Yardy bucked custom and publicly criticized Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe at the ongoing EU-AU Summit in Germany. Nigeria's head of state again used the term "Rule of Law" (I wonder if anyone is counting how many times the man has uttered that term, Nigeria Politricks, are you game?). To the gathering of European officials and African representatives, Yardy said,
“I want to emphasise that what is happening in Zimbabwe is not in conformity with the rule of law. I do not subscribe to this."Okay, I will admit that I am also getting tired of hearing the term "Rule of Law" uttered by Yardy. It appears that every time I read any statement made by him, it must contain those three words. He is obviously working hard to be make "Rule of Law' his moniker. That is fine because we all know that Nigeria and some other countries - Zimbabwe, included - need to better practice respect for the rule of law.
Yet, I cannot help but notice that Yardy was pandering to the audience. He was in Germany for the European Partnership with Africa Summit. He went on to implore attendees to not turn the presence of Zimbabwe into a divisive issue that could steer attention from the fact that the event will be mutually beneficial for EU and AU nations. Yardy also requested the equivalent of the "Marshall Plan" for Africa. His suggestion was to increase foreign assistance to develop African nations. He apparently said the right things. And, this makes me wonder why the President of Nigeria can be such a capable speaker about Zimbabwe when he in Germany, and yet fail to decisively comment AT ALL on pressing corruption issues at home! Yes, once again, I am harping on the Ettehgate scandal which he avoided by simply relegating it to a due process issue.
I mean, come on, you have to take a stance! Even, OBJ is publicly questioning Yardy's "sof'ly, sof'ly" style. Obasanjo told Nigeria's The Nation newspaper, ""For Nigeria to be great, [Yar'Adua] must be prepared to take tough decisions and carry out reforms..." Although, I believe OBJ is not in a position to comment on the performance of the present administration, I must confess that for once, we are of the same opinion on an issue.
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