Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Slaps the UN for being Reactive rather than Proactive in Conflicts Prevention in Togo and the Cameroons
Former Nigerian President, Peace Crusader, Democracy Icon and Founder of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, GoodluckEbele Jonathan, has lambasted the UN for duplicity and not living up to its responsibilities of ensuring global peace and security, especially at a time when West Africa in particular and the World at large is gradually sliding into a quagmire of political instability and anarchy. The former President was speaking in Greece as one of the Guest Speakers at the 15th anniversary of the Dialogue of Civilization at Rhodes, under the theme; “Multi-polarity and Dialogue in Regional and Global Development: Imagining a Possible Future”
According to the African leader, the failure of the world peace body to be decisive in handling prolonged conflicts in the Middle East, notably Iraq and Syria, East Asia and Africa, particularly with the Cameroons as a recent example is a conclusive evidence of her passive and unresponsive disposition in conflict prevention or resolution. He picked holes at the treatment of African citizens by their leaders pertaining to the practice of democratic principles. Like other global leaders during the recent UNGA, the Nigerian leader advocated for meaningful reforms within the UN system that would able it to be proactive in addressing 21st century crisis, particularly in the West African nations of Togo and the Cameroons. Empowering regional bodies like the AU and ECOWAS, he noted will boost their commitment in assisting the UN perform her function of maintaining global peace and Security.
Contextually, the lackadaisical attitude of the UN in handling the present crisis in the Cameroons is an apt example of how the peace and security body has made itself a fire fighting rather than a fire prevention organization. In a one year long crisis whose onus lie squarely at the door step of the UN and her key members of Britain and France, the organization has been merely rhetoric than pragmatic in its reaction. Even with the present genocidal activities of La Republque du Cameroon currently going on in the Southern Cameroons since October 1st 2017, the world’s governing body and its affiliated agencies have only ended at issuing condemnations and calls for dialogue and restrain from both sides from their cozy offices in New York.
It is true that international politics and diplomacy is a very complex and intriguing game where nations scheme for their national and personal interests rather than international interest. There seem to be a kind of internal politics of interests within the Security Council of the UN which must be played and concluded before it is taken out of the council to the larger world. This probably explains the organization’s sluggish approach to conflict prevention and resolution around the world. In the case of Southern Cameroons in particular, it is evident that an eminent restoration of the independence of Ambazonia is a serious threat to the economic and exploitative interest of France who is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a veto power. It is therefore very likely that immediate action by the UN to forestall an increasing escalation of the situation in Ambaland shall continuously be slothful until when France is convinced that her interest will be protected in an independent Ambazonia. Nevertheless, the Interim Governing Council, as part of their diplomatic offensive must ensure that they threat France, less of an enemy and promise them a cordial diplomatic and economic space in a Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
The declaration of the restoration of the Independence of Southern Cameroons is anchored on truth, justice and the UN’s own chatter and resolutions. It will therefore be highly duplicitous for France to attempt to truncate the freedom of a people and her unborn generations by being insolent to the laws and resolutions of an organization to which she is a key stakeholder, on the altar of greed and French national interest.
BaretaNews Political News Analyst