To many, the unruffled strength of neocolonialism has again manifested its presence and capability in the termination of the contract of AU ambassador to the United State, Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao.
Dr. Arikana was until the outrageous determination of her contract on the 7th of October 2019, the permanent AU ambassador to the United State.
She is both a medical doctor and entrepreneur prior to her appointment in 2017.
The letter of her termination which will take effect from the 1st of November 2019 advances no reason for such an unpopular decision by the AU Commission.
Many Africans, especially in the Diaspora have since taking on the media to condemn the decision of the African Union, and demanding for her reinstatement of the vocal Pan Africanist.
The move to terminate her contract is widely believed to be motivated by her overt stand against “neocolonialism”, especially on the relationship between France and its former colonies and continued exploitative activities on the continent.
Current AU Commission chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat is from Chad. Chad like must former colonies of France still maintains and owe allegiance to their former colonial master. Moussa Faki recently met President Macron in the African Union Commission visit to Ethiopia on March 12, 2019. Many suspect that the fate of Dr Arikana may have been decided in this meeting.
I held wide ranging discussions with president @EmmanuelMacron at the African Union Commission during his visit to Ethiopia, with a view to reinforce the already steadfast partnership between France and the AU. pic.twitter.com/vyls9iOHWg
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) March 13, 2019
The relationship between France and Africa remains parasitic. Reports has indicated that “Besides being forced to pay a “colonial debt”, 14 Western and Central African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon) have their national reserves held by France into France’s Central Bank. It is estimated that France now holds nearly $500 billion every year of African countries’ money in its treasury and will do anything to keep it. Moreover, the African countries do not have access to this money”
AU officials in the United State are reportedly not happy with the dismissal.
An online petition going round on social media has gathered hundred of thousand of signatures calling for her reinstatement and the dismissal of Moussa Faki Mahamat.