Gov't To Relocate Ghandi's Statue from UG

by Calvin Gyasi

Events unfolding on UG campus regarding the Ghandi must fall movement has taken another interesting twist as government has intervened. This intervention has been necessitated by the theft of the statue’s glasses by unknown individuals. Hence, the government has decided to relocate the statue that has caused so much controversy.
A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration explained that Ghana and India struck a diplomatic relationship in the early fifties when Nkrumah was Prime Minister. Since then, the two countries have shared common ideas on many issues of International concern.
The Ministry highlighted without fail, the fact that the statue was erected with the consent of the University of Ghana authorities and that the University was not forced to accept the statue.
Mahatma Gandhi is a revered icon to over one billion people due to his advocacy of fighting for freedom without the use of violence. The government fears bilateral ties with India might be strained or severed if Ghandi fall on University of Ghana campus hence the decision to remove it.
The statement released by the Ministry defends their acceptance of the statue by stating that :”While acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.”
Therefore the is urging Ghanaians to look beyond the comments and focus on the fact that Ghandi inspired many freedom movements.

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