The need for unity among Africans
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Let us try and come together. In doing so, we will be able to achieve our goals and aspirations. Without closer cooperation, there can be no meaningful development.
The division of our continent by the so-called powers and colonialists should not separate us in any way. The so-called powers are exploiting our labour and natural resources through their ideologies. Why can't we have our own ideologies rather than depend on theirs? Their ideologies created a dismal atmosphere in Africa. People and countries are classified as capitalists, communists, etc., instead of concentrating on our socio-economic and infrastructural development.
Division within our continent will bring about confusion and disunity among us. In order to exploit us easily, they supplied us with their old weapons and discouraged programmes that could accelerate our development. Our urgent demand for food has never been satisfied, but when their is conflict in any African country, they infiltrate our land and worsen the situation.
To have Africa united, we must ignore the ideologies of these powers. The destruction of our properties would not help us achieve our aims. To have a united Africa, we should not pin all our hopes on them. If this is so, we will be able to stop their interference in our affairs. But, if not, there will be no meaningful development in Africa.
It is better for us to come together and rescue our oppressed brothers and sisters in Sudan (Darfur), Zimbabwe, Mauritania and other affected countries. These brothers and sisters have had their freedoms and rights seized illegally by their companions who keep on fighting one another for their own interest on their own land.
We must give honour to the few who were persistent figures in the fight for freedom in the African continent. One of them is Steve Biko, who was butchered during his struggle for freedom for all black South Africans.
Nelson Mandela, the ex-freedom fighter, suffered brutalities and imprisonment.
Linguistic differences (Anglophone, Francophone) also contributed to numerous problems inflicted upon Africans. Africans, remember. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.
Dedicated to the Gambian President.
Author: by Assan Sallah