The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has decided to relocate a statue of Indian hero, Mahatma Gandhi, from the University of Ghana.
The move comes after some students and 1,300 lecturers of the university demanded the removal of the statue on the ground that Gandhi was a racist who viewed blacks as inferior human beings.
This week, unknown elements defaced the statute, according to a report by Accra-based City FM.
In a statement issued in Accra on Wednesday, the ministry condemned what it called attacks “on an Indian nationalist hero and icon" who it said was revered and cherished by over one billion people who are either citizens of India or persons of Indian decent.
“While acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
“The government would, therefore, want to relocate the statue from the University of Ghana to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy on the Legon campus being a distraction of our strong ties of friendship that has existed over the years," it said.