Nigeria is being punished with global crippling sanctions thanks to President Goodluck Jonathan

February 26, 2015 9:00 am

is being punished with global crippling sanctions thanks to its current leadership.

The far reaching military and security infrastructure sanctions which
have been in effect since as early as 2012 have caused immense hardship,
embarrassment and continuous death in the populous African nation of
170 million.

The current administration is being sanctioned from purchasing military
and police hardware. Until the Jonathan administration recently went to
shop in eastern European and Asian markets, the equipments in use in
Nigeria were purchased in the prior civilian governments like the
Obasanjo and Shagari governments and military administrations like the
Buhari/Idiagbon and again Obasanjo administrations with the Jonathan
government simply barred from buying even simple policing equipment from
western markets.Goodluck Jonathan the democratically elected and now embattled president
of Nigeria has been noticeably very bitter about the harsh sanctions
which he complained extended to stuff as meager as anti riot tear-gas.
Jonathan snorted that if he was reelected he will make sure Nigeria can
manufacture the ‘mere’ gas because such sanctions against the nation –
courtesy of the character of his government – were not fair.

Barely has Cameroon, Nigeria’s eastern neighbor began its full scale war
against Boko Haram than the United states promised the West African
nation its full support in procuring military equipment. “My government
is working on a logistic pipeline of material that will enhance
Cameroon’s ability to defend itself from Boko Haram,” U.S. ambassador to
Cameroon, Michael Stephen Hoza said earlier this February.

According to the United States, multiple human right violations by the
Jonathan administration had warranted the institution of these crippling
sanctions on military and policing equipment.

For the six years of the Jonathan government waging its so-called war
against Boko Haram, hundreds of violations came to fore, with the
terrorists always acquiring the weapons and technology from the Nigerian
army in systematic transfer. Recently questionable standard armed
drones purchased from China went down in Dumge in Boko Haram territory,
putting the technology in the reach of the terrorists and other global
mischievous entities.

Over 32 billion dollars spent on defense could hardly be accounted for
except in terms of hardware in the hands of the terrorists. And the
security department violations are notable not only on the frontlines
but in actions of Nigeria’s military and police across the nation under
the current dispensation. Recently the army has been further discredited
as a professional and trustworthy department, being caught openly
involved in election rigging and pro-ruling party election date

Though the proclaimed posture of the Nigerian government, to sacrifice
and continue taking the nation through the deadly hardship of the
sanctions while promoting manufacturing is the common choice in the
event unfair sanctions, Nigerians case is different and rather

Firstly it is unfair for the global powers to have sanctioned the entire nation rather than its culpable corrupt leadership.

Secondly Nigeria was sanctioned not because it erred collectively and in
policy but because it has ‘reprehensible’ leaders. These democratically
elected rulers should first be replaced to give ease to the people and
save lives then manufacturing can be invested in on stable terms. This
should have been the target of sanctions. The Nigerian case is not the
typical nation-under-military-dictator cases where the nations are
sanctioned to punish the people to remove their leadership. In Nigeria’s
case, the nation is officially in a democratic dispensation where its
leaders can be impeached or alternatively voted out of power; hence the
foreign nations should have pushed for better options for Nigerian
suffering and dying masses than cripple the people while those in power
actually continue to live large and at ease.

Economic sanctions: Either by intention or by proxy, Nigeria is
additionally suffering from economic sanctions imposed on Russia in the
oil price manipulation war. Again, lack of economic buffers by the
Jonathan administration has made the nation’s masses susceptible to and
victims of an economic war that perhaps the African nation was not a
direct target in.

In conclusion, bad choices have left Nigeria’s people punished and
deprived from within and without. Sanctions have depleted the capacity
of the nation to protect its people; but the lack of sanctions will
encourage the rulers to kill their own people. It’s a lose-lose
situation for Nigeria’s commoners.

Sanctions may encourage productivity, but the masses suffer the most
while the cabal and leadership are barely touched by typical western
imposed sanctions. Are Nigeria’s already suffering masses ready ride and
die with its rulers and go down for the crimes of its notably corrupt
leadership? Or will they rather let go of both the sanctions and the
rulers who earned them? That is definitely a question to be answered on
March 128th, elections day.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah [Every Nigerian Do Something] 
Email: [email protected] Twitter: @EveryNigerian
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