Neo-colonialism is a policy whereby major world powers/countries uses economic,political and other means to perpetuate or extend its influence over underdeveloped nations or if you like ” third world nations”. It is therefore not new for us to think of the forceful implementation of Neo-colonialism in Africa in the 21st century using Africom as a tool. Africa is rich in natural resources and it is for this one reason that many western countries are interested in Africa. African continent would not be looking as ugly as it is and its people would not be dying of hunger and poverty if these resources were well managed, and not siphoned by the colonial masters.
What is Africom?
“Africom is a military command setup in 2007 to take over responsibility for an area previously overseen by the European Command, the Central Command, and the Pacific Command and to control of activities formerly conducted by these three commands. President Bush made the first public announcement of the creation of Africom on 6 February 2007”. Analyst have suggested that Africom is nothing but a recolonization organization , a tool to infiltrate Africa,create choas, weaken its defense systems and begin to control Africa resources. The so called “Arab spring ” is seen as a programme orchestrated by Africom to destabilize northern africa. Gaddafi of Libya was killed in a drone attacked because of his stand up views against the setting up of Africom.Any African leader who opposes Africom is eliminated as we can see in the case of Libya president.
The pace of U.S. penetration of West Africa has quickened dramatically since 2011, when Obama bombed Muammar Gaddafi’s Libyan government out of existence, setting a flood of jihadists and weapons streaming east to Syria and south to destabilize the nations of the Sahel. Chaos ensued – beautiful chaos, if you are a U.S. military planner seeking justification for ever-larger missions. NATO’s aggression against Libya begat the sub-Saharan chaos that justified the French and U.S. occupation of Mali and Niger.
Therefore, the creation of Africom is the latest, and most dangerous, stage in the increasing militarization of U.S. policy toward Africa. It is a command designed to fulfill the a short-sighted and ultimately self-destructive vision of U.S. interests – to expand the Global War on Terror and to satiate America’s hunger for oil and other resources. We are particularly concerned that the creation of Africom constitutes another step in the removal of existing legal restraints and congressional oversight mechanisms on the conduct of foreign policy and in the transfer of control of foreign policy to the Defense Department and to private military contractors.
Dan Glazebrook argues that the conquest of Libya has allowed the NATO powers to push ahead with the military reconquest of Africa and the attempted co-option of the African union
Several organisations have resisted the creation of Africom but failed to get their messages across to Africa corrupt leaders.
Resist Africom is working to educate people both in the United States and abroad about Africom and to mobilize people in a campaign to prevent the creation of Africom in its present form.
in the case of Boko Haram Wikileaks report had long shed light on the activities of the US in Nigeria .
Hyperactive North African jihadists, empowered by American bombs, weapons and money, trained and outfitted their brethren on the continent, including elements of Nigeria’s Boko Haram. The Yoruba-speaking Islamic warriors then bequeathed AFRICOM a priceless gift: nearly 300 schoolgirls in need of rescuing, perfect fodder for “humanitarian” intervention.
The heads of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Benin and Cameroon were summoned to Paris (pretending it was their idea) where they declared “total war” on Boko Haram, as “observers” from the U.S., France, Britain and the European Union (Africa’s past and future stakeholders) looked on. French President Francois Hollande said “a global and regional action plan” would come out of the conference.