Abuja Bleeding: Car bomb hits Nigeria UN building
By Ben Nakomo
A bomb blast tore through United Nations offices in the Nigerian capital Abuja killing more than 16 people on Friday, August 26, 2011. This is in line with a series of bomb blasts that have rocked the country for the past twenty months.
The unleashing of bombs accross the country follows on the heels of kidnappings and hostage takings in the Niger delta. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country of almost 150 million people, has a notoriety of being unable to supply electricity to its people for one hour continuously, water taps even in mansions do not flow lest from a stale storage tank. Running water and stable-constant electricity supply are basic necessities that even the citizens of Togo and Chad enjoy.
The omipresence of armed robbery, cyber-robbery and a mountain of corruption has rendered the country ungovernable. However, because of its rich oil resources under the control of a corrupt wealthy elite and their cronies in-and-out of the military, the Abuja regime has friends from Washington DC to London, Sidney to Paris being courted for its oilm whilst more than 50% of its population (about 75 million) people parasite on less than 2 US dollars per day.
The dozens of people killed in the recent bomb blast, in an apparent suicide car bombing at the UN building in the Nigerian capital Abuja, not only destroyed the lower floors of the building, but destroyed Nigeria's already tarnished reputation as a place not to go for tourism and not even ready for civilized modern business.
On the heat of its independence celebrations in June 2010, bombs exploded in its Federal capital despite the presence of foreign dignatories and Heads of States. Nigeria could not protect even its foreign guests. Some left immediately too scared to spend the night, despite all assurances from Dr Jonathan Goodluck!
A blast of the UN office is clear indication that Nigeria is a failed state. A huge land mass and a carrying capacity of 150 million inhabitants do not make you a great nation. Greatness is not by word of mouth. It is by deed and actions. By all accounts, Nigeria does not work. Nigeria is a failed state.
The Goodluck regime that succeeded a line of millitocracy - military folks who throw away their uniforms only to dorn civilian clothes and head political parties - has failed in its infancy to secure life and property in Nigeria, and arrest the flow of blood.
Whether it is the radical Islamic group - Boko Haram or disgruntled local groups including activists from the polluted oil-producing areas in the south-west, it is an indictment of the failures of the Nigerian society.
Recently, the father of Chelsea Football Club midfielder, John Mikel Obi was kidnapped. In 2009, a Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab with explosives in his dross attempted to blow up a plane over the American sky.
Nigeria has a potential to produce 2 million barrels of crude oil in a day. But Nigerians queue for petrol daily, for long hours where a three-hour wait is a luxury! In some of its states, petrol queues begin as early as 3 a.m. If you can't wait, then you make do by purchasing from road-side retailers a low quality adultrated fuel.
Local hospitals flooding with the injured from the UN office bomb-blast, are possibly plagued with power or electricity failure, or noise-pollution from generators, no running water or ambulance's short of fuel or perhaps locked up in a six-hour bizantine-era traffic jam, which are part of the daily-menu of mayhem that decribes the Nigerian connundrum and reports on the failures of Africa's most populous republic.
Nigeria, who's domestic policy has failed as well as its moribund foreign policy perennially at variance with continental positions - from Abidjan to Tripoli - simply to please its neocolonist friends, finds it increasingly hard to muscle a proud position in the community of civilised emerging nations. Without doubt, after Somalia, Nigeria is Africa's latest failed state.
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