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Unmasking France’s neocolonial exploitation in Africa

Niger coup sparks urgent global call to end neocolonial exploitation in Africa, solidarity for justice needed

In the wake of the recent military coup in Niger and the subsequent threat of intervention by West African regional bloc ECOWAS, the issues of neocolonial exploitation and the dire economic conditions of African states have once again come to the forefront. The director of the Ayaan Institute, Jahangir Mohammed, has called upon those genuinely concerned about Africa to address the ongoing exploitation of former African colonial states, shedding light on the impact of France’s post-colonial policies and highlighting the urgent need for solidarity and change.

Complex Aftermath of the Niger Coup

The recent military coup in Niger, resulting in the overthrow of a pro-Western government, has sparked international attention and raised concerns about the efficacy of military interventions as long-term solutions. While military interventions may enjoy initial popular support, they often fail to deliver sustainable political solutions for the affected nations. The coup has also brought to the fore the stark economic conditions faced by African countries, further exacerbated by the historical exploitation of their resources by former colonial powers.

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Disentangling France’s Oppression

France’s colonial history casts a long shadow over many African states, as it colonized and profited from a significant portion of Western Africa. While some African states gained independence in the mid-20th century, the legacy of colonial exploitation persisted through exit arrangements, tying these nations to unfavorable agreements.

One significant mechanism of exploitation is the colonial debt imposed on these states, which amounts to substantial sums each year. Additionally, French companies maintain a grip on key sectors of these economies, thanks to priority rights and exclusive contracts.

Stranglehold of the Colonial Currency

Perhaps the most insidious form of exploitation is the French colonial currency, the CFA Franc. This currency effectively tethers 14 West African countries to France’s economic and monetary system, placing an undue burden on these nations. The requirement for these countries to deposit a significant portion of their currency reserves in the French treasury has stifled their economic growth and development, while France benefits from bolstering its own economy.

Muslim Solidarity for African Liberation

As the majority population in many of these countries, Muslims play a vital role in advocating for the liberation of African states from neocolonial exploitation. The potential for a resurgence of Islamic civilization in Africa underscores the importance of Muslim involvement in rectifying these injustices.

Call for International Action

Jahangir Mohammed’s call for action resonates beyond the Muslim world. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the European Union, and the United Nations must unite in their efforts to dismantle colonial systems of exploitation imposed by former colonial powers. Such initiatives are pivotal to addressing global poverty, refugee crises, and migration issues genuinely.

Standing in Solidarity

The recent events in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger underscore a new phase in the struggle for African independence from colonialism. As Burkina Faso and Mali join Niger in challenging the post-colonial system of exploitation, it is imperative for the Muslim world and African nations to rally in solidarity against foreign interventions and advocate for justice.

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The aftermath of the Niger coup casts a spotlight on the deep-seated issues of neocolonial exploitation and economic hardship faced by African nations. France’s historical exploitation and ongoing control through mechanisms like the CFA Franc cannot be ignored. The Muslim world, as well as international organizations, must collaborate to address these injustices, creating a future where African nations can break free from the shackles of neocolonialism and achieve genuine self-determination and prosperity.