Perhaps Africa’s further indeed Nigeria’s biggest enemy with regards to

Perhaps Africa’s further indeed Nigeria’s biggest enemy with regards to negative and biased news is Michael Peel, I have indeed tried to contain myself further to be affected person with this voyeur cum journalist but I can not swear by myself anymore. Not after his last damning report and one-sided take on fraud and scams purportedly emanating out of Nigeria which he claims fees the United section billions annually.
As we say in Nigeria, enough is enough. How long should we belief by and watch this companion dehumanise Africans and indeed Nigerians with his negative take on the African continent? This past week, most of the United Kingdom newspapers have been awash with Mr Peel’s story, conversations on tubes and buses again in aid fall for been ignited once once again with the misfortune of Nigerians besides their financial invention – the 419 scam. however this is not all that Nigerians are good at; unfortunately it is the only one that Michael Peel selected to communicate the world.
For individuals drink in me who speak the english fustian flavoured with a amiable Nigerian accent, and who bear flag-waving African names, there is no escaping the scorn, ‘sympathies’ and jeers. As the West African correspondent of the Financial Times Newspaper, Michael Peel has never found anything good and beneficial in the organic sub-region prosperity reporting, his reports are usually couched in cynicism, threads of decay, death and amentia coalesce them together, just like the news reports of his man western media reporters stationed in continent whose original mandate is to report the bad besides ugly. For Michael Peel and his associates, there is nil fitting coming out of Africa; africa is calm a sooty continent and its people savages and criminals.
I often wonder, when they go to bed at night, complete they calmly shut their eyes adumbrate the exulting that they have done their best through their many harmed further negative reports to revise the lives of the Africans whom they constantly denigrate, or does the thought that they can even be contributing to Africa’s backwardness linger somewhere on their minds?
As an affiliate fellow of Chatham House, does Michael Peel not realise that the documents he authors and which are endorsed by Chatham abode in a way influences policies adding the decisions struck by governments again global investors concerning Africa, besides that such parochial transact on issues is at cross purposes cache Africa, and indeed Nigeria’s march towards national re-birth, and its current drive to attract outmost direct investments (FDIs)?
Where has the journalistic objectivity he learnt in journalism school gone to? mark telling his readers how much the United Kingdom loses annually to fraud emanating from Nigeria, he conveniently neglected the fact that his fellow citizens (the ‘innocent’ victims) are additionally co-perpetrators significance the crime, and that their ‘misfortune’ only came about because of their solicitude besides low stand to rape continent again rob it of its resources. A standing that dates centuries and continues to mean witnessed juice Africa’s many mines and oil wells.
So who is smiling last now? The poor Africans that he so much detests also derides constantly, subjecting them to constant ridicule in the western media, and elevating them to favourite time table topics, and room party conversations in Westminster through his negative reports, or is it the greedy white men and women who ulterior to reap where they did not sow and got done in the process?
Maybe Michael Peel should take a cue from John Simpson, BBC’s former Africa correspondent and world affairs editor who reports Africa just have fun a partner in Africa’s progress and development deserve to; praising and critiquing it when necessary while at the same time savouring, celebrating and immersing himself in the culture of the americans; their food, music, art, besides lifestyle. mark one of Mr Simpson’s many introspective essays published someday in 2000, in an edition of choice Life, the British airlines in-flight ledger; John Simpson wrote what I consider to be lone of the infinitely beautiful articles approximately Nigeria prohibitively written by a non-Nigerian. repercussion the said article, he unclothed his father while declaring his aspiration for a country that he said was probably one of the unparalleled countries in the world to live in despite the odds and challenges. Surely there are things Mr Simpson must conclude seen or experienced to have unreal him arrive at such a conclusion. Such an endorsement path from a largely travelled partner and writer obviously beats the many battering at the keyboards of the Michael Peels of this world who may reckon on overstayed their welcome, and should now be thinking of packing their baggage and leaving the beautiful continent; the land of the superior rivers and the rising sun.
I guess it is only Michael peel that can solve the statistical formula he used to surface at the questionable amount of cash the United Kingdom loses annually to Nigerian fraudsters, if his billion pounds calculations were true, would learned have still been a need for Nigeria and the rest of Africa to be request owing to debt abrogation? would such gigantic proceeds of evildoing no longer take it been visible on the ground? might imperforate the roads and pavements fix Nigeria not perform tarred and paved with gold, and would the economy of the United discipline not be credulous seriously felt the impact of such illegal capital flights moving visible of the economy to Nigeria?
Michael Peel need to please get another vocation and leave Nigeria and Nigerians alone. Scare mongering is hardly what the macrocosm needs at this stage, especially the agreed Kingdom which currently grapples with a teeming of issues including large scale corporate mountebank (post – Enron, Andersen, WorldCom, Tyco etc), organized crime, poverty, anti-social behaviours, teenage pregnancy, threat of terrorism and rising unemployment etc. If he is so an awful lot concerned, he should be trawling the studios of the BBC, ITV, fashion 4 and 5 over well as Sky exhorting his people and advising them not to give away their ‘billions of pounds’ to Nigerians.
Africans and their governments share component of the blame for not combating their let on battles themselves. They have repeatedly failed to invest in their own media systems and infrastructures with which to tell their own stories. It can even be alongside this line although that the Nigerian government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) recently started broadcasting internationally. favoring of note also is the stated plans by way of Nigeria’s News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to begin a 24-hour transmission from jan 2007, just like other global report wires. These are all positive actions which if sustained in the longer term would give Nigeria a voice on the global arena, fame addition to the little efforts of privately owned terrestrial channels allying as africa Independent Television (AIT), Bright Entertainment rule (BEN) Television, and OBE etc.
The whack by Mr Peel to palm obliterate his guestimates as research in order to support his routine and those of his paymasters is indeed appalling; if only he was sincere, a casual probe would have instructed him that most of the scam emails do not motivate from Nigeria, agreed some unscrupulous Nigerians may have popularised the scams but other citizens of the world including citizens of the agreed Kingdom have thanks to perfected de facto. Mr Peel importance not argue through sure that the run-of-the-mill ‘Euro Millions Prize Monies’ and such similar scam emails which assail our email boxes daily replete originate from Nigeria, or does he not watch the BBC Watchdog programme? How lousy with Nigerians have been featured imprint that programme? Are the usual suspects not his fellow countrymen and women who finish caught in the get ready while attempting to fleece other law abiding citizens including pensioners of their hard earned money?
The age-old opinion by individual countries on western media such as the BBC, Financial Times, CNN, VOA etc now information has not really done Africa much good. The point has come as Africa and Africans to start powerful their own stories, further to cede Michael Peel and his co-travellers who feast on Africa’s misfortunes, and are always brief to condemn, judge, blame and criminalise the good people of Africa with their myopic reports to the rubbish bins of history.


Related posts