The French And African Troops

The current military thrust by French troops, mostly Foreign Legionnaires, into Northern Mali is expected to be a successful start to the re-conquest and reunification of the Malian state through the introduction of large number of African troops from the ECOWAS armies who will take the place of the Legionnaires in patrolling the country. Large sums of money have been pledged to this ECOWAS force and detailed plans have been made for the training and capacity- building of these troops. This follows the many millions of dollars in U.S. military assistance and equipment already spent in the last eight years training and equipping these same African troops.

While there was a certain logic and direction to the efforts made by AFRICOM in this capacity-building of Malian and ECOWAS troops in their JCET and Operation Flintlock exercises the current effort by the French to engage these same African troops as proxy soldiers for the French is credible only if the analysis leaves out a history of French abuse, misuse and oppression of previous French African surrogate forces since 1857. The West may be ignorant and uninformed; the African armies are not.

Since 1857 the French colonialists created a surrogate army of African soldiers from the Africans living in the several states composing the AOF (French West Africa) and the AEF (French Equatorial Africa). They called these soldiers the Tirailleurs Senegalais although they weren’t limited to inhabitants of Senegal. In fact, the new ECOWAS troops they await today (plus Nigeria and Ghana) are essentially drawn from the same region as the Tirailleurs Senegalais. The Tirailleurs Senegalais were created as the first permanent units of black African soldiers under French rule in 1857. These were not professional soldiers; they were drawn from the ranks of the ex-slaves and social outcasts who were sold to the French by the local African chiefs. From 1857 to 1905 the main recruiting of these soldiers was the rachat (repurchase) system in which slaves were purchased from their local owners by the French and turned into mercenary soldiers. The practice of buying slaves by the army was ended officially in 1882 but it was observed more in the breach than the observance.

In 1905 the French colonies in Africa were put under civilian rather than military rule. However, this removal of a French military rule over the region meant that ever more African proxies were needed for policing, fighting resistance forces, and as garrison troops. Thee surrogate troops were used to put down local uprisings and expand French rule. The Tirailleurs Senegalais participated in the conquest of Morocco in the early 1900s. In 1912 a new partial conscription law was passed making it easier for the French to recruit surrogates.

With the French entry into World War I these Tirailleurs Senegalais were sent to Europe to defend France. The number of West African troops serving under French command in World War I comprised about 170,891 men, and approximately 30,000 of them were killed.  In Senegal alone more than 1/3 of all males of military age were mobilized and sent to France to fight. After the war the French colonial authorities passed the Conscription Law of 1919 which called for universal male conscription in peacetime as well as wartime.  Hundreds of thousands of the Tirailleurs Senegalais were compelled to fight in France’s colonial wars and to provide labour brigades for the colonial authorities.

During World War II these African troops played an important role. The Tirailleurs Senegalais troops were used in even greater numbers, initially by Vichy France and later by the Free French. In 1940, African troops comprised roughly 9% of the French army. The French recruited more than 200,000 black Africans during the war. Approximately 25,000 were killed in battle. Many were also interned in German labour camps and thousands of black African Prisoners of War (POWs) were murdered by the Wehrmacht in 1940. One of those who escaped execution was later President of Senegal, Leopold Senghor. Despite his high level of education and acquisition of French citizenship in 1932, Senghor was enrolled as a French army enlisted man (2ème Classe) in 1939 with the rank of private within the 59th Colonial Infantry division. A year later, during the German occupation of France he was taken prisoner by the Germans and kept in several internment camps. He ended up in Front Stalag 230 at Poitiers which was reserved for colonial troops. It was there that the Germans engaged in mass executions of African prisoners-of war. Senghor was lucky to avoid the daily executions. He was released for medical reasons in 1942 and went back to Senegal and his unit. He was sent with his unit to Algeria as part of the French war against Algerian nationalists.

Conditions for the African soldiers serving under French rule were appalling. In some theatres, mainly the Middle East, the Tirailleurs Senegalais were used by both the Vichy French Army and the Free French Army. Perhaps the best example of this was Operation Exporter which had several unique and important outcomes and shed some light on the true character of De Gaulle.

The Allies had already had the experience of De Gaulle’s behaviour in the campaign in the Levant. During the Second World War the Germans concentrated their Central Asian policies on supporting the regime of Rashid Ali and the colonels of the "Golden Square" in Iraq. They were trying to block British access to India and to the oil supplies of Iraq, then under British influence. In the spring of 1941 the French Government (Vichy) granted permission for German and Italian aircraft to refuel in the Levant en route to Iraq. The French were still the ‘Mandated’ rulers of Syria and Lebanon. The British were urged by the ‘Free French’ under de Gaulle to intervene against the Vichy French.

British forces in the Middle East under Wavell invaded Syria and Lebanon from Palestine and Transjordan on Sunday, 8 June 1941 (with columns arriving from Iraq later in the campaign) under the code name "Operation Exporter".

Instead of a quick victory, the Australian, Indian, British, and Free French forces slugged it out with the Vichy defenders and suffered several serious setbacks before the ceasefire on 12 July, 1941. The reason that the Free French and the Vichy French showed such valour was that they were both made up of Tirailleurs Senegalais troops and Foreign Legionnaires. There were very few French actually involved, Free or otherwise. By July most of the Free French forces (especially the Tirailleurs Senegalais), had enough of killing their countrymen and decided to stop...

When the campaign ended, with an Allied victory only some 5,700 (out of about 26,000) Vichy troops elected to join de Gaulle. The remainder were evacuated by sea to French North Africa under Allied supervision. The Tirailleurs Senegalais were tired of fighting other Tirailleurs Senegalais and went home. The War in the Lebanon was much quicker as the French soldiers quit after six days because they had few Tirailleurs Senegalais and limited Legionnaires. An armistice was signed in Acre on July 14, 1941.

The French were still as devious and unprincipled as ever. After signing the Acre Armistice, General Charles de Gaulle visited Lebanon, officially ending Vichy control. Lebanese national leaders took the opportunity to ask de Gaulle to end the French Mandate and unconditionally recognize Lebanon's independence. As a result of national and international pressure, on November 26, 1941, General Georges Cat roux, delegate general under de Gaulle, proclaimed the independence of Lebanon in the name of his government. The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, the Arab states, and certain Asian countries recognized this independence. Some of them exchanged ambassadors with Beirut. However, even though the French technically recognized Lebanon's independence, they continued to exercise authority.

General elections were held, and on September 21, 1943, the new Chamber of Deputies elected Bashar al Hour as president. He appointed Riyadh as Sol as prime minister and asked him to form the first government of independent Lebanon. On November 8, 1943, the Chamber of Deputies amended the Constitution, abolishing the articles that referred to the Mandate and modifying those that specified the powers of the high commissioner, thus unilaterally ending the Mandate. The French authorities responded by arresting a number of prominent Lebanese politicians, including the president, the prime minister, and other cabinet members, and exiling them to the Castle of Rashayya, located about sixty-five kilometres east of Sidon. This action united the Christian and Muslim leaders in their determination to get rid of the French. France, finally yielding to mounting internal pressure and to the influence of Britain, the United States, and the Arab countries, released the prisoners at Rashayya on November 22, 1943; since then, this day has been celebrated as Independence Day.

There was one positive effect of the French defeat by the British in the Syria-Lebanon Mandate; the creation of the Palmach. Throughout the Second World War many Palestinian Jews fought for Britain against the Axis.  Many units were raised, including pioneer and transport companies.  Some Jews served with the TJFF and an infantry brigade was raised and fought in the latter stages of the Italian campaign.  Special, commando type units were also raised and played an important role in Operation Exporter, the British invasion of Vichy French Syria in 1941.

On 15th May 1941, the leadership of the Yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine), in consultation with the British military command in Palestine, established nine pelugot machaz ("strike companies") and so the Palmach was born.  Palmach is the Hebrew acronym for pelugot machaz.  These nine companies were comprised of experienced guerrilla fighters, most of them veterans of the 1936-39 Arab rebellion and many of them had been trained by Captain Orde Wingate, later commander of the Chindits in Burma.  These new units were trained and armed by the British Army in Palestine. 

Six hundred Palmachniks participated in the invasion of Syria.  Others also supported the invasion of Lebanon.  Forty hand-picked men, including Yitzhak Rabin, went in to Vichy held territory on June 7th 1941, the day before the invasion proper, to reconnoitre the western approach from Palestine and to sabotage transportation and communications infrastructure.  They blew up bridges and rail lines and cut telephone and electricity lines. This is where Moshe Dayan lost his eye.  The Palmach became the first elements of the Haganah and later the Israeli Defence Force. Many of its earliest military commandos were participants in the War in Syria.

Although many of the Tirailleurs Senegalais were demobilised and sent back to West Africa they learned the lesson of French colonial behaviour towards African troops. The destruction of Setif was a good example. Despite the fact that most of the fighting against the Axis forces and Vichy France in North Africa had been conducted with honour and dispatch by Algerian troops the French decided to celebrate the victory of the Allies (a small part of whom were French) by committing an act of barbarism and genocide that echoes to this day. In one weekend of violence they murdered 45,000 Algerians.

On May 8, 1945, a day chosen by the allies to celebrate their victory over Nazi Germany, thousands of Algerians gathered near the Abou Dher El-Ghafari mosque in Setif for a peaceful march - for which the sous-prefet had given permission. It was a market day. At 9am, led by a young scout Saal Bouzid, whose name had been drawn for the honour of carrying the national flag, the demonstrators set off. A few minutes later the crowd, chanting ‘vive l’independance’ and other nationalist slogans, came under fire from troops commanded by General Duval and brought in from Constantine.

Saal Bouzid fell dead, becoming a national martyr. The scene soon turned into a massacre - the streets and houses being littered with dead bodies. Witnesses claim terrible scenes, that legionnaires seized babies by their feet and dashed their heads against rocks, that pregnant mothers were disembowelled, that soldiers dropped grenades down chimneys to kill the occupants of homes, that mourners were machine gunned while taking the dead to the cemetery.

A public record states that the European inhabitants were so frightened by the events that they asked that all those responsible for the protest movement should be shot. The carnage spread and, during the days that followed, some 45,000 Algerians were killed. Villages were shelled by artillery and remote hamlets were bombed with aircraft.

A Colonel in charge of burials being criticized for slowness told another officer ‘You are killing them faster than I can bury them.’ These incidents led to the upsurge of the PPA and ultimately, 17 years later, to the country’s independence. In the retaliatory violence that immediately followed 104 Europeans were assassinated, but by the end several thousands were to die.

These incidents were particularly hard for the Algerian Tirailleurs who had fought the Nazis alongside the French forces, some of whom came home to find that their families had been decimated by the troops of General de Gaulle.

The same kind of French gratitude had already been extended by the French to the Tirailleurs Senegalais who were returning to West Africa in 1944 after the Liberation of France. De Gaulle, when he saw that the Allies had pushed the Germans out of France decided that it was too dangerous to continue to use these African troops. He ordered a “whitening” of the troops by replacing 20,000 Africans which were at battle at the front with white French soldiers. This event caused hatred and dislike between the white and the blacks at war.  These Tirailleurs Senegalais troops were grouped in French demobilising centres waiting to go back home. While at the centres these African soldiers faced discriminatory treatment. They barely got the food and resources they needed and basically did not have any kind of shelter. The French refused to pay them and informed them that, as they weren’t French, they would not be entitled to any pensions or benefits from their contribution to the Liberation of France. In December 1944, humiliated and without having been given what they were promised, the soldiers at the camp at Thiaroye protested for the back pay that they were entitled to. The protest was seen by the French as a defiance against the French military and the general in charge, with the help of the gendarmerie, ordered the "white" French military to open fire on the African soldiers which resulted in thirty-five Africans killed, hundreds wounded and many sent to jail; it was known as the Thiaroye Massacre. It is not in any French history books but it isn’t forgotten among African soldiers. There is a good film on the subject by Ousmane Sembene, Camp de Thiaroye made in 1988. Despite this, the Tirailleurs Senegalais were compelled by the French to participate in the French counterinsurgency war in Algeria in the 1950s, although some troops protested.

France’s relations with surrogate troops have not been a great success – Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Indo-China. Most African soldiers are not overwhelmed by joy to be told that they will, once again, be compelled to fight in another French colonial war. However, once again, they are being delivered to the French in an up-to-date version of the rachat where their presidents and generals are delivering them to the French for promises of money, equipment and glory. Anyone with a long memory of French behaviour will have good reason to doubt that this endeavour will be more successful than all the others which preceded it.

 

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Re: The French And African Troops
Bode Eluyera posted on 02-04-2013, 21:55:18 PM
AFRICANS ARE NOT GOOD STUDENTS OF HISTORY!!!

AND THOSE THAT THEY FAIL TO LEARN FROM THEIR HISTORY ARE DOOMED AND WILL EVENTUALLY PERISH!!!

INDEPENDENT(???) MALI, NIGERIA AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES CALL ON FRANCE FOR MILITARY ASSISTANCE - 52 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE!!!

TALKING OF LACK OF HONOUR, DIGNITY AND PRIDE

FRANCE IS IN MALI FOR BIG (URANIUM) BUSINESS!!!

THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN IS A CAMOUFLAGE!!!

NIGERIA - MR FOLLOW FOLLOW!!!



Dr. Gary Busch.

Thanks for another interesting, enlightening, but rather depressing article. Whenever I read your article, I straighten up myself so that I don't start crying. Whenever I read your article, I get depressed. Indeed, you are scholar and a specialist on Africa. You seem to know Africa more than us. Most importantly, it seems to me that you even love Africans more than we/they love our/themselves.


Suffice to say that some interesting coincidence is happening these days with me and your recent articles. In your last article whic was about the appointment of John Forbes Kerry, you wrote about the African connection/background of his wife. Coincidentally, a day or 2 before then, I read about the Russian/Jewish ancestry of John Kerry, The Milibands, Johnson(the mayor of London) Clegg and others. In your latest article above, you also wrote about Leopold Senghor and his ordeals during the Second World War and in the hands of the Germans. Believe it or not, just a couple of days ago, I was busy reading/reviewing the biography of Leopold Senghor as part of my research for my article/series about Nigeria titled 'YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA.' (available on nigeriansinamerica.com) because I wanted to be sure that I not only got my facts right, but as well understood what I am writing about and carrying out the right analysis and reaching the correct conclusion.

In the course of my research, I was really moved when I read about how Leopold Senghor was lucky to escape execution by luck. As I am sure you are aware too, Senghor studied in Souborne, taught extensively in French universities and was the first African to be elected as the member of the French Academy of science. Leopold Senghor was a world renown poet and intellectual. He was held in high esteem even by the French. When he eventually died in 2001 in Norman at a very ripe/old age, his burial ceremony was attended by world leaders excluding the French PM then Jospen.

While reflecting on what I read about Senghor yesterday and today, some of the questions that kept on bugging my mind included the following:

1. What legacy did Senghor leave for the Senegalese and Africans after 20 years in power?

2. Did he really achieve a true/real Sovereignty backed with economic power and independece for Senegal after 20 years in power?

3. How successful was the negroid movement in which he played a major role in forming?

4. How could an intellectual like Leopold Senghor accept that French language should continue to be used as the lingua franca or official language of Senegal?

5. Why did Senghor allow Senegal to depend so much on France after the attainment of independence?

6. In what way did the inhuman treatment and uncountable number of massacre meted on Africans by the French reflect in the economic, political and military policies of Leopold Senghor in his relationship with France and other Western countries?

The more I ask myself these questions and try to find some sincere and acceptable answers, the more I get confused and ask myself "Was this guy(Leopold Senghor) really an intellectual. For reasons that I just can not explain, in a way, SEnghor reminds me of Wole Soyinka. It was like Wole Soyinka becoming the president of Nigeria in 1960. Although, we need to give Leopold Senghor the credit for laying a solid foundation for a peaceful co-existence among the different ethnic groups: Wolof, Fula(also known as Fulani), Secer, Pulaar and others. Undoubtedly, this has played a significant role in the fact that Senegal is the only(or one of the very few) African countries that has not experienced a coup detat. However, in my humble opinion, Leopold Senghor (just like many other African leaders) has not been able to achieve or give the Senegalese what I consider to be the most important and valuable legacy: REAL POLITICAL SOVEREIGNTY, ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM THE FRENCH COLONIAL MASTERS.

Today, Senegal, just lie many other African countries are among the POOREST IN THE WORLD and depend on 'hand-outs' or aids from their former(?) colonial masters and other Western financial organizations like the World Bank, IFC, USAID, IMF for their existence. Trade between African countries is below 10%!!!

And I was just wondering what the hell then did the intellectual Lepold Senghor do for 20 good years in Senegal? The bottom was that Senghor with all his intellectualism, education in Sabourne was unable to resolve the basic/fundamental economic and political problems of little Senegal which is among the smallest countries in Africa by territory. Defacto, Senegal just like practically all other African countries including Nigeria are still colonists of their masters: The British, French, Portuguese; and new masters the chinese, Indians, Americans and Lebanese. All African countries got or were given were mere PAPER INDEPENDENCE - NO MORE NO LESS!

Some of the other general questions I keep on asking myself are:

1. Why on earth would African countries even ever consider joining the so called THE COMMONWEALTH set up by the British and its French equivalent set up by the French too?

2. Why on earth would French speaking countries allow their national to be French Franc and controlled by France?

3. Why on earth would African countries including Nigeria where the largest number of monkeys reside even ever think of printing or outsourcing the printing of their national currencies to Britain, France and other foreign countries more than 50 years after the so called independence?

In as much as as I would have loved to write or think otherwise, unfortunately, Leopold Senghor's biography lends credence AGAIN to my theory or theses/conclusion that:

1. AFRICANS ARE THE MOST INFERIOR, BACKWARD AND INTELLECTUALLY RETARDED RACE IN TE WORLD. In terms of our mental ability, we are almost at the same level with monkeys.

2. The British and French were able to colonize and exploit Africans because they are much smarter than us - and are the SUPERIOR RACE.

3. Black Africans lack HONOUR, DIGNITY and PRIDE.

4. Africans have not learnt ANYTHING WHATSOEVER from their TRAGIC HISTORY.

5. Africa is DOOMED - THERE IS LITTLE OR NO HOPE FOR AFRICA!!!

The fact that Mali, Nigeria which claims to be the GIANT(CHICKEN?) OF AFRICA and other African countries could not do anything about the Mali problem and Mali was compelled to seek for the help of France is another STRONG argument. It's obvious that the French know why they are in Mali. As a matter of fact, they are not even risking the lives of French soldiers/citizens because as you rightky pointed out, the military campaign is being carried out by foreigners/legioners. I read about it too in some Russian newspapers. A number of Ukrainian citizens constitute a substantial of the foreign French soldiers.

What is undoubtful about France intervention in Mali is that it is not about the Malians, but about French and Western interests. The military campaign is a commercial venture for France. There were some rumour circulating that there is a high possibility that there is URANIUM in Mali and the FRench are determined to control it at any cost just like they are controlling the WHOLE of the Uranium in POOR Niger Republic. You see why Niger republic and other African countries are poor. Niger too has bought into the idea of the Americans using its territory as a military base to send drones all in the name of helping the countries in the region curtail Islamists. The British too have secured the endorsement of English speaking African countries to send over 240 military instructors to them for another training against terrorism. Smart French, British and Americans are using the Mali crises to gradually set up military bases around Nigeria and Africa in preparation for any political crises that might arise in 2015 presidential elections.

It's disgusting watching poor Malians welcoming the French soldiers as their saviours. International media from CNN to the BBC are only showing and talking about INVISINBLE French army. Like I wrote earlier in my response/post to one of your articles on the Mali crisis, the Malians are in this crises because of their STUPIDITY, lack of vision and the incompetence of African leaders especially Nigeria. If we had smart leaders, Nigeria should had taken the risk and head the war. In that case, she will get the credit for victory and use it to boost its standing in Africa and the world. What is certain is that the French are in Mali for good and not just for the sake of military campaign alone, but for big business. There is serious recession now in Europe and they are definitely going to use POOR, STUPID AND DUMB BLACK AFRICANS to solve a substantial part of their problems(like mining some uranium or other mineral resources for free and selling them for good money in the international market) - as they are have been doing for the past 500 years to black African monkeys!!! Why is Nigeria in Mali? It's not very clear. All Nigeria did was be 'MR FOLOW FOLLOW' (as great FELA ANIKULAPOKUTI sang)to France. .

It's so ridiculous that Nigeria, A FAILED STATE, BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A VERY SICK AND DOOMED COUNTRY where innocent Nigerians are murdered/bombed daily, where the government is incapable of carrying out its basic obligations: the protection of the lives and properties of Nigerians, is now risking the lives of its soldiers and spending enourmous amount of money to free the Malians from Islamists! Nigerian lawyers still wear BLONDE WIGS in courts; a tradition passed on to them by the colonial Britain - even 52 years after independence! Didn't I tell you that black Africans are monkeys and just love to be slaves mentally and physically, politically and economically! What other evidence do yopu guys want me to provide?!

Isnt't it interesting that 52 years after the so called independence, over 52 African countries still have not learnt enough or got enough military training, aquired enough ammunitions from FRance, Britain, United States in order to defend their respective countries, (territories)and continent as a whole from ORDINARY Islamists and have to run AGAIN to the same colonial masters for help. And I was just wondering how African monkeys are going to defend themselves if Britain, France, the United States or even ISRAEL decides to RECOLONIZE AFRICANS. Perhaps, black African monkeys will run to the Russians for help this time around. Didn't I tell you that Africans are monkeys, most backward, inferior race in the world with a gloomy future????!!!!

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Re: The French And African Troops
Bode Eluyera posted on 02-04-2013, 23:02:53 PM
RICH FRANCE TROOPS GUARDS THE MINES IN POOR NIGER REPUBLIC!!!

NIGER IS STILL NOT CAPABLE OF GUARDING ITS OWN MINES - MORE THAN 52 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE!!!

NIGER REPUBLIC RELIES ON FRANCE TO GUARD ITS URANIUM MINES - MORE THAN 52 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE!!!

SMART FRENCH ARE GRADUALLY CARRYING OUT THEIR ECONOMIC AGENDA IN AFRICA WITH THEIR MILITARY POWER!!!

WHO SAID THAT AFRICANS ARE NOT MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD???!!!


It has just been announced that French(and not Nigerien, Nigerian, African nor United Nations)forces are now protecting the Uranium mines in Niger republic. See what I told you? From Mali, the French have gradually moved to Niger to secure their hold on the mines in Niger. From Niger republic, the French will move over to Chad, Cameroon, Benin and eventually surround Nigeria under the pretext that they are fighting terrorism and Islamists. What the Americans could not achieve in Nigeria and Africa through AFRICOM, the France are quietly achieving it. Why will Niger allow France to control its uranium mines? Because they are stupid black Africans. Why could Nigeria tell the French to leave Niger republic and allow its or African forces to control the mines? Because that is not a priority to Nigeria and other African countries. Niger sits on some of the largest supply of uranium in the world, but it is controlled by France. Result: France is rich and among the 7 largest economies in the world(at the expense of Niger and other African countries) whileNiger republic - many times the size of France is still among the poorest countries in the world.

While jonathan badluck and Nigeria are very busy celebrating centenary, smart French are positioning their forces all over Africa in order to maintain its tight grip on African monkeys.

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Re: The French And African Troops
Ocnus posted on 02-07-2013, 07:36:30 AM
Bode Eluyera, Thank you for you kind comments and analysis. I think you may be a bit harsh about your fellow Africans. In my experience talented and gifted Africans thrive and excel wherever they go except within Africa. I don't put this down to any inherent problem with the people; I put it down to a lack of respect.

Perhaps the most pernicious of all colonial legacies is the contempt and lack of respect shown to the colonised; sometimes as a rationale for their unspeakable colonial practices; sometimes from pure racism. I remember well my indignation when I was first allowed to visit Zimbabwe after independence (I was banned before) to hear the Rhodies speaking contemptuously of the new African leaders. These Rhodies were failed greengrocers, postal clerks and milkmen who were enticed to Rhodesia after the war when they couldn't find any jobs in England. They had the nerve to speak of my friends, most of whom were briliant Ph.D. holders from prestigious U.S. and UK universities, as if they were superior to them, despite the fact that these were largely illiterate inbred peasants who would be treated as such if they ever returned home to the U.K..

Unfortunately, the colonial education system inculcated this contempt for locals across the African colonies. Along with learning the kings and queens of England, and the regions of France, the African students were imbued with the feeling of being somehow less than the culture of the coolonisers. This hasn't died; it has been perpetuated. It has been perpetuated, not only by the former colonials, but also by the two major Pan-African tribes - the "been-tos" and the Wabenzi who revel in being somewhere above their fellow citizens. This is, to me, the reason for the reluctance to take pride in African traditions, culture and achievement and is a majoe factor in the passivity of the African polity.

I don't really know how this bitter legacy of disrespect can be overcome but I hope that the broadening of the African cultural horizons beyond Europe will help break down this legacy. Perhaps when African leaders can bring themselves to show respect for those they lead they will think twice before stealing their money, their votes and their futures.
Re: The French And African Troops
DeepThought posted on 02-08-2013, 22:40:47 PM
I know the human race is mad.

Now that is not a put down O.

Truly truly I say onto you, the African brand of madness is a peculiar one. Utterly and stark raving, lunatic mad. But he doesn't even know that he is insane.

The dilemma is that mad people are usually incapable of knowing that they are mad, so people will say that if a madman knows that he is mad, then he is not mad. But even mad people have their moments of clarity.

The day the African knows that he is truly and ridiculously mad, that will be a glorious day. It will be the day he can hope to start recovering from his madness.

I know the reasons why the African is mad. I just don't know the reason why he doesn't know , in his moments of clarity, that he is mad, nor why he prefers to stay mad.


Anyway.....
Re: The French And African Troops
Bode Eluyera posted on 02-14-2013, 16:32:09 PM
DIDN'T I TELL YOU THAT WE AFRICANS ARE MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD!!!


@Dr. Busch.

The news posted below is one of the reaons why I said that Africans are monkeys, lack honour, the most inferior and backward race in the world. Now could you imagine a country that claims to be the giant of Africa and with a population of over 150 million and with billions of dollars already spent on procuring ammunitions and training its personnel, yet, it is still unable to protect the lives and properties of its citizens over 52 years after independence and has to depend on and accept an offer from the British Council to set up some so called 'model' police stations on its territory.

Had it been that Nigerians where the largest number of monkeys have honour, pride and dignity, they would never have accepted such kind of assistance from the British because it is degrading. But, because Nigerians lack honour, they see nothing wrong in the offer. Now, you don't need to be an expert in security to figure out that when foreigners are in charge of your security, you are very vulnerable security wise. For God's sake Dr. Busch, why/how do you expect these people(the British, French, Germans, Americans, Lebanese, Chinese, Indians etc) to respect us after this? Respect is not given on a platter of gold. It is earned!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013/

British Council plans model police stations in Nigeria

by Emmanuel Obe


British Council logo


The British Council is planning to build model police stations in Nigeria, as part of its community policing partnership with the Nigeria Police Force.

This was disclosed on Wednesday in Awka by Dr. Bob Arnold of the Justice for All programme of the British Council, when the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of 'F' Department, Mr. Yusuf Kafur, visited the Anambra State Police Command.

Arnold, who said about Ă‚ÂŁ50m would be spent on the Justice for All progamme in Nigeria, explained that the model police stations would emphasise more on building an effective relationship between the police and members of the community, and not on the magnificence of the building.

He stressed the need for community policing in the Nigeria to be locally developed, since the type of community policing in foreign countries might not be suitable for local situations.

He said for community policing to be effective, police personnel would have to have a change of attitude to attract the people to work with them and provide them with the necessary information they might need to combat crime.

Kafur, who represented the Inspector General of Police, said the 'F' Department was set up to promote the use of Information Technology, research and SERVICOM in the police force.
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