Friday, 11 February 2011

Speech: Hosni Mubarak’s Speech Of 10th February, 2011

Hosni Mubarak
(Translated from Arabic by the US Federal Document Clearing House)
I am addressing all of you from the heart, a speech from the father to his sons and daughters. I am telling you that I am very grateful and am so proud of you for being a symbolic generation that is calling for change to the better that is dreaming for a better future, and is making the future. . . .
I do not find it a mistake to listen to you and to respond to your requests and demands. But it is shameful and I will not, nor will ever, accept to hear foreign dictations, whatever the source might be or whatever the context it came in. . . .
My sons and daughters, the youth of Egypt, dear fellow citizens, I have announced, without any doubt, that I will not run for the next presidential elections and have said that I have given the country and served the country for 60 years in public service, during wartime and during peacetime. . . .
I'm looking forward to the support of all those who are careful about the security and want a secure Egypt, within a tangible time, with the harmony of the broad base of all Egyptians that will stay watchful to guard Egypt and under the command of its military forces.
We have started a national dialogue, a constructive one that included the youth who have called for change and reform, and also with all the factions of opposition and of society. And this dialogue resulted in harmony, and preliminary harmony in opinions that has placed us on the beginning of the road to transfer to a better future that we have agreed on. . . .
This time is not about me. It's not about Hosni Mubarak. But the situation now is about Egypt and its present and the future of its citizens.
All Egyptians are in the same spot now, and we have to continue our national dialogue that we have started in the spirit of one team and away from disagreements and fighting so that we can take Egypt to the next step and to regain confidence in our economy and to let people feel secure and to stabilize the Egyptian street so that people can resume their daily life. . . .
I have delegated to the vice president some of the power - the powers of the president according to the constitution. I am aware, fully aware, that Egypt will overcome the crisis and the resolve of its people will not be deflected . . . . And will [inaudible] again because of the - and will deflect the arrows of the enemies and those who [inaudible] against Egypt.
We will stand as Egyptians and we will prove our power and our resolve to overcome this through national dialogue. We will prove that we are not followers or puppets of anybody, nor we are receiving orders or dictations from anybody - any entity, and no one is making the decision for us. . . .except for the [inaudible] of the Egyptian [inaudible].We will prove that with the spirit and the resolve of the Egyptian people, and with the unity and steadfastness of its people and with our resolve and to our glory and pride. These are the main foundations of our civilization that have started over 7,000 years ago. That spirit will live in us as long as the Egyptian people - as long as the Egyptian people remain, that spirit will remain in us. It will live amongst all of our people, farmers, intellectuals, workers. It will remain in the hearts of our senior citizens, our women, our children, Christians and Muslims alike, and in the hearts and minds of all those who are not born yet.
Let me say again that I have lived for this nation. I have kept my responsibilities. And Egypt will remain, above all, and above any individuals - Egypt will remain until I deliver and surrender its - it to others.
This will be the land of my living and my death. It will remain a dear land to me. I will not leave it nor depart it until I am buried in the ground. Its people will remain in my heart. . . .

Rejoinder: The Purported Attack On Udenwa By Egbema Youths

Achike Udenwa
By Kenneth Uwadi

I was taken aback by an article in Announcer Express  of  4th February 2011, attributed to  one Omeihe, SA on media to Chief Achike Udenwa,  wherein he wrote  about the Chief Udenwa’s political  visit to Egbema  on Saturday January 29, 2011 and  the mob attack on Udenwa  by  some youths. Omeihe  made insinuations  which, in my opinion, are inconceivable of a man referred to as media aide. I am concerned about the aspect of the article  where Omeihe  said  that the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly,Chief  Goodluck Nanah Opiah  sponsored  the mob attack on Udenwa by some  youths  in Egbema.

I wouldn’t have bothered to comment on the article but because i am from Egbema, particularly from Mmahu autonomous community where Udenwa had his so called consultative meeting with members of the Action Congress. This comment by Udenwa’s media aide is one of the most annoying and unfortunate remarks ever made about a prominent son of Egbema . It is significant that Udenwa has not made any attempt to disclaim the comment. He is saying in effect that he stands by what he said because he believes it is the 'reality'. Surely, a more sensitive politician seeking the votes of Egbema people in the forth coming election will not embark on unscrupulous, malicious attacks on a very respected son of Egbema land.

The ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle said that anger and personal abuse are the weakest link to arguments. What on earth will make Udenwa to think that our own Opiah, a revered son of Egbema will stoop so low as to sponsor mob action against anybody? Opiah, has no reason to embark on unwarranted hostility against the ambition of Chief Achike Udenwa. Udenwa and Opiah are not seeking for the same elective position in the April general polls. The youths were reacting against insult on them by Achike by coming to campaign on their turf and making promises which none was fulfilled last time he made same to Imo people.

Udenwa  a  senatorial aspirant for Orlu Senatorial zone under ACN on Saturday January 29, 2011  escaped lynching by  angry youths who  tried to disrupt his  campaign rally at Egbema  and threw stones at him and the people who were  with  him. The youths were irked by the many claims of Udenwa on  projects  he allegedly brought to Egbema  when actually he did nothing remarkable for Egbema throughout his tenure  in office as governor of Imo State. Udenwa’s convoy was proceeding to the palace of Nzeobi of Egbema when the irate youths barricaded the road. The angry youths started by chanting slogans  ‘we don’t like you, we can not vote for you,go,go away’ and later started throwing stones and other dirty objects at Udenwa  and booing him and others with him. Tragedy was averted by the members of  Egbema  vigilante group.

Udenwa is used to politics of name calling and character assassination forgetting that issues that bother on his inability to bring development to Imo State in his 8 years rule as governor of the state will always hunt him. Politics of name calling has not and will not serve any one well. I personally don’t support Udenwa’s  senatorial ambition because i believe  that it will not  be different from his  8 years misrule in  Imo State .8 years that brought nothing but agony, under-development, negligence, insecurity and  corruption in an uncontrollable level but no matter what, and under no guise should any Nigerian be molested for campaigning. I do not support any body disrupting legitimate activities of any political party or politician.

Omeihe   also  said  in his article that Opiah is not popular in Egbema and must therefore hide his face in shame for organizing his people as thugs instead of creating jobs for them. Omeihe  should stop sounding like an area boy in Mushin or Oshodi.One may ask therefore, on what yardstick he arrived at such an unfortunate, conclusion that Opiah is not popular in Egbema. Omeihe lacks proper grasping of the word – popular. Why then did the people of Ohaji/Egbema endorsed Opiah for another term bid if he was actually unpopular as Omeihe wants to make the public believe.

Opiah is worshipped like a god in Egbema for great human empowerment of the youths. He has so much empowered the youths of his constituency that we cannot count. He has continued to say it in so many meetings, gatherings and special occasions that the youths are leaders of tomorrow and any politician who will not take the youths seriously cannot stay long in politics. Those who believe that Opiah is not on ground in Egbema or that he has no chance in the April election need to get their heads examined. While the   members of ACN are dismissing him, there is no question that he is greatly loved by his constituency and will go ahead to get a landslide victory in the April election.

Udenwa should note that here in Egbema we have agreed to vote for the Triple G’s (Goodluck Jonathan, Godson Ikedi Ohakim and Goodluck Nanah Opiah)in the April elections because of their  ideas,  antecedents, commitment, conviction , mental capability, political will and knowledge and because of their  resolve to stamp out corruption, improve  our infrastructures, uplift our standard of living,  overhaul  our educational system ,provide us jobs and security. No amount of campaign of calumny will make us change our mind. Surely, one good term deserves another.

(Uwadi wrote from Mmahu-Egbema,Imo State, Nigeria)