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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Prepare to be disappointed

The Western media's blind faith in democracy and magic negroes would be almost touching if it wasn't so... blitheringly stupid:
Nothing invigorates democracy more than an incumbent's defeat. In that and other respects, challenger Muhammadu Buhari's win over President Goodluck Jonathan represents a potentially transformative moment for Nigeria -- a victory by the opposition in Africa's biggest economy. It may begin Nigeria's first peaceful transition of power between political parties since independence from the U.K. in 1960.

The aftermath of Nigeria's last presidential election, also between Buhari and Jonathan, was marred by violence that tapped divisions between north and south and Christians and Muslims. Thankfully, this time, President Jonathan has already called Buhari to congratulate him. That said, the first task facing Buhari, a former Muslim general from the north who had taken power after a military coup in the 1980s, will be to persuade Jonathan's supporters that his campaign pledges to fight corruption and crime and restore growth are not a cover for settling old scores. One of Buhari's former critics, the writer Wole Soyinka, believes Buhari when he says that he has shed his authoritarian past and become a "born again" democrat. Let's hope they're both right.
This reads as if it's written tongue-in-cheek. A country with a Muslim insurgency just elected a Muslim who formerly led a military coup and we're supposed to anticipate a positive outcome here?

I'm not saying it's impossible, merely that it is unlikely. After all, the violence after the last election was because Mr. Buhari lost.

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38 Comments:

Anonymous fish March 31, 2015 7:05 PM  

It may begin Nigeria's first peaceful transition of power between political parties since independence from the U.K. in 1960.

....and likely the last peaceful transition of power in Nigeria

Blogger Nate March 31, 2015 7:20 PM  

hey... remember when people used to think reporters worldly and insightful?


***chuckle***

OpenID Jere March 31, 2015 7:34 PM  

Jere says: So, what's the over/under on when the Nigerian armed forces are rolled inot Boko Haram and they openly pledge allegiance to ISIS?

Anonymous PhillipGeorge(c)2015 March 31, 2015 7:37 PM  

Robert Mugabe was a magic negro, because raciss. All Gay marriages are happy and multiculturalism works when muslims run it because raciss.

If cynicism was gold we'd be able to pay off the US debt.

If you are going to sleep the night in Kurt Vonnegut's slaughterhouse I suppose you might as well laugh at liberals while you're nodding off. Thanks Vox, made my day. Like an Iranian journalist doing the nuke deal defects? Why didn't they just buy a ticket to the Bahamas and drink PinaColadas while stufffing 10 pounds notes under a pole dancers thong.

You know Vox, I think crunch time is coming because too much innocent blood. Lady MacBeth's spot is river wide. 911 to MH17. It's a river now.

Blogger Corvinus March 31, 2015 7:40 PM  

A country with a Muslim insurgency just elected a Muslim who formerly led a military coup and we're supposed to anticipate a positive outcome here?

I'm just waiting for Nigeria to crack up like two other part-Christian part-Muslim countries: Bosnia and Lebanon.

Blogger frigger611 March 31, 2015 7:42 PM  

This reads as if it's written tongue-in-cheek. - VD

Could be, but I think it reads more like your average recent Harvard grad's comment in a USA Today editorial page. Well, from any recent college grad anywhere, actually.

Blogger njartist March 31, 2015 7:44 PM  

I hope that the perceptive Christians are packing emergency bags and preparing to leave. Now, will the world's most powerful Moslem give them refugee status?

Blogger Chris Mallory March 31, 2015 8:01 PM  

"I hope that the perceptive Christians are packing emergency bags and preparing to leave."

I expect it will come to a long, bloody civil war. Christians and Muslims are pretty well evenly divided in the Nigerian population. Different sources give each side a few tenths of a percentage point for having the most population.

Blogger grendel March 31, 2015 8:02 PM  

Why leave? They can fight and die in place as well as starve in a refugee camp.

Anonymous Dirtnapninja March 31, 2015 8:04 PM  

The Nigerian Christians would have stomped the Muslims years ago and had their own state if not for western support for the Muslims. Take a look France and the UK..this is your future.

Anonymous Giuseppe March 31, 2015 8:08 PM  

I lived in Nigeria too, and though it was many years ago, two things I can say with absolute certainty are:

1. Corruption in Nigeria is and always will be endemic and pervasive. The day Nigeria is free of corruption will be something like only a week after Jesus returns to Earth.

2. Because of 1. The clearing up of corruption is by default and definitions simply a clearing of the decks of those corrupt ones you like the least, and therefore, a default settling of scores, be they new or old.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge(c)2015 March 31, 2015 8:09 PM  

"elected muslim President" is as oxymoronic as "intelligence communities". What the General surely now realizes is that it is the will of allah that he became President. Surely it's also the will of allah that elections need never be held again and that dhimmis have the allah given right to pay up or die. allah hu akbar, when kenyans ruled the west, because raciss

Anonymous Salt March 31, 2015 8:23 PM  

Perhaps all the money will now stay in-country and I'll not get such offers of millions anymore. Knew I should have grabbed up a few mil when the grabbing was good.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 31, 2015 8:42 PM  

Southern Nigeria had better come into existence for the Christians' sake. But then I wonder if any Christians voted for a guy named Mohammed. If so they have only themselves to blame.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus March 31, 2015 8:45 PM  

Salt: "Perhaps all the money will now stay in-country and I'll not get such offers of millions anymore. Knew I should have grabbed up a few mil when the grabbing was good."

(Quickly checks spam file.) Too late for me too, darn it!

These African countries improve so fast, how can anyone keep up?

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus March 31, 2015 8:49 PM  

Dirtnapninja: "The Nigerian Christians would have stomped the Muslims years ago and had their own state if not for western support for the Muslims. Take a look France and the UK..this is your future."

Our ruling class has, collectively, strong Judeo-Christian values. Judeo-Christian values are murder on Christians.

Blogger Alexander Thompson March 31, 2015 8:58 PM  

Maybe he will end up destroying the country enough so they stop sending us emails.

Anonymous anon123 March 31, 2015 9:09 PM  

Dear Mr. Goodluck Jonathon, I am an attorney representing the estate of your long lost uncle Sincerly. He left you a substantial estate. If you send me $20,000 I can expedite....

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 31, 2015 9:10 PM  

Wow, Bloomberg is stupid.

Blood rivals gold in its eternal value.

Blood is currency too, so the Christians are either going to have to leave or stand to fight a losing battle, I 2nd the France and UK total change overs to lands natives don't recognize anymore.

Speaking of Jesus aljazeera reports singapore teen is charged with disturbing religious harmony insulting the deceased ex leader and comparing him to Jesus in quite a foul manner.

Did Singapore import endless immigrants? Nope. What does Singapore want? To be left alone to be their own people. These endless conversions to false prison religions must be a response to epic stupidity or a regional religious pull. All this bloodshed over islam isnt going well, Bloomberg's opinion is wrong, its more misery not democracy.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 31, 2015 9:12 PM  

OT: continuing about Singapore's non-Islam problem or EU worship, from Forbes;

"Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, died last week at age 91. Almost every obituary has remarked on the radical transition his leadership heralded. As John Fund wrote at National Review:

By embracing free trade, capital formation, vigorous meritocratic education, low taxes, and a reliable judicial system, Lee raised the per capita income of his country from $500 a year to some $52,000 a year today. That’s 50 percent higher than that of Britain, the colonial power that ruled Singapore for 150 years. Its average annual growth rate has averaged 7 percent since the 1970s.

Part of the reason for Singapore’s remarkable climb up the international income ladder is bread and butter capitalism. The Frasier institute’s Freedom of the World report lists Singapore as the second freest economy in the world — right behind Hong Kong. As Frasier scholars have demonstrated year after year, economic growth and free markets go hand and hand.

But Singapore has done something even more remarkable than its economic accomplishments. It has built an alternative to the European style welfare state. Think of all the reasons why people turn to government in other developed countries: retirement income, housing, education, medical care etc. In Singapore people are required to save to take care of these needs themselves.

At times the forced saving rate has been as high as 50% of income. Today, employees under 50 years of age must set aside 20% of their wages and employers must contribute another 16%. These funds go into accounts where they grow through time until specific needs arise. For example, one of the uses for these savings is housing. About 90% of Singapore households are home owners – the highest rate of home ownership in the world."

Blogger pyrrhus March 31, 2015 9:19 PM  

Average IQ in Nigeria...about 70. When the oil runs out, bye bye economy....

Anonymous zen0 March 31, 2015 9:51 PM  

The second part of the Goodluck ticket was a guy called Sambo.

Instead of referring to "little black Sambo" , you can now legitimately refer to "Little Nigerian Sambo".

Send out the memo...........

Anonymous John VI March 31, 2015 9:57 PM  

his campaign pledges to fight corruption and crime and restore growth

Why do I get the feeling his plan to restore growth involves upgrading internet access and servers so that all those Nigerian princes can send more, faster emails out to north America?

Anonymous Jack Amok March 31, 2015 10:01 PM  

hey... remember when people used to think reporters worldly and insightful?

I used to think they were mostly drunk and disillusioned. Now I realize that would be an improvement.

As far as Nigeria, how can you not vote for a guy named Goodluck? Well, I don't know how effective Ol Goodluck actually was, but Nigeria did have one of the more effective responses to ebola according to an infectious disease specialist I know. Wonder how well the muzzie will handle the next one.

Anonymous Rolf March 31, 2015 10:04 PM  

Changing presidents in Nigeria and expecting a dramatically different outcome is sort of like appointing the engineer's mate captain of the Titanic because he made a better argument about rearranging deck chairs and thinking it'll change the situation.

Anonymous Dikaios Rik March 31, 2015 10:17 PM  

@LP 999/Eliza:

I've been following the Singapore issue for a while (hard not to when you have to be in the country for work), and it's amusing how so many Western publications have a mental meltdown at the supposed "impossibility" of an authoritarian and "illberal" society managing to function with little corruption and high living standards for its citizens. Then they bring out the usual preaching on "democracy, liberalism, freedom of speech", as if those three magical things were all it took for a government to work and a society to run.

Anonymous Mobutu March 31, 2015 10:35 PM  

When the oil runs out, bye bye economy...."

What's the worry about? I see a price increase in albino skins and organs!

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 31, 2015 10:36 PM  

That system of government works for the Chinese. The US Constitution only works for a certain type of people. That the way it is. Brutal suppression is the only way to keep inbred Arabs from slaughtering each other.

Anonymous Chandler's Ghost March 31, 2015 10:39 PM  

Maybe he will end up destroying the country enough so they stop sending us emails.

You probably won't have to wait that long. Goodluck Jonathan was the one sending the emails.

Blogger JCclimber March 31, 2015 11:10 PM  

we certainly needed another civil war in Africa. And another one with muslims fighting christians and animists. Yeah, this is going to be long, bloody, miserable.

Anonymous BluntForceTrauma March 31, 2015 11:20 PM  

Girlfriend is Nigerian, so I've been paying attention to these things and, plus, I've got an inside track. Giuseppe (above) is correct about the systemic corruption.

The only reason Jonathon is conceding graciously is because he had the previous four years to plunder the public treasury and now he's set for life.

Nigeria, like Iraq and other Western creations, needs to split, at the very least, into Muslim North and a Christian South. But the South has the oil that feeds the whole country's economy so they're gonna be forced to stay.

Anonymous Sensei April 01, 2015 12:41 AM  

There's a Christian/Muslim fault line running straight through Africa, it's why Sudan finally split. Internal pressures may force Nigeria to do the same, national boundaries are causing more problems at this point. Africa should just recognize a demarcation line with an enforced neutrality zone.

Blogger Remo April 01, 2015 6:20 AM  

I think I did read something about this a few years back in the Onion... What was it.... Ah yes:
here it is...

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey April 01, 2015 8:18 AM  

Yeah, this is going to be long, bloody, miserable.

As long as the combatants remain in Nigeria and we don't import them, it will not be miserable for us.

Perhaps a long, bloody civil war is just what an over-populated Nigeria needs.

Blogger Corvinus April 01, 2015 1:56 PM  

Among Nigerians, the Christians at least put on a show of being civilized, but the Muslims act like arrogant, low-info douchebags. (Islam appears to attract that personality type -- black American Muslims act the same way.)

I hope that the perceptive Christians are packing emergency bags and preparing to leave. Now, will the world's most powerful Moslem give them refugee status?

@njartist
No. Absolutely not. Nigeria has far too many people for anybody to absorb. They can't leave. They have to fight.

Nigeria, like Iraq and other Western creations, needs to split, at the very least, into Muslim North and a Christian South. But the South has the oil that feeds the whole country's economy so they're gonna be forced to stay.

By whom? Sudan already split for that reason. India split back in 1947; it's why Pakistan and Bangladesh exist. Or why Bosnia has the Republika Srpska. Or why Singapore was literally kicked out of Malaysia. Muslims seem to piss off everyone, not just Christians.

Next time there's a civil war in Nigeria -- and it will come -- I guarantee it won't be just Biafra trying to secede. If Mr. Buhari tightens the screws on Christians too much, expect an explosion.

Blogger SirHamster April 01, 2015 2:35 PM  

As far as Nigeria, how can you not vote for a guy named Goodluck? Well, I don't know how effective Ol Goodluck actually was, but Nigeria did have one of the more effective responses to ebola according to an infectious disease specialist I know. Wonder how well the muzzie will handle the next one.

Inshallah.

Anonymous 0007 April 01, 2015 5:07 PM  

Everybody seems to have forgotten that the Christians in Nigeria tried setting up their own country back in the '60s.
It was called Biafia - and it endured for about three years - until the muzzies killed everybody they could while the west stood around drinking their cocktails.

Blogger Joshua Sinistar April 02, 2015 7:12 PM  

Now everyone of you Libertarians tell me it was a mistake to back the Shah. Do you see now why its a bad idea to let the natives sell you oil they didn't discover and have no use for themselves. If we told the camel jockeys in Saudi Arabia to pound sand the oil was belong to us, most of our problems wouldn't exist, because without oil money those camel jockeys could only blow camels.
There is no free market. Money and power in the wrong hands is bad for everyone. It doesn't start bad, but usually ends that way. How many times does this shit have to happen before you stop being fair and start facing facts?

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