The French President Emmanuel Macron blames Africans for the slave trade in Libya in what appears to be an outburst while addressing delegates and students at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
“Who are the traffickers? Ask yourselves – being the African youth – that question. You are unbelievable. Who are the traffickers? They are Africans, my friends. They are Africans. Ask yourselves the question.
“It’s not the French who are the traffickers, it’s the Africans. So everyone should understand the responsibility, and we’ve started to do that, to dismantle them. But stop the argument saying, ‘It’s someone else.’
“Show me a French, Belgian, German person, who carried out trafficking between Nigeria and Libya. This person doesn’t exist,”Macron added. “So, these days in Africa, there are Africans who make other Africans slaves, this is the reality. And there are Europeans who benefit from this misery in Europe, it’s unacceptable. In both cases, these are crimes. We are fighting both case… Emmanuel Macron
The French President tour of African countries meant to build diplomatic ties between France and Africa exposed a dangerous lack of insight and knowledge on the part of the young President.
The blame game tactics deployed by Macron is no more different from the attitude of President Trump, a total lack of reflection of the root cause of the problem.
Libya today is a hot bed of terrorism and instability where evil thrives, thanks to the intervention of the French, British and the US Government in deposing the Libyan Government without succession plan whatsoever.
The swift withdrawal and abandonment of Libya by these governments as soon as Gaddafi fell with no support to provide stability has caused more destruction of lives the intervention was designed to prevent in the first place, and create numerous ungovernable spaces where rebels and extreme elements governs.
Yes, Africans and African leaders need to stand up to their responsibilities of protecting their citizens and providing basics human rights, but such sermon and admonition should not be coming from the President of a nation that directly contribute to the horror.
It is in fact the responsibility of the nations responsible for causing the instability that creates the ungovernable spaces where these slave trade thrives to bring peace back to Libya.