Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Niger coup could be a turning point for Africa

The recent coup in Niger seems to be that defining incident in the continent of Africa and particularly for Francophone countries. France has for many decades held on to her colonies through unequal economic ties that are designed to keep the heavy yoke on the African population.

The coup cannot be described in simple and straight forward terms. It is not the usual West African coup conducted by power hungry soldiers. This reminds me of individuals such as General Sonny Abacha who took power in Nigeria and went on to terrorize the population. But they ultimately found a benevolent way of getting rid of him.

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