Diaspora Network Television prides itself for being the “eyes and ears around the globe,” and no one authenticates that claim – especially in francophone Africa – than its correspondent Julius Ouya.
Ouya took a brief time away from the trenches and came into the studios of DNT for a rare sit-down interview during which he illuminated many of the issues surrounding the upsurge in coup d’etats in West Africa.
With most of these destabilizing developments occurring in the francophone countries, the interview invariably focused on Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Senegal, Cot d’Ivoire given that not much is happening in Togo, Benin and Niger.
Ouya reports that while the coups in these countries are hardship-based, the true frustration in those countries is that “the youth are tired of France,” and they want leaders who can stand up to Paris.
Ouya expressed frustration citing the bitter runoff election campaign in France between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and Marine le Pen.
“if you asked Marine le Pen to sabotage Emmanuel Macron’s government after the latter wins, she would tell you ‘never, never,’ but in Africa France would come and ask the loser if he needs AK-47 to overthrow the winner, and the loser would gladly oblige,” Ouya lamented.
Thus, the guiding principle in France and other developed countries is the national interest whereas in Africa, it’s all about personal interests of the politician.
And according to Julius Ouya, the coup d’etats, the extended stay in power by mostly francophone countries can all be attributed to African’s placing their selfish interests ahead of those of their countries, and allowing France to leverage those selfish interests to maintain Paris’ domination over the affairs of those countries.
DNT News, Accra