The Mahatma Gandhi statue that was gifted to the University of Ghana Legon, and sparked many controversies has been defaced. The act comes just weeks after a council in the university raised a petition calling for the removal of the statue because of the persona's racist comments about Africans.
The act is believed to have happened on Monday night, and so far the persons responsible have not been identified. However, the persons are believed to be sympathizers with the #GandhiMustFall movement.
In early September, a former director of the Institute of African Studies, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo started a petition along with another academic from the University demanding the removal of the Indian peace icon Mahatma Gandhi from the campus. They urged other academics in their campaign to join the call, stating that Gandhi was racist against black people and that honouring him with a statue on the campus was a setting a bad example to the students.
However, the former Ghana High Commissioner to India, Professor Mike Ocquaye has called the petition for the removal of the statue unnecessary, adding that it might have serious implications on the diplomatic ties between Ghana and India. The University authorities have so far not commented on the petition or on the act yesterday.
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