Is Nigeria, And Its Light Sweet Crude, About To Be Drawn Into The Mali "Liberation" Campaign?

Tyler Durden's picture

Precisely a month ago, when we last looked at the ongoing French campaign in Mali, whose diplomatic justification before the people of the "democratic" world was the eradication of "insurgents", and various other "Al Qaeda rebels", we asked readers, rhetorically, to look at a map of Mali and tell us what they see.

We even provided an answer:

"Nothing. Mali is one of the most irrelevant countries in West Africa from a resource standpoint, and what happens inside of it is certainly irrelevant from a greater geopolitical standpoint. What is more important is what this map doesn't show, specifically the name of the country located a few hundred miles to the south: Nigeria.  


Now Nigeria is important: very important. Or rather, Nigerian light sweet, one of the highest quality crudes in the world, is. And thanks to the "bungled" French peacemaking attempt, the US now has a critical foothold in what is the most strategically placed stretch of desert in Western Africa, a place where US "military trainers" will now be deployed at will. Be on the lookout for curious escalations in violence around the capital Abuja, and key port city Lagos, in the coming months once the current Mali fracas is long forgotten."

It appears that Nigeria will be drawn into the fray far sooner than even we expected following today's news that Islamist militants from neighboring Nigeria abducted a French family of seven, including four children, in northern Cameroon on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said. Next up: Al Qaeda is mysteriously discovered to be aiding and abetting "evil" insurgent Malians out of Nigeria, and the French campaign, with the generous and stealthy support of the US, shifts slowly but surely southward to its ultimate destination: liberating all that Nigerian light sweet oil.

From Reuters:

The risk of attacks on French nationals and interests in Africa has risen since France sent forces into Mali last month to help oust Islamist rebels occupying the country's north.


"They (French family) have been taken by a terrorist group that we know and that is in Nigeria," Hollande told reporters during a visit to Greece.


The seven French nationals were abducted in Dabanga about 10 km (six miles) from the Nigerian border near the Waza national park, where they had spent the night in the extreme north of Cameroon, an area where Westerners often go for holidays.


Armed men on motorcycles intercepted the family in their car at 0700 GMT and forced them to drive to the nearby Nigerian border, an aide to the governor of the province told Reuters, and the four-wheel drive vehicle was later found abandoned.


Islamist radicals in northern Nigeria now pose the biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil-producing state.

Logic therefore dictates that the developed world should promptly intervene and protect Nigeria from Islamist radicals. Because we have never seen this movie play out before.

Western governments are concerned that Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists may link up with groups elsewhere in a region with poorly secured borders, especially al Qaeda's North African wing AQIM given the conflict in nearby Mali.


"I see the hand of Boko Haram in that part of Cameroon. France is in Mali, and it will continue until its mission is completed," Hollande said.


"It shows that the fight against terrorist groups is a necessity as they threaten all of Africa," French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told reporters.


Cameroon Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said he could not confirm the kidnapping report for now.


Charles Gurdon, managing director of Menas Associates, a London-based risk analysis consultancy, said there had been growing concerns over a possible spillover from Nigeria into the north of Cameroon.


"Traces of ... Boko Haram had been discovered (in Cameroon), but the Cameroon government has been covertly trying to undermine the threat," he said.


On Sunday, seven foreigners were snatched from the compound of Lebanese construction company Setraco in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state, and al Qaeda-linked Ansaru took responsibility.


Northern Nigeria is increasingly afflicted by attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants. Ansaru, which rose to prominence only in recent months, has also claimed the abduction in December of a French national who is still missing.

And once the developed world liberates Nigeria of its Islamist, Al Qaeda-funded terrorist scourge with sheer brute, military force, it will be only logical that as payback it gets perpetual rights of crude extraction and operation in Africa's top oil-producing state.

You know: before ze Chinese get there. Because remember: while the developed world distracts everyone from its absolute insolvency and complete lack of money-good assets, the real goal of 2013 (and onward) is one: the last great resource play - Africa (as seen previously in ""Go South, Young Man": The Africa Scramble" and in "The Beijing Conference": See How China Quietly Took Over Africa).

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kralizec's picture

Begun the resource wars have.

Bad Attitude's picture

Dear Leader will side with the Islamists again. Nigeria will soon be another Islamic state.

kralizec's picture

Hey!  Those plans are secret!

(Until it is apparent!)


pods's picture

I've heard that Nigeria has bought and Al CIA Duh franchise.


Xibalba's picture

Why do these africans think they have claim to "our" oil?  - USA

CH1's picture

Why do these africans think they have claim to "our" oil?  - USA

U S A !  U S A !  U S A !  FreedomTM

Okay, in fairness, the Chicoms are doing the same thing, but does that really make it any better?

AnAnonymous's picture

'Americans' have taken over in China and now the Chinese are working to advance an empire of Liberty, as Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the US would be?

You know an 'american' when coercion is paraded as freedom, propaganda and fantasy as truth and injustice as justice.

Old style people keep telling coercion when they coerce.

john39's picture

they use drone assassination as a business model.

new game's picture

quite effective-ROI at $100/barrel or is that  drone/ x,xxx,xxx barrels (wasn't sure if million or only six digits). time will tell.

oh, and some profit sharing with the imf, you didn' think the bankers would be left out!?

DaveyJones's picture

"light sweet crude"

so it's like child rape

knukles's picture

AfriCom Spring
Pass the croissant flavored Jello, Pierre

Krugman must be pissing his pants hardon and all.
Just think of all the broken windows.
Eri wait... The huts have no windows
OK all the torn misquito nets
Cracked coconuts?
Dead monkeys....
No PETA would get riled.
Oh shit!
What in the name of Paul can we break?

DaveyJones's picture

break bread

when all else fails, get a religious angle

css1971's picture

I'm just wondering how long it'll take to spin up to something major. 2 years, 5 years?


TheGardener's picture

Imagine you could pull off all this escalation single handled with the help of a reliable 4wheel drive?

Lawrence the Terrorist ; revival !

Buy off some locals, piss off some expatriates and most of all have fun while being paid to
cause trouble !

"I was born into slavery as an ambassadors
son and I could not help whipping those unrepentant
locals !"

Make war, to much love on earth...

Divine Wind's picture



Actually, when I lived in West Africa during 2010 and 2011 my Toyota "Troopie" was a formidable machine. It would go absolutely anywhere, loaded or empty. It went places a Hummer would never reach principally due to the width.

Tried to arrange to bring it back to the U.S. but it would not have been allowed into the country. :(

U.S.-based Toyota dealers would also not order it for me from abroad. :(

Toyota trucks in the W. Africa configuration should be at the top of any 4x4 aficionado's must-try list. Drive it once and you will have a hard time walking away.

That said, I would love to try a UNIMOG in those environs.

SWCroaker's picture

Might also want to add uranium to the equation.   Niger holds Africa's highest quality deposits, and produces 7.5% of world mining supply, much of which goes to .... France.

Börjesson's picture

Niger or Nigeria? They're not the same, you know.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

People get pissed in AMerica for mascots being Indian and in Africa there are whole Nation-States called "Niger" and Nigeria".

I mean, if someone is from Niger, what are they called?


FJ's picture

Best reply so far. Sir, need your advice!


Long Cameco, Short Areva? What do you think?

Yen Cross's picture

Need moar "cruise missiles"...

q99x2's picture

Do you think the Rockefeller's are going to allow black people to get rich?

CH1's picture

Do you think the Rockefeller's are going to allow black people to get rich?

Well, maybe one or two overlords, but they'll fleece them too before it's over.

DaveyJones's picture

throw the overlord under the bus(h)

Divine Wind's picture



Not trying to be racis, but having lived in the region, I can say for absolute fact if they have not pulled it off already it is not gong to happen.

West Africa has tremendous resource wealth, but most of the countries are poor in terms of domestic brain power and their leaders far too corrupt. Too many wars, in some places they still eat each other (such as in Liberia where I spent most of my time) and those with smarts have already moved abroad. Some move back after getting a proper education but most, after having tasted life elsewhere, say screw it. Much of the modern development in that part of the world is due to foreign assistance, i.e., Da White Man.

My boss was convinced the place was cursed due to all of the pagan idol worship, witchcraft and such.

He makes a good point:

Exodus 20:5

"You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me ... "


reader2010's picture

While the Chinease are busy with a bunch of Japanese rocks in the sea, Washington is busy with real wars in Africa. Bullish.

Urban Redneck's picture

The Chinese are far busier in Africa than the US... 

And they might tell the DC quota-monkey-in-chief that there actually is such a thing as a shovel ready project (and the associated jobs created), Americans just tend to screw things up (at least when their government is involved).  After all every Cabinet of Ministers in west Africa makes 1600 Penn look like a Clan meeting, and yet despite the rampant corruption there were a hell of lot more jobs created when the Chinese started demanding shovel-ready projects for their comparatively small (African) stimulus...

DaveyJones's picture

...and I think they will prove the historical (and economic?) theory that this method is more productive than war

It's like Microsoft and the internet, we're way behind... and all the big guns don't automatically mean you catch up

Urban Redneck's picture

Sell iCrap, toxic sheet rock, and poisonous pet food to gullible US consumers in exchange for their manufacturing jobs and some of Uncle Ben's finest two-ply, flip the future dated shit wipes back to Uncle Ben (and by extension the US taxpayer) and commit to $30 billion in new refinery capacity in Nigeria...  Creates demand to Chinese iron-ore investments in Australia, work for Chinese steel mills in China (since the US wanted cheap iCrap), and jobs for excess Chinese pipe fitters overseas... China then locks up a key step in what is (currently) exporting a very desirable raw material from an emerging market to a developed market for value addition... 

Even if the US thinks it can "win" some conquest of Africa, repairing refineries damaged by the locals is always cheaper than building new ones, Chinese investments won't be expropriated at the behest of the US because the even the threat of China cutting off the US-bound iCrap could lead to destabilization in the US (and Obamaphone riots)... So the Nigerians will sell their crude to the new (local) Chinese refineries for domestic value addition, the big evil Exxons and BPs of the traditional "evil empires" are cut out (of the expansion) of the downstream market in Nigeria, so no jobs for US steel mills and the under-employed fat-assed union pipe fitters who love shopping at Wal-Mart...

Funny thing is that the devil is supposed to offer a desirable "deal" in exchange for one's soul (and Imperialists- regardless of whether they are white or yellow, are viewed as such there), apparently the US hasn't figured out the "desirable deal" part yet, and the Chinese devils are at least offering better "deals" with the proceeds of their pilfering of American wealth and jobs.

Shell Game's picture

Dark(er) Continent, poor bastards...

Dr. Engali's picture

The people of Africa and the middle east long for freedom and the west longs for their oil and we shall bomb the shit out of them and free them from the heavy burden of their oil and gold...for it is said that one can not truly find freedom until they let go of all their possessions.

CH1's picture

The people of Africa and the middle east long for freedom

Well, you certainly have a point doc - East and West are both abusing them badly - but please don't think that Africa and the ME are full of enlightened freedom-seekers. Pristine they ain't. (With exceptions, of course.)

Dr. Engali's picture

That statement is a play on what the establishment tries to sell us. 

CH1's picture

That's pretty insulting, doc. "They ain't pristine" means it's okay to kill them? No sale. 

Or am I misunderstanding?

And I didn't ding you, btw.

Dr. Engali's picture

What's pretty insulting about poking holes in the lie the west is trying to sell us when they say we are helping to bring freedom and democracy to the African and Middle eastern countries when in reality we are just after their oil? I don't understand what is so insulting about pointing that out.

CH1's picture

I guess we're not understanding each other. Ah well...

Henry Hub's picture

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.
Rudyard Kipling

Notarocketscientist's picture

Al Qaeda would take this jack ass and put him in an orange suit the hack his head off with a dull blade if he were alive today

Totentänzerlied's picture

"The people of Africa and the middle east long for freedom"

Sorry but this is postcolonial projection at its worst. Most Middle East and African societies are what I will simply call traditional, and your notion of freedom is both antithetical to theirs, and impossible in it. Sorry, that's just how it is. No different from trying to impose it on the English 2000 years ago, it's a threat to their entire way of life and they will fight against it and they will win.

One thing you need to understand about Islam is that it has always had at its core an urban-rural dialectic. I will omit the details, the point is that even if the more bourgeois urbanites may favor something sort-of resembling western liberal democracy, their rural countrymen most certainly will not, and Muslim history is the history of rural uprisings sweeping over the towns and cities and restoring Islamic conservatism.

Understand this and you will understand more about Islam than 99% of our fellow Westerners.

Dr. Engali's picture

Wtf is wrong with people that they don't understand the freedom meme that the establishment is trying to cram down our throats ?

Bush invaded Iraq claiming we were bringing freedom and democracy to them when in reality we were after their oil. The media is trying to sell us the lie that the Arab spring is about people wanting freedom and democracy. So the statement " The people of Africa and the middle east long for freedom" is just a sarcastic repeat of the western lie.

For cripes sakes do I have to explain everything ?

swmnguy's picture

You didn't use the sarcasm font, Doc.  I think that's the root of the trouble you're running into here.  I got it right away, but I'm a sarcastic jerk anyway.

Notarocketscientist's picture

I am on the side of the freedom fighters.... I mean terrorists.

We deserve everything that comes our way - and I mean that

If me and my family were fucked like we fuck these people I would be on the offensive.

Anything less would make me a beaten dog and a COWARD

Temporalist's picture

"Nothing a drone can't solve." The Benevolent and Great Leader

Notarocketscientist's picture

I thought Bush was more fucked then Obama until Obama made the joke about droning anyone who dated his daughter.

At least Bush could claim innocence due to utter stupidity.  Obama is just plain and simply on a power trip - similar to that of a bar bouncer.

AssFire's picture

all your light sweet crude are belong to us