More Handholding

From Holden:

This time it’s Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo whose hand the Chimp fondly holds.

AP Photo/Yury Kochetkov

What kind of ruler is Olusegun Obasanjo? Well, according to Dan Isaacs of the BBC, he’s a ruler who is not too concerned with Human Rights.

During his time in office, the army has been accused by human rights groups of two separate massacres (the first in Odi in 1999, the second in Benue State in 2001), in which hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed by soldiers in reprisal for the abduction and killing by local militia groups of security personnel.

Mr Obasanjo has never fully explained these actions, nor have investigations by the military led to the arrest or even public criticism of the army commanders who led the assaults.

Human Rights Watch also cites the routine use of torture by Nigerian police under Obasanjo’s rule.

In other words, he’s just the kind of guy with whom Chimpy like to hold hands.