Monday, November 10, 2014
Folks, for as long as we in Africa cannot separate the trees from the forest, we will continue to be at the receiving end of all kinds of schemes detrimental to our territorial integrity and aspirations in life. We are persistently crying over the scourge of centuries of colonization, enslavement, and exploitation but cannot think deeply enough about issues to solve our existential problems. We continue to jump on each other in a needless and bizarre dog-eat-dog gridlock while those who know how to exploit the situation sneak through to maximize dividends.
For how long must we continue to be the architects of our own plight? Take the massive influx of the Chinese into territories, including Ghana, where they engage in activities detrimental to the interests of the host countries. Yet our governments cannot do anything to secure national interests. They either connive with these undesirables or just sit back, unconcerned at the harm being caused by them.
Just consider the numerous problems confronting us in this century—as happened in previous centuries—and you shouldn’t be surprised to know that we are really lost in the scheme of things in this world. With all the natural and human resources at our disposal, we still cannot lift ourselves out of the doldrums just because we have no idea how to solve problems. In failing to improve our lot, we expose ourselves to all kinds of manouevres that favour outsiders.
Something new is emerging to confirm that we are lost: “Tens of thousands of stateless people in Kuwait —known as Bidun—could be offered citizenship of the Comoros islands off Africa, an official says.
The senior interior ministry official told a local newspaper that the Bidun would be given special applications for economic citizenship in the Comoros. He said those who accepted would receive residence permits in Kuwait.
More than 100,000 Bidun claim Kuwaiti nationality but are considered illegal residents by the government. (Read it all here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29982964)
Can this issue ever be rationalized by anybody wishing to know why people born and raised in Kuwait can be declared as “stateless” and be dumped in a part of Africa to become legitimate citizens of the new territory? How can this be possible? So, being stateless in Kuwait can just be neutralized by being dumped in the Comoros and a cover of citizenship carved for the beneficiaries? Inconceivable. Only in Africa can that brazen disregard be tolerated!!
What is it about the Bidun that makes them “undesirables” in Kuwait? And why should the Comoros now become their safe haven and provide them the opportunity to re-engineer themselves into “desirables”?
In the first place, who are these Bidun? Where did they come from? Where have they been as human beings (black, white, or albino?) and why are they not considered as fit to be Kuwaiti citizens to be accorded all the respect and dignity that every human should have? Where is the United Nations (its 1948 Declaration of Fundamental Human Rights in view)?
And why should the Comoros be the destination for these undesirables? Does the Comoros have a functioning government? If it does, what can be the reason for the government’s consent to have these stateless Bidun dumped in the Comoros to be invested with citizenship and dignity as human beings? Where will their allegiance lie? To Kuwait (now that they would be legitimized as human beings born and raised in Kuwait) or the Comoros (the receptacle for this trans-cultural nonsense)? Too many disturbing questions!!
If what is afoot is not a new form of colonization of an African territory, then, what else is? And if the intention materializes, what next will Kuwait or any other country do to rid themselves of problems that they cannot solve?
We recall the role of the Arab world in the obnoxious Trans-Saharan Slave Trade and the magnified Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. What is it that makes these Arabs consider themselves superior to Africans? Too annoying for further analysis!!
I shall return…
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