Alassane Dramane Ouattara to “lead” ECOWAS: What Will Change? M. Frindéthié

On February 17, 2012, Alassane Dramane Ouattara was selected by his peers to “lead” ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) for the next few years. How is this important? What new direction will Sarkozy’s man in Cote d’Ivoire inscribe to this African economic organization? Here, even the most optimistic observer will be hard-pressed to find anything affirmative for Africans in Ouattara’s nomination. To be honest, Ouattara will not just carry on the politics of gloominess of his predecessors; he will even take it too its most depressing frontier.


Indeed, Francophone African “leaders” have never had any authority of their own. A simple telephone call from the Great White Master at the Élysée has always been a compelling enough stimulus to spur these African heads of state, full of inferiority complexes, toward amending their initial stand on any issue of great repercussion for their continent. The contradictory positions adopted by African leaders over military and economic takeovers or attempts at takeovers in places like Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Central African Republic, Mauritania, and Guinea, for instance, show the extent to which the African organizations are weak and pitiable satellites of the European Union and how pathetically African leaders can bow to their European masters, placing the economic interests of those masters above all other considerations, making their countries twenty-first-century protectorates of Western states.


African regional integrations have been successfully blackmailed by Western leaders because these integrations have always been weak on their own. A bunch of weak countries getting together does not produce any less weak organizations. What is worse in Ouattara’s nomination is that Ouattara is the weakest African leader today at the head of a weak African organization. France’s illegal, martial installation of Ouattara at the helm of the richest country in Francophone Africa makes of Ouattara a morally and politically impotent leader for Africans, but an excellent hit man for France’s economic genocide in Africa. With Ouattara’s nomination, France’s vision of submitting the African continent by installing local marionettes at the helm of Africa’s richest states is well in progress.


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