The African Continent is in a state of confusion, believe it or not only a few countries in Africa are living in peace. When I say peace I incorporated freeness from deadly epidemics, war, coup and ethnic division.
In the West of Africa, in Africa’s most populous country and the leading economy of Africa war looms. Already the country is in a state of war with the Islamist group Bokoharam, and somewhere on the horizon a more encompassing war looms. The Bokoharam saga has left more than 13000 dead since 2009 and the death toll is still rising. The group thrives unchecked, the army in its bit to win this war has updated their military hardware, but the group seems to be getting stronger.
The mayhem of this deadly group is not only relegated to Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun has felt the pangs of their bloodiness, Cameroun being the worst hit between the two. There have been abductions inside Cameroun by Bokoharam, sporadic shooting and beheading of Cameroonians.
The general death toll since 2009 may have reached 20,000, surely there are deaths not counted. There are wars in history which ended with lower death toll than the insurgents created these past years. Women have been rendered widows and sex slaves, men widowers and childless, pregnant women killed, churches and mosques bombed, it is crazy to learn Bokoharam kills without respite.
In the East of Africa another terrorist group thrives, Alshabab. The Kenyan government has been tied by this group. The mall attack on 21 September 2013 is an example of the ill fate of living close to Somalia. Alshabab completely weakened the central government of Somalia, keeping the government and its forces in the country’s capital. The death toll in Somalia and from the operation carried out by this group outside Somalia is a double figure in relative to Bokoharam in Nigeria. Though America from time to time carries out raids against this group yet they are waxing stronger.
Libya is in a state of chaos, a failed state it has become. The west is to be blamed for this, but this is not the time to put blames on foreign powers. Every new day comes with clashes between rival groups. The countries resources and territories are the main bone of contention between these groups. Crime has risen to all time record in Libya, rape and snatching of cars has become paramount in Libya. The central government is weak and does not control the country anymore, where is the western powers who overthrew Gadaffi?
2014 ended in a sad note with the influx of the deadly virus Ebola, with a death toll of approximately 9000 by the end of 2014. The Ebola epidemic left fear in the hearts of most Africans. The continent lacks the capability to effectively combat this disease, up till now Ebola is thriving in some West African countries.
It is a shame that some of the issues highlighted above are merely a few of the continent’s problems. The big question is ‘WHERE IS AFRICAN UNION (AU)?’ It seems am not the only person asking this question. Does it mean the corrupt leaders of different African nations take their dirtiness into the union? The corruptness of African leaders is rivaled to non in the world. They are experts in looting, lying, committing atrocities, paying deaf ears, overlooking main issues etc. all they want is money and money, never are they tired of looting.
Someone asked me some days ago why the African Union lives in obscurity. The answer is simple, the Union’s leaders are still the corrupt leaders of the countries in Africa. Then you may ask what can the Union do in battling the crises in Africa?
First is the issue of insurgency. The European Union has a well equipped standing force known as EuroCorps and its headquarters is in Strasbourg, France. Apart from this, they work hand in hand with another well equipped army NATO. These two forces are more easily mobilized and deployed before the normal contribution of forces and equipments by European countries.
Secondly is the development of weapons. The European Union from time to time engages its members in joint military hardware production. The money used in producing the hardwares is shared between the participating countries. This does not only create advanced weapons for the Union but also the togetherness and effectiveness of the individual armies.
Another area is the joint military drills between Euro countries. This is done often and it promotes military cooperation and understanding between Euro countries. Today the most peaceful countries are found in Europe.
Is there a joint standing force in Africa? Imagine Africa deploying a well equipped elite force into the northern part of Nigeria. Well equipped in the sense they don’t lack any advance military technology. Such army will cover the hardware deficit of the host country, taking reconnaissance, precision Ariel attacks with drones and warplanes, unconventional war fare capability, bombardment and stealth techniques. Imagine such force in Africa, imagine such force in Libya, imagine such force in Somalia, and imagine such force in Kenya. Their work will be quick mobilization and deployment into crises areas in Africa before the actual peace keeping forces will be deployed.
There are thousands of youths in Africa who can’t wait to be trained and charged into battle. They eagerly look forward to fighting the enemies of Africa, not just fighting against them but doing so with advanced military hard wares.
What is African Union doing to stop the insurgency in Africa? Nothing tangible! I tell you if such force is not created the mayhem of insurgence might not stop in Africa. What are French soldiers doing in Central African Republic? How many African military units are stationed outside Africa? Is this not shameful? African Union is nothing but a mere organization of deluded men who can’t see beyond the horizon. Give us a standing well equipped army in Africa. Their work will range from working in epidemic hit countries in Africa and fighting enemies, to training each national force in Africa.
The west will not want this because of their greediness and love for power monopoly. United we stand and such army will be the rope to tie us to peace.
Ebola would not have gotten thus far if the necessary precautions were taking into place. When I say we need a standing army it does not end there. A well equipped and well trained medical organization should be enacted. Just like the army, their work is to be mobilized and quickly deployed to countries in need of their services before volunteers or other agency comes into play. Among this organization should be well trained hardcore scientists, who can tackle advanced epidemics.
Another area is education. The African Union should build well equipped universities in strategic areas in Africa. Tuition must be free and only exceptionally intelligent student will be admitted. The school program should incorporate the style of education in western countries, practical should be paramount in the curriculum.
We can save Africa if only the African Union will take up its challenges. But I doubt this happening since it’s the same crop of leaders we know at national level that are there. Africa can be great, AFRICAN UNION STOP BEING A MOPING SHEEP THAT HAS NO CLUE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING, AFRICANS NEED PEACE AND ADVANCEMENT