The ministry of foreign affairs has said that government will have the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, was has caused much controversy, moved to ensure its safety. This decision comes a day after the statue was defaced on the Legon Campus of the University of Ghana by unidentified persons.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Regional Integration, the verbal attacks on the statue of Gandhi who was described as racist and not worth honoring are "unfortunate."
It said that the comments made by the persons against the statue are "attack on an Indian Nationalist Hero and icon who is revered and cherished by over one billion people who are either citizens of India or persons of Indian decent.” It further added that the comments and negativity surrounding the statue could potentially create a discord at the level of government relations and with Ghanaians all over the world.
In its statement, the ministry stated that the statue was erected with the consent of the University authorities and they were not coerced into doing so by the government. It also said that while acknowledging that Mahatma Gandhi was human, with his own flaws, people should also remember that he did inspire many civil rights and freedom movements 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.To this end, the Ministry is urging Ghanaians to look beyond the comments attributed to Mahatma Gandhi and acknowledge his role as one of the most outstanding personalities of the last century who demonstrated that non-violent," the statement concluded.
Over the past few weeks, the #GandhiMustFall movement spearheaded by a former director of the Institute of African Studies, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo along with other academics has created much buzz about the need to pull down the statue of Mahatma Gandhi who shown have had racist sentiments to Africans. However, the movement and the call have been called unnecessary by some persons including the former Ghana high commissioner to India Professor Mike Ocquaye.