For long I’ve regarded Libyan strongman, Col. Muamar Gadaffi, as a lunatic thanks to his oft-controversial utterances. After the just ended African Union’s annual conference, he was quoted saying things no sane mind can say after his bid to lead this organization for two terms was turned down. He thereof backed off and said he’d turn to the Arab League to get the same. What went on thereafter, nobody knows.
Gadaffi recently proved my take when he created quite a stir averring that Nigeria be halved into two, thanks to religious carnage it recently experienced whereby hundreds of innocent people were savagely butchered. Gadaffi remarks on Nigeria and religious terrorism attracted attention of many more than the first one.
This time, Gadaffi found his match. The speaker of the senate David Mark had this to say about the man and his irresponsible and noxious remarks: “A mad man who said the same thing about England … and he said the same thing about every other country and then you want to give him any prominence at all, truly, in my candid opinion, I don’t think he deserves our attention.”
For a person of Mark’s stature to reach this dressing-down conclusion, Gadaffi verily crossed the red line. Mark is right. How can a sane person insult Nigeria especially at this time it is embroiled in constitutional crisis resulting from the health of its bedridden president surrounded by power brokers? Nigeria’s response to this salvo it called irresponsible did not end up calling Gadaffi a mad man. It also recalled its ambassador from Libya as protest to this megalomania. Many still wonder how such divisive element was made a chair of African Union whilst his solution has always been simple and nugatory.
African dictators have proved to be and rabid out of touch. At the same time, Ugandan strongman averred that donors must stop lecturing him about good governance since he is an expert in the area! He was quoted as thus: “Donor aid should come in areas where Uganda needs development not in governance, I am already an expert in governance, who can again lecture me about governance?” Is Museveni an expert in good governance or bad one? Isn’t this mania really? If anything, Museveni is an expert in but manipulation, intimidation, corruption and what not.
More on Gadaffi. He’s always supported Islam at the peril and dismay of other religions, especially Christianity which he hates the most. In March 2008 when inaugurating the biggest mosque in Uganda he financed, he was quoted as thus: “The Bible we have now is not the one that was revealed to Issa [Jesus] and the Old Testament is not the one that was revealed to Musa. Muhammad is mentioned in both (original versions), but the Torah and Bible we have now, there is no mention of him.”
This simpleton did not end up there. He added in paraphrasing his salvos so as to clearly be understood. He said: “It means that it (Bible) has been forged. Prophet Muhammad was sent to mankind. Allah wanted mankind to have one religion. The Koran that we have is the only book that was sent by Allah. We believe in the Bible as well as the Torah.”
What does Gadaffi’s machination-cum-suggestion mean? Nigeria be divided so that he can fully support the Islamic north to attack Christian south as he was doing in Sudan when it was terrorizing Christian south. However, Gadaffi and the likes must understand. Like Sudan, northern Nigeria has no oil. Therefore attempting this suttee will nary help any Nigerians even if Muslims can be easily lulled into this gin.
When this self conscripted Islamic crusader- in-chief puked his puerile wisdom, many religious people in Uganda frontally confronted him by hitting back, reminding him how the book he thinks authentic is a poetic copy of the one he castigates.
Gadaffi’s Islamic crusade did not start yesterday. In 1978 he supported Idi Amin when he invaded Tanzania. The lesson he got for this insanity has nary escaped his memory. In 2006 Gadaffi was quoted as thus: “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.” This megalomania borders the one once proposed by some stupid immigrants in UK, that UK must be ruled Islamic leader and Koran not by the queen and the constitution.
More on Gadaffi’s Islamic fundamentalism appeared in 2009 in Rome where he went to attend FAO’s conference when he urged 100 Italian beauties to convert in Islam. He said that Jesus came for Jews whilst Mohammad came for everybody. But he forgot one cardinal in the Koran that say that Allah brought Islam in Arabic so that Arabs could understand it. To prove how lunatic the man is, at the end of the lecture of converting to Islam he gave the girls copies of Koran and 50 Euros each. One of them, Silvia Figliozzi, grumbled: ”We were at least expecting a snack.”
Before the furore of halving Nigeria, Gadaffi was at it with Switzerland. He wanted Muslims all over the world to fight the Swiss simply because they denied visas to Libyan officials! He was quoted as thus: “There is a big difference between terrorism and jihad which is a right to armed struggle”. Gaddafi added: “Let us fight against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression”.
We’ve presented as many quotes from Gadaffi to prove how lunatic the guy is. In March last year International Christian Concern (ICC) slapped Gadaffi in the face after revealing how Libyan intelligence tortured Christian converts for weeks. What hypocrisy and double standard! Can such a biased- funky creature have any good lesson for Africa? ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho, had this to say: “We call upon Libyan officials to stop torturing the four Christians and release them from detention. Libya must respect the rights of its citizens to worship freely and not to be tortured. We particularly ask the Libyan leader and the current head of the African Union, Mr. Muammar Gaddafi, to set the prisoners free and demonstrate his country’s commitment to respect human rights.”
In a nutshell, this is but a drop in the ocean of Gadaffi’s frenzy. His madness is unearthed when he goes around preaching the United States of Africa chaired by him on the one hand, as he preaches the division of African countries on the other hand.
Importantly, Africa needs to know. Gadaffi is dangerous and, thus, we must keep off from him despite his petrodollar many mumbo jumbos badly need. Indeed Gadaffi needs to have his head examined.