April 7 2020. Thousands of Malians take to the streets to protest against French military presence in Mali. The protesters said French forces have been in Mali since 2013 yet the situation has gotten worse, and accuse France of colonial era Divide and Rule tactics.
April 20 1010. Three bomb blast in Mali simultaneously in three different locations. One of the blast kills Malian government official. Violence in-organically erupts. Silencing calls for French military withdrawal from Mali.
12 August 2020. Despite a stern warning giving by Macron against growing anti-French sentiments at the 70th NATO Summit in the UK, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita questions the impact of continuous French military presence and calls for a regional security framework.
18 August 2020. Malian soldiers storm the Presidential palace and arrest president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, his wife and other top officials in a coup. Boubacar Keïta and his wife are taken to a military camp in cuffs. This happening in a country with 5,100 French troops and
considerable air power. We talking about the Headquarters of the G5 military alliance! The overthrow of Keïta sparked international condemnation. President Buhari was the first ECOWAS member state to condemn the palace coup and called for the immediate release of Keita.
The coup plotters were defiant. ECOWAS 15 member states closed their air, land and sea borders with Mali, suspended all financial flows to the country, and threatened to eject Mali from all of ECOWAS decision-making bodies.
While ECOWAS was setting up a mediation committee, France, the worlds oldest republican democracy ''called for calm''....you cannot make this up.
2nd JANUARY 21, 2021. Once again thousands of Malians take to the streets in the nations capital Bamako, to protest against France’s military presence in the country. Malian security forces tear gas the anti-French military protesters
The organiser of the protest Adama Diarra stated:

“We demand the departure of French forces. After eight years of intervention it’s been a total failure,”
But this time the French made a clever move. Its such a clever move than that they would have to be stupid not to accept. In a hastily called G5 Summit in France Macron said he understood that the govts needs popular
support more than confrontation with the people. He was sympathetic to their plight. He said regrettably violence is sky rocketing and the French military has not achieved the desired result. He stated the insurgency
has now taken on a regional scope and more violence is expected and went on and on about failures, failed strategy... At this point one will wonder why Macron is shooting himself in the foot by highlighting failures and setbacks. But there is a catch.
The he announced France is to deploy an additional troops to the Sahel to try to quell a spike in terrorist violence that has dented the credibility of its 4,500-strong Barkhane force and fuelled anti-French sentiment. France, he said will never abandon the people or leave
..them at the mercy of terrorists. '' I am ready to sacrifice French blood for the common goal. We are in this together....

BUT...Then came the catch and arrogance..
Macron said he wanted "clarity" from his West African partners if they wanted France's presence or not, and warned he could withdraw French troops without a clear political commitment from them. There is little time for games declared the French leader

To quote verbatim:
QUOTE

"The priority is Islamic State in the Grand Sahara and they coming for you with all they have. I want you to clarify and formalise your demands regarding France. Do you want our presence ? ANSWER !! I want clear answers to these questions. No time for games
I can't have French troops on the ground in the Sahel when there is ambiguity (by authorities) towards anti-French movements and sometimes comments carried by politicians

END OF QUOTE

This statement is profound. He is basically saying ''call your people to order. The demands
..of the people is of no concern to me. If you cannot crush anti-French sentiments then forget it.

As Nigerians we may have a hard time figuring out the significance so ill explain. French colonial policy of ''assimilation'' is one of the biggest crime in human history.
Its worse than the Belgian massacre in Congo and rivals Hitlers Holocaust. When you strip a people of their identity as Africans. When this mindset is passed on from generation to generations, they have basically been condemned to a life of dependency and servitude forever.
It is only in Francophone Africa one man can hold on to power for 42 years. Their children are brought up with this slave/dependency mindset, and they pass it on to their own children and the process continues. It will take generations to rid themselves of this mental slavery.
Children in Nigeria are not nannied with rules and regulations. Yes parenting is stricter and traditional, but kids are often encouraged to think and act for themselves. Nigerian kids are not told to wait for uniform man just because the law says so.
Kids are seen outside playing football or basketball all the time. It is this freedom that drives creativity and independent thinking. It is this independent mindset that allows English speaking Africa to dominate the continent.
Its also the reason the poorest and least developed states in Africa are all francophones. The French create chaos and offer solutions. And when the leaders of these countries say YES it is as a sign of legitimacy. There is no better example than events in the last 48 hours.
Just 48 hours ago Niger's new president Mohamed Bazoum told France 24 France's anti-jihadist force in West Africa a failure and questions the relevance of French forces in his country. Barely 24 hours later he is almost ousted in a coup. Go figure.

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