15 JUNE 2021 | #AEW2021
A message from our Executive Chairman, NJ Ayuk
As a result of our African Energy Week 2021 announcement, the African Energy Chamber received more than 190 registered participants. That’s HUGE. We since have a lot of Oil Industry VIP speakers to be thankful to.
Something else happened, Africa Oil Week and many Anti-Oil and Gas activists sent us threatening mails and two hours later, the African Energy Chamber’s website got hacked. I don’t understand what it is about advocating free market and pragmatic solutions for the Energy sector that scares them.
I understand they have a certain set of opinions against the African oil and gas industry, just as people do in other parts of the ideological spectrum and it is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is how often the opinions of those who are against the African Oil and Gas industry are accompanied by hostility, hate speech and sometimes bigotry. I must say, I am disappointed with many of my liberal and leftist friends.
If you pay attention to science, oil and gas and Africa’s failure to capitalise on its natural resources, it is not enough for us to blame others. I believe economic freedoms, low taxes, more capitalism and support for oil and gas can help us make energy poverty history. How do they expect each African to drive a Tesla in 2035 if they are busy hacking websites and trying to use the media to smear those who disagree with their foreign aid and handout agenda?
It’s surprising how the same ‘’I love Africa and cry me a river crowd’’, more so than others, denigrate and demonize those who disagree with them — instead of answering their arguments. In spite of this, our website will be up. We will not be intimidated. We will not back down.
We must stand up and be strong for free markets, oil and gas and Energy Transition so our children never have to. We must stand up to discuss our differences without fear or loathing. We must speak out so that anyone out there thinking about continuing the welfare aid and handout industry against Africans, has to think again and realize the game has changed.