Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants: How Nick Clegg And The Liberal Democrats Got It Right

The second election debate of the leaders of the three major political parties in the United Kingdom has once more highlighted the deficiencies of essential ingredients urgently needed in the British politics and leadership. The evaluation of the leaders’ responses-especially that of the clueless Cameron and brainless Brown-to questions posed to them especially that on immigration shows that they are very far from the reality and never in touch with the pace, thinking and plights of the British voters. They were very cosmetic, kept repeating themselves, bickering amongst themselves like kids struggling over a chunk of meat and at the end of the day succeeded in exhibiting high level of ignorance, idiocy and characters of Machiavellian politicians desperate to deceive and win an election by all means. They are still living in the winter wonderland and there is no doubt that it would be business as usual if any of them are elected. They have nothing to offer. Their main preoccupation is to say what the voters want to hear and then do whatever they have in mind once in Number 10. It is therefore imperative that voters look before leaping to achieve that change we are clamouring for. Giving chance to a new party and a new face would surely introduce the reform urgently needed in British politics.

As an immigrant, I was very much interested in the question of immigration and so was glued to the television like a fanatic when the three leaders were answering questions on the issue. I am sure, I was not the only one who tuned in to watch this epoch making event. In fact, over 9 million viewers tuned in to watch the debate in various channels. The Labour Party was represented by Gordon Brown, the incumbent Prime Minister who was once described by Jeremy Clarkson of the Top Gear as a ‘one-eyed Scottish idiot’. In fact his response during the debate nearly made me to completely agree with Clarkson for Brown’s response was more of a mantra being repeated by a blind fanatical idiot. There was no air of originality at all in his speech. He kept saying same thing over and over again and bored a hell out of the audience and viewers. One of the people in the audience ended up yawning like a hungry angry lion. David Cameron of the Conservative Party fared no better. In fact, for once he was in complete agreement with Gordon Brown and the Labour Party on how to address the immigration issue especially as it concerns the illegal immigrants already here in the UK. The only person who made a sense to the public was the leader of the Liberal Democrats who facing the camera uttered what has been adjudged as the most painful truth in the history of the British democracy. He deviated from tradition and using his common sense filled with air of originality said something that eventually portrayed him as a man you can trust with your vote.

I do not intend to beat about the bush over this issue. I would therefore go straight to the point. The debate took place in Bristol and the question came from a young black lady. She wanted to know what the parties intend to do to fix the immigration problem of the nation which is already at an alarming and embarrassing level. The first to reply was the clueless Cameron. He completely objected to any idea of amnesty for the illegal immigrants already here in the UK and added that if he becomes the Prime Minister, he would put in place a cap on number of people that would be allowed to come into this country yearly. When asked the number he intends to allow in the country yearly, he failed to answer and his failure is not because he has no answer to it. He could have said 10,000, 20,000 or even 50,000 but the fact is that capping immigration is the worst way to solve an immigration issue. We are in a new era of globalisation to the extent that the world is already a small village. There are skills elsewhere that are highly needed in the UK but which are not in the UK presently. The only way to get those skills is through immigration. But if you cap the number of people that could come in here yearly and all of a sudden there is an urgent need for an oncologist somewhere in Wales what would you do? It would be madness to say no because saving lives is more important than capping immigration. Besides, the fact that European Union countries are free to come in and live and work in the UK makes meaningless any plan to cap immigration. Immigration is evolving and it demands dynamic leadership to face it squarely; Gordon Brown and David Cameron are obviously the two people who cannot do it. Nick Clegg has got a clue and could do something. In fact, David Cameron is wrong with his idea of capping the immigration and his being wrong is a sign that he has nothing to offer; only lies and deceit just to win the election. He is desperate and could say anything to confuse the electorates in order to get their votes.

Gordon Brown also repeated same mantra as David Cameron. It seems same person lectured both of them before they came out to face the audience to exhibit their ignorance and stupidity. Anyway, I was happy to see the two men agreeing on one thing for the first time and that brings me to another issue; how could such brainless and clueless men lead the United Kingdom of the 21st century when they do not have a working platform on how to solve the most pressing and urgent problem facing the nation they want to lead; the immigration problem. Gordon Brown is fiercely against the legalisation of illegal immigrants already here in the UK and his reason which was also cited by David Cameron is because such an exercise is a push factor for illegal immigration. Really? If Brown and Cameron do not know what the push factors for illegal immigration are, then it is high time we hired a toddler from an Early Years Centre to tell them that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is one of them just as the west-including UK-condoning of investments in the UK by corrupt African leaders is another. The west knows that the money these corrupt leaders are investing is looted from the commonwealth of their countries.

I am not alone in blaming the west for this. Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist in the World Bank and a Nobel Laureate in Economics painted a picture in his book, ‘Globalization And Its Discontent’, to concur with me when he noted that “The issue of the moral responsibility of the creditors was particularly apparent in the case of cold war loans. When the IMF and World Bank lent money to the Democratic Republic of Congo's notorious ruler Mobutu, they knew (or should have known) that most of the money would not go to help that country's poor people, but rather would be used to enrich Mobutu. It was money paid to ensure that this corrupt leader would keep his country aligned with the West”. This is exactly what happens in Africa today. The west give these corrupt African leaders billions in aid, not to help the poor masses but to enrich the corrupt leaders in order for them to be loyal to them. Here it is apparent that the west in a bid to please corrupt African leaders end up impoverishing millions of the masses who in turn would look for a way by all means to run away from the condition orchestrated by the west. The end result of this is illegal immigration. One is therefore 100% right to say that corruption being condoned by the west is the main push factor for illegal immigration. In addition, the suffocation of the African and Asian Economy by the IMF especially with her imposition of loan conditions and economic models that does not suit the continents is another reason. It is therefore a sign of stupidity and naivety to say that amnesty is a push factor for illegal immigration. The fact that African and Asian leaders could loot the wealth of their country and invest them here in Europe and America, is the main reason illegal immigrants come here on daily basis. The money looted and stashed here by these corrupt Asian and African leaders could have built industries that could have gainfully employed these illegal immigrants or even give them a decent free education which is a step out of life of perpetual poverty. Therefore for Brown and Cameron to look the British voters in the face and tell them lies upon lies is a sign of what they would do to them in the next five years. They would continue to lie ad infinitum! They cannot be trusted and we do not need another mene mene tekel upharsin to know that this is a time for change; a real change.

The question of immigration is a big problem facing this nation today and an urgent and decisive action should and must be taken to nip the problem on the bud. It is not time for pretence or currying the favour of the voters to win their votes. It is a shame that Brown and Cameron, being intent on deceiving us did not get that message. Fortunately Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats got the message very well and spoke like a man, a politician of repute and somebody to be trusted with the future of this nation. He is a man to be trusted and that is why the United Kingdom would be safe if they entrust their votes and future into his hand instead of that of the clueless Conservatives and brainless Labour.

According to the finding of a recent report commissioned by the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and undertaken by the London School of Economics, there are about 750,000 illegal immigrants living in the UK; that is just a peanut compared to about 12 million living in the United States. Most of the illegal immigrants living in the UK work either with genuine or fake identities and pay taxes as well as contribute towards the National Insurance scheme. Most of them do not claim any form of state benefit because that could be a step towards early detection and deportation. They often live underground and avoid all forms of contact with the police. They cannot report to the police when robbed, raped, cheated or assaulted because that could lead to their deportation. Also, when they see crime being committed they are powerless to do anything because that could land them into trouble. Therefore, they have to live like men in stone ages; living in perpetual fear, squalor, poverty, ill health, hunger and anxiety. The weak and lily-livered ones among them would eventually join the crime syndicates and gangs to commit various crimes including selling of illegal drugs and banned substances. The ugliest part is that most of them go scot-free because since they are not documented, it would be difficult to get them to face the law; they have no identity and the state does not know about their existence or whereabouts. Also, some of them especially those in handiwork sector like handymen pay no tax and this cost Her Majesty’s Custom and Revenue billions of pounds in loss of income yearly. These are the people we should target by documenting them, taking them out of the criminal gangs and syndicates and putting them into the hands of the taxman.

This idea makes more sense because the cost of deporting them would be very heavy on the already tired-looking and epileptic economy of this country. There are about 750,000 of them and going by the present rate of deportation by the Home Office which they claimed is about 60,000 yearly at the cost of 11,000 for each person, it would take about 34 years to deport all of them and that would be at the cost of about 9 billion pounds. But, if they are documented and allowed to work and pay tax Her Majesty would surely gain by manifold. This is exactly the argument of the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg and it makes every sense on earth. This is called solving a problem and not waving it away with a back hand or sweeping it under the carpet. Brown and Cameron are evading the problem and I am wondering what type of Prime Ministers they would make in this time that demands an urgent action on this issue. It is only Nick Clegg who has a concrete answer and solution to the question.

It is true that amnesty would hurt the ego of some of us. It would make these illegals equal to us in status by converting their status from that of slave workers to legal workers. Whatever is the case, the fact remains that it is high time this issue is settled once and for all. The brainless Labour is introducing the National ID Card to stem the tide; that is very stupid and foolish. That money should be diverted towards providing more Border Police presence in the borders of the United Kingdom to stop them at the point of entry. I think the Labour is very desperate to cling to power just as the Conservatives are mad to taste the power once again after the power was snatched away from them about 13 years ago. But the idea of playing on the emotions and intelligence of the voters is very insulting, a bad politics, irresponsible politicking, very Machiavellian and therefore completely unacceptable. That is exactly what Brown and Cameron are doing. The voters are entitled to the truth; no matter how painful it may sound and no matter whose Ox would be gored. That simple and painful truth is exactly what Nick Clegg told us in the second debate and that is exactly what is demanded of a good leader and leadership.

I am not trying to encourage or support illegal immigration; I am only being frank and that is why I am approaching this issue from a holistic and candid point of view. In tackling this issue, it is pertinent to realise that we are dealing with human beings who evolved or were created in the same image as us and therefore should look at them first as human beings and then as human beings who broke the law. Illegal immigration is breaking the law and those who break the law should be punished and that is why even a conditional amnesty would be fair on them; conditional amnesty in the sense of paying back something to get that privilege. I would come to that in detail in another article but it would take the form of giving them something like initial 10 year visa on the condition that they must pay a fine or do a community service. They could be made to pay a fine of 5,000. This fine must be paid at once or by instalment. If, however the illegal immigrants choose an option of community service, they must do any community service of their choice for above 1000 hours. At the end of the 10 years, if they are able to live with all the conditions without breaking any law, being law-abiding, showing sincere respect to the Queen and the nation and learning English language and culture, they should then be put into the path to citizenship.

I will talk about this in detail in my next article.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010: Si Deus Pro Nobis Quis Contra Nos?

In the early hours of Friday, April 9, 2010, I had a near fatal experience. I was involved in a ghastly bike accident that left me in a shock for few minutes and set in motion series of events that culminated in the sharing of this experience with you. I had a fraudulent reason for leaving work that day by 7am on the dot. In fact, I lied to my line manager that I needed to meet up with my GP appointment in thirty minutes. The truth is that I had an appointment with my GP but it was supposed to be on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The implication is that I told lie in order to leave work earlier to attend to other personal pressing issues. My plan was to get from Chelsea to Walworth within thirty minutes and to do that I had to up the ante of my speed. Upping the ante of my speed on this particular day does not necessarily mean that I was biking furiously; in fact I was still within a reasonable speed limit. I was doing something around 20 miles per hour and that is actually my normal speed.

To get back home to Walworth from Chelsea, I had to take my normal route. This route which is about 8 miles usually takes me about 25 minutes on the average to cover and the meaning is that I do 18 miles every working day. This is what the journey looks like; I begin from Walworth to Elephant and Castle and from there to Lambeth North Station, St. Thomas Hospital, the Big Ben, the West Minster Abbey and Cathedral and then to the Victoria Station. From the Victoria Station, I would head to Belgravia and from there to Chelsea. To go home, I had to do the same thing again. It was exactly what I was doing on that fateful day. In fact, I never prepared for this moment for I am not only a professional biker but also a very careful one; only that on this fateful day I was not using my crash helmet. In fact, I hated it with passion and cannot think of having used one in the last 5 years. The event of that day taught me a bitter lesson especially on the need for crash helmet every time one is biking and I must confess that I learnt my lesson. I couldn’t have been so stupid not to have known the importance of one. I admit I was being stupid, naive and reckless with my life but all the same am grateful that my life is spared.

Anyway, as I was riding back home on that day, everything was normal as usual; just like every other day. I had my iPod and was listening to various tunes. By the way, I have got about 10,000 songs in my iPod and the songs help me a lot in concentrating and covering those 18 miles. Meanwhile, as a biker, you should be aware of dangerous places that you must exercise extra caution to navigate. Every biker has his and I have mine too. Personally, the junctions of Elephant and Castle and that of the Big Ben are two monsters I have to avoid everyday to get to work and to get back home. Between the two evils the lesser one is that of Elephant and Castle. The junction of the Big Ben is a monster in the sense that a biker heading towards the West Minster Bridge from either the Trafalgar Square or Victoria is in a deep trouble; akin to being in between Scylla and Charybdis. There is no provision to give a pride of place to the biker. In fact you have to struggle for the same high road with both motorists and motor bikes and that was exactly what I was doing that day that could have led to the end of my life.

As I was coming from the Victoria direction towards the West Minster Bridge, I was on a high speed; in fact you have to be otherwise other road users would knock you off the road. And under a blink of an eye, just out of nowhere, this guy with a high powered bike-those types that make hiuge annoying noise-came out of a space between two big London buses just by my left side and knocked me off the road. He was trying to change into my lane but never thought a biker would be on that lane at that point in time. It was a spur of the moment decision and he could not have seen in that condition. Even if he sees me, he would not have done anything because it was too late. The only and best option would be to knock me out of the road to avoid being hit by the double decker London bus behind him. And that was exactly what he did and I was miserably left somersaulting in the air and ended up hitting the other side of the road with the back of my head. I was more than lucky because if the oncoming bendy bus driver was not fully alert to apply his brake, he would have simply crushed me like a tomato. But thank goodness that I escaped that ugly fate.

Hitting my head on that road was not a joke. It was terribly bad and hurt like the most painful thing in life. For a brief moment, my brain was just like a tabula rasa. It was virtually left with nothing and I could not have known my name or age at that point in time. However, as luck would have it, I regained my consciousness within couple of minutes and rushed to the guy on the motor bike to make sure he is fine too. He was and I was happy that none of us lost our lives even though as expected I was the only one left with some injuries. I had a small cut at the back of my head which was bleeding and that was exactly where it hit the road and then some bruises by the left side of my thigh. The other guy as I noted was fine except little damage to the chassis of his motor bike. The greater impact of the whole accident was borne by my poor bicycle. The impact of the crash on the back wheel bent it beyond repair. That was really painful for I just replaced that wheel and I love that bike to bits.

The impact of the accident on my head could have been minimised or completely avoided if I had my crash helmet on. In fact the health workers in the Accident and Emergency of St. Thomas Hospital where I rushed to ensure there is no injury to my skull made me understand that not many people’s brain are spared like mine was in this type of accident. They were chagrined that at my age and level of exposure and intelligence, I could still be riding a bike in the United Kingdom without a crash helmet. Frankly, I was ashamed that such an incident took place and the fact that it took place without my crash helmet made me to bury my head in shame. How can a writer who wants to change the world with his writing not be wearing a crash helmet while cycling? I am not unaware of the fact that an old English adage says that charity begins at home and if that is true why then did my own charity refused to begin at home? I am very ashamed of myself and cannot forgive myself so soon and easily for this gross lack of judgement, stupidity and being silly as a silly stupid cunt.

Honestly, I think I should consider myself very lucky and should be in the church now with praises and thanksgiving. If the accident had occurred at least a mile from where it happened, I would have be drowned because it happened just near the West Minster Bridge and I could have easily somersaulted into the River Thames and got drowned. I have never swum before. Even my luck where it happened still baffles me. I was thrown off from one side of the road to the other and in fact in front of an approaching bendy bus and if not for the alertness of the driver whom I was told applied his brake suddenly, I would have been crushed like a tomatoes.

It is therefore with a heart filled with joy that I remain grateful to those who made it possible for me to survive this ordeal that day. The motor biker should be thanked for not killing me. The London bus driver should be praised for being on alert and being cautious to notice my somersaulting body and applying the brake of his life that saved my own life. How about those fine gentlemen working with the West Minster Underground Station? They are angels. They took me as one of theirs and gave me the First Aid before I rushed myself to the Accident and Emergency of St. Thomas. In fact their kindness is beyond what humans can give. I do not even know their names; one black and another white guy. The white guy is such a living angel that he showed concern to the highest level by accepting to safely lock my bike in their locker room till I am fit enough to collect it back. I remain ever grateful to them and even to the bus driver who agreed to carry me and my bike despite the fact that it is not allowed. I thank him very much for making use of his good judgement, common sense and situation ethics to arrive at that wise decision. Most of them do not actually use their common senses most times. It is therefore a thing of joy to see a bus driver putting his common sense into use. Same gratitude must also go to the staff at the Accident and Emergency of St. Thomas Hospital. It used to be called Guy and St. Thomas Hospital. I was surprised to notice that on that day the Guy is gone. Anyway, I thank them from the deepest part of my heart. They are amazing especially the young white nurse that called me naughty for not using my crash helmet. It was very funny when she called me naughty because I busted into laughter and what made me to laugh was the way she shaped her mouth to say that; just like a dominatrix in a sadomasochistic orgy.

I am also not forgetting the doctor who examined me. She is young and black but I completely forgot her name for I was too preoccupied with admiring the fact that a young person like her is in such a position. Finally, I thank God for this second chance. If God is for us, who can be against us?

Friday, 2 April 2010

Blood And Oil: A Response To The Film

Couple of days ago, I took out time out of my tight schedule to watch a BBC Two film on the Niger Delta of Nigeria. It is a long film, about two hours and runs into two episodes. Without mincing words or beating about the bush, my verdict on the film is that it is awesome, very interesting and something to write home about. I am highly impressed with the talent, sincerity, research, balance, maturity and high sense of responsibility exhibited in the film. In fact the balance of the film especially as it pertains to apportioning blames to appropriate parties without minding whose Ox is gored is unprecedented. In this case, both Nigerians and the west were equally implicated and blamed for the problem with the Niger Delta of the country. These problems are multi-faceted and I am quite impressed with the way the brains behind this project were able to squeeze these problems into one film. Though oil takes the front bench as the main issue in the Niger Delta, this film was also right in acknowledging and highlighting the problems of prostitution, paedophilia, child labour, unfaithfulness, make-money-quick syndrome, oil bunkering and sabotaging of oil pipelines by those in high places. Abject poverty is also given a prominent position as another hydra-headed monster threatening the survival of the Niger Deltans and region.

In a nutshell, the film is about three expatriate oil workers who were apparently set up by their Nigerian colleagues to be kidnapped from an oil installation in the Niger Delta by the MEND. One of the expatriate oil workers is Mark Unwin whose wife Claire had to abandon their home in London to see to his release. She was very unlucky for despite the assurances from her husband’s employer, Krielson International that Mark would be released alive, he was released but as a dead man, an unfortunate event very uncommon with the kidnappers in the region thereby raising a strong sense of suspicion within Claire that somebody must have been up to something very fishy. Her discovery also of a clip recorded by an apparent distressed Mark in his laptop shortly before his kidnapping and death added more weight to her suspicion and set in motion series of events that made her to determine to stay back in Nigeria until the truth is told of what happened to Mark. Claire’s discovery opened a can of worm that revealed the duplicities of Mark’s infidelity and corruption surrounding the oil politics in the Niger Delta.

MEND, an acronym for Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, a local militant group that kidnapped Mark and his colleagues were later confronted by bold but terrified Claire but they assured her that they took the ransom money and released the men alive as promised and therefore had no hands in their death. In fact MEND would later tell Claire that the three expatriates were obviously murdered by the officials of the Nigerian government as a decoy to get both the US and UK military support to kill and silence them and by implication silence the plight of the poor Niger Deltans. A Nigerian and mercenary trainer who survived the ambush by the Nigerian military personnel corroborated the MEND evidence. Krielson PR executive Alice Omuka is given the task of managing Claire until her husband is returned. Omuka, a Nigerian by parentage was also weaved into the web. Her father, a onetime government official made his money corruptly by oil sabotaging and bunkering.

The film which features some notable Nigerian actors including Sam Dede, David Oyelowo, Chike Okonkwo, amongst others is frankly a true reflection of what happens in the Niger Delta today. Most of my friends do not share same opinion with me for they are strongly of the view that the BBC Two used the film to add more injury and insult to the already battered image of Nigeria. I appreciate their argument but the fact is that very important issues were highlighted in the film including the perennial issue of corruption which is the bane of Nigerian future today. This is not the time to defend our country. It is the time to be in solidarity with millions of Nigerians, about 80 million of them, living in abject poverty. It is a shame that being one of the biggest producers of oil and gas in the world, about 80 million Nigerians are still living hopelessly in misery, hunger, squalor and abject poverty. This is not the time to protect the rich and the image of the country. It is the time to feel pains and be part of the misery of the poor and the down trodden.

It would be a great injustice for anyone to criticise the film negatively or accuse the film of having a sinister or evil motive against the welfare of Nigeria and Nigerians. I refuse to see the film from that angle simply because the film despite its supposedly hidden agenda and ulterior motive was also able to highlight the plight of the common people and that has been what I have been preaching ever since I entered the world of journalism and blogging. Journalism should always be on the side of the poor and never on the side of the rich, the oppressors of the poor. This is my whole idea of Liberation Journalism. It is a corporate social responsibility on the part of the media. It would be a huge ethical and moral failure, if the media fails to carry out this function of being on the side of the poor and it is basically because of this that we must praise the film for using the medium to speak for the millions of speechless residents of the Niger Delta of the South South of Nigeria.

I have always maintained that the oil companies in Nigeria should not be solely blamed for the evils in the Niger Delta. You should therefore imagine my happiness when the film actually spoke in my own favour. The problem in the Niger Delta is principally with corrupt Nigerians especially the village chiefs in the affected communities who would take money from the oil companies meant for the development of their place and siphon it into their pockets. The government officials including the ministers and former heads of state of Nigeria were also implicated in the film. It is no more a secret that most of this corrupt Nigerians have private oil refineries outside Nigeria where they refine oil and gas illegally tapped from the sabotaged pipelines they masterminded. This is true and nobody alive on earth today would ever dispute this. These people are corrupt and the poor people are bearing the consequences of their glutton and corruption. That is what the film is saying and that is why we must support the film because it speaks our mind.

How on earth could a human being accuse the film of being anti-Nigerian? Are we not in the first place anti-Nigeria by the mere fact of sabotaging our own oil for selfish motives and not even speaking against it in the name of protecting the image of our country? Wealthy Nigerians pay poor Nigerians to sabotage the oil pipelines and illegally tap oil for them and at the end of the day they get richer while the poor suffers and we are here blaming the BBC Two. This is not acceptable. The problem is with us. People are dying and their futures are being gambled upon and sacrificed on the altar of greed and corruption. We therefore must use every available means including the use of films, facebook, twitter, YouTube and all of them to highlight the corrupt government officials behind this heinous situations; a situation that has demoted the Niger Delta to the status of one of the poorest and most dangerous places on earth.

Niger Delta is the main and only source of the oil and gas revenue for Nigeria yet majority of its people live below poverty level. The gains of millions of dollars being generated daily from the proceeds of the oil has not tickled down to the people simply because few unscrupulous elements in the government and communities in the region are siphoning the money meant for the development of the region into their pockets. This situation has led to untold calamities. The farms in the region are all turned into wastelands coated with oil, their source of potable water is also coated with oil while gas flaring which has been banned for long is still in use by some oil companies courtesy of corrupt Nigerians who take bribes and refuse to speak out against the evil. It was these notorious acts that Ken Saro-Wiwa was strongly against.

Prior to his hanging, Ken Saro-Wiwa had predicted that the evils being perpetrated by the oil companies in the Niger Delta would come back to haunt them. As the film is being shown here in the UK, the region is rehearsing another Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan combined with bombing, shooting, kidnapping and likes of them becoming the other of the day. The peaceful protests against the companies especially the Royal Dutch Shell strongly encouraged by Saro-Wiwa is now turned into a violent hell leading the oil companies to be recording annual looses of unprecedented level since their arrival in Nigeria. A clear case of had we known, we would have listen to Ken. Even the overall export of oil from Nigeria has since gone down almost by half. And we know the solution; get those past head of states, government officials and community leaders to answer one or more questions and everything would be okay.