“Of all the countries which are committed to our side in the fight against terrorism, France is the country which makes the most sacrifices. 53 young French people died in Mali, I have heard people say that if the French are there and the problems are not resolved, it is they who are at the base. And if the French leave, you are sure that these armies, which have their duty today, will be able to face this situation. ? Non ! Me, I’m sure that the day the French pack their bags in Gao, it will be chaos ! Gao people know it anyway” – President Mohamed Bazoum (26.11.2021).
The French Military convoy that travelled across Western Africa recently have met a lot of local hostility. The French soldiers has answered with violence towards the citizens in Burkina Faso and in Niger. Where the French soldiers have hurt, injured and killed demonstrating civilians who blocked the convoy and their mission to go to Mali. That is very natural at this point of time, as the French has stationed missions and are following the operation of an extended Françafrique in the former colonies.
In the manner of which President Bazoum have answered the general public and begged the French forgiveness. It is like he has to be a loyal soldier for the Paris elite. The President who resides in Niamey should have first loyalty there and not hope for tickets to Paris Saint Germain (PSG). That’s how it seems here.
President Bazoum is now sounding like President Macky Sall. Who has also in the past praised the French and for everything they do. It is like these gentlemen thrives on the “white man’s burden” or the “saviour complex”. Since, the gentlemen should honour their citizens and the mandate as a President. Not let the French humble them and toy around with them.
The French are their for their interests. They only want pawns and family enterprises running the Republics. Therefore, the Niger President should be proud of his people and their resilience. Instead, he expect them to take the foreign soldiers and former colonizer with open arms. What sort of idea is that? How dumb is his population supposed to be?
Yes, the blockade and the stopping of convoy is hurting the pride of the French. However, they are not the owner of the territory and neither are they governing there. No, they are guests and there on the merits of the agreements between Niger and the French. The President should understand the sentiments, as the French are greedy and taking the valuable mineral resources for nothing. While they are continuing to live in poverty. The system created is to benefit Paris and not Niamey. That is very deliberate and time only shows that…
Bazoum bowed his knees for the French. It is a disgrace, but he wants to be a loyal subject to Paris. That is clear… and he wants all the favours he can get from there as well. This is why he is defending the French and not supporting the cause of his own citizens. That is really tragic here… and shows how the former colonizer still has conquered the elites mind. Peace.