I watched in the news recently about the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan being kidnapped. The leader of the country was abducted by gunmen inside his official residence. I only repeated this to hammer in the absurdity of the situation. He was at his residence in the luxurious Corinthia in Tripoli, the country’s capital when a group of gunmen went in and seized him to take him to an unknown location. They said they held him on corruption charges. They decided he was corrupt, they decided to try him in their own court, and also they decided to abduct him, and they did. And yet this is the democracy they were promised when their late leader was killed like a common criminal.
As if this madness was not enough, days later, Egyptian coach, Hossam Al-Badry, the Head Coach of Al-Ahli was shot at in Libya; hours after his team had drawn a league match last Saturday.
I know the western world has always seen African countries as inferior, because of our colour and the level of poverty that has engulfed us, but please understand that Libya is a stand-alone country, self-governing and with citizens who have fundamental human rights to live, let live and have some form of happiness. These are all rights that are God given and it is free of charge.
No matter how weak Libya is thought of, it should be safe to say or assume that it’s a country like other countries.
Can you imagine Barrack Obama being abducted from the White House, Enda Kenny from Steward’s Lodge, John Dramani Mahama being abducted from the Flagstaff House , David Cameron from number 10 Downing Street, Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin, Angela Mikel from Bundeskanzleramt, I could go on and on and I would be very surprised if the answer to all these is yes.
My question then is, now that it has happened, doesn’t the level of security in a country that has been ‘liberated’ frighten anyone or everyone as a matter of fact. Yes, the point can be raised that Libya is thousands of miles away, but can’t we all take a minute to consider how Libya got to where it is?
Is what happened to them really that far-fetched that it can’t happen to anyone? Especially here in Ghana, looking at the level of despondency and the allegations of corruption, coupled with the level of hardships Ghanaians are going through?
Libya was a country that had a semblance of normalcy, like any other country in its infrastructure.
Emphasis on the words ‘semblance’ and ‘infrastructures,’ because the place was governed by a dictator, Muamar Al-Ghadafi until he was toppled in 2011, in what had come to be known as the Arab Spring, which started in Tunisia, as a results of untold hardships, when a young man decided to set himself ablaze.
Like I have said before, I have lived in a country under military dictatorship before and it’s in no way pleasant. Dictatorship being bad, however, is it worth getting rid of the entire country to rid it of dictatorship when the alternative is worse?
Yes, the Prime Minister was friendly enough to grant interviews to media houses, both local and international, but a whole lot more unsafe than when Gaddafi was there.
In place of Gaddafi’s single army of terror, there are now many militias who terrorize the citizenry of the country.
How much confidence must you possess to go and take a country’s leader and carry out a smooth operation?
Now, imagine the country having many more groups like that jostling for power? How can that be a good thing? Dear President Barrack Obama and Nicholas Sarkorzy, is this the freedom you promised to the Libyan people?
Africa is increasingly becoming unsafe for its citizens. Our own country not too long ago, lost one of it’s illustrate sons, in the person of Prof. Kofi Awoonor, in a Hollywood movie style faction in a Kenyan shopping mall.
The sheer bravado that characterized the mayhem at Westgate shopping Mall in Kenya is one that should get everybody thinking. How safe are we in our respective countries?
Terrorists are finding safe haven in Africa, because of hopelessness and lack of opportunities for its youth. The devil it is said finds work for the idle hand.
The youth are poised to work, the energy they have if not properly directed in productive ventures, can most often be deployed into what we have on our hands.
Our leaders must begin to shed the corruption that has engulfed them.