By David G Maillu
There are only two men in Africa who should be given the highest salutes as conquerors. In order for me to give a brief statement regarding who they are, let me give the subject some perspective.
I personally went through the colonial mill of reading European history when Africans were brought up by colonial government to believe that Africa had neither history nor philosophy nor anything but primitive black people living side-by-side with animals; the fate that fate justified being colonized, civilized and introduced to God the Creator. It took ages for my intellectual eyes to open up and face the reality that some of the British knighted great discovers of the world whom the colonial curriculum taught us religiously, were actually sea pirates. They were knighted and promoted because they stole for the British Empire..
Once upon a time I was in Sweden when, during some intellectual conversation, I introduced myself as a Kenyan. One of their intellectuals took a step in order to clear the air by asking, “Is Mohammad Gadaffi your President?” I can’t remember the answer I gave to that offensive question. Nevertheless, the point had been made that that time Gadaffi was the most well-known African leader. Eventually, the western power killed Gadaffi because he was a thorn in their political flesh.
But that is not the point I want to make. Hate him or love him, Gadaffi was the most down-t-earth powerful promoter of pan-Africanism. May I suggest that, since the West knighted pirates and made them great men, Africa should give special credit to Mohammed Gadaffi. In Gadaffi’s tenure he was the greatest African watchdog powered with courage to call the western mighty ones names. Whether he had the power to do so or he didn’t have it, once upon a time he shocked America by threatening to bomb in New York.
Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gadaffi, commonly known as Colonel Gadaffi, born in 1942 and died on 20 October 2011, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician and political theorist. By the time he died he was the forefront and loudest speaker of Pan-Africanism Movement and funded African Union substantially. He was assassinated and left African haunted by his cry, “Africa Unite into one nation or perish!”
There are many things that Gadaffi did which I don’t buy. But in desperation of liberating the African brainwashed spirit, Gadhafi left a void in Africa that responsible and noble people should worry very much about. His assassination was celebrated in Europe and America.
If you want to know how much they hated Gadaffi, visit the internet photo library and see the too many horrifying photos they published about his mutilated body. The photos are so many and disgusting that they qualify to go to the Guinness Book of Records as the most illustrating assassination photos given to any head of state. Neither the photos of Adolf Hitler nor those of Saddam Hussein would give you that shock. The publishers of those photos had no regard whatsoever to Africans that Mohammar Gadafi, bad as he was to them, was someone many African admired. The photos throw mud on the face of African integrity.
Mohammar Gadaffi shared the same hatred of the West with the living President Robert Mugabe. The two are the most outspoken African statesmen with a record of calling White Presidents names. Robert Mugabe, rated as the leading President in the world with academic degrees – something good enough too to enter the Guinness Book of Records too – once, while reacting to the Whiteman’s accusation of Human Rights violations in Africa, retorted to the world, “How come that during colonial days the Whiteman never spoke a word about human rights in Africa?”
During one of the speeches Mugabe delivered in the United Nations Headquarters he hot at President Bush. “You have human blood in your hands.” He does not mince words to throw even unprintable curses at his archenemy, the British.
President Robert Mugabe’s war of words with the Whiteman has a solid history. Again, I wouldn’t buy Mugabe’s style of leadership, but I can claim some sanity in saying that it is the British who threw Mugabe’s into political paranoia. Mugabe fought for Zimbabwe’s independence from Ian Smith who grabbed power by declaring Unilateral Declaration of Independence for the Southern Rhodesia and ruled for ten years while under the terror of Robert Mugabe’s freedom fighters. Neither the apartheid South African nor Britain aided Robert Mugabe crash Ian Smith. It was sheer determination and shedding of blood of Mugabe’s men that overthrew Ian Smith and renamed the independent country Zimbabwe. The Whiteman launched a lifelong hatred for that.
Metaphorically speaking, when Robert Mugabe went for the Whiteman’s neck, the Whiteman decided to piss on Mugabe’s waters. Robert Mugabe would have gone far if he hadn’t been naïve enough to ignore application of African philosophy in the proverb that he who crosses the river calls crocodile uncle. Post-colonial masters had never been democratized to listen to insults from Africans; for if an African hits one of them they behave like safari ants by coming after the community at whatever cost.
On top of being accused of dictatorship, both Mohammar Gaddaffi and Robert Mugabe have earned the worst Whiteman’s curses and hands of destruction. It has been reported that when Robert Mugabe is scheduled to give a speech at the United Nations Headquarters, the hall become packed by members to hear the nastiest thing an African man can deliver about the evils of neo-colonialist. However, those who can’t stomach an attack from an African keep off the hall in which President Mugabe, armed with mastery of English language, says what no any other black man would dare say to the Whiteman because, as the proverb goes, he who feeds your mother can beat her while you watch. The Libyan of Muhammar Gadaffi excluded, most African governments primarily survive on donations from Europe and America and have learnt the philosophy of not biting the hand that feeds them.
For Robert Mugabe to have led a guerrilla war successfully for ten years and thereafter become the President of Zimbabwe, that by itself, is an extraordinary great achievement. One shouldn’t forget that Mugabe was a black man leading a guerrilla war indirectly challenging against the Whiteman’s integrity focusing on the British. But whatever economic mistakes and dictatorial mechanizationMugabe may have done and used to rule Zimbabwe, he will go down in history as the fiercest conqueror of colonialism. In the fight for freedom neither Jomo Kenyatta nor Mandela fought that kind of battle for liberation. Long after winning the battle on the ground, he hasn’t relented yet in carrying the battle forward in words against all odds and ridicules. The Whiteman would be the last people on earth to give credit to Africans who criticize their integrity and decomacry.
The following are Mohammar Gadaffi’sfacts of extraordinary special social system probably unknown to many people for which, besides his bad ones, he should be seriously remembered for. Read them bearing the fact that they also contributed a lot to the Whiteman’s ambition that Gaddafi was a lethal weapon promoting pan-Africanism which would culminate in the formation of the Union of African States (UAS):
- There was no electricity bills in Libya; electricity is free … for all its citizens.
- There was no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law
- If a Libyan is unable to find employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found
- Should Libyans want to take up a farming career, they receive farm land, a house, equipment, seed and livestock to kick start their farms –this was all for free
- Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country
- A home was considered a human right in Libya. (In Qaddafi’s Green Book it states: “The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others.”)\
- All newlyweds in Libya would receive 60,000 Dinar (US$ 50,000 ) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start a family
- A portion of Libyan oil sales is or was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens
- A mother who gives birth to a child would receive US $5,000
- When a Libyan buys a car, the government would subsidizes 50% of the price
- The price of petrol in Libya was $0.14 per liter
- For $ 0.15, a Libyan local could purchase 40 loaves of bread
- Education and medical treatments was all free in Libya. Libya can boast one of the finest health care systems in the Arab and African World. All people have access to doctors, hospitals, clinics and medicines, completely free of charge
- If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government would fund them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $2,300/month accommodation and car allowance
- 25% of Libyans have a university degree. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans were literate. Today the figure is 87%
- Libya had no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – though much of this is now frozen globally.