Madunagu Condemns Killing
AMID mixed reactions trailing the death of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Federal Government yesterday described his demise and the possible ripples it would generate as a vindication of Nigeria’s position to recognise the Transitional National Council (NTC).
Meanwhile,a former university teacher and The Guardian Newspapers Columnist, Dr. Edwin Madunagu, yesterday condemned the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.
But Nigeria’s reaction as announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday did not spell out how it intends to engage the new regime in Tripoli in the reconstruction of Libya, a country that has a surfeit of Nigerian migrants.
Responding to The Guardian’s enquiry, the ministry, in a statement, said: “Nigeria has taken cognisance of the death of Gaddafi. This happening vindicates our foresight and vision in taking the step to recognise the fledging NTC then. Over 40 African countries later joined our initiative in support of the Libya people’s struggle to free themselves from an oppressive rule.”
The statement added“Nigeria showed leadership and courage in the struggle despite strong criticisms by a section of the media. The stand of the federal government of Nigeria is principled and a diplomatically correct”
Early last month, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru, insisted that the federal government’s backing of the TNC was in pursuance of the national interest.
Ashiru also disclosed then that the African Union (AU) report of the meeting of the high-level ad hoc committee on Libya had declared the efforts by South African President Jacob Zuma as a failed one, prompting Nigeria to act to save the situation from deteriorating further.
According to Madunagu “There is nothing new happening in Libya. “It is expected that
NATO was going to kill Gaddafi that way. There is nothing to jubilate about the death of Gaddafi. No African leader is jubilating except people like the American President, Barack Obama, Britain Prime Minister, David Cameron, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy. It is shameful that African don’t have self-pride,” He said said that it was not the Libyan rebels that killed Gaddafi but NATO who masterminded the bombings of Libya.
“ The crisis in Libya is beyond the issue of the tenure elongation by Gaddafi.
How long has Queen Elizabeth of England being in power. The Labour and the Conservative parties have been rotating the post of the Prime Minister of Britain between themselves for so long, is that not greed? ,he queried.
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