DOES AFRICA ALONE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM?

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PRESENTED AT JAW WAR 2015 QUARTER-FINAL ON THE 7TH OF OCTOBER, 2015.

GEORGE C. Kimble said; the darkest thing about Africa is not its black people, its black magic or even its shocking history of slavery and colonialism. The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of Africa. Many persons cannot fathom what Africa truly is, the great qualities she possesses and the magnificent things she is capable of. And so when it is asked that: can Africa fight terrorism, as a matter of reflex and inferiority complex; we tend to forget the facts and even flex the index – all in a bid to say no.

JUDGES, fellow warriors in this tournament, ladies and gentlemen: Good evening to you all. Here stands an African, Adebajo Adekunle Adefisayo, from the faculty of law proudly saying yes to the question – DOES AFRICA ALONE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM?

FOR the sake of clarity, the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 described terrorism as criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes…

OUR Yoruba elders often tell us that a society without laws is a society without sins and flaws – ilu ti o ba ti sofin, ko le si ese. You see, though social scientists may not wear suits on a normal day, they do so by all means today because it is then law, the way of public speaking. Premised on this, I can confidently say that Africa’s legal weaponry is a perfect start in the fight against terrorism. This is evidenced by Article 23, Section 2, Paragraph (b) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights which categorically provides that for the purpose of strengthening peace, solidarity and friendly relations, state parties to the present Charter shall ensure that their territories shall not be used as bases for subversive or terrorist activities.

MOVING ON, the existence and re-emergence of the Central Multi-National Force against Boko-Haram between Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin shows that Africa has the unity and solidarity necessary to fight the monsters in our territory.

MOREOVER, what could be more convincing of our capacity to fight terrorists if not the 2014 Global Terrorism Index which places as many as 10 African countries in the list of top 32 countries with least cases of terrorism.

ALSO, it is as clear as the Zik River that the social values in Africa are a nightmare for terrorism. It is these values of justice and equity that propelled the formation of the Civilian Joint Task Force which has been doing a wonderful job in North-Eastern Nigeria fighting and ousting the menace of Boko Haram.

FURTHERMORE, the great Marcus Cicero once remarked – to know nothing of what happened before you were born is to forever remain a child. Thus, the question begging to be asked is: has Africa ever fought or won any fight against terrorists? Besides, how better to judge Africa’s capacity other than through the caps in Africa’s reality? Africa has indeed won several battles against terrorism. And a good instance is the 1985 total obliteration of the Yan Tatsine. We also have the Lord’s Resistance Militancy of Uganda, the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone and the Die Boermag of South Africa ALL of which are heard of no more today. And ah, not to forget our dear Niger Delta Militants who by the way promised us a Civil War should Uncle Jonathan lose the election. Six months later, it is apparent they only had the jaw but not the means to start the war.

IF my friends from the Social Sciences claim that Africa lacks military might to fight the blight of terrorism, please tell them that according to the 2015 Global FirePower list which ranks countries by military strength, India has the fourth best military in the world. However, this does not stop the same India from being ranked number six of the most terrorised nations of the world by the Global Terrorism Index.

FINALLY ladies and gentlemen, before I leave the stage, I must warn us. I fear that my opponents will soon come here to dish out a perfectly prepared delicacy full of the red herring fallacy. I fear that they will present an irrelevant item in order to divert attention from the original problem. And so, let us remember that the topic of today’s debate is not do individual African countries have the capacity. It is – does Africa, the continental land of milk and honey, have the capacity to fight terrorism. Therefore, my answer remains yes, yes and yes! If we combine the acuity of South Africans, the practicality of Egyptians, the numerical capacity of Nigerians, the martial vitality of Kenyans and the positive peculiarities of the 50 other Africa nations, we will not only fight the terrible terrorists terrifying our terra firma, we will in fact win that fight.

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ASCENSUS ARMATI

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ASCENSUS ARMATI
THE RISE OF THE ARMED
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
FROM CAPE TOWN TO TUNISIA
FROM DAKAR TO SOMALIA
IN SHACKLES, WE COUNT OUR DAYS
OUR NEMESIS, OUR COMRADES

GREETINGS TO THE FREE BLACK CLAN
LUCKY IS HE BORN OF AN ABBYSINIAN
FOR HE NOR HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER
TASTED FROM THE WHITEMAN’S DANDER

IN SHACKLES, WE COUNT OUR DAYS
ALAS! SOON THAT PASSED AWAY
NO DOUBT, IT IS WAS NOT WITHOUT
MANY A KINSMAN’S BLACKOUT

NEW TO LIBERTY, WE REJOICED
OUR HOPES FOR THE UNKNOWN, WE VOICED
OUR IGNORANCE DEFENDED OUR REALISING
AS A WAR ENDS, OTHERS BEGIN

ATTENTION!
AFRICANS ARE AT TENSION
AT THE ECHO OF THE TRYING WHISTLE
AT THE SIGHT OF THE UNIFORMS’ METTLE

ATTENTION?
THIS IS AN ABOMINATION
A SHOULD-BE VIOLATION
WARNS THE AGED NATION

CORRUPTION IS EVERYWHERE, THEY SAID
THE ARISTOS ARE SHADY, THEY PLEADED
WE HAD NO CHOICE EXCEPT
ONCE AGAIN, SHACKLES, TO ACCEPT

OUR COMMON WEALTH BECAME THEIRS
THEIR FAMILY GLITCHES, OURS
ONE REGIME GIVES UP TO ANOTHER
AS DOGS DEVOURING ONE ANOTHER

OUR PRECIOUS GOLDS, THEY WITHHOLD
OUR AFFLICTION, EYES CANNOT BEHOLD
OUR STORY COULD NEVER BE TOLD
BY GREEK WRITERS OF DAYS OLD

ONCE IN A COMET COME
ONE WITH EQUITIES AND WORLDY WISDOM
WILL THINK OF THE MULTITUDE
AND GIVE SWAY TO UNBOUND QUIETUDE

GONE ARE THOSE WOEFUL DAYS
NOW ALL WE HAVE ARE TALES
GOOD RIDDANCE TO KHAKICRACY
WELCOME, ADVOCATES OF KLEPTOCRACY

THINKING OUR FUTURE BRIGHT ONCE MORE
WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT IS TO COME
THE MILTANTS HAVE SHED THEIR FURS
AS THE WHITE FOLKS, THEY BE SOLIDLY WITH US

15-year old Omoyeni IbukunOluwa wins Int’l Spelling contest

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Picture showing Ibukun and A’ishat with Professor Soyinka and President Goodluck.

After correctly spelling 37 words live
on-stage, 15 year-old Ibukun
Omoyeni of Prince of Glory College,
Lagos, spelt the word myxomatosis to
win the 2012 edition of Spellbound
Africa recently held at Abuja. He beat
children from 13 other states and the
FCT to successfully defend the Title
won by Gbemileke Oyefeso also of
Lagos State in 2011.
In second position was 12 year old
Hauwa’u Lawal of Jigawa State
Academy For the Gifted and Talented,
Bamaina. She spelt 37 words
correctly. Adaeze Williams of Divine
Mercy Secondary School, Abuja came
third, while Olivia Okechukwu of
Community Senior Secondary school
Oyingbo, Rivers State, came fourth.
The children studied 3,000 english
words for 3 months from which
words were chosen for them to spell.
Words like phantasmagoria,
arteriosclerosis, neuroinformatics,
discombobulated, higgledy-piggledy
etc were spelt.
At this event, the Guest of Honour,
the Governor of Jigawa State,
represented by Alhaji Isa Audu,
received the annual SUPER-DAD
AWARD from organisers of the
competition Ski-Hi Entertainment for
his contribution to education in
Jigawa State. He restated his
commitment to education as a
means of preparing the young
generation for the challenges ahead
of them. Aero Contractors also
received the Most Supportive &
Reliable Brand Award 2012 for
consistently supporting this project.
Spellbound Africa is an annual
spelling competition for children
studying in the English-speaking
African countries. It is for children
between 10 and 15 years old and has
run for four years now.
The Chief Executive of Ski-Hi
Entertainment, Mr. Ifeanyi Ogbu,
called on corporate brands and
media houses to consider sponsoring
academic events like this if Nigeria is
to have any hope of prosperity in
future. He also, pointed out that
football, music or acting is not the
only war to fame and fortune; but
that everyone should cooperate to
present academic excellence as a
sustainable route to the top.
15 States of the federation as well as
Ghana and Sierra Leone participated
in the 2012 edition of Spellbound
Africa.

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IbukunOluwa with his just-earned trophy.

Posting on his wall on facebook, IbukunOluwa said; ” I tried to remember 34 words from the
manual, which I was asked to spell. In no
particular order, they are;
1. Speleology
2. Dyspepsia
3. Pusillanimous
4. Protuberance
5. Anthropomorphism
6. Psephology
7. Ptomaine
8. Ulaanbaatar
9. Baksheesh
10. Aetiology
11. Quinquagesima
12. Thingamajig
13. Insouciance
14. Rhubarb
15. Sarajevo
16. Kanchenjunga
17. Chappaquiddick
18. Chimichurri
19. Formaldehyde
20. Phishing
21. Surreptitious
22. Mnemonic
23. Salopettes
24. Chrysanthemum
25. Asphyxiate
26. Ionosphere
27. Quadriplegic
28. Synaesthesia
29. Tagliatelle
30. Bougainvillea
31. Psoriasis
32. Philology
33. Kookaburra
34. Myxomatosis ”

Hmmn. How many of those do you know how to spell?
Actually, Ibukun and I are friends, and we both participated in the 2010) edition. I would have applied again in 2011 if not for the fact that I was a school leaver then.

I SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM ON HIS VICTORY.