In October, President Muhammadu Buhari presented an Appropriation Bill of N20.51trn ($43.7bn) for the fiscal year 2023 to the joint session of ... the lower and upper Chambers of the National Assembly. He described the 2023 proposed budget as one “of fiscal sustainability and transition" - his very last budget as Nigeria's president. However, what financial legacy is he leaving behind?
At issue were remarks made by the French journalist in March 2018 on the radio France Inter, where she was a editorialist at the time.
Talking to the essayist and candidate for the European elections Raphael Glucksman, Natacha Polony gave a very personal view of the genocide perpetrated from April to July 1994 against the Tutsis of Rwanda.
Victims and executioners all the same
“It is necessary to look at what happened at that time, which is not at all a distinction between the bad guys and the good guys”, said Polony. “Unfortunately we are typically in the kind of case where we had bastards against other bastards […] That is to say, I think that there were not on one side the good guys and on the other side the bad guys in this story.”
By equivocating around the victims and executioners of the genocide against the Tutsis, Natacha Polony attracted the wrath of the survivors’ association Ibuka France and the International League against Racism and Antisemitism (whose civil case was declared inadmissible for procedural reasons). According to these associations, the comments made on the France Inter radio station were akin to a “challenge to the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.”
During the preliminary investigation, Natacha Polony “acknowledged having made the disputed remarks, but contested the meaning given by the civil party and stated that the program in question had been broadcast live,” adding that “her remarks were aimed at the leaders” but that “the genocide had indeed existed”.
On December 11, 2020, Parisian judge Milca Michel-Gabriel nevertheless decided to refer the case to the criminal court.
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