Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nigeria: Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Role in June 12 Crisis

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Leadership (Abuja)
Chuks Ohuegbe and Monday Ashibogwu
1 December 2010

Abuja — Wikileaks, an international non-profit media organisation, has revealed the United States of America's role in the June 12, 1993, election that was annulled by the military. The report, which recently released over 251,000 US embassy cables giving accounts of the US State Department's correspondence with its missions abroad, said that significant investments were made to midwife democracy in Nigeria in 1993.

The documents revealed the US role in the 1993 general elections and the June 12 impasse.
The documents further revealed that most of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that were in the fore front for the actualisation of the June 12 election were sponsored by the US embassy in Lagos to mobilize Nigerians against the military junta.

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President elect, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Notable among the NGOs, the report said, was the one spearheaded by "a notable medical practitioner and human rights activist." One of the disclosures made in the cable from the embassy to the State Department advised mobilisation of most of the rights groups financially to enable them produce counter-government measures in the event that the June 12 election was annulled.

The report said that this cable was believed to be the turning point of the US against the General Ibrahim Babangida administration and subsequent sanctions on the Abacha-led junta.

Also contained in the Wikileaks were the concerns expressed in a cable report to the State Department from the US embassy in London indicating as well the concerns of the Commonwealth over the then President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's failing health and eventual death.

The reports had advised on contingency arrangements for Nigeria as there may be impending political and constitutional crisis at the death of Yar'Adua.  View the original article here


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