Saturday, 2 January 2010
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Genesis of a Nigerian Terrorist
Nigeria as we all know is famously notorious for the export of Oil, Endemic Corruption, 419 scams, Kidnapping for ransom, intractable problems in the Delta region and leads the way in showing the world how to misrule a nation.
So you can imagine how bemused I am to find out that we have just received another accolade courtsey of the young man Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as we now join the list of countries like Afghanistan Iran, Iraq and Pakistan with the potential for producing international terrorists intent on mass murder.
I suspect from now on things will get a lot tougher for Nigerians travelling anywhere near the U.S.
A lot has been already written in the press about this incident as the western press true to form have a field day about more negative news regarding our dear beloved Nigeria however I am still quite baffled about the whole incident and feel that there are some questions that still need to be answered.
This guy comes from a wealthy priviledged family lived in an expensive apartment in London and yet tried to blow up a plane on the alleged prompting of al-qaeda if we accept the well known fact that Nigeria is a potential breeding ground for terrorism due the rampant corruption injustice and unemployment I am still baffled as to what this guy's underlying motivations were and would really like to hear what he has to say to justify his actions.
Was this just a case of brainwashing or were there other underlying reasons
Why go all the way to the U.S to attack an American Airline when there are so many corrupt past and present politicians in Nigeria that continue to ruin the country.
Can we honestly blame the west for the present plight of our nation and the fact that as an oil producing country blessed with untold resources Nigeria manages to squander it's wealth at an unprecedented rate
Or am l missing something here.
On a positive I must congratulate his father on trying to do the right thing by alerting the U.S authourities on the potential danger however why they chose to ignore his warning's and not properly investigate his son -baffles me, was this another case of western arrogance and believing that his Nigerian father did'nt know what he was talking about or his story lacked credibility. after all it's not everyday that you get father's alerting authourities about a security risk posed by a dangerous son.
Na wa o I Wonder!!
Meanwhile true to form our friends the Al-Qaeda have been quick to claim responsibility for the bomb plot claiming that it was in response to the U.S killing of miltants in Yemen
Why they had to get a Nigerian involved baffles me I've always thought that we were too smart to do other peoples dirty work but then maybe that's a simplistic view of a rather complex situation.
Anyway peace and God bless to all may the year 2010 be a better year for us all I think we all need it