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Open Letter to Angela Merkel: Thanks – and more please 0


Academic Babatunde Fagbayibo, associate professor of law at the University of South Africa, offers thanks – and a number of apologies – to the German chancellor, and fantasises about the kind of building that would really work for Africans. Donated, of course.


Dear Madame Chancellor,

I sincerely hope that this letter finds you well.

I have written this letter for one main reason: expression of gratitude. I am a firm believer in the saying of our forebears, which goes thus: “The one that shows gratitude for the gifts received today is surely in line to receive more gifts in the future.”

I am sure that by now you will be wondering why an unknown African is thanking you for a “gift” received. Don’t wonder too much, Madame. This is an expression of gratitude for the building your government just donated to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa: Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building.

Madame Chancellor, I am sure that you are aware of the fact that China, in 2012, also built and donated to the AU a gigantic, $200-million edifice. Very few Africans thanked the Chinese for this gesture. In fact, some Africans became very critical and suspicious of China’s motive. Some have even said that the Chinese may have planted listening devices in strategic rooms within the building. But the Chinese pay little attention to speculations and bear no grudges, as they have built, and continue to build, several structures in many African countries since then.

Madame Merkel, you are a blessing to our AU, and I really want to thank you for that. You see, Madame Chancellor, our leaders have for decades been talking about financing the AU but nothing concrete has come out from this. You and your colleagues in the western hemisphere have always come to the rescue of the AU by financing at least 75% of its annual budget.

Allow me at this point to make a few apologies. I would like to apologise on behalf of many of African leaders who label your people as imperialists by day, and run cap in hand to beg for money from you at night. Please overlook this hypocrisy. It is a mere performance, designed to show that they have the best interest of the citizens at heart.

Madame Merkel, I want to apologise on behalf of those leaders that stash billions of dollars in your neck of the wood but always plead the fifth once the issue of unpaid membership dues to the AU is raised.

Madame Chancellor, I sincerely apologise on behalf of those that divert the monies your government gives in aid to personal accounts.

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By Babatunde Fagbayibo

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