Power hallucinates and absolute power hallucinates
absolutely. Gbagbo wants all men and women on planet Earth
to accept his multiversity theory that he won the recent
elections in Ivory Coast. But this is false. He lost.
The observable reality is that, which the United Nations
Organisation, the African Union, and the ECOWAS have
So, having lost the election, Gbagbo has lost his sovereign
immunity. He has committed an internationally wrongful act
by asking the United Nations troops to leave. Only the
United Nations Security Council has such legal powers under
the Charter of the United Nations Organisation.
States have rights and duties. It is the duty of every state
to ensure peaceful political change and no Head of State
should incite his supporters to engage in conflict that
would lead to mindless violence.
Should a civil war take place in Ivory Coast, Gbagbo should
be tried at the ICC in the Hague. To usurp political office
is tantamount to violating the constitutional requirement
Unlawful seizure of power by Laurent Gbagbo must attract
universal sanctions by UN member states.(1) All
member-states of the UN should break diplomatic relations
with the Gbagbo ursurpist regime. All Ivorian diplomats
should be declared “persona non grata” and be sent back to
(2)The most telling sanctions should be imposed on members
of the Gbagbo regime. (3)A maritime blockade should be
imposed on government goods and service ships, while Ivorian
government officials should be denied visas.
The International Community must discourage states that
would opt to relate with the Gbagbo regime.
International diplomatic recognition should be given to the
Watarra Government as the legitimate Government of Ivory
Coast. He should be granted diplomatic privileges and
sovereign immunity. Any soldiers in Ivory Coast that violate
his person commit treasonable felony.
All diplomatic actions against the Gbagbo regime of
usurpation must be in accordance with the Vienna Convention
on Diplomatic Practice of 1960, and the relevant sections of
the United Nation’s Charter.
All African leaders, who see the Presidency as their
birth-right, even when all critical assessments point to
their inability to run a modern state, must be told that new
measures have been enacted to deal with their vain ambitions
to impose their puny mental renditions on their people.
They have not announced their philosophical models for
statecraft. Yet, they embrace the totality of everything
that exists including all physical matter and energy, the
planets, stars, galaxies and intergalactic wisdom
Most African leaders are propped up by scholars, who are
often maltreated by crude, semi-literate political leaders,
who subject them to inhuman and degrading treatment.
A Nigerian leader openly declared that his Special advisers
should keep their opinion, since he had no need for
scholarly advice. The nation suffered inexorably from his
illiterate assertions and guess-work.
Political and administrative management of a state has
nothing to do with being lucky. It has to do with relevant
knowledge, experience acquired through long years of
studies, reflection, exposure to relevant literature,
writing and political exchanges with ones peers.
Those politicians, who have been making loud noises, putting
out slogans, should learn that only political knowledge, at
least from the writings of Machiavelli to Marx should be the
irreducible minimum to attest to their world-vision. Then,
can entrust our destiny to trained intellects, which may
have the traits of, and be a conflation of St. Augustine
with the Aristotelian doctrine of form and matter
Our political parties match the Leon Trotsky
characterisation.” The organization of the party takes the
place of the party itself. The Central Committee takes the
place of the organization; and finally the dictator takes
the place of the Central Committee.”
Without well-organised political parties, which are capable
of framing viable societal policies that are implementable,
we shall only make haste slowly since the President and his
advisers would serve as policy-makers and
Laurent Gbagbo must learn that nothing is a concept that
describes the absence of anything. He must be removed.
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai, a Writer and
Academic, is the President of the proposed Afemai
University, Fugar, Edo State, Nigeria.