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Watch: Wagner boss comments on Niger crisis

Yvgeny Prigozhin was interviewed by L’Afrique Libre.

Prigozhin spoke in Russian, with subtitles given in French, but Twitter user @Sprinter99800 provided an English summary for his 250K+ followers:

  • Economics is the main reason for the coup and anti-French sentiment in Niger, as the population is in poverty and France exploited their resource abundance.
  • France only gave 5% of all profits from the resources in Niger to the people of the country.
  • The people of Niger, if they controlled the resources themselves, would be rich and happy.
  • The terrorists in Sahel region were created, financed and controlled by the UN, France, UK, USA, EU and other Western countries, as only a huge number of trained troops could control such a large number of “terrorists”.
  • The terrorists in Niger are an attempt to cover up France’s economic crimes. The population in Niger was kept in fear with the help of militants. To fight the “terrorists” Niger was literally forced to be pumped full of troops from France, the US, etc.
  • Toppled president Bazoum’s government allowed France to rampage in Niger. He and other higher officials were just covering up the plundering of the country.
  • Now there is a “liberation struggle for the independence of the country,” and “God willing, they will succeed,” added the head of PMC Wagner.

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  1. yes, the west exploited africa. But it still needs to be seen if things will change for the better with russia’ s presence in Africa.

  2. Niger is a key supplier of uranium concentrate to France. France has military bases in Niger, – as does the US – to protect its investment.
    In 1960 Niger declared its independence from France. In that year the country’s population was under 3.5 million. In the 60 years that followed it reached 25 million of a population primarily poverty stricken people living on what they can produce off a couple of acres or less. Niger imports 3.5 billion worth of goods annually, primarily grain. The country has no hope of feeding itself. It is landlocked and ninety percent of the population do not have electricity – in a country rich with uranium. And oil. And gas. And yet it is the poorest country in the world.
    The best thing Wagner can do is provide military training because the whole male population of Niger, (and maybe other African countries) is going to have to fight if they want to get rid of the US and the French and their corrupt western bred leaders.
    Remember what ‘they’ did to Gaddafi? And how Libya, a once beautiful and prosperous country, now lies in ruins?

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