Monday, January 23, 2012

U.S Army prepares for Nigeria's possible break-up

There are strong indications
that the United States of
America, USA, may be gearing
up for a possible balkanisation
of the country following
developments in the last few
This indication is contained in a
publication credited to
NEWSRESCUE in America, where
accounts of an article written by
Director of the African Security
Research Project in Washington,
DC and Guest Columnist of
AllAfrica Global Media, Mr. Daniel
Volman and speakers in an
AFRICOM conference held at Fort
McNair were given.
It would be recalled that in
2005, the US predicted that
Nigeria would cease to be a
nation state in 2015 in view of
threats posed by continued
ethno-religious crisis over the
years. Similarly, the United States
military had, in May 2008,
conducted a war games test
called Unified Quest 2008, to
ascertain how its military might
respond to a war in parts of
Africa with a mention of Nigeria.
Also, the question of how to
handle possible splits between
factions within the Nigerian
government was tested with a
plan by the Americans to send
about 20,000 troops to secure
and take over the oil-rich South
while the North would be
turned into an Arab aligned,
possibly terrorist enclave.
Recent developments in the
polity, namely the post-election
violence up country, the
activities of militants in the
South and the recent activities
of the Islamic Boko Haram sect
in a spate of terrorism-like
bomb attacks may have laid
strong credence to the claim.
Indications are that the US will
favour a disintegration of the
country given Nigeria’s not too
distant past romance with
countries considered not to be
allies of the self-acclaimed world
super power.
The Nigerian government had
not long ago signed deals with
Russia and Iran for major
resource, military and power
(Nuclear generation) mutual
ventures. This alliance did not
go down well with the US as
these nations are considered
perpetual enemies. In addition,
Nigeria has been promoting
development, not by serving US
interest but by cooperation’s
with so-called third world
Nations like Brazil.
The US has been known to be at
the center of important
breakups in the past. Countries
like Vietnam and Korea had the
US play a major skewed role,
and when these Nations divided
into North and South, the US
stationed its troops at the
border to defend usually the
Southern territory, and the
Northern usually became a
rejected, isolated rudiment.
It would also be recalled that in
the 2010 budget, the US had
made provision for the
expansion of the operations of
United States Africa Command
(AFRICOM), which will provide
increased security assistance to
repressive regimes in Nigeria,
Niger, Chad, and the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) and key
US allies such as Ethiopia, Kenya,
Djibouti, Rwanda and Uganda.
This is even as in 2009, Nigeria’s
late President, Umaru Musa
Yar’Adua, clearly rejected the
installation of US AFRICOM
military command in Nigeria,
probably sensing that the
Pentagon had planned to
establish a new military
command in Africa.

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