The recently concluded security summit hosted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja is seen as a step in the right direction. The presence of French President Francois Hollande and a British minister , though a welcome gesture bears little strategic or military significance, on the contrary it might be a Trojan horse with France trying to achieve its long held strategic objective from the inside as all effort to bring down the Nigerian State with ” State sponsored” terror fails.
Before i proceed here is an open letter written by a French Economic minister to Nigerian President Buhari WARNING he Nigerian president about the real goals and objectives of France in Africa.
Dear Mr. President!
The majority of Africans greeted your election to the Supreme post of Nigeria. The Federation of Nigeria, the largest truly independent African country is the matter of pride and dignity of African people. Your predecessor had relegated Nigeria to the level of Francophone African countries under neo-colonialist French rule with such domination tools as the French army and the CFA franc [currency used in Africa guaranteed by the French treasury].After more than fifty years of formal independence, Francophone Africa remained under French rule. Except for the reigns of [Guinean] President Sekou Toure, [Malian president] Modibo Keita and [the president of Burkina Faso]Thomas Sankar, Francophone Africa has seen only “virtual independence.” The Federation of Nigeria which fought to preserve its territorial integrity and its position vis-à-vis sovereignty of the colonial powers, must avoid any allegiance to France, which has tried once to destroy its unity by supporting the secession of Biafra. Nigerians should bear in mind the detrimental policy that France pursues in the Sub-Saharan Africa.Accordingly, you should not be fooled, when France manifests its concern in the fight against Boko Haram. The French intervention in Mali is becoming a nightmare for the country. Given the actions of France in this political and military crisis [in Mali], peace is not forthcoming in this country.
France’s intervention in the Nigerian will bring nothing positive in that country, on the contrary, it will only serve to stir up hatred between ethnic groups in Nigeria. Divide and conquer has always been the policy of France in Africa. France has not enough military power to be able to provide the sustainable resolution of the armed conflict. The only thing France is good at is adding fuel to the fire as seen in Syria and as we have seen in the Western-Iranian negotiations. The Nigerian and African people ask you not to get involved in the French political game that will only tarnish your presidential image and the patriotic feelings which the Nigerian people credited to you.Yours sincerely,Tiécoro Diakite
It is no longer a well kept secret that France, for the last 40 years have done all within its power to break up the behemoth of the Nigerian State. With 180 million people Nigeria is bigger than Britain and France combined. A nation f such size and potential cannot be overlooked. With ex French colonies still forced to pay ” colonial tax” (Taxes for the benefit of colonialism) Nigeria is what stands in the way between France and regional domination by France.
A chronology of French attempt to cut Nigeria to size.
The Nigerian civil war provided France with a very good opportunity to break up the Nigerian State. In 1968 France officially recognized the ”Biafran State”. This was followed by French support for the Biafra secessionist with tons of weapons, technical expertise and financial aid. When questioned by the media on the wisdom in taking such destabilizing steps, then President Charles Degaulle quipped
”why should the Ibos, who are generally Christians, who live in the south in a certain way, who have their own language, why should they depend on another ethnic fraction of the Federation? ”
1968 French nefarious and destabilizing actions only served to prolong the war caused untold hardship on civilians. By the end of the war over a million Nigerians were killed, some of starvation. Despite French support for the secessionists the Nigerian military emerged victorious, saving the territorial integrity of the Nigerian federation.
2002 the Nigerian military was put on a hair trigger state alert when Intelligence report showed France was secretly building an air- strip (no doubt for French fighters) in South West Cameroon, a 10 minute flight into Nigerian airspace. In protecting her Protege France had earlier threatened to level Nigeria if the country had gone to war with Cameroun over the Bakassi Peninsula. Wary of any form of confrontation with a European power, thinking this could be settled out of court, but France backed Cameroon was adamant. Nigeria finally gave in. Nigeria stood no chance in court. The decision by the ICJ flavoring Cameroon came as a little surprise.
2013 A leaked document from former NSA worker Edward Snowden revealed that France and Cameroon wanted to invade Nigeria in 2013. The plan was that Cameroon forces would invade the Nigeria Obudu ranches and some parts in East Nigeria. France would give its military backing and lobby in the UN and EU to support this move. Rebel groups supported by Cameroon should take over. The instability that this would create would weaken the Nigerian Federation. Also France had contacts with high ranked military in the Nigerian army and politicians who would use this to commit a coup and bring down Nigerian democracy. In a paradoxical twist the Boko Haram insurgency put the plan on hold.
2013 : A BBC Investigative Journalist reported that Boko Haram received $3 million ransom to free Hostages, among them a French family ( Which in my opinion was a clever bit of subterfuge by France to create an alibi). The government of France and Cameroon (who would have guessed). A gross violation of the territorial integrity of Nigeria. With $3 million in hard currency gifted to Boko Haram the Franco-Cameroonian alliance effectively strengthened the firepower of the Jihadi group.
2014 Chadian interests ( another Francophone country) in sponsoring the Boko Haram foreign led francophone invasion of Nigeria’s resource –rich northeast was revealed when the Chadian government was caught red handed supplying weapons to Boko Haram. Mahamat Bichara Gnoti, a close political aide of Chadian dictator Idriss Deby was apprehended at the at the Nigerian border with Chad with 19 surface to air missiles for Boko Haram. Mahamat Bichara Gnoti “claimed that President Idriss Déby gave him the funds to purchase the weapons,” and had “waved a presidential pass issued to him by Mr. Deby’s office in order to get past border guards but was stopped and searched by the guards who found the deadly weapons on him.”
This will is not the first time such an attempt as made by Chad. Attempts by French-Chad to occupy parts of the northeast in the 70s and 80s were obstructed by Nigeria under the leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari and democratic President, Shehu Shagari who retook 19 Nigerian Islands from the Chadian Habre Gendarmes. Chad has long interests in annexing parts of Nigeria as does Cameroon.
2014 A french cargo plane laden with sophisticated weapons en route to an ” unknown ” destination was grounded in Kano State, Northern Nigeria. Items included howitzers, mortars, MANPADS(Manned portable air defefense system) and French made attack helicopters). This proved correct long standing claims by the Nigerian government that Boko Haram has had outside support in its five-year insurgency.
Nigeria’s request for weapons from the United States was flatly rejected citing alleged ”maltreatment of Boko Haram fighters)Nigeria’s effort to procure sulplus Cobra attack helicopters from Israel was also nixed at the request of U.S President Barack Obama.
2015 The Nigerian army after conducting a successful raid on a Boko Haram camp recovered French made weapons and French ID cards among killed Boko Haram fighters.
In December 2015 Cameroonian soldiers on three occasions without authorization crossed into Nigerian territory killing dozens of civilians before retreating back across the border
With the help of China and Russia Nigeria was able to purchase the weapons it needed to prosecute the war against Boko Haram- these include armed drones and Amoured personnel carriers from China, helicopter gunships, Tanks and artillery pieces and Infantry fighting vehicles from Russia. Bristling with new weapons the Nigerian military has been successful in claiming back all previously lost territory and flushing our Boko Haram from their base in the Sambisa forest.
President Francois Hollande’s visit to Nigeria at this time is indicative of his attempt to bring down Nigeria from within as efforts to destabilize Nigeria with terror falters. Over 20,000 Nigerians have lost their lives due to subversive actions netted out against the Nigerian state by the Franco-Alliance. Make no mistake-Chad, Cameroon and France and Nigeria’s enemies, not friends.
Nigeria today faces an existential threat and to survive must face that threat head on. I call on Nigeria to secure our perimeter and push for regime change by a full declaration of war against Chad and Cameroon for their direct involvement in orchestrating terror in Nigeria. Nigeria needs a buffer against France and that will never happen until we push for regime change. Nigeria must rebuild her military to match or exceed those of its glorious days in the 80’s and 90’s. Given the size of the Nigerian economy defence spending should exceed $10 billion.
A dense network of air defense systems should be acquired. A dedicated military satellite should be launched into orbit. A robost military will serve as a deterrent against the Franco alliance who still habor the ambition of cutting Nigeria to size and exploiting her resources. It is very odd indeed for the United States and France- leaders of the democratic world to ostracize Nigeria, the worlds 4th largest democracy yet offer assistance and support to Idris Derby and Paul Biya, two of Africa’s longest serving dictators.
The time to act is now.