By Iddi Yire/Haruna Abdulai, GNA
Accra, Sept 9,
GNA - Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Ghana, has attributed the recent xenophobia attacks on other African nationals
in South Africa to economic failure of African countries.
He noted that
the events in South Africa were very significant, because they contain lessons
which should be taken serious.
blame the people who went on the attacks, many want to retaliate, all manner of
things. But I think, for me, the important point that comes out of that event
is it reflects the failure of states of Africa to provide adequately for all
its people," Prof Sawyerr said.
made the remarks at the climax of his 80th birthday celebration public lectures
celebration (September 5-6) was on the theme: “Celebrating a Life of Academic
Excellence, Public Service, Thought Leadership and Activism”.
popularly known as Aki to many, was born on 24th March, 1939.
He said the
reason for the xenophobia attacks in South Africa would be linked to the nature
of the economies of African countries and how they were being managed.
that are created between the top small number, who get all the benefits and
nobody else. It is that gap, combined with the failure to explain to the ones
who are down that your enemy is not your neighbour or the person from across
the border," he stated.
"It is a
reflection of the failure of the economies, which we all run. They don't take
their frustration out on the whites bosses or the Chinese or the Indians, they
take it out on other Africans.....So, that to me is another of the failures we
are talking about".
noted that those who engage in the xenophobia attack in South Africa fail to
appreciate the commonness of their Africaness.
don't see the Zimbabwean, the Ghanaian and the Nigerian as a brother, as they
should. That again is a failure of our quest for Pan-Africanism, African Unity
and all of that," he said.
whenever we are meeting at the top, the leaders are talking a lot, however,
they are not generating that spirit," adding that there was hope that
Africa could still make it.