothers and sisters talk about how great we have it in America while they know nothing of U.S. prison systems, horrendous public schools and second class healthcare systems that ALL just happen to victimize African Americans more than any other populations in the U.S. When those of us in the U.S. open our mouths about Africa there should be less propaganda and more researched truth. And when those of us in Africa open our mouths about Africans in the U.S. there should also be less propaganda and more researched truth. Perhaps when we both do this, we can get to the real ideal of Pan-Africanism that existed before the new African nation-states had emerged from the insanity of the Berlin Conference of 1884.

Original Message -----
From: Oguchi Nkwocha, MD.
To: 'mark wood' ; dbkichwa2@cox.net
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 2:13 PM
Subject: RE: Fw: RE: Re:AFRICA SEEKING TO INTEGRATE INTO A UNITED STATES OF AFRICA
You do not understand Africans, do you? Most likely, you do not appreciate the problems of Africa, and the root of it all.
Before Mohammed Ali was born, the likes of Nkrumah and Azikiwe (ZIK) waxed eloquent and harped on Pan-Africanism.

In the meantime, none of you is even noticing what would have given any objective person pause. General Obasanjo and his party rigged elections to usurp power in Nigeria. Claiming a democracy, Obasanjo has gone on to outdo the last Military Government of General Abacha as the worst dictator ever and the worst anti-people administration ever. Obasanjo commits genocide against Igbo and other Biafrans as a Nigerian State policy today. He violates the constitution of Nigeria. He disobeys the Courts of Nigeria. The Police is under his control, as is the Military; and the Judiciary comes under his foot. The National Assembly (NAS) barely mustered courage for a one-time courageous stand after having never stood up against Obasanjo before, and there are signs that such NAS performance will be an oddity. Obasanjo is the most corrupt African leader to date, shamelessly serving his own interest while in office with such brazenness that would make Marco blush.

What is so striking is that we do not hear the World and other would-be "saviors of Africa" raise a voice to condemn Obasanjo. Instead, you are all in bed and doing business with him. If Obasanjo can get away with this in Nigeria with your acquiesance and or tacit support, just imagine what Obasanjo would do if, instead of Nigeria, Africa as one big nation had become his platform, as the leader of the united / one African Nation? I must take it that none of you advocating one Africa have ever tasted power; otherwise, you would not underestimate its corrupting influence on the wielders and it crushing effect on the ruled.

Then, there is the Religion Divide in Africa. The world watched Sudan maul Southern Sudan for almost one third of a century in a Muslim Vs Christian war, doing almost nothing. All we need now is to hand fanatic, activist Muslim a fertile platform such as "one Africa" or "United Africa," so that they can turn all Africa into Taliban Continent of Africa? In Nigeria where the Muslims are operating their Muslim Nation in spite of the so-called Nigerian Nation, how many of you have cried foul, or have raised the exploitative and lethal danger of the situation?

In any case, I am not bothered by effete politicians having their symposia: it gives them an opportunity to travel out and stash away looted national funds and try to impress one another with mere words. Have you ever listened to Obasanjo's speeches? You would think that he was an intelligent, educated, capable wise leader. Once he steps off the podium and the light, he does exactly the opposite of the content of his speeches. (Please, don't tell me you haven't noticed that, too?) I suppose we have to thank Obasanjo's speech-writer. The point is that African politicians can make the right noises--that's about all they can do, and they do it so well. With your help, encouragement and admiration, they have ended up not following through with requisite action. That's precisely what you are doing now, so, who really cares? Nothing will come of it.

In the final analysis, the blame is not just for Obasanjo and his ilk alone, but for those who refuse to see that a foundation is rotten and insist on rebuilding on such a faulty foundation just because they have dream. What a disastrous social experiment you are desiring now, especially considering that you won't be among the guinea pigs. Luckily for us all, this experiment will not leave the textbook on which it is planned.

Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
Nwa Biafra
A Biafran Citizen

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