#OccupyNigeria: Why Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Should Be The Next President Of The World Bank By Ikhide R. Ikheloa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
One of the young people murdered by the police in peaceful protests in January 2012 by policies initiated by Mrs. Iweala
By Ikhide R. Ikheloa

#OccupyNigeria: For all the beautiful children murdered in January for standing up to the myrmidons of our darkness.

I fully expect Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to be the next president of the World Bank. Her rejection as the first African to run the World Bank would be wrong on many levels. There is no one else better primed to execute the obnoxious policies of the World Bank against African and brown nations than Okonjo-Iweala. Her current tour of duty although disastrous to Nigeria and her poor, has given her an impeccable resume to spread the World Bank’s gospel of uncritical capitalism and indifference to the world’s poor and dispossessed. Okonjo-Iweala has the playbook down pat, for those of us who still remember #OccupyNigeria, that uprising of Nigerian youths against the Okonjo-Iweala-led World Bank endorsed policies against the poor, that uprising that was quashed with ruthless efficiency and left several young people dead for exercising their rights of association and protest.

No shrinking violet, Okonjo-Iweala has led an aggressive and fairly effective campaign for the presidency of the World Bank.  South Africa has endorsed her campaign and The African Union has a beautifully penned hagiography in support of the candidacy here that should make even Iweala blush with excitement. There is a sense of entitlement here, but hey, regardless, she is going to be a vast improvement over the sad sack of odium that was the IMF’s Dominique Strauss Kahn.

As an institution, the World Bank is an ancient bureaucratic relic whose time has come and gone. Now it is mostly a mean cudgel for meeting the West’s imperial needs in developing countries, aided by many of Africa’s intellectual and political elite. The fawning over Okonjo-Iweala by Westerners has been comic. Early in March, the Economist started out of the gate by braying Okonjo-Iweala’s term of endearment, Iron Lady.  Well, She definitely is no Margaret Thatcher, let’s not be patronizing. David Smith of the Observer leads the pack of hagiographies but unwittingly makes Okonjo-Iweala look like some sort of Don Quixote tilting at windmills, rather than a serious economist. You would think he just sighted a simian using twigs as an instrument to fish termites out of a log. There is more crowing here by Lant Pritchett of the Guardian. Annie Lowry of The New York Times has a more nuanced piece here on the three top candidates: Dr. Jim Young Kim, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Jose Antonio Ocampo. The New York Times does have a more dignified editorial in which it appears to lean towards Okonjo-Iweala but it is loud in what it does not say about her candidacy.

What the West will not say in public is in the intelligence briefings that made President Barack Hussein Obama avoid her like the plague and go for Kim. Again, anyone in doubt should remember #OccupyNigeria. Okonjo-Iweala and her colleagues in Aso Rock and NASS that pretend-legislature callously rammed through one of the most obnoxious taxes on the poor in the history of Black Africa.  Again, many Nigerian youths died protesting this outrage on the majority by a privileged few screwing Nigeria for their own benefit. Under normal circumstances, were Okonjo-Iweala a Westerner or white, she and her bumbling team would have been fired for gross incompetence. The show of double standards is galling and maddening. Kim’s works have been given more scrutiny and rigorous analysis while Okonjo-Iweala has been described in patronizing terms with absolutely no mention of her views or documented works and her deadly role in the subsidy removal fiasco of this past January. But she is African and the world recoils when it comes to holding African leaders and their intellectuals accountable. That would mean, finally, Africa is on an upward trajectory, perish that thought.

It would be interesting to know what intelligence America’s White House had on all the candidates that made Obama choose Kim, someone whose views are actually full of compassion and common sense and seem to go against the grain of what the World Bank now stands for. In any case, Obama in my view has become an apostle of orthodoxy in thought and governance and it takes one to know and avoid one. Besides Obama has no history of respect for Africa and Africans. If he does he has a strange way of showing it; his tenure so far has lacked any coherent foreign policy when it comes to Africa. President Bush was a better friend of Africa, by far.

But I digress. When Okonjo-Iweala departs for the World Bank, she will be leaving Nigeria much worse than she found it. That is the most compelling reason why she deserves the World Bank presidency. Nigerians need a break. Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment would be the most eloquent marker of how seriously the world takes Africans as human beings. As a parent, I personally hold Okonjo-Iweala and the Nigerian leadership responsible for the numerous youth who were murdered and maimed early this year by the state for exercising their rights. Again, no Western leader could have survived that mess, not one. The world shrugs its shoulders routinely and rewards African incompetence, corruption and brutality. That is why certified wife-beaters, petty crooks and murderers are paraded on the world stage as “African statesmen.” This is how to keep Africa in perpetual bondage. The World Bank is good at that.

The presidency of the World Bank would be a wonderful homecoming for Okonjo-Iweala one of their own. It is interesting to me that the same African intellectuals and activists who constipated the Internet with anti-subsidy rants have been quiet. Indeed the few vocal ones are actively lobbying for her appointment. That is how we roll in Africa. I was one of several that protested the policies of the World Bank in January, how soon we forget. For the children that were murdered in the struggle for Nigeria, may their sacrifice not end up being for nothing. For my mother in the hellhole that serves as her village in Nigeria, the beating goes on. And the beat goes on. From the White House to the World Bank, Africa is screwed by her own. Farewell, I hope, and pray, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

 

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Please be more objective .

Reading your various "articles" about Dr Okonjo-Iweala,I am at a loss to see any objectivity about your claims against her. instead, i am left with the unavoidable suspicion that your attacks are made simply on the basis of her gender and ethnic group. We must guard against this narrow-minded sentiments if Nigeria must move forward.

World Bank Whistleblower

I told Occupy Wall Street and US Congress What Really Happens at the World Bank. The US Press will only take the story in blogs.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/can-ngozi-okonjo-iwe...
Karen_Hudes
11:18 AM EDT
Brad Plumer should tell Washington Post readers the reason for inertia at the World Bank, and why Okonjo-Iweala and Ocampo are even candidates for the presidency at the World Bank. The World Bank fired me in retaliation after I warned US Congress that the World Bank's board was treated like a mushroom, "kept in the dark and covered with fertilizer", according to then Dean of the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors. http://futerox.org/project_manager/kahudes/design/1973/version-4.html

fool

It just shows that people like you are fools all you are looking at is just the mere fact that she's a nigerian,wake up look at the facts or better still go get a life.

Responce to Ikhide's Article

I must admit that satirist Ikhide .R. Ikheloa has raised important points as regards Ngozi Okonjo-iweala & her world bank presidency project.i must also add that Ikheloa must not allow his bitterness over occupy nigeria to becloud his sence of reasoning as he was so generous in his biasness and more stingy in been objective.okonjo iwealas mistak was tht in her zeal to mak meaningfull developmental In changes Nigeria almost negleted diplomacy&almost understimated the strangling hold of nigerian cabals.. Ikheloa,an obama appologist with seeming knowledge of American correct intelligence shuld remember tht it was the same "correct"intelligence gathered by Bush to convince the world tht Saddam Hussein hv weapons of mass distruction..

In summary, I pray she

In summary, I pray she doesn't get the job becuase I could not see any good thing she has added to the people of Nigeria in terms of finance. She only makes noise of wanting to be World Bank President which in my own opinion she does not deserve.

YEYE

You must be truly sick in the Head. I can only describe your rantings as an evidence of envy. I am certain that She is not from your geopolitical zone, I know you will choke in your own vomit(jealousy) HaHa! I mock you cos no matter what you call her, it neither adds nor decrease her integrity and her successes so far. Need I remind you that old haggard mother could never have achieved in a thousand years what this noble woman have achieved in one year. You are nothing but a loser who just seats on his broke ass and criticize all good deeds and achievements.

She is the most qualified for the Job

Occupy Nigeria; This is pure BAD BELLE. Both NY Times and Financial Times of London and most of the international observers believe that she is the best. But we get is the direct exact opposite from SR and colleagues.
NY Times Puts Okonjo-Iweala Ahead Of Obama’s Choice, "The influential American paper says while her rivals, including a high-achieving America doctor, post stellar qualities, Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala trumps them all on merit. Advancing merit over politics, and given the current global economic and social challenges, Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister, is the best fit for the presidency of the World Bank, the New York Times, said yesterday"
read the links if you are in doubts of what real honest people think of Ngozi …
check the links http://www.punchng.com/business/money/okonjo-iweala-best-candidate-for-w...
And http://www.republicreport.com/world-bank-ny-times-puts-okonjo-iweala-ahe...

SENSIBLE CONTRIBUTION? NO NOT

SENSIBLE CONTRIBUTION? NO NOT THIS! THIS IS AN INSANE CONTRIBUTION WHICH MAKES NO SENSE. JUXTAPOSE THE EXPERIENCE OF DR. IWEALA WITH THAT OF KIM AND OCAMPO AND YOU WILL REALISE THAT DR. IWEALA IS THE MOST QUALIFIED. DR. IWEAL CORE COMPETENCY IS IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION AND SETTING STANDARDS IN IMPLEMENTING ECONOMIC POLICIES THAT BENEFITS THE POOR OF THE POOR.

Occupy has missed it!

I took time to read every word in this article and I'm really disappointed that a rational human being could pen such. Trying to pull down Dr. Iweala will not solve the myriad of Nigeria's challenges.

Since her return to Nigeria, the country have witnessed a great deal of improvement in the management of the country's economy.

i hold the belief that Nigeria should continue to support Dr. Iweala instead of trying to pull her down.

IBB?

IBB my foot! How can you compare IBB with NOI? They are not in the same category. IBB stinks! He is rotten! NOI is fresh. She is a breath of fresh air that hold the promise to Nigeria's economic freedom!

Yeye?

Your comment shows how unintelligent you are. You write like one whose brain is damaged. I am really sure that Dr. Ngozi is old enough to be your mother or even grand mother. Have we suddenly thrown caution to the win in this county? Calling such a woman 'Yeye'! Whatever grievances you hold, you should be civil about it!

Stop goimg to SR page

Why do you visit SR website if you o not like what they stand for? You should let us know what is the truth in this story. This was written by someone, may be not one of their staff.

Have we lost our minds?

In the 70's after the civil war, Nigeria had a windfall from oil sales (boom), General Gowon constituted a commission to look into ways share the oil wealth. It was the birth of Udoji commission, it took Udoji 9 months, the result was increasing workers salaries throughout Nigeria, starting from when the commission was constituted. Some salaries were doubled with 9 months back pay; those in the private sectors were to negotiate the areas with their companies. Some companies paid the full 9 months some paid 3 some couldn't but the increase was in effect. People were happy even though it brought inflation, at least people could afford stuff. Additionally, General Gowon spend money building Eko bridge and fly overs, build the national stadium in Suru Lere.
Fast forward to 2012. While Obama is fighting the US congress to lower taxes for the poor, Nigeria in turn raised taxes on the poor on no other day than January 1. What a happy new year present!

NGOZI IN PDP ASO EBI!!!

Ngo Baby! Why you dey waste your time pursuing yeye world bank job? We have a better job for you as escort, chaperon and minder for Patience GEJ. Just learn some more silly PDP dance steps and make more of the aso ebi. You did not do too badly looking stupid in the dress as Eagle Square. NUISANCE WOMAN!

please say you were joking ...

If we have to stand by our own, then we might as well stand by IBB, after all he's been our head of state before and has seen where he went wrong. We should support him for presidency!

Neither competent nor having integrity for the World Bank Group

Merit appointment? Give it to Professor Jose Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Economics at Columbia University, USA. Former Secretary General, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean, former Minister of Finance, former Minister of Agricuture, former Director-General in the Columbia National Planning Commission. Former Under Secretary-General at the United Nations, New York.
Prolific writer of over 20 reputable books and over 150 articles in peer-reviewed and respectable journals.
Ngozi is not on the same pedestal with Ocampo anyday. Now, she stands no chance. SORRY!!!

Shameless and unpatriotic Minister

Ngozi is not even an economist. She has no view or position on how to solve the development problems of the developing countries.
Besides, she is unpatriotic and shameless. She is unpatriotic because she insisted in collecting her salary in US dollars when first appointed as Minister. She is shameless because she has now accepted to receive her current salary in naira, the currency she despises. The Court of Appeal has further declared this action of hers as unlawful. The Court ordered her to refund what she collected. An order that she has, to date, flagrantly ignored.
Is this the only 'credible' candidate Nigeria can offer the world for this institution???????

Dr. Angozi Okonjo-Iwela is a

Dr. Angozi Okonjo-Iwela is a corrupt Nigeria minister, she have had corruption allegations on her awarding juicy contracts to her and cronies. She will carry the same corruptness to World Bank. This is not just education or qualification alone but also corruption is considered seriously. If it was educational background and qualification alone then the so called Nigeria would be among at the least the first 20 economies of the world. So please remove all your corrupt mindset out of this matter; this is not Nigeria matter where anything go! She should be disqualified because there’s enough evidence she will be corrupt. My confident in her is thin.

NGOZI AGAIN?

I can not really understand all behind this. The question i want to ask is, is Ngozi this good economically, or is it our President Ebele had enough of her in his Governement that he want to do away with her systematically, or it is Ngozi no longer have interest in serving under Jonathan after discovering the financial robbish PDP Government put Nigerians into, so she is taking style to dump the Governement instead of resigning her possition? If really Ngozi is this good then Nigeria her fathers land need her services badly now, make Nigeria economic workable and presperity shall judge not even her but her great grand children. The white Men will not intrust their had earned lagacy to an insencere Jonathan corrupt economic machinaries that are very good in telling 10,000 defferent lies in only one day to defend unporpular Government policy. It can only be possible for her if she is allow to go along with JAGA, help her conduct the election. GOD BLESS NIGERIA. BALA YARO

"No learning curve...I can hit the ground running" - Dr. NOI

Everyone should click and watch Dr. NOI demolish Richard Quest on CNN, on why she wants to lead the World Bank. Development should be about emerging markets, not developed markets; about the poor, not the rich. This is without doubt the hardest run for that chair and Obama's political choice could backfire (if Auntie wins), and definitely spell trouble if she loses. One concensus though, Dr. Iweala is best qualified if the votes are purely on merit. Thankless Nigerians cannot slander her on that, her track records speaks volumes!

ENYI OHA

THANK GOD YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY IN HER DEFENCE. I READ WITH APPREHENSION YOUR COMMENT ON ME, THINKING ALONG THE WAY THAT YOU MIGHT COME UP WITH SOME POSITIVE THING ABOUT HER PAST OR PRESENT ENGAGEMENT IN GOVT. UNFORTUNATELY NO FIGURES OR INDICES THAT WILL SHOW IMPROVEMENT BECAUSE OF HER. MEANWHILE WE KNOW, AS I HAVE PREDICTED EARLIER, THAT PRICES WILL GO UP, THE NAIRA WILL GO DOWN AND BECAUSE EVERY PART OF OUR ECONOMY DEPENDS ON FUEL PRICE, HARDSHIP WILL INCREASE.
SO YOUR RANTINGS ON PAST LEADERS FROM THE NORTH DID NOT ABSOLVE THE PRESENT LEADERS FROM THE SOUTH, FAILURE IS FAILURE. BUT WHILE NORTHERN LEADERS ARE TERMED UNEDUCATED BY YOU, THEIR SOUTHERN COUNTERPARTS ARE FAILING WITH DOCTORATE DEGREES. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF ANY NATION ON EARTH THERE IS A PRESIDENT WITH A DOCTORATE DEGREE WHO CANT ENGAGE THE MEDIA IN AN INTERVIEW OR DEBATE HIS OPPONENTS IN THE OPEN. SHAME.

Typical of Nig, which destroys her BEST &promotes her WORST?

The above article can only be described in one word, STUPID. Even the author portrayed himself as STUPID when he wrote "What the West will not say in public is the intelligence briefings that made President Obama avoid her(Okonjo Iweala) like the plague and go for Kim". Only a stupid person wouldn't have known that the SOLE REASON Obama endorsed Kim rather than Iweala is because Kim is a Korean born American. The writer portrayed himself as STUPID when he failed to acknowledge this well known fact. Anyway, though Okonjo Iweala may not succeed in becoming the world bank president for POLITICAL reasons, the litany of endorsements she had received so far even from unexpected quarters, including the British Financial Times and Encomium, is overwhelming. Moreover, I prefer she stays in Nig &reduce the looting. I'm not surprised at all these FEEBLE attempts to paint Okonjo Iweala in bad light. Its in our tradition to destroy our BEST &promote our WORST. That's the reason Nig is in a MESS

Typical of Nig, always destroyin her BEST but promote her WORST?

The above article can only be described in one word, STUPID. Even the author portrayed himself as STUPID when he wrote "What the West will not say in public is the intelligence briefings that made President Obama avoid her(Okonjo Iweala) like the plague and go for Kim". Only a stupid person wouldn't have known that the SOLE REASON Obama endorsed Kim rather than Iweala is because Kim is a Korean born American. The writer portrayed himself as STUPID when he failed to acknowledge this well known fact. Anyway, though Okonjo Iweala may not succeed in becoming the world bank president for POLITICAL reasons, the litany of endorsements she had received so far even from unexpected quarters, including the British Financial Times and Encomium, is overwhelming. Moreover, I prefer she stays in Nig &reduce the looting. I'm not surprised at all these FEEBLE attempts to paint Okonjo Iweala in bad light. Its in our tradition to destroy our BEST &promote our WORST. That's the reason Nig is in a MESS

Must Nig always destroy her BEST and promote her WORST?

The above article can only be described in one word, STUPID. Even the author portrayed himself as STUPID when he wrote "What the West will not say in public is the intelligence briefings that made President Obama avoid her(Okonjo Iweala) like the plague and go for Kim". Only a stupid person wouldn't have known that the SOLE REASON Obama endorsed Kim rather than Iweala is because Kim is a Korean born American. The writer portrayed himself as STUPID when he failed to acknowledge this well known fact. Anyway, though Okonjo Iweala may not succeed in becoming the world bank president for POLITICAL reasons, the litany of endorsements she had received so far even from unexpected quarters, including the British Financial Times and Encomium, is overwhelming. Moreover, I prefer she stays in Nig &reduce the looting. I'm not surprised at all these FEEBLE attempts to paint Okonjo Iweala in bad light. Its in our tradition to destroy our BEST &promote our WORST. That's the reason Nig is in a MESS

A Stupid Article by a STUPID writer!

The above article can only be described in one word, STUPID. Even the author portrayed himself as STUPID when he wrote "What the West will not say in public is the intelligence briefings that made President Obama avoid her(Okonjo Iweala) like the plague and go for Kim". Only a stupid person wouldn't have known that the SOLE REASON Obama endorsed Kim rather than Iweala is because Kim is a Korean born American. The writer portrayed himself as STUPID when he failed to acknowledge this well known fact. Anyway, though Okonjo Iweala may not succeed in becoming the world bank president for POLITICAL reasons, the litany of endorsements she had received so far even from unexpected quarters, including the British Financial Times and Encomium, is overwhelming. Moreover, I prefer she stays in Nig &reduce the looting. I'm not surprised at all these FEEBLE attempts to paint Okonjo Iweala in bad light. Its in our tradition to destroy our BEST &promote our WORST. That's the reason Nig is in a MESS

Thrash write up

This article is a bunch of trash. Occupy Ngozi or Nigeria. Lets face reality, she was nominated by South Africa and indirectly by BRICS nations. The west is against her. She might not be pure in her cupboard but the west do not want her. Why is Russia, China and South Africa supporting her. It means she is not going to work for the west. All other newspapers are supporting from Africa are pushing for her, even New york times, Economist, Guardian UK etc except Sahara Reporters. I wonder if Sahara Reporters will ever acknowledge that there is at least some light from Nigeria. I am beginning to loose interest in Sahara reporters negative journalism. At times they should tell the truth.

EDUCATED ILLITERACY

THIS COMMENTRY READS LIKE THE OUTPUT OF AN EDUCATED ILLITERATE.THE AUTHOR EITHER DOES NOT KNOW THE BUCK STOPS ON THE TABLE OF AN EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT OR HE IS UP TO SOME SELF DEPRECATING MISCHIEF.HOW DOES THIS COMMENT COMPARE WITH AND OR RELATE TO THE REMOVAL OF SUBSIDY BY OBASANJO WHO DOUBLED AS PETROLEUM MINISTER FOR 8 YEARS?. PULL HER DOWN SEEM TO BE A WELL WORN SYNDROME TO LEVEL UP WITH THOSE WHO TOWER OVER AND ABOVE US AND WE THANK PSYCHOLOGISTS FOR THE PROVEN SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION OF THE PHENOMENON.READERS SHOULD ALWAYS BE WARE OF CHARLATANS WHO POSE AS INFORMED OPINION MOULDERS IN THEIR VAGUELY JAUNDICED COMMENTARIES.

The politics of click-tivism, Ngozi and Jonathan of niger delta

While SA, and Kenya among other nations of the world are supporting Ngozis bid for the presidency of the world Bank, certain disgruntled elements in 9ja, wants her killed over the murder of the youths who put their lives on the line, concerning the cancellation of June 12 election protest in Yaba, which gave birth to our nascent democrcazy, may be. Have we been able to set aside a day to remember the youths who were murdered by abacha, while fighting for the restoration of Abiolas mandate? The article as its usual with the copy cats and ar chari critics who want to be seen as the proto-types of the OWS in the USA, is just one of those watery stuffs! Who cares if 9jas do not align with the ambition of Ngozi because of the Ijaw man she is working with in Aso rock. Ghana got unto the world stage because of the ideas that Nkrumah stood for in Africa. Ghana is still being celebrated because of Kofi Anna, the ex scribe of the UN. What about 9ja? Ours is on Boko haram in London and Italy!

NGOZI IS EVIL

Nobody at his or her right senses will ever support this demon called Ngozi and the souls of the dead youths will forever hurt her and her generations yet unborn.

Animal

Who's Ikhide Ikheloa? ... A Bad Belle Propagandist, Clown !

I take serious umbrage at this brutal and unnecessary attack on the candidacy of Dr. Ngz. Iweala, while this auther takes undue advantage of the limelight the story is spreading! Thankless Nigerians didn't nominate her, yet this clown sits on the fence to write rubbish heeping blame on her for a decision that was taken before she joined this government. She's no bootleg! He carefully forgot to mention that the Financial Times, the world's top business publication poured accolades on her as well, that she once cleaned the mess of our foreign debt with her Paris Club outing. Of the other editorial chiefs, how many are this clown better than? The biggest lie is that Obama chose Kim whose views: "seem to go against the grain of what the World Bank now stands for." Google Dr. Kim, fool! For your information, she's carrying a big koboko along in her capacity as coordinator of Naija's economy, Shell and Chevron could suffer if the votes are not on merit, with the passage of the PIB!