By Donald Mark C. Ude
Non-negotiable”! That ugly and irritating cliché used to legitimise oppression, unquestioning docility, lopsidedness, colonial mental conquest, incompetence, mediocrity, exploitation, injustice and daily massacre!
“Non-negotiable”! That disingenuous and depressing term, chorused by those whose very actions and dispositions belie the word they utter. It’s a word that immediately proves itself dishonest at the very instance it is uttered; a word that sanctifies an uneasy status quo; a cheap weapon by those profiteering from the status quo. To these fellows profiteering from the status quo, restructuring means war (as though the two words were synonyms). They pretend to be unaware that parts of some countries have even gone their separate ways without wars and bloodshed.
It’s even most baffling if one considers that the British and the Americans constantly on our lips had to negotiate their corporate existence into something workable and acceptable by…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper