Former Presidents of the United States of America

Why We Have To Accept That All World Leaders Have Blood On Their Hands

Ezinne Ukoha


Former US president George H.W. Bush passed away on Nov. 30 at the age of 94, and as the nation prepares for the days of mourning leading up to his funeral, there’s the accompanying symptoms of how this notable death is once again cementing the active fibers of discourse invading all sides of the aisle.

As a registered Democrat who didn’t get vote in the presidential elections until my college years, there’s no denying that the last two decades have been a wild ride.

After growing up in the “shithole” country, that was eaten alive by bible-wielding invaders, who are still using the rich resources of a former colonial territory to oppress the tragically oppressed — I can attest to the tumultous existence that results from the brutality of White supremacy — and how it irrevocably paralyzes the path to progression for over-wrought captives.

It takes a series of events to set up all the elements that produce what grossly resembles a “shithole,” and we also have to reiterate that none of the “holes” were “shitty” before uniformed representatives of the British Empire landed on the shores of a wealthy and picturesque region.

This haven was violently torn asunder — with looting and the overwriting of the primal instincts of natives.

And now centuries later, the grim consequences of Nigeria’s shattered legacy has taken an even bleaker turn, as the headlines echo the terminal status of a suffocating climate, that consistently demonstrates agonizing symptoms of failing health, that won’t ever reverse in the direction of marked improvement.

The gangster military regimes of the eighties and early nineties helped to propel and solidify the levels of Nigeria’s governmental dysfunction, that were inspired by the rulebook of the British invaders, that unfortunately wasn’t discarded when our independence in 1960 was bedazzled with the falsehood that we were actually “free.”

I lived through the rampant military coups, and the vile treatment of being the child of civil servants, who patriotically left the comfort and security of their adopted country to return to their homeland.