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    Posted October 31, 2008 by
    Abuja, Nigeria
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    Musa Yar'Adua, son of Nigerian President Umar Yar'Adua: Presidential Upbringing on the Glut of Oil


    Shocking pictures of Musa Yar'Adua, the thirteen year old son of Nigerian President Umar Yar'Adua holding among other things an AK 47 rifle and wads of thousand Naira notes in the Presidential Aso Rock home and in the Asokoro and Aso Villa areas of Nigeria's capital Abuja are a disappointing illustration and just the tip of the iceberg of just how Nigeria's hard earned oil revenue is being misspent.


    In a country where the average Nigerian citizen has no electricity, no water, no safe means of public transportation, and where the National police have neither cars with which to arrest and transport suspects, nor the energy to do so when they are suffering from hunger and anxiety, hyper-defensive Nigerian President Umar Yar'Adua lets his 13-year old son and his little friends run amock with guns, piles and piles of cash and a wide array of flashy cars and motorcycles at his disposal.


    This comes on the heels of first Yar'Adua's unwarranted and sudden shutting down of Channels Television, a Nigerian news station that is protected by the Freedom of the Press rights it enjoys  under the Nigerian Constitution, then most recently, the President's unconstitutional deployment of the State Secret Service (SSS) to arrest American based Nigerian blogger and  journalist Jonathan Elendu, on trumped up charges of sedition. Not only does this violate the Nigerian Consitution which states that no person may be detained without trial for more than 48 hours, Jonathan Elendu was tortured and denied access to his lawyer and family. it violates basic human rights and the freedom of the press.


    Yar'Adua continues to allow Nigeria to fall into a greater state of delapidation and disrepair, but as these pictures prove, it is completely unsurprising that he cannot effectively move a nation forward when he cannot keep his own house in order.

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