Idi Amin Dada

–Idi Amin today!! You might be in wonderland; why Idi Amin not Valentine’s Day? Who is Idi Amin? Yah am serving you history today on your plate and I hope you enjoy it. Bon appétit: History recipes!! Ahah
Idi Amin Dada, Uganda’s president, takes the oath of allegiance of twelve British ex-army officers, In Kampala, who are to serve in Uganda’s armed forces.
Well; Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. He declared himself president of Uganda on 2nd Feb 1971. If I may ask, if this month (February 2017) was 1971 and last week was Tuesday 2nd, he declared himself president of Uganda. Where would you be now and doing what? Protesting on the streets; Rioting; flee to exile; create forgery documents to a top cream job/position in his cabinet, in church praying for God’s mercy, Campaigning/ rigging votes to be MP of your village County, Hiding in the ceiling of your house or celebrating the new president.

Whatever you would be doing now, where, how; thank God it’s 2017. Anyway……

He gave himself the titles of, His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular as reported in “A Clown Drenched in Brutality”, Sunday Times, 27 July 2003.

Don’t ask me why. I don’t know and can’t explain. I wasn’t yet born by that time. Am a typical millennial. God knew I would not handle being in such regime. However, I have great admirations for those that went through it all and witnessed some of the most gruesome ordeal of his regime, persevered and now live to share the tale to this digital age.

To many Idi Amin is branded as a monster, Racist, clown, killer, brutal tyrant, cruel dictator, human butcher who gave 90 days to Asians to leave the country including their properties and businesses in the name of Africanizing the economy. His death in Saudi Arabia- which defined justice for his act, called for grand celebrations to most Ugandan families that suffered and lost their loved ones under his cruel despot.

On a flip side, despite his extremely indescribable brutal dictatorship and massive killing of innocent elite, young, adult Ugandans and foreigners in Uganda, he is still looked at by others as a role model and super hero. Because of his courage, fearlessness, strong patriotic spirit for his country & Africa and being a good kick boxer. Don’t stone me here!!!

Whether you refer to him as bad or good, he built himself a legacy that will never be forgotten on the face of the earth. Popular worldwide, making Uganda popular as well.

Me to you history recipes; Popular Quotes by Idi Amin

  1. I am not a politician but a professional soldier. I am, therefore, a man of few words and I have been brief through my professional career.
  2. There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech.
  3. My mission is to lead the country out of a bad situation of corruption, depression and slavery. After I rid the country of these vices, I will then organize and supervise a general election of a genuinely democratic civilian
  4. If we knew the meaning to everything that is happening to us, then there would be no meaning.
  5. The problem with me is that I am fifty or one hundred years ahead of my time. My speed is very fast. Some ministers have had to drop out of my government because they could not keep up.
  6. In any country, there must be people who have to die. They are the Sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.
  7. I am the hero of Africa.
  8. I do not want to be controlled by any superpower. I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me.
  9. Politics is like boxing –you try to knock out your opponents.
  10. Although some people felt Adolf Hitler was bad, he was a great man and a real conqueror whose name would never be forgotten.
  11. You cannot run faster than a bullet.
  12. Your experience will be a lesson to all of us men to be careful not to marry ladies in very high positions.
  13. I’m a good Muslim and I’m only interested in Islam.
  14. It’s not for me. I tried human flesh and it’s too salty for my taste.
  15. Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking. I never had any formal education—not even nursery school certificate. But, sometimes I know more than Ph.D.’s because as a military man I know how to act, I am a man of action.
  16. I want to be remembered as a great athlete. As a boxing champion.

What are some of the quotes you like of Idi Amin Dada of Uganda?


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