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Niger revokes military accord with US, junta spokesperson says

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A Historic New Move

Niger has taken a historic step by ending its military partnership with the United States. This signals a major shift away from Western dominance in Africa and towards greater African autonomy and self-sufficiency.

The days of Africa blindly following the orders of its former colonial rulers are over. Unfair deals that take Africa’s resources while weakening its institutions are on their way out. The sleeping giant that is Africa is waking up and demanding change.

This watershed moment in Niger sends ripples across Africa. More and more African nations are rejecting outdated Western partnerships in favor of charting their own course. The message is clear – Africa’s future will be decided by Africans alone.

A new chapter is beginning in Africa’s history. No more domination or exploitation. No more kowtowing to arrogant Western powers. The time has come to break free of colonialism’s last grasps. Niger’s stand lights the path towards true African freedom and self-determination.

Niger just ditched its military ties with the US. Is this the beginning of the end for Western dominance in Africa?

Niger breaks off military cooperation with US

In a seismic shift away from Western reliance, Niger has decisively terminated its entangled military relationship with the United States, charting a pioneering new course towards African sovereignty.

Niger military spokesman Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane said in a statement on national television announcing the change: “The government of Niger, taking into account the aspirations and interests of its people, decides with full responsibility to denounce with immediate effect the agreement relating to the status of military personnel of the United States and civilian employees of the American Department of Defense in the territory of the Republic of Niger.”

Abdramane added that the agreement between the two countries – signed in 2012, was imposed on Niger and had been in violation of the “constitutional and democratic rules” of the West African nation’s sovereignty.

He said: “This agreement is not only profoundly unfair in its substance but it also does not meet the aspirations and interests of the Nigerien people.”

This announcement by Niger’s military government that it is severing all military ties with the United States marks a new era in Africa’s relationship with Western imperial powers.

For too long, Africa has been subject to exploitative partnerships with countries like the US and France who have taken advantage of the continent’s resources and people without providing true security or economic benefits.

Niger’s brave stance shows that African nations are ready to chart their own course and no longer tolerates the paternalistic, neo-colonial attitudes of Western governments.

The fact that this announcement came right after a visit by senior US officials shows that Niger will not be intimidated by veiled threats or pressure to maintain the status quo.

The refusal of General Tiani, head of Niger’s ruling military council, to meet with the high-level US delegation shows that Niger will not bow to American pressure or threats.

The US officials traveled to Niamey with the aim of strong-arming Niger back into compliance with Western interests after the coup last year. They wanted to force the new government to set a timeline for elections and resume full counterterrorism cooperation on American terms.

However, their arrogant assumptions were dashed when their proposed meeting with General Tiani never materialized despite extending their visit. This speaks to the junta’s defiance in the face of US demands.

Niger Shifts To Russia

Niger understands that the superpower seeks to control its sovereignty and partnerships. But the country is charting a new path with allies like Russia that better serve its strategic interests.

The Americans are troubled by Niger developing ties with the Kremlin, as it represents a loss of influence over a key regional security partner. Their veiled warnings about the risks of this cooperation were ignored.

The US delegation also hypocritically pushed Niger to return to democracy after endorsing its deposed president despite his authoritarianism. Their self-serving lecturing clearly had no effect.

By rebuffing the US envoys, General Tiani makes a powerful statement – Niger will pursue its own interests regardless of Washington’s disapproval.

And while the US claims it wants to support democracy and security in the region, its actions prove otherwise.
The US wants to coerce Niger into holding rushed elections to install another Western-friendly leader.

Nigerians and other Africans are tired of this blatant hypocrisy. If the US truly respected democracy, it would have supported the will of Niger’s people when they called for change last year. But of course, it only likes democracy when the results suit its interests. This is the typical attitude of Western powers in Africa.

By aligning more closely with Russia, Niger is diversifying its partnerships to gain more leverage and autonomy. Russia may not be perfect, but at least it does not lecture African countries about democracy or human rights while supporting dictators and selling weapons that fuel conflict.

The US has no moral high ground from which to criticize Niger’s decisions.

Niger also cited the illegal nature of the US military presence on its soil. This highlights the arrogance that has defined US-Africa relations for so long.

The US thought nothing of constructing a massive $100 million drone base in Niger’s desert and deploying over 1,000 troops without properly consulting with the host country.

This echoes the scramble for Africa, when Western powers carved up the continent for themselves without regard for African sovereignty and self-determination.

Rather than a mere geopolitical win for Russia, Niger’s realignment represents a triumph of African self-determination over the dominance of external agendas.

Africa has long suffered from partnerships weighted heavily in favor of outside interests. But by expanding engagement with Russia, Niger and other African nations are diversifying their ties beyond restrictive Western frameworks.

Russia has shown a willingness to cooperate on more equitable terms tailored to African priorities. Its security assistance comes without lectures about governance or human rights. And its offers of economic collaboration focus on African growth rather than extraction.

After decades of Western powers shaping African policies, Russia provides a viable alternative for forging sincerely mutual partnerships.

Niger’s move also reflects the deepening South-South cooperation between African countries and rising powers like Russia, China and others.

By taking a non-aligned stance, Niger and its neighbors can better represent their own interests rather than those of former colonial masters. Their prospects will be brightest by building a network of strong sovereign African nations aligned with multiple partners of the Global South.

Rather than dependence on any one power, multi-directional cooperation will give Niger and other African states the flexibility and leverage to truly control their own destinies.

The future lies in African countries cooperating as equals with a diverse range of allies, unbeholden to any power. Niger’s courageous stance ushers in this new paradigm.

Niger’s decision also reflects the changes taking place across Francophone West Africa, where years of failure by France and its Western allies to stop jihadist violence has discredited their counterterror model.

Mali already ejected French forces and other nations are charting similar courses. These countries see now that relying too heavily on Western aid or military presence can compromise their independence.

It is no surprise that anti-French sentiment is rising across the Sahel. France has used its military footprint in the region to prop up loyal autocrats and serve its economic interests.

It has shown a stunning indifference to public opinion and to the abuses committed by regional militaries it has trained. With security only deteriorating, local populations rightly see French intervention as ineffective or even counterproductive.

Niger Dictates Its Own Fate

Niger’s position stems from this regional mood and a genuine desire for self-determination. Yet predictably, Western powers are throwing up their hands and questioning Niger’s capacity to tackle extremism on its own. This is absurd given their own failure. In reality, they are simply worried about losing influence over a strategic country.

What is clear is that Niger and other Sahel states are fed up with the West’s double standards and broken promises. Violent crimes increased fivefold under the watch of US and French forces. No wonder local populations cheered their departure. The old paradigm was not working.

Africa is a continent on the rise. It craves partners who treat it as an equal, not a charity case. Nations like Niger want collaborations that provide tangible benefits, technology transfers, market access, and investment to help diversify economies. No longer will one-sided deals be accepted.

Hopefully Niger’s bold stance will inspire more African nations to demand their worth and take back control of their security and economic destinies.

For external powers, it may serve as a wake-up call that business as usual is over. If the West cannot adapt to this new assertive Africa, it will find itself increasingly isolated as African states turn elsewhere for cooperation.

The winds of change are blowing. Gone are the days when Western militaries could set up bases across Africa with impunity. Gone too are the times when African nations accepted token offerings that did little to improve people’s lives.

A new generation of empowered Africans is rising – one that will settle for nothing less than equitable partnerships.

Niger has sent a powerful message by ejecting the US military and embracing a multi-aligned future. Other nations are paying close attention. The United States can either take this opportunity to fundamentally improve its engagement with Africa, or risk being sidelined entirely.

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