Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Columns and Letters

Libya’s leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi made headlines recently when he called for the partitioning of Nigeria as an answer to solving the unrest between its Christian and Muslim populations.

Such antics by Gaddafi are plainly ridiculous coming from someone who dresses in women’s clothes. But that’s the least of the colonel’s crimes.
The man has a dark history that people today are generally unaware of. For the past 40 years Libya has been stuck under his tyrannical regime. He has overseen the killing of university students for daring to challenge his infamous Green Book, and rejected the core Islamic creed by denying the Prophetic method as a valid source for legislation in Islam.
Really, the only reason why Libya is not another Iraq today is because Britain came to its rescue, saving it from the Bush administration’s regime change list.
How Gaddafi was made the previous head of the African Union is beyond me.
Like his choice of clothes, Gaddafi’s use of the partition of India as an example for Nigeria is pathetic. Does he even know that India has a greater Muslim population compared to Pakistan? The reality is that the partition of India has not resulted in peace throughout south Asia. Far from it, in fact: the decades of antagonism between Pakistan and India have created a ready market for the western weapons industry.
It does not matter to them how many Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were killed during the years of partition and the bloody wars that the two nations have fought since their creation. And the result of decades of continued animosity and mistrust is two nuclear-armed states at political loggerheads.
But getting back to Gaddafi – his comments are a veil to cover his sinister motives. Nigeria belongs to both Muslims and Christians who have lived in harmony with each other for decades. The problems of Nigeria, like most of the countries in the Muslim world, are rooted in a lack of sincere and enlightened leadership, nothing more.
The 150 million people of Nigeria are talented and hard working, and they don’t need a nefarious man like Gaddafi to tell them how to sort out their problems.
Here’s a better idea: why don’t Libyans get rid of Gaddafi to solve their problems?

One Comment

  1. 3-1-2012

    Alhumdulilah this column was my first column published in the Metro Eireann on the 1/04/2010. Within a year Libyans took my advice (you know what I mean) and were up in arms against Gaddafi and his loyalists. May Allah bless the people of Libya and give them leaders like Syedi Omer Mukhtar Ameen. A friend of mine who fought in the Libyan uprising is currently writing a book on his experiences titled “Soldier for a Summer”. I shall review it in our blog section upon its publication inshaAllah.