Mouammar Ghaddafi was born in June 1942. He seized power in a bloodless military coup in 1969 and became the Head of State of Libya Arab Republic until 1977, he then formed the Libya Arab Jamahiriya which he led till 2011. Ghaddafi change the system of governance of Libya on assuming power, he abolished the Libya constitution of 1951 and established laws based on political ideology he had formulated. Ghaddafi’s 42 year rule in Libya was characterised by “the good and the not-so-good” just like any other government but unlike the much publicised “bad” aspects of Ghaddafi’s rule, it is also noteworthy that his time may not be as bad for the Libyan people. One can say categorically that Ghaddafi left Libya better than he met it. Now, In 1951, Libya was the poorest country in the world. Before NATO invasion, Libyans enjoyed the highest standard of living in Africa and ahead of Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. In Libya, homes are considered a human right, Ghaddafi built quality roads, schools, hospitals and houses. Newly married couples received $50,000 to buy their own home and electricity is FREE to all Libyans. Ghaddafi vowed to house every Libyan before his own parents, he kept his promise and his own father died before he was able to house him. According to his mother, as a young man, he dreamt of a Libya where everyone would be housed, he was simple and humble. As a young top military leader, he had no guards, drove himself to work and sometimes walked home.
Before Ghaddafi, less than 1/5th of Libyans were literate, now education is free and high quality and the literacy rate is about 83% (one of the highest in Africa). Libya also has the lowest divorce rate in the world and Ghaddafi empowered women as much as possible. Healthcare was free and high quality and if Libyans cannot find the education or healthcare they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad to access it. Libyans studying abroad are given $2300 every month for accommodation and car allowance. By law, all loans are interest-free in Libya. If a Libyan buys a car, the government pays 50% of the price. Petroleum pump price was $0.14 per gallon. Any Libyan who wishes to become a farmer is given free use of land, a home, equipment, livestock and seeds.
On July 1, 2011, 1.7 million people assembled in Green Square, Tripoli to show defiance against the NATO bombing of Libya, this represented about 95% of the population of Tripoli and about 1/3rd of the entire population if Libya. The Libyan central bank is state-owned and unlike all banks in the west, is not owned by the Rothschild family and issues debt-free money. In the 1990s, Libya was accused of being responsible for the Lockerbie bombing of PanAm 103, it has transpired that the US paid witnesses at the trial $4 million each to testify against the accused Libyan men, they were paid to lie and have since recanted their evidence. Libya had an external reserve of $150 billion. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation from university, the state would pay the average salary of his chosen profession until employment is found. A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of Libyan citizens. A mother who gives birth receives $5000. Ghaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project know as the ‘Great Man-made River Project’ to make water readily available throughout the desert country. Ghaddafi lived a frugal lifestyle, he spent most of his time in a tent abandoning his luxurious mansion, he donated millions of Dollars towards anti-racist and anti-imperialist organisations such as ANC, the Black Panther Movement, the IRA and also other Islamic nations. Now, how will a man who gave such support be said to have fuelled terrorism?
Ghaddafi was working to make payment for Libya’s oil away from the US Dollars to the Gold African Dinar, this would make the economy of the world shift to Africa and make Africa wealthy, it would make central banks useless, crumble the dollar and make African nations wealthier than the world’s super power, the wealth of nations would no longer be determined by the quantity of crude oil nations have or military power but by the quantity of gold possessed. This prompted Nicholas Sarkozy (the President of France) to call Libya “a threat to the financial security of mankind”, this was why one of the first acts of the Libyan rebels, the National Transitional Council (NTC) was to create a new central bank to one that was owned by the Rothschild family just as it is in the west. The Rothschild family are estimated to own over half of the world’s wealth. Rothschild-owned banks create money out of thin air and sell it to the people at interest, this means we never have enough money to pay back what is owed, so we and our unborn children are made debt slaves to Rothschild’s banking interests. Libya was also debt-free! Libyans had much more than the UK, USA and EU. They had a leader who had integrity and courage and worked in the best interest of his people and not the Rothschild’s banking interests; without the tyranny of the Rothschild’s control over the issuance of money, we all could live as wealthy people, the world has been robbed of trillions of Pounds, Dollars, Euros and Yens by Rothschild bankers and their puppet politicians. I believe you are beginning to see why the west vowed to kill Ghaddafi and who is behind NATO bombing of a free and sovereign people.
It is true that Ghaddafi had his excesses (just like any other leader) but he was a fairly good and visionary man who always spoke the truth with courage, he was very intelligent with facts at his finger tips, because of his knowledge, his predictions were always true. He valued unity, he was very ambitious, he believed that a United State of Africa can overrule the United State of America, that was the foundation of his ambitious plan to unite the whole of Africa. Ghaddafi was popular among his people till the end, those who fought for NATO and killed Ghaddafi were Tunisian mercenaries and not Libyans. We were made to see what the western world wanted us to see, victory chants were reportedly stage-managed, the west threatened the local media and brought CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and the rest to the centre stage, we were made to believe that Ghaddafi killed his own people when Russian scientists, technologists and intelligence investigated and publicly declared they found no traces. NATO killed over 80,000 Libyans in their process of “helping” them, if Ghaddafi had truly killed his own people, would he even have killed up to 80,000 in his lifetime? The NATO forces were not an organised group, they were outclassed by the Ghaddafi forces in strategy and intelligence, Ghaddafi probably would not have been caught by now if he did not come out of his hiding. Ghaddafi loved his people passionately, he personally built Libya to what it was. Even at the point of death, he proved to be a hero, the rebels were spotted taking pictures with him when he was caught.
I am baffled that African leaders have not spoken to condemn the manner one of them was dehumanised and killed, GHADDAFI DESERVED A FAIR TRIAL AND HIS KILLING IS AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LAW! Laurent Gbagbo and Saddam Hussein as ruthless as they were underwent trial. It is clear that the African leaders do not know that if the west could treat “almighty” Ghaddafi, a former African Union Chairman in such manner, it could be any of them at any time. It is very sad that Nigeria in the quest for international relevance was the first country to recognise the Libyan National Transitional Council, Nigeria is being told how to engage in international politics and African leaders blindly make decisions without understanding the underlying issues, they have misrepresented Africa by making themselves pawns in the hands of western powers. Africa requires urgent replacement of leadership and that is why the younger generation must rise up to lead.
“I live in a place where you can’t get to and kill me. I live in the heart of millions.”
– Muʿammar Abu Minyar al-Qaḏḏāfī (1942 – 2011)