Over the weekend, some Libyans took to the streets of the country’s capital, Tripoli, as well as other major cities like Benghazi and Misurata & Zawyia, to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the revolution that led to the assassination of their longtime leader, Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi.
The rallies were highly publicized by the Western and foreign press with many of them labelling them as ‘a celebration to mark the death of the dictator’. They shared photos and videos of people outside the capital’s Martyrs’ Square, waving flags and chanting songs in tribute to the revolution.
There are many things that were wrong in Gaddafi’s regime but the way and manner in which he was killed, and the motive behind it, were wrong in every aspect. There are many leaders in Africa who have continued to rule without relishing power and putting their citizens through hardships, yet they are welcome in Europe and America. Any names come to mind? Why was Gaddafi's case different?
The major reason why Gaddafi was killed was because of his pan-African ideologies and philosophies in dealing with the West. They did not like it and were not comfortable with his influence on the African Continent.
If Gaddafi was truly the problem of Libya like the West made its citizens to believe, why then is the country struggling and experiencing unrest eight years after his death? Why are citizens experiencing the worst periods?
Since Gaddafi’s assassination, Europe and America have turned Libya into a personal mining site and have continued to exploit the country’s natural resources.
Time has proven Gaddafi and other critics of the West right; that what the West wanted was the natural resources in the country and to disrupt Gaddafi’s influence for a United State of Africa.
Since Gaddafi’s assassination on 20 October 2011, in Sirte, Libya, the country has been experiencing unrest and many citizens are looking forward to the upcoming elections this year with a bid to elect a leader who will restore their lost glory.
There are two factions battling for the upcoming elections, the Tripoli government backed by the United Nations and the forces of Khalifa Haftar.
It is sad to see that despite all that has happened in recent times after the death of Gaddafi, many Libyans still do not understand that they were used as a handtool by the West to achieve its selfish interest in Libya and Africa in general.
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