Nigeria: Campaign Of Calumny Against Okonjo-Iweala Will Fail

In the past few weeks, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been the subject of high profile media attacks from several quarters.

The aim of these elements is to unduly politicise the management of the economy through a campaign of falsehoods and distortions.

The pronouncements of these political vested interests are based on false information and outright lies disguised as objective comments.
Fortunately Nigerians are wise to their antics and this campaign to damage the name of the Coordinating Minister, like previous ones, will fail.

We urge Nigerians to continue to be vigilant to the increasingly desperate actions of these elements. Where appropriate, we will continue to clarify the issues and point out the true situation in specific areas of the country’s economic management.

Many thanks.

Paul C Nwabuikwu
Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance

Ohanaeze Meets With Jonathan: Discusses National Conference, Boko Haram , 2nd Niger Bridge

by Obinna Akukwe
Ohanaeze Ndigbo met with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan Monday night at State House, Abuja and discussed issues pertaining to terrorism, insecurity, national conference and poor state of infrastructure in Igbo land. In the address presented by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo , Chief Gari Nnachi Igariwey, the group told the President that ”when the Igbo’s gave you full support in 2011, it was without fear or favors, we believe in you and our expectations were high .We had others specific expectations that are yet to be addressed by your administrations.”

Ohanaeze leader lamented that ”it was our expectations that by now your administration would have completed a few under listed projects that would have effectively integrated the South East Nigeria with the rest of the country”. Ohanaeze leadership listed the projects begging for attention to include ’’the Second Onitsha Niger Bridge, Enugu- Onitsha Federal Highway, Enugu Port Harcourt Federal highway, Master Plan for Erosion Control, Petro-Chemical Plant, Coal Powered Power Generating Plants, Dams” among others.

Ohanaeze also congratulated the President ” on the impressive success in the sports arena-the Super Eagles as current champions of Africa. The under-17 Eaglets as current worlds champions and the recent qualifications of the Super Eagles for the FIFA world cup due in Brazil”. Ohanaeze commended the President for the boldness in initiating a national conference and expressed the support of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide over the issue. They also commended efforts to combat Boko Haram and expressed optimism that the nation will come out of the darkness of terrorism.

The 50 man Ohanaeze delegation included Chief Joe Nwaorgu, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu, Dr Dozie Ikedife, Prof Joe Irukwu, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Eze Njemanze, Eze Uzu of Awka, Prof Anya O Anya, Prof Mrs Uche Azikiwe, Mrs Maria Okwo, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, Senator Ben Obi, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi among others while the presidency delegation included Vice President Namadi Sambo, Chief of Staff Mike Ogiadhome , Secretary to Govt Pius Anyim and Aviation minister Stella Oduah.

Briefing concerned clerics led by Rev Obinna Akukwe on the outcome of the meeting, the Ohanaeze delegation led by the Assistant Publicity Secretary , Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu, described the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan as very strategic and hoped that the president would listen to the demands of Ohanaeze Ndigbo especially on the state of infrastructure.

The Ohanaeze spokesman told the clerics that the meeting with Jonathan was facilitated by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremmadu and Senator Hope Uzodimma.

Responding to the briefing, Rev Obinna Akukwe charged the Ohanaeze leadership to mount pressure on the president to ensure that the 2nd Niger Bridge and the said roads are repaired before 2015 election because nobody knows whether Ngeria will survive 2015.

Reliable sources within the State House informed the clerics that President Jonathan entered into a closed door meeting with five members of the delegation. The clerics were also informed that Jonathan told close aides that some Igbo elements within the corridors of power had for months discouraged him from holding audience with the new Ohanaeze leadership and expressed gladness that he eventually ignored them and talked with the Igbo group.

The list of the world leaders that attended Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

Funeral selfie: Obama, Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt smile for a snap during the service.

Funeral selfie: Obama, Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt smile for a snap during the service.

According to the South African government, here’s a list of the world leaders that attended Nelson Mandela’s memorial service:

Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai
African Union Commission: Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Algeria: Abdelkader Bensalah, Speaker of the Council of the Nation
Angola: Vice President Manuel Vicente
Arab States League: Ambassador Amb Samir Hosny
Argentina: Acting President Amado Boudou
Australia: Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Bahamas: Prime Minister Perry Christie
Bangladesh: President Abdul Hamid
Belgium: King Philippe
Benin: President Boni Yayi
Botswana: President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama
Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff
Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza
Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Chad: President Idriss Déby Itno
China: Vice President Li Yuanchao
Commonwealth of Nations: His Excellency, Kamalesh Sharma
Comores: President Ikililou Dhoinine
Congo (Republic of the Congo): President Denis Sassou-Nguesso
Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo): President Joseph Kabila
Côte d’Ivoire: President Allassane Ouattara
Croatia: President Ivo Josipovic
Cuba: President Raúl Castro
Denmark: Crown Prince Federick
Djibouti: President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
Ethiopia: Prime Minister Ato Hailemariam Desalegn
Equatorial Guinea: President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo
European Council: President Herman van Rompuy
France: President François Holland
Finland: President Sauli Väinämö Niinistö
Ghana: President John Dramani Mahama
Guyana: President Donald Ramotar
Gabon: President Ali Bongo Ondimba
Germany: President Joachim Gauck
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: His Royal Highness Henry of Luxembourg
Guinea: President Alpha Condé
India: President Pranab Mukherjee
Ireland: President Michael D Higgins
Italy: Prime Minister Enrico Letta
Japan: Crown Prince Naruhito
Jamaica: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller
Jordan: Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour
Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta
Lebanon: Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Lesotho: Prime Minister Thomas Thabane
Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Mauritania: President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Mauritius: Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Malawi: President Joyce Banda
Mexico: President Enrique Peña Nieto
Mozambique: President Armando Emílio Guebuza
Namibia: His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, President
New Zealand: Right Hon John Key, Prime Minister
Niger: President Mahamadou Issoufou
Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan
Norway: His Royal Highness Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain
Palestinian State: President Mahmoud Abbas
Poland: Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski
Portugal: President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Sahrawi Republic: President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
Senegal: President Macky Sall
Serbia: President Tomislav Nikolic
Seychelles: President James Alix Michel
Slovenia: President Borut Pahor
South Korea: Prime Minister Hongwon Chung
South Sudan: President Salva Kiir Mayardi
Spain: Felipe de Borbón, The Prince of Asturias
Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Suriname: President Desiré Delano Bouterse
Swaziland: Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini
Sweden: Princess Victoria and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Switzerland: President Ulrich Maurer
Tanzania: President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
The Gambia: President Yahya Jammeh
Timor-Leste: Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana
Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Tunisia: President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki
Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni
United Arab Emirates: Minister of Culture Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
United Kingdom: Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron
United States of America: His Excellency Barack Obama, President, First Lady Michelle Obama, former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush, former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, former president Jimmy Carter, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Adviser Susa Rice.
Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro Moros
Zambia: President Michael Sata
Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe

President Barack Obama at the Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. 'Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love,' he said.

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. ‘Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love,’ he said.

Text of speech by President Barack Obama at the Occassion of A Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, December 10, 2013

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests — it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life like no other. To the people of South Africa — people of every race and walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and your hope found expression in his life. And your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man — to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person — their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by the elders of his Thembu tribe, Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement — a movement that at its start had little prospect for success. Like Dr. King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without the force of arms, he would — like Abraham Lincoln — hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. And like America’s Founding Fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations — a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power after only one term.

Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it’s tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, Madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I am not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection — because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried — that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood — a son and a husband, a father and a friend. And that’s why we learned so much from him, and that’s why we can learn from him still. For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness, and persistence and faith. He tells us what is possible not just in the pages of history books, but in our own lives as well.

Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. And we know he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people,” he said.

But like other early giants of the ANC — the Sisulus and Tambos — Madiba disciplined his anger and channeled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand up for their God-given dignity. Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and [with] equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela taught us the power of action, but he also taught us the power of ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those who you agree with, but also those who you don’t agree with. He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and his passion, but also because of his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and the customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depend upon his.

Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough. No matter how right, they must be chiseled into law and institutions. He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history. On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of unconditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.”

But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. And because he was not only a leader of a movement but a skillful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy, true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.

And finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa — Ubuntu — a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.

We can never know how much of this sense was innate in him, or how much was shaped in a dark and solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small — introducing his jailers as honored guests at his inauguration; taking a pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS — that revealed the depth of his empathy and his understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu, he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.

It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailer as well, to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion and generosity and truth. He changed laws, but he also changed hearts.

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe, Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate a heroic life. But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask: How well have I applied his lessons in my own life? It’s a question I ask myself, as a man and as a President.

We know that, like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice — the sacrifice of countless people, known and unknown, to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America, and in South Africa, and in countries all around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not yet done.

The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease. We still see run-down schools. We still see young people without prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today.

And so we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

The questions we face today — how to promote equality and justice; how to uphold freedom and human rights; how to end conflict and sectarian war — these things do not have easy answers. But there were no easy answers in front of that child born in World War I. Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. South Africa shows that is true. South Africa shows we can change, that we can choose a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.

We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world — you, too, can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks to what’s best inside us.

After this great liberator is laid to rest, and when we have returned to our cities and villages and rejoined our daily routines, let us search for his strength. Let us search for his largeness of spirit somewhere inside of ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, when our best-laid plans seem beyond our reach, let us think of Madiba and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of his cell: “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

What a magnificent soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.

President Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela

Ethiopia: Doctor Arkebe Oqubay flying like a pig

By Abebe Gellaw

Until recently, Arkebe Oqubay was known to have spent much of his life on projects of bloody conflicts, corruption, tyranny or gross violation of human rights. It was a  total surprise when one of TPLF’s topguns was introduced as a record-breaking scholar.

It emerged that Arkebe has been bragging to friends, relatives and admirers since last October that he got a Ph.D from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with great honor and distinction. He claimed that he shattered academic records, an achievement that guaranteed his name a special place in the honor list of the school. That is good for him, but why is SOAS contradicting this amazing scholar who claims to be the first to hold his PhD in record time and first for his unblemished dissertation?

On November 8th, Isayas Astebeha Abaye, a well-known apologist and flunkey of the dictatorship in Ethiopia, published a “breaking news” story on trumpeting Arkebe’s miraculous and unique intellectual prowess.

The brazen “story” about Arkebe’s amazing accomplishments in London trended well on the social networking sites creating buzz and excitement among TPLF’s faithful drones who danced and ran victory laps to Isayas Abaye’s song: “Dr Arkebe breaks the record in a century old Academic Institution [sic].”

The big trouble with Arkebe’s “record-breaking” academic achievement is that it was manifestly false. As the story was evidently dubious and nonsensical, we had to send a copy of Aigaforum’s story to SOAS and the University of London for fact-checking and verification. The school’s Directorate of External Relations spent almost three weeks digging through its records trying to verify the identity of the phenomenal scholar “whose name and his country’s name” were said to have entered the “history books”, just to borrow the words of the amateur reporter.  

After careful and lengthy investigation, Vesna Siljanovska, SOAS’s communication officer, verified that Arkebe Oqubay Metiku had indeed completed his doctoral studies at SOAS in October 2013. While trying to avoid some of the most awkward questions about the newmint scholar, she disclosed that his dissertation focused on the “industrial policy of Ethiopia”. Siljanovska also indicated that the school never heard of the “scholar’s” record-breaking feats.

SOAS communication officers also tried to explain that the so-called record-breaking achievement is common not only at SOAS but also in other UK universities. “Like many other UK universities, a PhD is usually at least three years in length but candidates can apply to submit after two years of full – time enrolment subject to the approval of the Supervisory Committee and the Associate Dean (Research) of the relevant Faculty. While the majority of candidates studying for a PhD in the UK complete within three years, there are a number of students who complete in a longer or shorter time period,” SOAS said in a carefully crafted statement.

Prof. Christopher Cramer, who teaches in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, also declined to discuss details about Arkebe’s miracles due to the university’s privacy policy. But Cramer wrote in an email that Arkebe achieved nothing extraordinary or unprecedented as claimed in the Aigaforum story. Prof. Cramer was clearly amused by the claim the first “no corrections thesis,” but he declared that the pompous claim was “completely untrue”.

Asked what Arkebe’s new research finding could be on “industrial policy in Ethiopia” that he and his TPLF tyrannical clique formulated and imposed on the poor nation that they have brutalized and robbed for over two decades, Prof. Cramer, who was apparently the good doctor’s adviser, also declined to comment. It should be remembered that Arkebe was one of the architects of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), the illegal TPLF-controlled business conglomerate that is widely accused of symbolizing apartheid-like crony capitalism sucking the blood and gnawing the bones of the poor people of Ethiopia

One of Ethiopia’s leading rights advocates, Prof. Alemayehu Gebremariam, finds the revelation quite interesting. He says  the fact that Arkebe was approved to do his dissertation on “industrial policy in Ethiopia”, a policy paper that he and his TPLF sidekicks had been toying around since TPLF took power in 1991, raises legitimate questions.

“If Arkebe had indeed finished his dissertation in “record time”, it is because he was copyediting his old policy papers instead of doing original research, which is what a doctoral dissertation is supposed to be,” the professor said.

“If Arkebe’s dissertation is of such an exceptional scholarly and scientific quality sufficient to shift paradigms, why is it not published in whole or in part in the leading scholarly journals of the world?” he asked.

Arkebe has a history of being a clumsy publicity hog. When he was the mayor of Addis Ababa, he once plastered his mugshot on huge promotional billboards under the guise of raising awareness on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Azeb Mesfin, wife of the late dictator Meles Zenawi and Arkebe’s arch foe, reportedly ordered the removal of his outsize images from the city centers just within a few days. She reportedly felt that Arkebe would say and do anything for self-promotion and self-aggrandizement.

Prof. Alemayehu wonders why TPLF’s tyrannical midgets seek to puff themselves up as intellectual giants. “Those who aspire to achieve terminal degrees do so because they love research, discovery of new knowledge, truth and make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in their field of study. Conferring a Ph.D. on the unenlightened  is like dressing a hoodlum in a designer suit. It looks good but everyone knows that the man under the suit is still a hoodlum,” he commented.

Isaias Abaye and his bosses should take their own advice. He recently warned us about  Member of the European Parliament and a great friend of Ethiopia, the Honorable Ana Gomes, who reduced the late tyrant Meles Zenawi into dust with her sharp commentary. To the dismay of Zenawi’s worshippers like Isayas, she bluntly stated that the demise of the cruel and deceitful dictator was a good opportunity for Ethiopia.

In his silly tantrums against the respected MEP, Isayas lamented:   “Unlike the early days of the online media, we have all learned not to be easily shocked, surprised, or overly excited by what we read online. Mostly, we try to verify the reliability and reputation of the source. When we read Ana Gomez’s [sic] interview with a journalist from a local private media, we didn’t even doubt the authenticity of this story knowing it is the angry Hana Gobeze.

Perhaps Isaias and Arkebe do not realize that in  the Information Age liars, cheats, con artists and fibbers do not last a nano second without being exposed. Maybe the entire pack of TPLF’s liars, robbers and tyrants can take a lesson from this amusing episode. They should know, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” If Arkebe must be extolled for breaking records, it should be for “record breaking lies” and for telling lies with disgrace. But he must know that his lies will NOT PASS WITHOUT CORRECTION.

It is said that old habits die hard. Sadly Arkebe miserably failed to learn that knowledge must be based on truth. It also appeared that SOAS also failed to equip its windbag graduate with the basic skills of researching at least easily detectable and verifiable facts. Yet SOAS can be forgiven as neither PhD nor professorship changes the character of pigs that are identical with the ones in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. .   

In the footsteps of their fallen demigod Meles Zenawi, TPLF’s dictators, robber barons, torturers and their heartless accomplices such as Arkebe and pedler of lies Isayas Abaye have a guaranteed place, not in honor books, but in the trashbin of history. No unimpressive PhD, professorship or self-imagined glories and trophies will change the fate of these dictatorial fibbers.

In the world of Aigaland’s Animal Farm, pigs may soar and fly in the skies. But in the real world we all live in, TPLF’s pigs can only dream of being eagles or falcons. Whatever any pigs dream of, they have to live with the fact that they are just pigs. This is the inconvenient truth that no genius pig with a PhD from SOAS, Harvard or Stanford can change and refute.

Dr Mulatu Lemma

Speaking of stellar academic achievement, a recent true story about a truly outstanding Ethiopian scholar has filled our hearts with joy and pride. It was disclosed a couple of weeks ago that Dr. Mulatu Lemma, an award-winning mathematics professor at Savannah State University, was honored as the 2013 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement of Support of Education (CASE). His name and his country’s name is in the history book of academia for being one of the top mathematics professors in the United States. What an achievement!

It should be noted that Arkebe’s record-breaking tall tales of being the most outstanding PhD holder in the entire history of SOAS, even if his dream for academic grandiose has now fallen apart, must be recognized at least for the effort. The “scholar”, who has not yet published a single academic paper or a mini-newspaper article, must be honored named Doctor Arkebe Kedadaw!

While the warriors of truth and freedom such as Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, Andualem Aragie, Bekele Gerba and Ustaz Abubakir, are languishing in TPLF dark dungeons, Arkebe had the luxury of jetting to Europe in search of academic grandiose. Quite certainly Arkebe is unlikely to get the honors and accolades he craves badly while he is alive. So just like Zenawi, he deserves to be honored with a state funeral!