The formation of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger’s Sahel military alliance marks a pivotal moment in African history. France, it is time to listen, reflect, and gracefully withdraw from your former colonies. The people of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, and indeed all Africans, deserve the opportunity to shape their own destinies, free from the shackles of a colonial past.
The July 26, 2023, Niger Coup has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the nation’s political stability and has broad geopolitical ramifications for the region. A thorough examination reveals that simmering discontent, primarily due to economic inequality, political corruption, and allegations of electoral misconduct, played a pivotal role in motivating sections of the military to overthrow the existing regime in Niger.