South African Secret Laws: A Clear Hop, Step and Jump into Fascism and other Woes in the World.
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai
November 29th, 2011
This engagement with the analysis of the
woes of the world was the result of the
energy unleashed at 11 am on the
eleventh day of the 11th month of this
That date has receded into this hurrying
century that seems loaded with disasters
of unprecedented magnitudes. The truth
of the matter is that we pretend to
apprehend what is going on, but the
truth in the matter is that we do not
know the truth in what is going on.
It is shocking, to say the least that
the Government of South Africa, recently
passed “secret laws” reminiscent of the
laws passed during the Apartheid era.
Every legislative act or acts must be
discussed openly in that country, passed
by the legislature and published for the
whole world to see.
Therefore, any secret laws are
unacceptable, undemocratic and hideous.
Such laws are capable of dubious and
conflicting interpretations, full of
ambiguities and they are often nebulous,
always giving the government an edge in
every judicial interpretation, whether
legal, literary, grammatical or
Any state governed by secret laws,
operates under the same code like the
The recent mistreatment of the ANC youth
leader, sent out odious waves that South
Africa has diverted from the cause of
democratic governance and moderation.
The system has dove-tailed into
intolerance and hard attitudes
The passage of the secret laws is an
admission that the South African
government can no longer govern, but in
a dictatorial manner. The dark days of
South Africa’s judicial and political
negative traits have been advertised in
the new secret laws.
An academic at the STEVE BIKO outfit
sent a copy of the secret laws to BOSAS
INTERNATIONAL LAW BUREAU, “for noting
and immediate reaction”
The new laws would have raised eyebrows,
if they were passed under apartheid. At
least Nelson Mandela and his men were
tried in courts of law, not justice and
jailed. The secret laws are an expertise
in legal chicanery and very elastic and
unclear formulations, just like the
Hitlerism phraseologies of the NAZIS.,
with wicked intents.
It is agonizing that nearly two decades
of South Africa’s independence, the
slums still exist, the townships are
still –down, the black population is
still hard-put except the former anti-aparteid
officials, who have crawled into cosy
jobs and now mutate in South African
corporate Board-rooms, where they play
second fiddles as commercial trading
post agents.. What a pity! What is wrong
with the Black Man?
From my observation, it would appear
that the South African revolution was
that of revolutionary displacement of
“whites” and not an engine of national
re-construction and development.
What is wrong with the Black man? In
Nigeria. Famous, authenticated felons
strut the land, profusely canvassing
inanities of inconsequential import.
Some are eye-sores as they are
advertised by major newspapers. Some
have roundish heads, fat cheeks,
receding hair, bovine stares, wondering
eyes and hanging lips, with forced
smiles, trying to be important, without
visible merits. Some carry cretinism as
These social misfits treat the laws of
Nigeria, with utmost contempt and in
some cases,seek to overthrow the justice
system. Fortunately, since the new Chief
Justice Musdapher took over the Supreme
Court; I have happily observed a degree
of momentum in the building of our new
The political hierarchy struggles with
governance, there are empty postulations
that are hortatory. Proclamatory and
policy statements quickly end up in the
wilderness. Newspaper eulogies now
constitute a peculiar mess and confuse
democratic and political practice. So,
you are a wonderful governor because
your face appears in national
newspapers! What self-deception and
Secular governors relish seeing their
advertorials inserted at the people’
expense, a kind of collaboration with
newspaper moguls and governors, which
could advertently or inadvertently water
down the sharp pen of the investigative
reporter, who, in his own interest, must
gage the cordiality between his
proprietor and the government.
Let me point out to these newspaper,
hallucinated “fame-seekers”, the wise
saying from the “AQUARIAN GOSPEL OF
JESUS, the CHRIST”, by Levy, for their
“ A master never screens himself for the
sake of reputation or of fame. These are
but worthless baubles of the day; they
rise and sink like empty bottles on a
stream; they are illusions and will pass
away. They are indices to what the
thoughtless think; they are the noise
that people make; and shallow men judge
merit by the noise.”
Governors Rotimi Akpabio and Governor
Akpabio Rotimi are good at their
salesmanship, but who cares? We are
visiting their states to find out
whether their ambitions to be regarded
as good governors are “made of a sterner
There are many shallow politicians in
this dispensation, reminiscent of the
NPN days, when Ministers of State
watched concupiscent films in their
offices and were enmeshed in
vainglorious vanities. This, and their
inept governance, set the praetorians to
wreck the fake democratic order in 1983.
I was and I am still particularly
touched by the state of poverty in
Nigeria. During my research visit on
poverty to some states in the North and
other parts of Nigeria, I found shameful
situationsthat there are very many poor
people in Nigeria. Some cases are
utterly hopeless! Nobody seems to know,
who should care.
We should do something about poverty
before we can stop the anger in the
people. They do not need IMF/World Bank
jargons and prescriptions. They need
just food, just food.
Failure in this regard will make it
imperative for government to introduce
hard measures to contain the genii in
their suffering and dying souls. Just
take a bag of rice and a bag of salt and
their gratitude will know no end.
This was a lesson I learnt from my
sister, during the electioneering
campaigns. I will like us to revive the
winning campaign strategy earliest. If
we wait till the next elections, they
will be all dead.
Let me remind all leaders that
governance is not only about protocol
and the benefits of rulership. He who
takes the benefit must also carry the
burden of government.
The removal of the EFCC, Chief Mrs.
Farida Waziri, suggests that either that
she was not fighting corruption enough
or that she was fighting corruption too
much. I give her the title of the Great
Corruption Fighter of the Republic, (GCFR).
While the moralist considers corruption
a sin, an evil, the politician applies
the butcher’s solution to the issue.
Having borrowed or stolen money to get
elected into political office, having
rigged the elections, with impunity,
having used what it took to get court
judgment, using crooked lawyers and
judges, he considers it his duty to
embezzle, misappropriate or steal public
funds. The difficulty we have in
resolving this mind-set, lies at the
root of addressing the issue of
corruption, with feisty determination.
In writing this essay on the worlds’
woes, I was gripped by a BBC documentary
on the Roman people of Rumania and their
neglected miserable existence on that
part of the Universe of man that is
There are no people on Mars and on the
moon. Yet, some world leaders have spent
scare resources to prove otherwise.
There are poor, wretched Romans, whose
plights demonstrate the hollowness of
respect for human rights and fundamental
freedoms the European leaders trumpet
There is not enough water to drink. Yet,
we waste funds on geo-political,
war-games. Five-star political lies are
fabricated to cause tension and, which
stoke the embers of political passions.
The confusion in Syria and the expulsion
of Syria from the Arab League shows how
the situation has deteriorated
inexorably. The relations between Saudi
Arabia and Syria are not very good.
There are other Arab leaders, who are
not well disposed to Damascus, while
others did not approve of expulsion, but
suspension. Any further escalation of
the Syrian crisis could break the Arab
crescent. A Middle East standing on a
broken tripod is undesirable.
Turkey’ strident posture to Syria, is
inching towards mayhem. Egypt is again
in turmoil. The military in Egypt have
shown their true colour. They were and
remain a part of the group that
benefited from American assistance.
In my address to the Curatorum of BOSAS
INTERNATIONAL BUREAU on November 24, my
birthday, I spoke about the “Explosion
of the Bottled Discontent of around the
I applauded the US for participating in
the Asian Summit, as a genuine
geo-political strategy to integrate the
world economy, by opening up high tech
markets and the flow of liquidity around
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One of the relevant steps in curbing
tension in the Middle East is for an
immediate peace treaty between all the
states in that region.
Israel needs serious assurances of
peaceful co-existence. Stoking the
embers of crisis in the Middle East is
like hauling a mighty rock into the
patriotic sloganeering, chest-beating
since 1948, have brought no benefits to
no-one and there has been no
forward-march. Very soon, the Prophets
of Israel will start to speak with
tongues of fire and the Holy Breath will
answer. The God of Israel will scatter
the enemies of Jehovah Adonai!
The renewed Russian/US nuclear shield
discourse is worrisome.
The fluid situation in Egypt and Syria
are such that we, the faithful must pray
for restraint and accommodation before
the Second Coming of JESUS, the Christ.
As my new acquired political intuition
develops, I forecast that two more
European Heads of Governments will be
out of office next year.
The South African government should
explain itself. For a people, who just
threw off the yoke of apartheid to be
saddled with secret laws is a puzzle
wrapped in an enigma!!!
I hereby invoke the framing spirit of
Walther Susulu, Govern Mbeki, Steve Biko
and thousands of UMKONTO members, who
died to create a society of freedom and
democracy, to assemble at Government
House in Pretoria, every mid-night,
until the secret laws are withdrawn.
Living on planet Earth for seventy years
is a God-given triumph. A glass full of
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai
from ADACHI Kingdom is a Writer and