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March 12th, 2010
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Most in the Amanpour audience disagreed with Obasanjo’s statements that blamed the “ethnic, economic and social factors” for the crisis in Jos, Nigeria.  The majority suggested that the crisis of Jos was the result of the dire consequences of Obasanjo’s “unfortunate” decisions that resulted from his eight-year term in office. Viewers felt that Obasanjo’s actions while in office exemplified the “insensitive and unaccountable power” that permeated his “failure” to address Jos’ interests.  A few viewers favored Obasanjo’s ideology. 

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David Akata While anyone cannot hold Obasanjo responsible for the ethnic dimension of the Jos crises,his misrule, maladministration, corruption ridden government exacerbated an already volatile environment that breed these social miscreants. Obasanjo should be bold enough to tell the world that his failure in government gave rise to the social and economic ...

Mostafa Mohamed Abohelwa I think that we are here in Africa are still under ignorance & bad socioeconomic conditions which are the main motives for these bad acts.

Falade Ja OBJ has definitely position himself in the side of a chess player, playing on the inteligence of Nigerians. His comment obviously shows that he knew the problems facing the country and decided not to do something about it when he was the president;yet he audaciously talk of Yar'adua and the degrading attitude surrounding his treatment,"wondeland ...

Ehsan Saadati Tribalism is the main cause of all problems in nigeria,but recent violences was the result of clashes between MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS,indeed Obasanjo is just denying the truth.

Annetjie de Jong And all african leaders get away with anything and everything ! ! ! What a joke of misrible people ! ! ! Wake up world ! ! !


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  1. Yakubu MAGAJI , From Bauchi State- NIGERIA.

    Christiane !. We (Nigerians) Should be grateful to George W.Bush Jnr and his administration for stopping Mr. Obasanjo from changing the Nigerian Constitution to enable him to run for the third time .
    If it were not for my friend George Bush,the man I love best in this world and until death do me part from him nothing can separate me with him.
    If you talk of people like OBASANJO,my heart bleeds without ceasing ,christiane .During his regime,Extra-Judicial killings ,human rights violations,Robberies,High-profile assassinations,Deliberate human rights abuses,High-class criminals better armed in his favour gurading his house as security agents,corruption,20% kick-backs in contract awards,it was his regime that gave power to the muslims in Northern Nigeria to implement Sharia Laws ,that is why he is telling you people that ,the crisis in Jos is not religious but for economic,social and lands cases, so that the other party only fight back that is the word from a president Christiane .It's a shame.
    Please ,America and Britain,if you know that you will not be sending people like Bill Clinton, George Bush,or Tony Blair to come and take over the administration of Nigeria for at least 20 to 30 years before you hand over to us the country,,by eleminating all the Obasanjo's regime,Sani Abachas,Ibrbahim Babangidas,Shehu Shagaris,Buharis,Yakubu Gowons,all these regimes has to be wipped away with their Govt.officials with ,the Judiciary,Executives,Parliaments,must all vanished before you hand over power to us, then you can ask for your leaders to go back to America and London.

    If not please dont ask us again at all ,for what is happening in Nigeria . Because by asking us, we cant sleep, to be seeing people like Obasanjo ,driving along our ways,though we have no roads,no watter
    no hospitals,no clinics,no jobs,Nigeria is exactly like Somalia.
    So dont ask us again please America and London okay ?.

    Yakubu MAGAJI
    Bauchi State-Nigeria.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:48 am | Reply
  2. lotte ehlers

    Dearest Christiane
    This is exactly what keeps the fighting going on Good-evil You see in Afghanistan, where the ONLY thing needed for making PEACE, is required by the "enemy" (the taleban),
    is the west to stop exploiting the country by growing the 8000 tons of opium in their land.
    (NOBODY IN THE WEST IS TOLD THIS FACT; AND THE AFGHANS THINK WE ALL KNOW) GO INTO THIS CHRISTIANE PLEASE !!! I WILL TELL YOU THE WAY PLEASE :).This is the first step towards peace there and in general. Opium is worse than any other substans in the economic "game" and we all actually want a ban on this devilich tool for the controlling beasts bihind this total fraud on humanity. There has been a way out of this all along the war, ignored in the name of "dancing around the golden calf", by governments and selfstatet rulers
    All the best for peace Lotte Ehlers

    March 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  3. Leonard de la Paor

    Blacks will need another 500 years before they are civilized.
    It took Europe hundreds of years to reach democracy. People are only fooling themselves when they think TRIBAL Blacks are capable of ruling themselves. THEY ARE NOT!!!

    They need many hundreds of years before they will be capable of doing this.

    They are only CHILDREN – IGNORANT CHILDREN & without people in charge of them, they can ONLY create CHAOS.

    March 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  4. Louise

    I have always looked forward to reporting by Christiane Amanpour. This began in the late 1990's when I listened eagerly to her reporting on the radio of the happenings in Africa, while I on remote assignment for my job in the Pacific. It was a pleasure not to hear the assumed cadence of voice so often used in television journalism; or the interview attacks orchestrated for sensationalism. This loyalty remained until the interview recently with Ehud Barack. The situation in the Middle East is very comlicated one as we all know. Whether I agree with his tactics or not ( I am not so naive not to realize that all countries employ similar tactics in their defense); the interview was obviously biased, and at times patronizing. Ms. Amanpour slipped in a comment asking him for events after 'you killed a Palestinian'. He corrected by saying they were defending themselves against terrorism. Ms. Amanpour, terrorism is quite a different matter than what you were implying. The underhanded manner in which you inserted that comment was third rate journalism at best.

    March 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  5. Susan Scherer-Hicks

    The interviews on Amanpour's report this Sunday must have been among the most touching of Christiane's broadcasts on CNN. It hit me in my gut, my heart, and right between the eyes. So now I can imagine that there is a network of people around the world who felt the impact as one heart. That makes for a powerful prayer for the global process of learning to listen, to understand, and to love that which is the ALL GOOD Creator's Presence.Thank you, Christiane.

    March 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  6. DIANE ANDERSON

    I LOVE YOUR PROGRAM BUT ONE THING DETRACTS. WHEN YOU ARE ON A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE PEOPLE YOU ARE INTERVIEWING, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE TRYING TO SHOW YOU ARE SUPERIOR TO THEM. BEING ON THE SAME LEVEL INDICATES RESPECT FOR THE PERSONS YOU ARE INTERVIEWING.

    THANK YOU

    March 15, 2010 at 5:02 am | Reply
  7. Rejoice

    Dear Christiane,
    Obj cannot deny that the Jos crisis is not among the offshoots of his past corrupt, insane and kangaroo regime. He set the stage for crisis during his tenure vis- a- viz sharia law, Political Killings,

    March 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Reply
  8. Rejoice, From Abia State - Nigeria.

    Dear Christiane,

    Obj cannot deny that the Jos crisis is not among the offshoots of his past corrupt, insane and kangaroo regime. He set the stage for crisis during his tenure vis- a- viz sharia law, Political Killings, corrupt lawmakers, money laundering, etc. We fought war agaist indiscipline (WAI) when we (Nigerians) were disciplined, now indiscipline is at its peak, which war do we fight?.

    For me, to end all these mess, there should be a total clean-up of our Naija. What Jerry did in Ghana should be done in nNigeria. Let's extinguish all those old fools so that we will migrate from an Aso Rock to a White House.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:05 am | Reply
  9. eddy

    Hi Amanpour,
    Thanks ver much for such a forum for us to air our views on these issues, having read the comments, all that have been said boils down to one thing "illiteracy". Africa is payning the price of iliteracy,look those who brought Christianity dont practice it like how we do!we have gone too the extreme, we seem not to know what we are about and these politician are playing down on the minds of these unfirtunate ones like what OBJ was driving at, it is very sad, but we can do much because those in power who have the means to help these unfortunate ones are rather denying them,WELL TIME WILL TELL

    March 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  10. Bert Kerkhof

    Watched the interview with Ruanda president Paul Kagame but thoughts were with inland issues in the netherlands. Last week president Wouter Bos resigned from government. Tonight at 19:28 CET the braodcast of a program Volgende vraag ('Next question') of the social democratic company Vara was prohibited by technicians. The screen went green and blue for 15 minutes. As a blogger I phoned with the security department of the broadcast, the spokesman talked about start-up problems.

    So the dutch population is not granted to see an interview with two independent financial planners. Probably the contest is about the guarantee payments of up to 100.000 euro's the dutch government gave to duped Icesave bank savers. January 6th I had contact about socio economic development with Iceland minister of finance mr. Sigfússon. The action of broadcasting personel is inline with europe which is able to give guarantees to duped Icesave savers only up to a certain amount of money. At 19:50 I offered the constables to share responsability for the action to help relief the apparant tensions.

    I heard Paul Kagame talking about accountability, the financial system is a dominant scheme to count on. As an internet specialist ánd journalist I am involved with the integrity of another system to count on, the information system.

    Christiana, as a member of the Wouter Bos group have issues raising children in the region we live in, another burden. Moreover, sorry for the delay distributing in the netherlands the info of your documentary Generation Islam. Had some problems as a juvenile accepting authority and now Christiana need a female authoritarian hand, please.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  11. mo

    Dear Christiane

    This is addressed to CNN and to Vice President Joe Biden / and to Secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

    Israel doesn't care what USA do. Their is no Justice in Israel. And they tell you Oh we are the first country to send help to HAITI.
    What about the Arab Kids and families thy kill or Demolish their homes or look at the Kids in Gaza thy need years of help.
    Where is Human right and Justice Or Democracy. Right know the plan to have no Arab in Jerusalem. Clearing all the Arab and the replacement is Mr Cohen and Mr Goldberg who never been in Jerusalem and thy claim that's their Owen home and land. Were is Justice
    The mission is no Arabs in Jerusalem?
    American need to open your eyes and see the true. Stop watching Mr Spielberg movies
    America is A partner to Israel it has been like this for a long time. We need the help of the White House to pressure Israel to help the Arabs who live in Jerusalem and have homes to become Israeli and treated them as a human being. Also help those people who cry American citizenship to have a doll citizen ships. It's not right what is going on right know. The Netanyahu and Lieberman Government trying to make Jerusalem a Jewish city by alimenting all the Arabs from their homeland Jerusalem. And telling them because you cry US passport you not allowed to stay or to cry an Israeli passport.
    Israel since 1967 never stop from killing and discriminate and harass and opuses the Arabs in the Israel and by saying oh we are Democratic country. How and when?
    Israel also never stop pouting settlements every where.

    American Arab deeply are heart because the way we are treated from Israel and the way thy making us lose our home land and taken away from us.
    We need help of our President .And from our government to help us since we are Partners.
    Thank you,

    March 16, 2010 at 12:23 am | Reply
  12. Jean Nepo

    With regard to today’s interview with President Paul Kagame, I would like to stress that Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza speech at Gisozi Genocide memorial has been recorded by different sources. This info can be provided to anybody for verification.
    Please find below an excerpt of a protest letter that Mrs. Ingabire wrote to the Editor-in-Chief of a pro-RPF newspaper, The New Times, which distorted her speech while visiting the Genocide Memorial Center at Gisozi upon her arrival in Kigali on January 16, 2010.
    To the great surprise, The New Times newspaper never published Mrs. Ingabire’s letter thereby denying her the right of response.
    [On 16th January 2010, after my visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center at Gisozi, I made the following announcement in Kinyarwanda, which was also recorded and is here translated in English, the language of your media:
    “It is clear that achieving reconciliation has a long way to go; it is far away and this is understandable considered the number of people who were massacred in our country, because such tragedy is not something to move on from easily on the one hand. On the other, when you analyse the situation objectively, you don’t find any serious strategy intentionally developed and implemented to help Rwandans to achieve that reconciliation. For example, we are here honouring at this Memorial the Tutsi victims of the Genocide; there are also Hutu who were victims of crimes against humanity and war crimes, not remembered or honoured here. Hutus are also suffering. They are wondering when their time will come to remember their people. In order for us to get to that desirable reconciliation, we must be fair and compassionate towards every Rwandan’s suffering. It is imperative that for Tutsi survivors, Hutu who killed their relatives understand the crimes they committed and accept the legal consequences. It is also crucial that those who may have killed Hutus understand that they must be equally punished by the laws. It is finally very important for all of us Rwandans with our different ethnic backgrounds to understand that we need to come together in unity and with mutual respect in order to develop our country peacefully. The reason we came back is therefore to find ways collectively of starting off on that roadmap towards unity, working jointly to remove injustices from our country, addressing as one issues of getting Rwandans to live freely in their country. Thank you”.]

    March 16, 2010 at 2:23 am | Reply
  13. truthandtruthonly

    Dear Christiane (and every NIGERIAN and NON-NIGERIAN reader).

    BE NOT DECEIVED by self-admitting BEST-DECEIVER true-Islam's author-controller – that "this ongoing bloody feud between overwhelmingly Muslim northern Nigeria and overwhelmingly animist and Christian southern Nigeria, is largely about economic and social issues."

    THE trigger, fuze, primer, detonator and explosive which bring about this explosion of carnage and bloodletting, IN NIGERIA (AND IN ELSEWHERE) – ARE ALL to be found in true-Islam QURAN's LATER/LATTER (MEDINAN) PERIOD Surahs and Ayats, such as:

    SURAH 9:5 (Hilali-Khan Quran) Then when the Sacred Months (the Ist, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikun (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    SURAH 9:29 (Hilali-Khan Quran) Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

    With EARLIER (MECCAN) PERIOD "peace preaching" surahs and ayats (NASKH/ABROGRATED by later/latter Medinan surahs and ayats) such as:( SURAH 2:256) "non compulsion of religion in Islam", " (SURAH 109:1-6) "Islam permits each to follow after whichever religion each would prefer to follow after, etc" – DEVIOUSLY AND CRAFTILY incorporated into his Qura, for the SOLE purpose of DECEIVING the unknowing into believing that QURAN, ISLAM and their author-controller SATAN are all about/for peace, tolerance and etc.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  14. Jean Nepo

    Thanks for interviewing President with Kagame. It was an opportunity to implicilty show the American people that he is really afraid of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and her political party, UDF-Inkingi.

    With regard to the ongoing intimidation and harassment of the opposition, it is important to note that the RPF ruling party in Rwanda is mostly afraid of Mrs. Ingabire because her political party UDF-Inkingi's core values encompasse Human rights, accountability, rule of Law, democracy, equal opportunity and social justice, sanctity of human life, political participation and duty of memory.

    In addition, I surely think that until now, UDF-Inkingi is the only political organization to have clearly defined both their target group and the founding values of their political action.

    With regard to UDF-INKINGI's target, it is the suburban and rural world. Indeed, aware that the rural population represents over 80% of the Rwandan population and that an increasing number of citizens are afflicted by current campaigns of land expropriation and live in the periphery of urban centers, the UDF-INKINGI are determined to be a strong voice of these voiceless people.

    In terms of values, they include, beyond all fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, equality and freedom, individual autonomy, solidarity, popular participation, duty of memory, decentralization and sustainable development.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:21 am | Reply
  15. Obadiah Mua

    The crisis in Nigeria are a replay of what happened in Rwanda 16 years ago.Whether be them religious,cultural or language differences,politicians have often exploited such differences to their advantage.The more the people feud,kill one another or destroy one another's property,the better for the politician to remain in power with no accountability.Amanpour,please there is a similar crisis that will explode in the Cameroons sooner than later.The world is not acting now until it will be too late to act.Please history will remember that it was Christiane Amanpour who helped bring light to the problem between Southern Cameroons and La Republique du Cameroun.Thousands are dying daily and many more are languishing in jail.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  16. truthandtruthonly

    Dear Obadiah Mua.

    The crisis in Nigeria are (to yours truly) STRAIGHT replays of how Mohammad and his companions (i.e. disciples) AFTER he had gathered ENOUGH NUMBERS OF WARRIOR-KILLERS and, after Mohammad's demise, how his companions, UNPROVOKED – went around systematically killing the non-Muslim locals in MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, into converting those lands into the Muslim lands of today.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  17. J. Brothers

    March 17th, 2010 1317 GMT
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    President Kagame said: "You tend to make a judgment of a country, 11 million people, on what a couple of people have said and (they) don't take into account what Rwandans say."

    Who is he kidding? I am Rwandan and I agree with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are saying about this General. Rwandans have suffered so much under him. He does not care about rural areas. Kagame has developed Kigali, but if you venture out of the capital and exit off the main highway, you will be shocked. The Rwandan economy is in the hands of a few elites. In the past 16 years, they have accumulated so much wealth from mining in Congo and monopolizing international trade.
    More Rwandans are dying of hunger than before the genocide, nobody dares to speak unless you want togo to jail. The countryside is ruled by lawless militia callled "local defense". They job is to reinforce the laws, but they have guns and are never paid by the government. Guess who pays them and how? Do you wonder why army generals are running away from him? Kagame is trying to eliminate all real or imagined competitors.
    How about the journalists? Because they questioned his practices, Kagame is accusing them of plotting a coup. This is not even funny, it is crazy!!!
    God, give us peace and liberty and let Kagame keep his development

    March 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  18. Simone

    For once I tend to agree with Obasanjo that the problem in Jos is not religious but more of economic, social and land issues. I also make bold to say that the problem did not start with OBJ but a product of many years of internal colonization of minority tribes in the middle belt zone of Nigeria. Nigeria is made up of over 250 ethnic groups but unfortunately, those ethnic group around the Middle Belt Zone are loosing their identity to the far north occupied by the Hausa/Fulanis. The hausa/fulanis are migrant tribes. They come settle among the indigenes and in no time they have their own king and quarters. The unfortunate case of the middle belt zone is that they not only allowed the Hausa/Fulanis to settle among them, they allowed themselves to be colonized by the settlers, to the extent that the official language of the middle belt zone is now Hausa and not the indigenous language of the people. This cultural/internal colonization of the middle belt has given the Hausa/Fulanis the impression that they are lords over the indigenes of the middle belt. This feeling of superiority enbolden the Hausa/Fulanis to insist on Chairmanship of the Jos North LGA as their birth right. The insistence of the Jos natives not to be cowed by the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy was the cause of the crisis of 2009. My advice to the Jos people is to revive their culture and learn to stand as a people, not a conquered people in their own land. It is never too late to start.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply

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