Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Opinion: Obama, Buhari, and David Mark are preventing the freedom of Biafrans

Opinion: Obama, Buhari, and David Mark are
preventing the freedom of Biafrans

Editor’s note: The U.S. government recently
announced that it is seeking to approve a sale
of 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft
to Nigeria to help its fight against the Boko
Haram sect. David Mark of Israel Rising shares
his views on how the strengthening of
relations between America and Nigeria will
help Muhammadu Buhari to stop Biafra
independence.
Either the Obama administration is ignorant
of Buhari’s human rights abuses against the
Igbo in Biafra or they are complicit. Buhari
has often used Boko Haram as a foil to
generate for arms and sympathy from the
West.
The United States has begun to strengthen
ties with Buhari ever since he attained
power in Africa’s most populous country.
The previous President Goodluck Jonathan
was a friend of Israel and yet spurned the
Obama administration. With Buhari now as
President the tables have turn. Nigeria is
now ruled by a former military leader and an
avowed Islamist.
Given Obama’s engagement and pasting over
of Buhari’s own abuses, little doubt remains
that Obama knows of and believes Buhari’s
Islamist background is a strength.
Obama has also strengthened US Special
Forces throughout Africa, placing Nigeria as
a priority. Yet, given reports that Buhari has
used weapons given to him to fight Boko
Haram on the Igbo in South East Nigeria as
well as willfully encouraging Fulani
Tribesman to butcher unarmed Igbos, one
wonders why improving ties between the US
government and Buhari are something to be
cheered from the perspective of the USA.
Buhari has allowed the Fulani herdsman to
run wild and murder the Igbo. Independence
movements have grown, and a near
unanimous belief that Buhari is complicit
pervades Biafra.
At the end of the day, the Obama foreign
policy has actively sought out to strengthen
Islamic regimes at the expense of moderate
actors, whether they have been secular
Islamic states, Sub-Saharan Christians, or
Israel.
By selling military armaments to Buhari, the
Obama administration has pitted itself
against Israel’s growing presence in the
region and has hampered Israel’s ability to
militarily support an independent Biafra.
David Mark is the CEO of the Cahil Group
(www.cahilgroup.com) a leading Israel
advocacy strategy group focusing on the
indigenous rights of the Jewish people in the
Holy Land. The Cahil Group specializes in
using new media outreach across an array of
platforms and services to help position Israel
as a 21st century global leader. David is also
the founder of Israel Rising
(www.israelrising.com), an online magazine
that stakes out an alternative approach to the
geopolitical situation in Israel and the
surrounding region.
This article expresses the authors’ opinion
only.