Nigeria: Many climates to change
There are many human “climates” in need of change.
On October 1, 2021, a televised news report on the Las Palmas volcano showed two new pillars of bright red lava spouting upwards: reminiscent of an observer that “nature is angry with us humans”. Owners of the 900 homes destroyed by a combination of lava flows and relentless eruption tremors can be such ruminations.
The more than 10,000 angry young people gathered in Milan to mock the “Blah Blah Blah” promises of leaders of countries whose factories compete with the Canary Islands volcano to spray carbon dioxide into global skies have probably cheered anger by nature. His appeal to humanity to change the climate of their industrial economic greed, probably went unrecognized by the young protesters.
· Among the anti-climate change activists were those from African countries where village communities did not harvest millet, maize, sorghum due to dry soils preventing cycles of sowing, weeding and harvesting. Protein-producing beans and peanuts wilted due to lack of rain and the scorching tropical sun.
· A delegate from Kenya lamented the decimation of livestock, sheep, goats and poultry for lack of fodder and water to drink. Women go from sharing clean water with pets and wildlife to traveling long distances to collect muddy water from a few holes in the ground. These are dangers that are not factored into the statistics of 3% of carbon dioxide coming from Africa.
· Across East Asia, another deleterious Taliban climate is driving courageous Afghan women to protest angrily. The new “emirate” imposes their fate by driving them out of secondary and college education, as well as by showing their talents through work outside their homes.
Butts and whips wielded by contemptuous hands of their human rights flouted their demands for a new history, or rather, a return to a history of Afghan life and culture before the Mujahedin and Taliban n ‘impose their will. Their form of climate change was not part of the “Blah Blah Blah” castigated by young protesters in the streets of Milan.
In the shaking official streets of Khartoum and Omdurman (Sudanese towns on the eyelid of a dismal Nile river) angry young women punched the political sky and launched chants of determination to defend reforms in order to obtain genuine democratic governance. A mass of soldiers loyal to three decades of ruthless rule of Oman Bashir had attempted a military coup against a “transitional” military-civilian government. Although they failed, there were concerns that politicians urged them to test whether angry young people would come back and take to the streets again.
· Bus and train roaring from protesters from all parts of Sudan’s memory probably failed to reach Milan. The explosions of rage in this Italian city almost certainly did not know that if dictator Omar Bashir had ruled Milan they would have been inundated with rhino skin bullets and whips because of its political climate.
In the streets of Bamako (Mali) and Conakry (Guinea) exultant young people nourished by the hope that the staccato of military cannons had killed nightmares of governance through impudent corruption and terrorism against demands to serve the well-being of citizens. President Alfa Conde wiped his muddy feet over a Constitution limiting his appetite for power. Impunity had fueled ethnic loyalty within his ethnic community to vote for his crippled third election; while violence prevailed.
· In Bamako, weariness with the war against Al-Qaeda as foreign troops showed more interest in preventing China from eating Mali’s uranium, gold and diamond mines than in protecting the population. Political leaders were weakened by corruption, while millions of unemployed young people scolded with volcanic hope. The sound of impatient military thunderclaps has become a sound of redemption.
These climates of change have elicited a particular “Blah Blah Blah” from African leaders trapped between the wishes of building democratic governance and resistance to the urges to cross borders and punish corrupt and murderous leaders. . By failing to lure Condé out of Conakry and send him to refresh his tongue in the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar – as Presidents Obasanjo and Thabo Mbeki had done to Charles Taylor – they lost messiahs against the Guinean people. They failed to change a putrid climate that was suffocating African families in Guinea.
The enthusiastic crowds welcoming these military coups looked like outbursts of joy when police murderer George Floyd was convicted on all felony counts. Subsequent incidences of French police usually beating black men inside closets; the hand of a British policeman holding a cupped woman in a street, later raping her and burning her body inside a wooded area; a French serial rapist, killer of many women and an eleven-year-old girl whose body he set on fire, similar police appetites in South Africa and Nigeria, collectively join global cries for climate change