Monday, 10 August 2009

Nigeria: Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello makes list

Children of influence

In January 2008, I wrote about influence peddling by the brood of leaders of Africa who by reason of their parent’s office have amassed to themselves, wealth and the arrogance of power to topple any due process exacted against them. Brood of Vipers or Leaders? 18-Jan-2008 Nigeria: An Exposé on influence peddling 11-Jan-2008.

The Foreign Policy magazine ran two articles The World’s Worst Daughters and The World’s Worst Sons, I saw the former first and a sixth sense gave me the impression that I would find a familiar face amongst them.

I take this millstone round my neck

On the part of the daughters, their parents seemed to be tyrannical despots or populist leaders and the girls by congenital transference had taken on a ruthless, vindictive streak of impunity that extends well beyond the borders of their home countries but left them completely untouchable at home and abroad.

Anyone married to these ladies if that is the right word for them gets castrated, some have lost custody of their children through the ladies defying court orders and removing the kids from their lawful custodian and residence.

Men who built their businesses on the clout of daddy’s girl should expect an almighty fallout if the relationship goes sour, you can imagine one instance where the father forced a divorce on his son in-law and then had him executed, the lady involved opined that “all families have misunderstanding.”

That makes me think of a song by Prince had has the lines, Girl, I think you’re hot and sexy, sexy,sexy; Cold Blooded. These girls are cold blooded and they have balls only where men should have them.

The girls

The rogues gallery lists Gulnora Karimov [1] of Uzbekistan, Raghad Hussein [2], daughter of Saddam Hussein, now a guest of the Jordanian royal family, Sandar Win [3] of Burma, daughter of the late Prime Minister, Pinthongta Shinawatra [4] of Thailand, daughter of the deposed Prime Minister and Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello [5] of Nigeria, daughter of the erstwhile President.

Now, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello is a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but has a pending case of kidnapping her son from the United States and is on the Interpol watch list.

The article defines the family business as abuse of power and graft, which is quite apt, however, if there was a real investigation of her activities as to uncover the ones skirt the limits of legality, the charge sheet would paper over the Nigerian end of the River Niger.

This is however not the place to detail those issues, the most important part is she is in the top 5 of the world’s worst daughters as reviewed in the Foreign Policy magazine, that does take some doing. Congratulations!

As for The World’s Worst Sons, Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s son, Sir Mark Thatcher [6] has made a name for himself.

Sources

[1] The World’s Worst Daughters | Foreign Policy | Gulnora Karimov

[2] The World’s Worst Daughters | Foreign Policy | Raghad Hussein

[3] The World’s Worst Daughters | Foreign Policy | Sandar Win

[4] The World’s Worst Daughters | Foreign Policy | Pinthongta Shinawatra

[5] The World’s Worst Daughters | Foreign Policy | Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello

[6] The World’s Worst Sons | Foreign Policy | Mark Thatcher

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