Thursday, 23 February 2012
Goodluck Jonathan's London Jamboree.
Leaving serious security challenges at home.
Jonathan left Nigeria with two Presidential Jets, his wife and over 47 handlers, arriving in London with fanfare, the Nigerian President did not play any significant role during the entire proceedings, that role was left for President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh who applauded “the unique character and timeliness of this conference on Somalia”.
President of Uganda Museveni who spoke about the importance of controlling the Somali mainland to prevent piracy and advised that international efforts should be focused on securing Somalia.
Kenyan President Kibaki who welcomed the United Nations resolution in support of (amisomsomalia) African Intervention Force on Somalia.
No word from President Goodluck Jonathan, aside his famous handshake with David Cameron. The Nigerian President appear to be on a Jamborree to an event he could have sent delegates or attended only if he had something meaningful to contribute.
As Goodluck Jonathan fête himself and his associates in London, Boko Harram, the irritating Nigerian terrorists group struck in Kano, killing police guards attached to Jonathan’s new inspector general of police Mohammed Dikko Abubakar and some civilians.
The terrorists group also killed two policemen in Minna Niger State. Jonathan promised to cut waste in government and foreign trips but it appears Mr President is not ready to take his own advice. Nigeria had over 50 hangers on in London. The entire Somalian delegate to the same conference was 5 short of 60.
List of attendees for the London Conference on Somalia: As Provided by British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(Photo: MISSING IN ACTION. Nigerian President Jonathan's famous Bowler Hat did not get a front row mention.The London Conference on Somalia took place at Lancaster House on 23rd February 2012, attended by fifty-five delegations from Somalia same amount of Delegates from Nigeria who arrived London accompanying President Jonathan)
Head of Delegation
Chairperson of the African Union
African Union Commission
Chair - Mr Jean Ping
Mr Hersi Mohamed Hilol
Secretary - Dept of Foreign Affairs - Dennis Richardson
Vice Minister for Africa and the Middle East - Mr Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto
President - Mr Pierre Nkurunziza
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Minister John Baird
Chinese Government Special Representative on Africa - Mr Jianhua Zhong
Minister for Foreign Affairs - Mr Villy Søvndal
President of the Republic - Ismail Omar Guelleh
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mr Mohammed Kamel Amr
Prime Minister - Mr Meles Zenawi Asres
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy - Baroness Catherine Ashton
President of the Republic - Ms Tarja Kaarina Halonen
Minister for International Development - Ms Heidi Anneli Hautala
French Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mr Allan Juppe
President Galmudug State of Somalia - Mr Mohamed Ahmed Alin
Foreign Minister - Mr Guido Westerwelle
Executive Secretary - Mr Mahboob Mohamoud Maalim
Minister of State for External Affairs Mr Edappakath Ahamed
Minister for Foreign Affairs - Mr Guiliomaria Terzi
Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs - Mr Ryuji Yamane
President - Hon. Mwai Kibaki
Ambassador - Khaleed Al Duwisan
League of Arab States
Secretary General of The Arab League - Dr Nabil Elaraby
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mr Jean Asselborn
Prime Minister - Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Mayor of Mogadishu
Governor of Benadir Region and Mayor of Mogadishu - Mr Mohamoud Ahmed Nur
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mr Uri Rosenthal
President - Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Minister of Environment and International Development - Erik Solheim
Foreign Affairs Minister - Mr Yousuf Ibrahim
Organisation of the Islamic Countries
Secretary General - Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Foreign Minister - Ms Hina Rabbani Khar
President of Puntland - Abdirahman Mohamud
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs - Dr Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Cooperation with African Countries, Chairman of the Council of The Federation Of The Federation Committee for Foreign Affairs - Mr Mikhail Margelov
Minister of Foreign Affairs - HRH Prince Saud Al Faisal
President - Mr James Michel
President - Mr Ahmed Silanyo
Foreign Minister - Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister - Mr Jose Manuel García-Margallo
Prime Minister - Mr Fredrik Reinfeldt
State Secretary Foreign and EU Affairs - Mr Carl Bildt
Federal Councillor - Mr Didier Burkhalter
President - Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
President - Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
TFG (Prime Minister)
TFG Prime Minister - Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali
Speaker of the TFP - Hassan Sheilk Aden Issak
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mr Ahmet Davutoglu
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Sheikh Abdulla Alenhayan
President - H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
UN Secretary General - Ban Ki Moon
United Nations (IMO)
Secretary-General - Mr Koji Sekimizu
US Secretary of State - Mrs Hilary Clinton
Vice President - Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Dr Abu Bakr Al-Qirby
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.