05 June 2020 - 14:50
News ID: 450263
In an exclusive report for Rasa News Agency:‎
RNA – In an exclusive report for Rasa News Agency, Harun Elbinawi expressed his thoughts on implementing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ‎model of the “Resistance Economy” in Africa.‎

RNA – In an exclusive report for Rasa News Agency, Harun Elbinawi, a Nigerian activist and ‎‎public affairs analyst, expressed his thoughts on implementing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ‎model of the “Resistance Economy” in Africa.‎

The “Resistance Economy” is a concept declared originally by the Supreme Leader of the ‎Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and is defined as reinforcement of the ‎economy in the face of foreign and domestic shocks and threats, which maintains a long ‎precedent in the science of economics. Many countries have sought such an economy, with ‎each country selecting its specific approach via reliance upon its organizations and ‎establishments.‎

In his August 2012 speech, Ayatollah Khamenei explained that the Resistance Economy aims ‎to promote economic self-reliance, a strategy that would defeat the US-led efforts against ‎Iran via economic and trade sanctions.‎

In regard to this concept, Mr. Elbinawi said:‎

The Resistance Economy that the Supreme Leader proposed will not be limited to Iran. It ‎will extend to Africa and other parts of the world where the Islamic Resistance Axis is strong.‎

We hope that African economies will be productive. Ivory Coast is the largest producer of ‎cocoa in the world but there isn’t a single chocolate factory in the country. Most cocoa ‎farmers in that country have never tasted chocolate. Southwest Nigeria also has large cocoa ‎plantations but there isn’t a single chocolate factory in Nigeria. The chocolate factories are in ‎Western countries and Asia. They buy cheap cocoa from Africa and sell expensive chocolate ‎to us.‎

We want to destroy this unproductive culture in Africa that was inherited from the colonial ‎era. Africa should have chocolate factories that export their products to Europe, Asia and the ‎West.‎

Nigeria should stop exporting two million barrels of crude oil per day. This is the export of ‎millions of jobs. Nigeria should be exporting five million barrels of gasoline per day. Just like ‎how Iran recently sent millions of gasoline to Venezuela. Refining products and selling them ‎is far better than selling crude products. Those refining crude products are human beings like ‎you. They are not superior to you; they are just wiser.‎

Nigeria doesn’t manufacture ten percent of its needs. Almost everything is imported – even ‎ordinary matches are imported. There is massive unemployment in Nigeria. Massive ‎unemployment is one of the causes of insecurity. Young people with jobs will never think to ‎become armed bandits. ‎

African leaders are puppets of the genocidal imperialist barbarians of the West. They have ‎no plans to develop their countries and make them self-sufficient. It is not in the interest of ‎the arrogant Western powers for African nations to be productive. They want Africa to ‎continue to be subservient to them.‎

Today in Africa, only South Africa has a company that manufactures electric transformers. ‎More than ninety percent of transformers are imported into Africa. Why can’t Africa ‎manufacture transformers? There is a colonial mentality in Africa that manufacturing is the ‎white man’s job and we blacks are just consumers. ‎

We have a project to establish a transformer manufacturing company in Nigeria with the ‎help of Iran and export the transformers to other African nations. This is technology ‎transfer; this is development and this is progress. ‎

Rasa News Agency

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