Deputy President William Ruto wowed the sorry leadership of Nigeria and other African demagogues with a charismatic speech that seem to have triggered discussion among fools in Africa on emerging brand of visionary, gifted and courageous ICC accused leaders who keep plagiarizing Obama speeches yet again keep bashing the West.
The DP was representing President Uhuru-himself a chief Obama plagiarist at Nigeriaâ€™s Centenary celebrations marking 100 years since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Nigeria
In his off the cuff remarks Ruto said:
â€œAfrica must redefine its own narrative and must resist those who want to dictate our destiny. We should set our priories rightâ€
â€œAfrica should decide what laws to set and what laws to followâ€.â€œWe must resist those who think Africa is a continent defined by disease, hunger, war, bad governance and corruption
Here is the full TEXT of the speech:
I am honoured to join you today in this glorious milestone, and convey warm African blessings and greetings from your brother and friend, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, and from the people of Kenya.
A century ago, a providential union was born, which gave rise to one of Africaâ€™s most illustrious nations. Over ten decades, through innumerable challenges and relentless struggles, Nigeria has been a consistent continental trailblazer and beacon. Your indefatigable pioneering people have exemplified the African spirit at its most formidable, and continue to inspire unique and monumental achievements every passing day.
Nigeria is a big country, and a big nation. It is also a land blessed with the abundance of talent as well as natural treasure. Nigeria is the place where proud people dream big dreams, where limitless opportunity meets infinite industry. Over a century of triumph and tribulation, Nigeria has never failed to inspire Africa. Truly, Nigeria is the beautiful home of astounding prodigies.
All of us who look to Nigeria for lessons and inspiration never cease to thank God for this wonderful gift to Africa. For this reason, we join the wonderful people of this lovely country in celebrating the beginning of a national political, social and economic phenomenon which has changed the way Africa sees itself, and the way the world sees Africa. The Union forged in 1914 between Northern and Southern Nigeria marks the genesis of this unique historical event. After a hundred years of holding it together, through thick and thin, I join the rest of Africa and indeed the world in congratulating all the people of this great country with warm words of â€œHongera!â€ and best wishes for centuries to come.
Nigeria is a giant democracy. Government is a monumental trust bestowed through free choice. Those charged with discharging this trust find themselves in a sensitive and unique position of great responsibility. In a democracy of Nigeriaâ€™s magnitude, this sacred trust is vast and ever more intense. As you prepare to submit to the exercise of the popular democratic mandate, I am confident that your elections in 2015 will live up to the huge expectations of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. All the people of Kenya, and especially His Excellency President Kenyatta and I have learnt that when true democracy prevails, everybody wins.
Every challenge to nationhood acquires monumental proportions in the context of a country of Nigeriaâ€™s magnitude. We are aware that there are insurgent and terrorist groups who have done their utmost to violently wreak death and destruction upon your society. We sympathise with you as a country which frequently confronts similarly evil and vicious elements.We encourage you to maintain a steely resolve to defeat these hideous and cowardly criminals. Terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring dedicated multinational effort to eradicate. Similarly, insecurity inflicts disastrous damage to lives, communities, economies and infrastructure. Responses to insecurity therefore have to incorporate its full context to be successful. It is important that all the people of Nigeria, as well as all its neighbours unite to secure their region and this beautiful and promising land. Such efforts must be complemented with initiatives to protect the vulnerable, increase womenâ€™s participation in decision-making and conflict resolution, and eliminate ethnic, religious or other basis of exclusion while instituting robust social and economic interventions aimed at reducing mass vulnerability and empowering the masses within our society.
Climate change is a reality whose pernicious effects we can no longer ignore. It is the single most influential factor affecting security. The year of the Nigerian Centenary also happens to be a year when a number of prominent fora will be available for tackling this security-related challenge. In April, 2014, Africa and the European Union will discuss climate change and interdependencies. In September, the United Nations Environment Programme will hold the Climate Summit in Nairobi. Most critically, Nigeriaâ€™s membership of the United Nations Security Council will provide an excellent opportunity for us through AUâ€™s Peace and Security Council, to escalate effective deliberations regarding climate change. During Nigeriaâ€™s Presidency of the UN Security Council, we shall have a chance to take such discussions into an dedicated open session. We have utmost confidence that our Strong Brother, Nigeria, will shoulder this mandate with ease and do Africa proud.
Following your agreement last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, His Excellency President Kenyatta will honour your gracious invitation to participate in the World Economic Forum on Africa. As there are numerous outstanding matters for consideration, the visit in May,2014 as well as reciprocal State visits will provide needful opportunity.
We in Kenya admire Nigeria and its beautiful, vibrant, resilient and innovative people. We salute each of your achievements over the past hundred years. You are a continental influence in Sport, Art and Culture, Scholarship, trade and industry and other multinational enterprise. We know your footballers, actors and writers, intellectuals, business and industrial titans as we know our own. John Obi Mikel, Nwankwo Kanu, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Aliko Dankote are Kenyan household names. Nigerian pioneers are, without a doubt, continental pioneers. Millions of Africans look up to you.
What you have done â€“ everything you have achieved, was possible only because of your Union, and your Unity. A divided Nigeria would not be a continental leader. A squabbling Nigeria could not possibly be a leader. A Nigeria torn asunder cannot stand tall and walk proud. Neither can it command respect in the community of Nations.
That is why, for better and for worse, Nigeria must remain welded forever with bonds of unity and fraternity. This is the spirit in which I join you, my brothers and sisters, on this auspicious commemoration. It is what we wish for when we think of Nigeria, and what we pray for throughout Africa.
As you lead your great nation on a path of transformation, growth and prosperity for another hundred years, I join President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Government and people of Kenya in wishing you and the great people of Nigeria a joyous, peaceful well-earned centenary celebrations. May you have countless years of stability and prosperity throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thank you very much,
God bless you all.