The Africa For Africans Movement has observed in utter disappointment the proceedings and outcome of the just-ended 18th African Union Summit.
The meeting which was convened from the 28th-31st of January and saw the attendance of over 39 African Heads of states and representatives was meant for our African leaders to afford the time to concur on a series of issues confronting Africa in the light of economic, political and security challenges. Aside from other decisions reached, the summit failed badly in the issue of pursuing security and justice for the African continent, especially with regards to the Libyan issue that has severely shaken the sense of security of all African citizens.
We commend our leaders, however, for the roles they are playing even in these, Africa's most challenging times of moving towards the realization of the Pan-African Dream.
However, as we have always taken keen interest in their various steps to move Africa forward, we had high expectations that our leaders would use such an occasion to condemn the apparent brutal and inhuman assassination of one of Africa's greatest Pan-Africanist heroes, Brother Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi, and also would have called for an investigation into his purported death.
Indeed, the circumstances surrounding the mysterious brutal assassination of Brother Gaddafi are not ones that inspire the African continent towards greater good, and they must not be swept silently under the carpet. This poses great questions on the whole of the African continent. Among these are, significantly, "Is Africa to be nothing more than a haven for any nonsense of imperialism?" and "Do our leaders work with a pan-African interest first?" and "What legacy are our African leaders leaving to nourish the hope of tomorrow's generations?" Without a doubt, these questions shake the integrity of the whole of the African continent.
Brother Colonel Gaddafi played a pivotal role in the relevance of the African Union, and saw to major developments on the African continent while resisting apartheid and imperialism. Is this how he is to be paid? The pain of his death continues to linger on in our minds and will forever remain a great blow to our leaders and the African continent as a whole. Keeping silent over his apparent brutal assassination would only impair Africa's democratic and fundamental growth in human rights.
The mark of African leadership must be that which speaks the truth, respects the fundamental human rights of all people and does not fear to point out where injustice has occurred. Silence and hypocrisy are not befitting an African leader and Africa For Africans Movement does not encourage hypocrisy in our African leaders. Silence over this African Truth only puts our continent in danger, as it threatens our African institutions and moral values and makes the continent a laughing-stock for the imperialists.
It therefore came as no surprise to Africa For Africans movement when Mr Ban Ki-moon took advantage of the silence of our African leaders on the brutal assassination of Brother Gaddafi, became emboldened, brushed the integrity of our leaders aside, and lectured them on why they should help to impose the Western Sub-culture of tolerance of homosexuality on Africans. Africa condemns the imperialistic attitude of Mr Ban towards our continent on the issue of homosexuality. We have our own destiny, and we can work out our own affairs.
The unwanted silence of our leaders is crippling Africa's democracy and unnecessarily emboldening imperialism and corruption on the continent. We therefore call upon our priceless African leaders to stand up for OUR truth and speak for Africa. Our leaders should not think we have placed Africa in their hands - no! - because Africa is larger than their hands. We have rather merely engaged their hands in hopes of constructing a brighter path for Africa.
We therefore call upon them to condemn, in the truth-speaking African spirit, the inhuman and brutal assassination of Colonel Gaddafi and to institute an investigation into his death. We also join the masses in calling for a just trial for Saif Al-Islam Al-Gaddafi.
True African leaders do not preside over injustice. The instability on the African land of Libya today - which puts the whole of the African continent under a security threat - is no doubt as a result of looking the other way in the face of gross injustice and disrespect for fundamental human rights. The Africa for Africans Movement believes one voice in our African matters will no doubt bolster trade and various manifestations of cooperation among African nations.
We believe in Africa, and we believe in our African leaders. Today's younger generation is watching them very closely. We have reposed much confidence in them to carve a great path for a brighter Africa. We therefore urge them not to condone the situation in Libya but to work assiduously towards the stability and peace of the African continent.
(CHAIRMAN, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE)
IDRISS SAJJAD TOPPOH