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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sleeping Syndrome And The Man Who Is Allegedly The World's Most Dangerous

When our public officials fall asleep while attending a meeting, or an official function, the standard Nigerian reaction is to have a hearty laugh at their expense. Harmless laughter.




 You’d remember many photographs of our lawmakers turning the National Assembly into an extension of their bedrooms, sometimes snoring loudly in the middle of a heated and loud debate: not that many of them would be of much use anyway even if they were awake.  


Governors, commissioners, high ranking government officials have also all been caught at one time or the other, sleeping on duty.  Well, those whose circadian switches go off like that should count themselves really lucky they are Nigerians. If they were to try that in North Korea, they will face the firing squad! 


     Yes, in North Korea, such careless sleeping attracts the death penalty.  In that country of 25 million people, there is a despot in power. He is Kim Jong-un.


 At 32, he is the world’s youngest leader but probably the most dangerous man in the world.  He rules his country like a concentration camp and continues to commit some of the world’s most frightening crimes against humanity. Human lives mean nothing to him. 


He is so desperately paranoid, the slightest  act of irritation in his presence could make him commit murder. His word is law. He is supreme commander, judge and executioner. 


      I was literally shivering when I read the latest horror story from Kim Jong-un’s North Korea. Two high-ranking officials were ordered executed by the dictator.  Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the Ministry of Education, was accused of putting up an “inappropriate posture” while “The Marshal” was delivering a speech. Ri Yong Jin’s crime was that he dozed off. 

Former Agriculture Minister, Hwang Min’s crime was that he dared to disagree with Kim’s guidelines for designing a working policy on agriculture.  He developed his own ideas. He used his own initiative. He was accused of trying to undermine the leader.  Both Jin and Min were marched to the stakes within 24 hours and executed with anti-aircraft guns. 


Kim Jong-un is not satisfied with an ordinary gun; his victims have to face anti-aircraft guns, and you can imagine the impact of such a special purpose gun, targeted at a human being.    
    
     Since assuming office in 2011, Kim Jong-un has murdered more than 70 persons, including elite government officials who all lived in fear.  His own uncle, Jang Song-taek, was one of the earliest victims at the beginning of his dictatorship. Others include a military officer who was executed for drinking during the official mourning period for Kim Jong II, Kim Jong-un’s father, and the proximate genetic source of his megalomania.  


In 2015, the architect who designed a new airport terminal in Pyongyang was executed because Marshal Kim did not like his design! And Ri Yong Jin won’t be the first man to die for succumbing to the call of nature. In April, former Defence Minister Hyong Yong-Choi also faced the firing squad for falling asleep during an event.  The North Korean Human Rights situation is a threat to the whole of mankind. The use of execution, extra-judicial killing, torture and forced labour as tools of political control is one of the worst abuses of power ever known. 


     The United States has imposed sanctions on Kim Jong-un. The United Nations has also officially condemned his atrocities, but Kim Jong-un is dangerous, again because of the nuclear power and missiles at his disposal.  Starkly egoistic as he is, he could throw the world into utter chaos, were he to press a nuclear button. The United Nations Security Council has an obligation to take the situation in North Korea more seriously.  Kim Jong-un’s matter should be an urgent matter of concern for the International Criminal Court (ICC). 


      I mean, to kill a man for falling asleep? Polysomnographers insist that there is nothing any one can do about sleep. Even when you don’t suffer from somnipathy, when it is time for the body clock to switch off, it does so on its own. The best option is to give in to nature so the body can rejuvenate.  Many public officials and business executives run crazy schedules. They over-stretch themselves, either travelling over long distances and rushing from one meeting to another, without any opportunity to take a few moments of rest - jet-lagged, tired or exhausted, they could doze off. 

This is why at many meetings, there is always a coffee pot on standby or sweets or as I have seen, kolanuts and just about anything that you can put in your mouth to enable you focus on the event at hand. But even these offer limited help.  Balancing work with rest is often a challenge for busy people. The whole world knows this, except Kim Jong-un who is so insecure he cannot stand other people’s humanity. 


     I think of all the government officials in Nigeria who sleep during meetings. If they were to be in North Korea, they would all be dead by now. I recall incidents involving soldiers on parade, even soldiers of the Guards’ Brigade, suddenly slumping, drawing sympathy, and one particular incident involving a former Minister of State for Defence, who suddenly slumped while standing at attention at a military event.  Try that in North Korea: immediate execution by a firing squad would be the result. And if I were North Korean myself, and I had served as official spokesperson to Kim Jong-un, I would have been executed by a firing squad long before 2015. 


     I used to doze off too at meetings. My boss ran a tough schedule and he had more stamina than his staff. We could return from a foreign trip by 2 am, and we would all be expected to be at work by 8 am. If you know how these things work, it could take another two hours to properly disengage and go home, leaving you with only two hours of sleep.  


In our case, the principal would have been up and about by 6 am (only God knows how he always did it) to attend morning devotion and spend some time in the gym, all before 8 am.  We the principal aides would struggle to arrive, still sleepy but struggling to appear capable.  Sometimes, the source of the grogginess may not be jet-lag but just work  (and God, we worked!).
      From one meeting to the other or a function after another, in the course of the day, I used to doze off occasionally. Note taking often kept me awake, but there were moments when I simply lost control. You know that kind of thing: you’d suddenly realize it and jerkily regain consciousness.  On such occasions, I often caught the President glancing at me.

 But one day, I guess I overdid it. In the middle of a meeting, I must have snored – that kind of snoring that produces noisy decibels and note-changing, level-revising, rhythmic modulations. It was the President’s voice that shook me out of the slumber.
“Abati, what is that?” 
    I opened my eyes. 
“Next time you are feeling sleepy, just go out, walk around for a few minutes and come back. But don’t snore when we are having a meeting.” 

    In North Korea, that would have earned me an appearance not before an anti-aircraft gun, may be an armoured tank! Kim Jong-un is crazy. The problem is not form; it is the psychology of power. The civilized world must stand up for the right of every human being to be human and not have to die because of a leader’s ego.  There is a nightmare going on in North Korea and that is probably better explained by the number of North Koreans who are fleeing to the neighbouring countries of Japan, China and South Korea. 


       North Korea - the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK!) -  is a hermit state where even the right to information or free speech is impossible. People are not allowed to communicate with the outside world, there are restrictions on movement and rights of association, there are no labour rights, the state is so repressive, there is even a strict national policy on men’s haircut:

 not more than 2cm hair growth is allowed. Why? You can’t grow your hair higher than that of the self-styled “great person born of heaven!” What exists in that country is not leadership, but a cult of personality, and the only personality is the leader whose legitimation derives not from the people but dynastic inheritance. North Korea is a living demonstration of the dangers of power acquired not on the grounds of intellectual brilliance or competence or the people’s choice, but heredity. 


      Regime-change is a popular phrase in closed-door international circles, what is needed in North Korea is not just regime change, but a people’s revolution that takes power away from class dynasty and hands it over to the people. The world has enough dangerous men already, tolerating a schizophrenic in the Korean Peninsula who has access to nuclear power makes the world a bit more dangerous than it is already.  


Written by REUBEN ABATI



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74 comments:

SONYES CAKES PH... 7AC83AE6 said...

Ruby Rubby ezigbo oyim..

Maurin Gabs said...

Haba Stella that was a painful read.

Miss Wande said...

Yes I did scroll dis time

Flakkie Chris said...

Stells stop giving us articles from this traitor. We no dey read am.

Anonymous said...

"But one day, I guess I overdid it. In the middle of a meeting, I must have snored – that kind of snoring that produces noisy decibels and note-changing, level-revising, rhythmic modulations. It was the President’s voice that shook me out of the slumber.
“Abati, what is that?”

Hilarious. Lol.

MISS Jacobs.

Roseberry said...

Of course I scrolled.... I guessed right

School Life said...

Reuben's headlines ve a way they sound at times.. Once I see it, I know.

I'll read it when I buy fuel at night.

Anonymous said...

He needs to be "offed".

jaleela hassan said...

Interesting

JAMES ADE said...

Abati abeg Naija is not too strong to challenge or exchange words talkless of war with North Korea, biko no too run your mouth. Leave their matter for their Mathias o

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Guilty๐Ÿ˜…

Anonymous said...

I did not scroll, but read all through, because it was educating and thought provoking.

Nwa ndu loves IreneB said...

Well in America the cops kill black man for walking.. etc. America always acting innocent..

Carry on Kim but they'll soon rise up against you.

James said...

Good to know

Vicky said...

Yes.

Emilia Peter said...

Ok

Onome Talkam said...

Talk about dictatorship on a whole new level.I do acknowledge the fact that sleeping during important event comes off as being impolite and ethically unacceptable but being executed is way off the radar .Besides, I think Kim Jong- Un is sick.
The body always has its own of getting sleep when it has been exhausted, one can never cheat nature. I'm certain most of us have fallen victim at one point or another.

IVORY said...

Abeg i scrolled.

Anonymous said...

Before nko!!! Na who wan read all dat story!! Mtchummm

Anonymous said...

Yes oooo, I did

White Diamond said...

Kim-Jung-Un; demon in human skin.
I used to think that his dictator father was worse, but he is the devil's twin.

I remember seeing the limited haircut styles every man could chose from. They're not more than ten, and all of them, hideously ugly styles.

I also read about camps where the families of men who irked him, and were executed, are sentenced to live, and the horrors that they experience.

His uncle disagreed with him, and he accused the man of being a saboteur abi wetin, and that was it.

It's quite unfortunate that nobody can do anything about it ;at least for now. Before what we see in terrorism movies start happening in real life.

About our sleeping leaders, we don't have a problem if they sleep literally. You can't fight circadian rhythm. It's the figurative sleeping that's our problem right now.
Well, at least, we're better off than North Koreans. We can go online and troll Bubu, and nothing will happen...lol!

#WhiteDiamondOut

DonMayor said...

Yeah. What a beautiful article. Kim Jong Un is a time bomb.

Iphie dearie said...

Hahahahahahahaha
Nice one.
Reuben holds GEJ in high esteem. Wow@ the Ex president's stamina๐Ÿ˜

I can never stop wondering how Kim is wired! Dude is ruthless!
Well, after all the terror, he will not live forever.... Or does he have the key to eternal life๐Ÿ™„
Someone that killed his own uncle!

Victoria Oddiri said...

Bv Reuben Abati we luv u. Lol

Anonymous said...

Reuben, thanks for this. I'm sorry for the North Koreans who were born into this and trapped there.

Eze Henry said...
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Nkem said...

I always scroll. The guy is a great writer, has a way with words and keeps you engaged. In the end, you may be confused about his stand as regards the matter, but its always worth the read for me.

Barr. Oma said...

Stella no matter how you reduce the name,people will still scroll.I read it sha but gave it up when I got to "abati,what is that"
Please tell me this write up is not true,how can one be killed for sleeping no matter the venue and using anti plane guns for that. Hitler is back OMG!

same girl said...

Oga Rubean ooo....Yes, i scrolled cos when the story was getting too long, i suspected

Isolde Fontaine said...

interesting read!

Omah Cindy said...

No I didn't. Read to the very last question "did you scroll"?

Alabi Ganiyat said...

I read it all... Wow!

Mrs Power aka MP said...

Hummm. Nawa. Sorry North Koreans. I guess some people have it worst

Cocoz said...

I read it all.

The crimes being perpetuated by Jim jong-un chills my soul. Such a young man with the heart of the devil, I wonder if anything will ever be done about him.

Omoge Manchester said...

I scrolled oooooo, daddy Reuben again. Lmao

Anonymous said...

Ugly Henry ! What has Wandes privates gotta do with anything?

I don't blame you with a face like yours you'll do anything to attract a measure of love and attention

I di ka ife ejilu chuolu ndi mmuo aja

Anonymous said...

I don't like him as person but I like his write up

Jasmine said...

If it's not Reuben, it can never be Reuben.

Frost said...

Nah, Read it to the End and it was really an interesting write up.

Lilly simple said...

Am Loving Reuben
Am sure he's a BV n a Pal to Stell

Lilly simple said...

Mr Reuben

Hope Oby said...

He is always a delight to read.

Anonymous said...

You and not we. Talk for yourself next time.

Anonymous said...

Henry you need to trace your root oh. Your parents mUst have adopted you. This ugliness can only be found in the forest amongst baboons, ape, chimpanzees.

There is something not right!!

DeoFavente said...

I read to the very end! God sees and knows all,one day that Korean sicko will get what is coming to him. Rueben just sha dey watch your back incase you see any korean sent to execute you for this article. Phew!

Lemonade said...

๐Ÿ˜ฏ @ Henry .

Rhoda Rex said...

Henry!!! Ure just too raw. Haba!

Krix said...

Mr Abati is the real deal when it comes to writing.
I love this man. I wish I can write like him.

Krix via iPhone 6s Gold

D'Arc Ed said...

Its always nice to read from Reuben Abati.
Entertaining and educative.

Anonymous said...

I watched a funny American movie tittled the interview.It was all about how Kim Kong whatever his name is " was killed by smart American journalists.i wish America will just kill him.i am sure they can.the mam is evil

celynkay said...

My candid advice to many of you here, is anytime you you see AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY REUBEN ABATI. Don’t scroll down, make sure you read it to the end, because all his articles are food to the soul. many of you una brain wowo, nothing is inside, you see an article intelligently written you have the gut to scroll down. I mean what are you?
Only to open mouth and vomit rubbish.

pepe renpe said...

very interesting piece. .I didn't want it to end..

Anonymous said...

Nope. I read it from a-z and it was an interesting piece.

White Diamond said...

Iphie, he has a daughter, Kim Ju-ae. And if she succeeds her father, with the kind of upbringing I can imagine he'll give her, she'll definitely be the worst of them all.

What a man can do......lmao!

#WhiteDiamondOut

Anonymous said...

Celynkay, God punish you dere. Idiot!

White Diamond said...

My dear,this is just Reuben scratching the surface. Just Google his name and let your jaw drop from reading about his horrible reign.

The man is evillll.

#WhiteDiamondOut

White Diamond said...

You know this!!

#WhiteDiamondOut

Iphie dearie said...

If this man doesn't change, I don't think is wise for God to keep him alive long enough to influence that little girl badly...

Just saying, the ways of the Lord is strange but I can make a suggestion na ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Hi Whitey, happy sunday๐Ÿ˜˜

esther d star said...

@anon 12:49 choi ua wicke,hahahahahahahahhahahhaa

Anonymous said...

This girl get a boyfriend. Christ! Look at your epistle.
White diamond with brown teeth

Anonymous said...

Grow up

Nemerem said...

I always remember that country in my prayers. May God deliver them from this devil incarnate called kim whatever.
As always Reuben on point, thanks for feeding mind with your glorious pen; may your ink never run dry.

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Interesting article

Amakanwa said...

His name alone sends shivers down my spine! We need to define his level of wickedness with another word; "dictator" is too soft. Heard he fed his uncle to the Lions! But for our sleeping Govt.officials, we need to start recalling them for that. This is how the Eastern National Assembly members will be sleeping and the grazing bill will be passed.

White Diamond said...

Lmao @ making a suggestion.

Happy Sunday to you too mami. :D

#WhiteDiamondOut

sisi eko said...

How won't they sleep? Nigerian politicians, especially, run an awkward schedule. Midnight meetings etc. So they'll surely dozz off in the day na. It can be embarrassing though. Lol

chim_oma chim_oma said...

He tried to describe former president Goodluck there as one so humble and tolerance despite being the president.
In all, he's talking about democracy and not autocracy.

chim_oma chim_oma said...

He tried to describe former president Goodluck there as one so humble and tolerance despite being the president.
In all, he's talking about democracy and not autocracy.

celynkay said...

You see ur life? Its already finished. Wasted nine months.

Andromeda O said...

Well-written.
Loved every bit of it.
Anon 13:55, saw that movie too.
Kim is just another Hitler, maybe worse.
Someone should just end him already.
North Koreans are in deep shit, choi.

Andromeda O said...

Barrister Oma, it is so true
Just Google the dictator.
Another Hitler.

Barr. Oma said...

Na wa o,this is absurd. They should give him apple nah. Thank God for our own country

Barr. Oma said...

Devil's twin,you say????? He is devil personified. Are you sure he still has a soul?

Mao Akuh said...

Kim is brutal and I wonder how he relate with his wife.

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