The Vanguard published the below quoted article today. Already there are 25 responses to it by Nigerians who are mostly condemning our President’s actions in response to the Christmas Eve incident in a commercial jet over Detroit. We can see from those responses that what RS (“Romance Scams”) has been imparting to its members and others over the past five plus years regarding not only romance and dating scams but also other 419 scams is true. Our cultures are so very different as are our mindsets.
As Westerners, those of us who are Americans would rather not believe the truth that these scammers are organized, run by criminals, and financed by terrorist funds. We would rather try to equate scammer behavior filtered by our own understandings. This is almost as dangerous to our national health and safety as the scammers’ behaviors in using our own feelings against us.
We want to believe that what happened September 11, 2001 in New York City cannot happen again. We want to believe it is an anomaly. I know I do. This past Christmas Eve told all of us it is possible. The federal government is finally listening and our President has taken a stand that I truly admire. I hope he holds fast to this stand and doesn’t allow pressure from those in denial to convince him otherwise.
What can you do? Educate yourself and others. Visit our website! Read, read, read. Then use some of the letters we have there to contact your legislative representatives and others in power to have your voice heard NOW while our government is listening! It is hard to admit that one has been taken; it is embarrassing, humiliating, and holds some shame. Most victims are smart, well educated, savvy individuals and romance scams, in particular, have an attached connotation that they only happen to lonely, ugly, fat and/or old people. As long as we want to believe that, nothing will stop another 9/11 or worse happening one day soon.
Here is the article:
Terror: FG flays U.S action
Vanguard News Online, Jan 7, 2010
By Daniel Idonor & Henry Umoru
ABUJA—FEDERAL Government yesterday expressed “disappointment and concern over the undeserved placement of Nigeria” by the United States as one of the countries under the watch list of terrorism.
A statement read by Minister of Information and communication, Prof Dora Akunyili at the end of the Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice president Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, yesterday, said: “Nigeria expresses its disappointment and concern over the undeserved placement of Nigeria on the country-of-interest list and views this action as having the potential of undermining long standing and established US-Nigeria bilateral ties and the goodwill the US enjoys in Nigeria.
“It is noteworthy that Mr. Farouk Mutallab, though Nigerian born, has been educated and bred outside Nigeria and only transited through Nigeria for less than 30 minutes on the fateful day where he underwent regular airport security.”
Akunyili said that Nigeria has signed and ratified nine of the 16 UN and AU instruments on counter-terrorism dealing with issues ranging from money laundering, drug trafficking, crime, to nuclear terrorism, adding that this was in addition to its various roles in peacekeeping which have earned it international recognition and commendations of the UN.
She said: “Nigeria has, since December 25, expressed its deep sorrow and dismay over the incident which it condemned in all its ramifications. Farouk Mutallab, though Nigerian-born, has been educated and bred outside Nigeria and only transited through Nigeria for less than 30 minutes on the fateful day where he underwent regular airport security.
The minister said the federal government has ordered eight body scanners for the nation’s airports adding that they are expected to arrive in the coming two weeks.
Govs to take decision on Monday
Meantime, the 36 governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum will meet on Monday to deliberate on the United States action of including Nigeria on the watch-list following the alleged aborted terrorist attempt by Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja at the end of the meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, chairman of the Governors’ Forum and governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki who noted that the governors discussed a lot of issues ranging from politics to health of President Umaru Yar’Adua, said: “We discussed a number of issues from politics to economy and security, and one of the things you will also want to know is about the health of Mr. President. We are very happy to say that he is improving very well.
Just a few hours ago, Mr. President got in touch with both the vice president, the Senate president, the speaker and we also had time to discuss some of the comments by some Nigerians.”
On when the President will be returning home, Saraki said: “the health of the President is different from the time that he will be coming back and it is anticipatory that we are happy to see a great improvement on his health.
This is because prior to now, a lot of anti-democratic individuals have been spreading rumours that the President cannot talk or converse and that he is in comma.
You can confirm what we are saying and I think it is good that the President said his health is improving and that is what we have said.
So that is what I can speak on and that is what I can say on the two issues.”
On the governors’ decision on the case of Mutallab and sanction by the government of the United States of America, Saraki said, “that is what I have told you.
It’s a serious issue and this is just PDP governors’ meeting. It is an issue that requires entire governors to meet and deliberate on. It’s a national issue and as such we are recommending that at the next national meeting, it should be the main item on the agenda. We have brought the next meeting forward to Monday to address this matter.”
Present at the meeting were governors of Adamawa, Katsina, Kwara, Oyo; Akwa Ibom; Ebonyi; Bauchi, Bayelsa, Gombe, Niger, Osun, Imo, Zamfara and Plateau. Others were governors of Benue, Kaduna, Kebbi, Enugu states.
You can read the comments attached, as well as the published article here. Will you take constructive action or will you continue to sit and wait for someone else to take a stand?
DianeG, Peer Counselor