How Obama Refered To Nigeria In His State Of The Union Address

Posted by Cosmas Asogwa On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 0 comments

Barack Obama state of the union 

On the Mindless Killings of 9 Health Workers in Kano

·    Obama: We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.
·      My Translations: Our hearts no doubt go out to the families of the victims of these mindless killings but sad as the killings are, we must not lose sight of the many children still in urgent need of the polio vaccines the slain health workers were administering at their point of death. Their unfinished task must continue.

How Security Operatives Must React To Boko Haram Insurgence.

Obama: We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.
·        My Translations: The safety of the target victims must be uppermost on the mind of security operatives.
On Political Alignments and Realignments.

·        Obama: “Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…
·      My Translations: Yes, whether All Progressive Congress or other guise that alignments and realignments may manifest in the forthcoming election, the sole objective mustn’t be rivalry but partnership for the optimum welfare of the masses.

On Our Next Elections In 2015.

·        Obama: We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her because, Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read "I Voted."
·        My Translations: Regardless of our pervasive political apathy, we must even against all odds vote and ensure that our votes count.

On Electoral Reforms

Obama: We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can't wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That's why, tonight, I'm announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I'm asking two long-time experts in the field, who've recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign
·    My Translations: Nigeria needs to put in place a non-partisan commission to improve her voting experience.


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