Niger Republic president Mahamadou Issaoufou has allowed Pentagon to build a new $100 million drone base in Agadez city to protect its anti-Islam African assets like Boko Haram, and al-Shabaab operating in neighboring countries such as Nigeria, Mali, and Libya.
Washington led alliance of Western African countries Niger, Nigeria, Cameron, Chad, and Benin has vowed to “eradicate” Boko Haram which doesn’t represent the true Islam.
There is nothing Islamic about Boko Haram, Issoufou told students and faculty at the Harvard Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 3, 2015.
So far, US African Command has been using French Army Air force 101 base in Niamey, Niger.
In April 2013, when Iranian president Dr. Ahmadinejad visited Niger – the Jewish Lobby fired a ‘smoking gun’ claiming Niger had agreed to sell uranium to Tehran. Sadly, Tehran is still waiting for the uranium shipment (watch video below).
Niger, a former French colony got its independence in 1960. Niamey has no diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv since 2002. It has 20 million population – 94% of which is Muslim.
Niger is endowed with plentiful natural resources, including the world’s largest deposits of uranium. Nuclear fuel derived from Niger’s uranium is an important source of Europe’s cheap, clean energy.
On March 28, 2012, Dr. Karmon Ely told IDC Herzlya (Israel) conference that Iran and Hizbullah are gaining undesired influence in many African nations which considered them as a shield against western imperialism.
“A considerable collection of the continent have accepted Iran as their strategic ally. Iran has achieved a special place which is coveted by many of the industrial countries. The 21st century belongs to Africa due to the needs of the industrial world to merge the African economy with the global economy to use its raw material and emerging markets. Iran is well equipped with industrial and engineering capabilities of which Africa is in urgent need. In the political arena, the US’ unilateralism, domination of capitalism after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and collapse of the bipolar order, have made African countries weary of the West’s inexhaustible efforts to re-colonize the continent. Africans are politically in need of collaboration with independent powers capable of stabilizing their position in the power hierarchy. Iran can be this reliable power through which the independence of Africa is preserved,” said Ely.