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Monday, September 25, 2023

The African Union is a toothless bulldog


As we celebrate six decades of African Union since its establishment, the organisation has been in the forefront of disappointing Africans whose hopes and aspirations were reduced to nothing.

When one moves away throughout the continent of Africa, one will come to the conclusion that, this is a continent that is undergoing economic, political and even social comatose. The African Union which is an integrated organisation vested with the onus of welding Africans together despite our diversities and domestic political shortcomings but rather the organisation has taken a back sit and becoming a mere spectator at the detriment of the people.

The continent of Africa is bleeding as we are witnessing numerous inter and intra states conflicts within the geopolitical zone of Africa.

The neighbouring country of Senegal has not been at ease because of the outrageous political disagreement between the government and the separatist group whose primary ambition is to liberate the Casamance region. What has the African Union done to iron out that long-standing conflict in Senegal?

Movingly, the identity and resource-based conflict in southern Cameroon between the francophone segment and that of the anglophone which is a subordinate group. What has the African union done about that political barbarism in Cameroon where lots of innocent people including school children and powerless people were badly injured and many killed?

Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first prime minister and the first president of Ghana (then Gold Coast) may not have been a prophet but his words have been fulfilled over the years in which he said “we unite or we perish because the colonial master is not asleep and he might come through another draconian project.”

In addition, the desires of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his compatriots to propel themselves through different avenues of unity had been rendered useless, when the continental body responsible with the task of connecting Africans together via one umbilical cord failed to deliver.

What is an African union if not mere political organisation with no merit?

The organisation of African Unity should have called for an urgent ordinary session to discuss thoroughly the political unrests in Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Sudan and Afghanistan rather than discussing ways and means to self-perpetuate themselves on the throne.

The economic organ of the organisation which the African Development Bank is now under the custody of international partners like the United States of America being the second largest shareholder in the continental bank which is Africanised by name but administratively run by the west. Where are our leaders Africa?

The African Union has failed which gave the propensity to the two global economic enslavers inclusively the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to impose conditions on African countries in their quest for grants and loans. No one should be surprised if lesbianism is continentally agreed to be practiced. The Ugandan government under the administration of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had taken a right approach to formally pass the resolution in the House of Representatives to impose legal consequences on whosoever practices it. What is the essence of Africa Development Bank under the auspices of the African Union?

In conclusion, the African Union should wake up from her slumber and begin to do the right things for the people and the continent of Africa through cross-fertilisation and cross-pollination of ideas as we look to build a vibrant continent. We can never be developed if we are always at perpetual conflict within ourselves.

Africa is yet to be liberated because the mind is the standard portion of the mind and ours are caged.`

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