Gabon : Have Nigeria, South Africa, and Gabon betrayed the African Union?

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When the rebellion against Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi erupted, the African Union registered its concern and called for circumspection while making moves toward a non-violent solution other than the current international military operations against Libya. The AU condemned the Gaddafi government's over-reaction and feared that any intransigence would worsen the crisis in that country. Specifically, the AU opposed any military operation by foreign forces in Libya. Unfortunately, however, the AU's voice was not heard. Libya is now a sad case of a still-born diplomacy.

The fact that the proponents of this international military operation didn't respect the AU's voice or stance on the Libyan crisis leaves a sour taste in the mouth, especially when viewed within the context that Libya is in Africa and is a staunch member of the AU. Why isn't any reference being made to the AU but rather the Arab League in the search for moral justification to continue pounding Libya?

The three African countries that supported the UN Resolution 1973 (Nigeria, Gabon, and South Africa) seem to be mere pawns in the military game of the International Coalition. Their decision to support that resolution, however, gives much cause for concern. Moral justification for what they did is difficult to find except that they bought into the general call for Gaddafi to “go.” My contention is that they betrayed the African Union's cause and must bow their heads in shame.

http://www.modernghana.com/news/321330/1/have-nigeria-south-africa-and-gabon-betrayed-the-a.html
 

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The article states:


"The position of the AU was completely disregarded by the UN Security Council, which paved the way for Resolution 1973 to be endorsed by 10 of the 15-member Council to warrant the devastation now going on in Libya. By endorsing this international military action against one of their own, Nigeria, South Africa, and Gabon have given the AU a bad name in international circles."
 

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Gabon?


"Omar Bongo ruled Gabon with an iron fist, which the West knew very well but did nothing to curb. France, which is now in the thick of events that are crippling Libya today, opened its doors to Omar Bongo and glorified him. His death hasn't solved the problems of the Gabonese citizenry because the baton has been passed on to his son to perpetuate the Bongo legacy. What justification, then, does Gabon have to join forces against Libya even when the AU strongly opposes such a military option?"
 

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I don't know the internal reason why SA and Gabon would support UN.. however in Nigeria's case... if you factor in the Qaddafi's call for the Nigeria to be divided, due to the situation going on in northern Nigeria.. (rebels are pro -Arab and pro- Qaddafi) then you can see why Nigeria's Government(who are not majority Hausa) would want Qaddafi out of the game.
 

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Nigeria?

"With the persistence of the rebellion by militants in the Niger-Delta Region, Nigeria has a big problem that the Federal government hasn't been able to solve for many years now. How will Jonathan Goodluck feel if a coalition of foreign governments decides to launch attacks in support of those rebels (whether the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta or the late ken Saro Wiwa's MOSOP)?"




"Known as a major power in the West African sub-region, Nigeria was the first country to push for a military action against the Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo; but not getting enough backing, Jonathan Goodluck hasn't yet had his way. Why does Nigeria think that it is good to support rebels in Libya while suppressing the rebellion in its own backyard?"
 

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I don't know the internal reason why SA and Gabon would support UN.. however in Nigeria's case... if you factor in the Qaddafi's call for the Nigeria to be divided, due to the situation going on in northern Nigeria.. (rebels are pro -Arab and pro- Qaddafi) then you can see why Nigeria's Government(who are not majority Hausa) would want Qaddafi out of the game.
Yes...I know...which is part of the irony since Kadafi called for the partitioning of Nigeria....which may very well be the result in Libya.

But there is something else which I have yet to mention concerning Nigeria which is a religious factor.
 

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Yes...I know...which is part of the irony since Kadafi called for the partitioning of Nigeria....which may very well be the result in Libya.

But there is something else which I have yet to mention concerning Nigeria which is a religious factor.
In light of the ongoing threats issued by al-Qaeda (AQ) against the United States and its allies, the need to prevent the radicalization of young Muslim men and women remains as pressing as ever, and perhaps nowhere is this task more urgent than in the countries of West Africa. The global expanse of the ongoing war on terror places these territories in the frontline. With large Muslim populations that have hitherto remained mostly impervious to the advances of Islamism, the challenge now confronting the Nigerian government and the international community is ensuring that this remains the case. But in recent months, Islamist groups have been highly active in the region. The aim of this monograph is to assess the potential of Nigeria’s Sufi Brotherhoods to act, both individually and collectively, as a force for counter-radicalization, to prevent young people from joining Islamist groups.

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubid=989
 

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Yes...I know...which is part of the irony since Kadafi called for the partitioning of Nigeria....which may very well be the result in Libya.

But there is something else which I have yet to mention concerning Nigeria which is a religious factor.
Hmmm good point...
 

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In light of the ongoing threats issued by al-Qaeda (AQ) against the United States and its allies, the need to prevent the radicalization of young Muslim men and women remains as pressing as ever, and perhaps nowhere is this task more urgent than in the countries of West Africa. The global expanse of the ongoing war on terror places these territories in the frontline. With large Muslim populations that have hitherto remained mostly impervious to the advances of Islamism, the challenge now confronting the Nigerian government and the international community is ensuring that this remains the case. But in recent months, Islamist groups have been highly active in the region. The aim of this monograph is to assess the potential of Nigeria’s Sufi Brotherhoods to act, both individually and collectively, as a force for counter-radicalization, to prevent young people from joining Islamist groups.

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubid=989


http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/pub989.pdf
 

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Perhaps the AU has betrayed the African people and desires to be a carbon copy of ,

the EU.

Since it's inception how much have they realy established in real time, the Pan African ideal,

or a least handled the numerous conflicts, going on in various nations?

There are many African immigrants in Brooklyn , and it seems no one has anything good to say about the AU.
 

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