Since independence Nigeria by virtue of its sheer size and abundant resources dominates the region politically, diplomatically, economically, culturally, technologically...Nigeria's influence in the region is un-matched and cannot be matched.
Since the end of colonialism it has been the wealthiest and most powerful majority black nation... One that is stronger than the combination of the next 16 nations. The greatest infrastructure in the region are in Nigeria.
The most vibrant and entrepreneurial populace. A soft power than cannot be matched or equaled. The worlds second largest movie industry., the most vibrant and fastest growing music scene in the world. The best professionals, the richest business men. The most benevolent nation.
The pillar behind ECOWAS. The most successful and economically integrated regional bloc with with a track record of successful military intervention
By contrast the western European powers (France in particular) have seen their share in the global pie greatly diminished. The playing field has been leveled. The greatest infrastructure are in the Middle East and Asia. The most productive factories are in China and fast tilting
towards Africa. The biggest soft power is still the United States and the French language is in steep decline and near the point of irrelevancy compared to English, the adopted language for aviation and scientific research world wide.
Beneath the veneer of beautiful castles and landmarks lies a nation that will look similar to the very countries it once dominated if it loses access to Africa's resources. It is no longer in a position to impose its views on global trade due to its very weak economic base
compared to innovative economies like the Germans and British, hence it relies heavily on the $500 billion francophone countries remit every year in colonial taxes. So here is France, the only region on earth makes France feel it is a superpower with influence its West Africa.
The chronic underdevelopment of francophone Africa gives the French a sense of national pride in a world that no longer see France as a great power. They become convinced that they superior and as such their lust for the glory days of colonial power fueled with nostalgia.
But there is a problem. A big problem.

NIGERIA and her sister nation GHANA. Together they represent the triumph of Britain over France.

They French attained cultural domination by stripping colonies of their cultural identity. Forcing assimilation.
Here they are met with an English speaking behemoth. Their thought of cultural superiority fizzles like vapor in the wind. They look at the way of life, economic independence, cultural identity, national pride. Where they once saw the culture of those they colonised as inferior
..in Nigeria they are faced with a fiercely independent people that has pride in their cultural identity. France is a developed society with good living standards. But at the expense of those they subjugated. But the $500 billion accrued in colonial tax is no longer enough.
They generate 80% of electricity via nuclear power. They want continuous access to Niger's Uranium. They want access to hydrocarbon rich islands of Lake Chad. France realizes that by taking control of these territories they could secure a very cheap supply of raw materials that
would ensure continuous economic prosperity and high standard living. Nigeria knows it can stop the cruel exploitative practices of the French on francophone states and rid the region off French influence once and for all by economically integrating these francophone states.

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