The Movement Against Slavery and Terrorism (MAST) in Nigeria earlier today led a protest before the French embassy in Abuja, accusing France of sponsoring the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād terrorist group in North-East Nigeria, commonly known as Boko Haram.
According to the civil society group, they embarked on the protest to let President Macron be aware that Nigerians are aware of Paris’ “nefarious covert” activities in Nigeria.
“We embarked on this protest march to send a powerful message to the French authorities that Nigerians are indeed aware of its nefarious activities with regards to the ongoing war against terrorism in northeast Nigeria,” Ajibola, who read a message on behalf of the protesters stressed.
The group indicated that some vested interest by France in Nigeria was not attained following gains against the terrorist group since 2015 by the Buhari administration thus the reason for the support to the group by France.
Boko Haram which translates “Western education is forbidden” from Hausa was founded in 2002 upon the ideology of the Salafism advocating Sharia law. They gained the attention of the world in April 2014, when they kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok.
The protest group accused Paris of providing logistics support and acting as the mouthpiece of French-trained Boko Haram fighters in the name of “Human Rights”.
According to MAST, France is engaged in economic nationalism, sealing admonition to the terrorist group in return for some economic gains out of the insurgency.
Ajibola warned France on its attempt on re-colonization of Nigeria and other African States.
The march was well attended mostly by women, carried placards such as “Sanction Macron Now”, “Stop sponsoring Terrorist’ among others.
France has recently faced numerous criticism over its activities in Africa.