Area boys or others? No one is certain yet; but the Mahatma Ghandi statue which has been defaced still stands, but cannot reveal the perpetrators of the despicable act
The Mahatma Ghandi statue at the University of Ghana campus, Legon, has been defaced. This is after some senior members of the University petitioned the institution’s council to pull down the statue. The actual time of the incident has not been known, but the action is believed to have taken place under the cover of darkness on Monday.
Also, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the act. Reports however, have begun circulating, suggesting that some unknown supporters of the #GhandiMustFall movement are responsible for the action. The movement comprises of a group of protesters pushing for the removal of the Indian independence icon.
Before now, there have been calls from different educational stakeholders for the removal of the statue. A former Director of the Institute of African Studies, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, began a campaign in September, demanding that the statue be removed from the University of Ghana campus.
The professor alongside others who supported the campaign, demanded the removal of the statue on the grounds that Mahatma Gandhi was a racist against black people, and honouring him sets the wrong example for students. Another academic at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr. Obadéle Kambon also joined the campaign, urging the University council to consider the petition.
However, it was argued by some stakeholders that pulling down the statue was unnecessary. Ghana’s former High Commissioner to India, Professor Mike Ocquaye who had the strongest of the counter opinions said that demolishing the statue could affect the relationship between India and Ghana.
Notwithstanding, the controversial statue has been badly defaced as can be seen in the image above, and no one has claimed responsibility yet.