The destruction of Libya and the subsequent murder of Muammar Ghadafi should have rung alarm bells in Abuja. This was an unprecedented event, the application of NATO Power in Africa to achieve a strategic goal. A reluctant United States was duped by France on the necessity of carrying out such an illegal act.
In a 2010 report provided by the Wikileaks, they identified the US embassy in Nigeria as a forward operating base for wide and far-reaching acts of subversion against Nigeria which include but not limited to eavesdropping on Nigerian government communication, financial espionage on leading Nigerians, support and funding of subversive groups and insurgents, sponsoring of divisive propaganda among the disparate groups of Nigeria and the use of visa blackmail to induce and coerce high-ranking Nigerians into acting in favour of US interests.
Despite the explosive revelations Nigerians by and large waved it aside with nonchalance.
But beyond what we know from the Wikileaks report, what many Nigerians do not know is that Franco-American embassy’s subversive activities in Nigeria fits into the long-term US government’s well camouflaged policy of containment against Nigeria the ultimate goal of which is to eliminate Nigeria as a potential strategic rival to the US in the African continent.
Today as Nigerians are reeling from the decade long insurgency that has befallen our dear country and earnestly seeking answers to what all this portends for the future, let us reveal the true nature of this clandestine, undeclared war of attrition waged against Nigeria by the France government. For that we have to back in time.
Twenty years ago
REGIONAL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE
Nigeria’s economic and military dominance of ECOWAS created a buffer of some sorts against external subversive operations against the Nigerian Federation. The more dominant and influential Nigeria was in West Africa, the tighter the buffer.
Of the 16 countries that makes up West Africa, only five are Anglophone countries. The rests are all French-speaking countries all allied in one way or the other to Paris. Of the five Anglophone West African states, only two countries, Nigeria and Ghana is of any significance on a strategic level. Yet Anglophone West Africa controlled %80 of the region’s economy. Nigeria is seen as the reason behind this dominance. The greater Nigeria became relative of Francophone West Africa, the more glaring it became of how France has pillaged the resources of its ex colonies, where by and large mentally enslaved. This frustrated the French government.
French frustration with Nigeria’s dominance of the resource rich region is reflected in its failed attempt to have Francophone states create an economic union to rival ECOWAS, which in itself is an absurd proposition, giving that Nigeria had more people than Britain and France combined.
French subversive activities in Nigeria fits into the long-term French governments well camouflaged policy of containment against Nigeria the ultimate goal of which is to eliminate Nigeria as a potential strategic rival to France in West Africa continent.
Its important we understand two things here. France is a hairs breath away from collapse. France lacks the natural resources of Russia, the technical capacity and efficiency of Germany and the resourcefulness and innovation of Britannia and America. France is a dying power sustained by pillaging the economies of its former colonies via mental enslavement.
The mandatory Colonial Tax imposed on its poor former colonies and their due dilligence in paying up bears testament to how deep the French have been able to manipulative the phsyche of these poor Africans
Nigeria spent $10 billion of her own money in ECOMOG operations to restore peace to two West African countires. Nigeria’s sacrifice in men and material to the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia and S-Leon was not heralded and commended by the United Nations for a reason, the irrational fear and paranoia of a progressive all-powerful black state.
The United States and France created an Africa Response Crises initiative called ACRI, during the Bush administration as a counterweight to the Nigeria led ECOWAS Monitoring Group on the Liberian Civil War or ECOMOG.
Following Nigeria’s successes in bringing about lasting peace in two countries, the American think tank concluded that should ECOMOG be allowed to go the whole hog, the major beneficiary will be Nigeria and that might form the basis for a pax Nigeriana in the West African sub-region eclipsing the influence of former colonial powers France and Britain.
The reports also called on the United States Government to note that Liberia being its creation should not be allowed to fall into Nigerian hands with consequences to US strategic interests in the country and the region. Specifically both reports noted that should Nigeria be allowed to have a foothold in Liberia, it will further embolden Nigeria to challenge the US and the West in carving its own sphere of interest at their expense.
Now heres the funny thing, the United States is the richest country in the history of mankind. Most Nigerians do not know that the U.S displaced Britain to 1886 to become to worlds largest economy. Two hundred years plus later the U.S is still numero-uno yet its cherished colony Liberia remains amongst the least developed country on earth.
Countries like Nigeria and Ghana are Sweden compared to Liberia. Yet we have the United States actively working behind the scene to sabotage Nigeria’s effort in helping to restore peace and stop the bloodshed in Liberia, the country created by freed states of America.
In this regard, the report further recalled Nigeria’s role in helping to liberate the southern African countries in the 70’s and 80’s in clear opposition and defiance to the interests of the United States and its western allies which resulted in setback for Western initiatives in Africa at the time.
Both concluded with a recommendation that the US Government in conjunction with its allies should seek to contain the growing influence of Nigeria in the sub-region by forming a parallel organization to ECOMOG. But in order not to unduly alarm and antagonize Nigeria which the report admitted still had considerable influence in the region, the US government was advised to go about this using quiet diplomacy.
The strategy was to win away some key African countries from participation enthusiastically in the ECOMOG initiative. The sweeteners for this were the promise and delivery of military and humanitarian aid. This was the line the then US Secretary of State Warren Christopher pursued when he visited a number of African countries excluding Nigeria to sell the ACRI idea.
Thus ensued, the stalemate in ECOMOG operations with some of the participating countries foot-dragging in their commitment to the force and operations. On the diplomatic front, the US along with its allies namely Britain and France using the engineered stalemate as cover, proceeded to sell the idea that the ECOMOG initiative needed to be reviewed and given a new direction.
The US and its allies then argued that the intervention of outside powers such as the US and its western allies was the tonic needed to move the ECOMOG operation forward. But in order to prevent any worldwide backlash against this blatant interference in what should be a regional African initiative, the US and its allies sought to present it under the auspices of the United Nations with a select Asian and Latin American countries participating.
By the time the tallies were counted, the US had achieved the one objective of all the diplomatic and strategic maneuvers; the containment of Nigeria led ECOMOG initiative to resolve the Liberian Crises.
It was on the platform of this surreptitious American intervention in the Liberian crisis that the US Africa Command or AFRICOM was formed.
Unlike its precursor, the ACRI which sought to disguise US intentions in Africa particularly as it pertains to Nigeria under the cloak of multilateral humanitarian intervention, AFRICOM which came to being on October 1, 2008 is clearly programmed to serve US military-strategic interests especially with regards to the ever-expanding global reach and influence of China in direct competition with the United States.
End of part two