Thank you, my sister. I was so pissed off. I have, myself, served in the UN for a few years and I am fully aware of the Politics of the place. Kofi himself was an insider before his well deserved elevation to Secretary-general.
I have high regard for him and the way he has conducted himself and the way he has projected Africa and the Third World in that office. I was one Nigerian who was thankful to God our own Obasanjo did not get the job. That would have been a disaster, given Obasanjo's track record we have all come to know.
Kofi is an exceptional international public servant, and a big pride to Africa and the whole world at large, all things considered. I regret the fact that his son may have misrepresented or maligned his squeaky clean reputation by getting involved in the scandal, but that must not rise to the level of throwing out the baby with the bath water which is what the current US Administration is attempting to do. Kofi did not benefit a single dime from the Food for Oil Program. To want to rubbish a Nobel Peace Laureate by merit along with an uncommon criminal and ruthless dictator like Saddam is a travesty of justice and grossly unfair, in my judgment Senator Norman Coleman is only flying a kite for President Bush. The hand is that of Esau, but the voice is clearly that of Jacob. Who are they trying to fool, but themselves?
By conventional wisdom, and international standards of equity and justice,you presume an accused innocent, until proven guilty, not the other way round. Bush just wanted to tarnish Kofi or just find some subtle ways to erode his credibility, and to use that as a launching pad to tarnish people like Cardinal Arinze who is in line to become the next Pope, if he survives the present Pope, and if all things are equal. President Bush, I won't say America as a whole, just wants a "yes man " he can push around, but Kofi is not that kind of man. A cross section of the white world, not all, for some reason, are not always happy when they see an African who can measure up to them or even surpass them, like Nelson Mandela, like Colin Powell, like Osagyefo Kwameh Nkrumah, like Gamel Abdel Nasir, like Martin Luther King, Obafemi Awolowo, and Sekou Toure of Guinea, to mention just a few. They always want to sell them short, or blackmail them, and disgrace them out of office, if they refuse to dance to their tune. I resent that to my bones. Yes, indeed.
I am pleased to hear from you and so many others who have already commented on that article. We all have to rally round our own, because if we don't, nobody is going to do it for us. I am happy the whole world is on board with us on this. I look forward to meeting you someday, some where because we do think alike. With all my respect. Please allow me to use this reply as a generic one to all who have written to comment on the article because they, like you, have all expressed the same sentiments, and I am gratified to know that. All the Best.
Dr. Wunmi Akintide