Shame on Nigeria and the Cameroon for inviting Obama to help them fight Boko Haram
It is both interesting and regrettable to find out that US AfroCom forces are in Nigeria, as part of the 5 nation Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) to help fight Boko Haram insurgency in the region. These efforts would have been fully and enthusiastically welcomed if US has had even a fair record of fighting or rolling back insurgency. With such a dismal, shameful and deplorable records of fighting insurgency, I am flabbergasted why anybody should invite or seek America’s opinion in fighting terrorism.
Commonsense demands that one with proven expertise are employed or solicited to help solve a problem. In the case of fighting terrorism, America has not only completely and woefully failed, but has in fact, exacerbated terrorism in the world. It is a known and indisputable fact, for older ones among us, that the world has never known this kind of global uncontrollable terrorism, that the world has never been festered with this kind of terrorism until George W. Bush arrogantly and unnecessarily invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003 under unsubstantiated and false pretences.
Since then, al-Qaeda ad ISIS have metastasized globally and Obama has done nothing to quell, control or roll them back. In fact, President Obama, only yesterday, Thursday, October 15, 2015, admitted his inability to control the spread of Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan and environs.
The point is that America’s track records in fighting terrorism is nothing to envy or emulate. Also, it is fully acknowledged in many quarters, that without G.W. Bush’s invasion that ISIS would not have arisen.
The best and only way we can fight Boko Haram is to fight them ourselves with our collective forces instead of relying on false spurious friends. The fact is that the US has never been Nigeria’s friends in spite of the diplomatic niceties that often prevail. After all, US has never renounced its fundamental policy towards Nigeria as outlined by Kissinger Population Plan NSSM 200 of 1975. According Joseph Brewda:
|On Dec. 10, 1974, the US National Security Council under Henry Kissinger completed a classified 200-page study, “National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications for Worldwide Population Growth for US Security and Overseas Interests.”[i]
Joseph Brewda, continued:
The study falsely claimed that the population growth in the so-called Less Developed Countries, (LDCs) are a grave threat to US national security. Adopted as official policy by President Ford in 1975,NSSM 200 outlined a covert plan to reduce population growth in those countries through birth control, and also, implicitly through war and famine. Brent Scowcroft, who replaced Henry Kissinger, as National Security Adviser was put in charge of the program. CIA Director, George H. Bush was ordered to assist Scowcroft as were the secretaries of state, defense, treasury and agriculture.[ii]
Joseph further, continued:
NSSM 200 similarly concluded that the United States was threatened by population growth in the former colonial sector. It paid special attention to 13 “key countries” in which the United States had a “special political and strategic interest”: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. It claimed that population growth in those states was especially worrisome, since it would quickly increase their relative political, economic, and military strength[iii]
Further, he stated:
For example, Nigeria: “Already the most populous country on the continent, with an estimated 55 million people in 1970, Nigeria’s population by the end of this century is projected to number 135 million. This suggests a growing political and strategic role for Nigeria, at least in Africa.” Or Brazil: “Brazil clearly dominated the continent demographically.” The study warned of a “growing power status for Brazil in Latin America and on the world scene over the next 25 years.”[iv]
NSSM 200 was a clear vicious US policy that unnecessarily targeted and harmed 13 LDCs including Nigeria in many ways, and US has never even acknowledged and apologized to the countries for that unnecessarily vicious policy nor has it abolished it and abandoned it.
So how how can US pretend to be Nigeria’s friend and ally when it had tried to subvert or ‘degrade’ Nigeria’s natural growth and development.
If Nigeria’s current leaders do not know about NSSM 200, they should ask Olusegun Obasanjo for he was one of Nigeria’s military leaders recruited by the CIA to implement the program in Nigeria.
[i] Read, Joseph Brewda, “Kissinger’s 1974 Plan for Food Control Genocide”.