President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cautioned fellow African heads of state to make sure never to set the continent on the path that will see a re-introduction of the slave trade.
African leaders were gathered for the 32nd African Union (AU) Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and deliberated on ways and measures to find a permanent solution to the issue of refugees.
Describing the slave trade as one of the most unfortunate and barbaric episodes of human history, President Akufo-Addo noted that nearly 12.5 million Africans, from Central and West Africa, were sold into slavery.
Akufo-Addo noted with sadness how the enslaved built up forcibly other countries, and created wealth for the peoples of unknown lands to which they were sent.
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The president continued: "As though this was not enough, the continent had to endure centuries of being colonised by the same people who undertook the slave trade.
The identity and personality of the African were assaulted, and the imprints of imperialism and colonialism woven deeply into the fabric of our lives."
“We have a sacred duty and an onerous responsibility to help restore the dignity and pride of the African.”
On their part, other AU leaders identified that the problems associated with refugees on the African continent have been a major topic impeding the socio-economic growth of Africa.
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The leaders have, therefore, thought it wise to find lasting strategies to fight the menace with the chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressing worry over the matter
Other speakers included Bill Gates, FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas among other world leaders.
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