Public Relations Officer of the University of Ghana, Mad. Stella Amoah has explained that the removal of the statue of Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi from the campus of the university was to maintain the country bilateral relations with the South Asian country.
In an interview with UniversNews, she noted that the decision to remove the statue was arrived at following a discussion between Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and University management.
“The statue was erected on the Legon campus in the recreational quadrangle in June 2016 and following that there was some controversies surrounding it coming from members of the university community, and so through the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration intervened and with discussions with University management as well as university council decision was taken to remove the Mahatma Gandhi statue” she noted.
“A statue is placed at the university and members of the community have opposed it and management listened to them…government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration intervened and because of bilateral relations they have decided to relocate the statue to a new location” Mad. Stella Amoah added
Early Wednesday morning, some men, in the company of university security, were seen demolishing the statue of the civil rights leader which stood at the hearts of the University.
When UniversNews asked why they were taking it down, they said they had “received an order from above” and could not speak to why or who exactly had given the order.
The hashtag #GandhiMustFall trended on social media in Ghana and in South Africa simultaneously, after the unveiling of the Statue by then Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ernest Aryeetey and the Indian President.
However, some Gandhi defenders argued that his actions and work for humanity should outweigh his words and some comments he made against blacks in the past.
On 5th October 2016, the Government of Ghana under President Mahama announced through the Foreign Affairs Ministry that the statue would be relocated.
Story by: Khadijah Latif/universnewsroom.com