From J. Nhinson Williams
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Once again, I am writing to you and through you, to seek the full attention of the international community. I do so confident that the United States is the greatest nation of the cherished values that keep our troubled world in order. What is at stake for me and the suffering people I stand for is Africa. Knowing you as a son of an African who once fought against the evil of corruption and bad leadership in his native land, I urge you to leave your Africa’s legacy as the American president who put an end to widespread corruption on the continent of your ancestry. This type of legacy will resonate with future generation of Africans far better than anything and everything you have done and continue to do for the continent. Future generations of Africans will not remember the value of your presidency with respect to Africa if they are born and grow up in chronic poverty, under-development and hunger, all because their leaders are thieves.
Against this background, I urge you once again to request the United Nations’ Security Council to establish a special International Tribunal for Corruption (ITC) that will monitor, investigate and prosecute corrupt public officials, irrespective of countries. I respectfully urge you to ask the Security Council to set up a special branch of said court in either Senegal or Nigeria.
I am making this request because the international community and the West are not helping Africa in an appropriate manner. Instead, they (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and Western countries) encourage public theft and impunity by continuously providing foreign aid to a region that is far richer in natural resources, but has leaders that are categorically corrupt and bear no consequences for stealing.
It is important that this special international tribunal be set up as soon as possible because without that the U.S. and other Western nations’ tax payers’ money will continue to go in vein under the pretext of foreign aid to Africa. Here is why I am making this request, Mr. President.
The U. S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs lists four “pillars” as the foundation of U.S. policy towards Africa. They are: 1. Strengthening democratic institutions, 2. Supporting African economic growth and development, 3. Advancing peace and security, and 4. Promoting opportunity and development.
Mr. President, none of these “pillars” is feasible or will achieve any tangible results if the issue of corruption and impunity remains unchecked. With all due respect, the United States is really wasting its time assuming that things will change in Africa on the basis of these pillars alone. If you talk to a typical villager in Africa, particularly in Liberia, they care less about the four pillars outlined by the State Department. What they care more about is how widespread public theft of national resources by their leaders impacts their lives and society.
To help Africa, the international community, the United States and the West in general must focus on stopping corruption in Africa in every form, shape and manner. Reasons being corruption produces bad decisions; concern over corruption produces indecision. Moreover, the impact of corruption in Africa, Liberia to be specific, is manifested through political intolerance in addition to generating problems of accountability and transparency to social values and justice. It also results in inefficiencies in the operations of these emerging economies. As a result, our entire societies suffer. Furthermore, corruption destabilizes African countries and endangers the rule of law.
Thank you for giving attention to the issues and problems in Africa as you prepare to leave office as President of the United States.
J. Nhinson Williams
Jones Nhinson Williams
Advocates for Africa Revival
Cc: President, U.N. General Assembly
President, UN Security Council
U.N. Secretary General
U.S. Secretary of State