President John Mahama has called on his fellow African leaders to stop paying lip service to continental unity, which has resulted in the creating of borders making Africans foreigners and strangers in their own land.
He also called for radical steps to be taken to ensure that the call for African Unity is move beyond “deliberations among Heads of States on the continent.”
Addressing the 50th Anniversary celebration gathering of African leaders, President Mahama pointed out: “we cannot speak of a true African renaissance when we continue to pursue different, and sometimes conflicting or contradictory social, economic and political policies that serve the interests of former colonial and world powers.”
According to him, it is time for Africans “to discard the notion that our Pan?African vision of continental unity can be achieved by asking countries to collapse their individual national sovereignties into a composite sovereignty at the continental level.”
President Mahama suggested: “the Pan–?African vision is to be embraced by the broad masses of our people in cities, villages, hamlets, and cottages across the continent, we must in the spirit of democratic participation, give our people an opportunity to share in a partnership for realizing our collective dream.”
Meanwhile Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has taken a swipe at the various political parties within the African continent for paying lip service towards the unification of Africa.
The son of Ghana’s first President said although Ghana’s two major parties support the unification agenda, their policies in government suggest otherwise.
Speaking to XYZ News, Dr Nkrumah said African leaders must do more if true continental unity is to be achieved.
“If you look at the main political parties, NPP and NDC, you would realize that when it comes to the Pan-African agenda, they pay lip service but do not seem to be fully committed about it”.
Africa’s 54 leaders are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.
Opening the event, Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn spoke of “a great leap forward in the pan-African quest for freedom, independence and unity”.
AU head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned that conflicts could be silenced only by “solidarity and unity”.
The OAU, which became the African Union (AU) in 2002, had its origins in the struggle for decolonisation.
It was founded in Addis Ababa in 1963, the venue chosen to mark the anniversary 50 years on.