In assessing the potency and efficacy of our armaments, the question arises: How can we truly comprehend their capabilities if conflicts remain dormant? The undeniable reality is that arms manufacturers operate within a capitalist framework, driven by the pursuit of profit. They view war as an avenue for financial gain, sometimes even actively promoting or manipulating conflicts, acts of terrorism, and unrest.
Consider the Ethiopia vs. Tigray conflict, which has endured for over sixteen months. It’s pertinent to ask: What actions have Western nations taken? Their response has often been limited to dispatching humanitarian aid and relief supplies.
Similarly, the Russia vs. Ukraine conflict, spanning a month, prompts us to question the efforts of the world’s most influential powers. Their response, once again, predominantly involves providing humanitarian assistance and relief efforts.
It’s worth recalling that these very nations also stand as creators of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). An example lies in Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. Despite lending support to Nigeria, they also extended assistance to Biafra. In the backdrop of conflict, they capitalized on the situation, exploiting our natural resources and cultural artifacts, before eventually providing relief materials. Such a paradigm highlights the complexities of our world.
Should another conflict emerge within Nigeria’s borders, it’s prudent to acknowledge that we will largely be on our own. Relying on foreign nations might not yield the desired results. They tend to invest their efforts where opportunities for exploitation exist.
This serves as a call to action for Africa – a continent that must awaken and contemplate its future direction. The power to shape this trajectory rests squarely in the hands of its people.