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Libya Slave Auctions Hurt African Unity, Says Ghanaian President

Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has criticised Libya over migrant slave markets, saying the abuses call into question wider African unity.

A outcry over the auctions is expected to dominate discussions between African Union and European Union at a two-day summit starting Wednesday in Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan.

Akufo-Addo condemned the practice in a post on his Twitter account late on Tuesday, calling it “gross and scandalous” abuse of human rights.

But he also said the auctions made “mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union, of which Libya is a member”.

The AU has called for “urgent measures” to stop the abuse of black Africans in Libya, which critics say has been fuelled by EU-Libyan cooperation to curb migrant crossings to Europe.

The EU for its part said it would pressure the UN-backed government in Libya to prosecute the slave traders and push for improvements in conditions at migrant detention centres.

Akufo-Addo’s criticism came as his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Abidjan and said it was appalling that his compatriots were being sold “like goats”.

He vowed to repatriate and rehabilitate all Nigerians stranded in Libya, and reduce the numbers heading for Europe illegally via north Africa, his office said in a statement Wednesday.

One of the men shown in the footage of the slave auctions, which was broadcast by US network CNN on November 14, was said to be Nigerian.

Nigerians are among the nations with the highest number of undocumented migrants trying to make the treacherous crossing to Europe from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea.

AFP

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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  3. Exactly pls old Libya government responsible, let there be investigations into these sir… Africans must know the details of what transpired in Libya to our beloved brothers and sisters …….

  4. 💔 I stand against slave trade 😢😢 It’s such a shame what the citizens of great Nigeria go through just to migrants to other countries for better life. I can’t even begin to explain what I have seen my brothers and sisters go through FOR greencards, marrying people they don’t want to, paying spouse as business and yet still getting demands of sex FOR greencard sake. To top all this, my brothers and sisters are being sold out in Libya🇱🇾 treated with the worst CRUELTY in 2017? Total wrong and INHUMAN!!!
    Why should we run away from the land of our birth?
    If opportunity of good living was in Nigeria will any one want to endanger their life’s to travel to Europe by road, desert and sea?
    Nigeria is a land flowing with milk and honey.
    It’s time to force our government to do the right thing.
    It’s time to demand for our rights.
    It’s time to say enough is enough to our leaders.
    It’s time for every states to get two or more international standard medical systems
    It’s time for 24hours electricity, with this people can create and run their own businesses, investors can come into Nigeria and there will be job opportunities.
    It’s time to build refineries instead of stupidly taking our wealth out there.
    It’s time for good roads
    Time for good school
    I say no to CORRUPTION
    I say no to SLAVERY
    I say no to our Government traveling and sending their children-abroad for schools, medical treatment and good life while the poor suffer in penury.

    God bless great NIGERIA 🇳🇬
    God bless Africa 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  5. Col.Gadaffi regime was better than this present regime.

  6. Charity begins from home, Ghana government get fault too, many Nigerians been detained in Ghana prison without right to fair hearing n justice n medical. Africa leaders have failed Africans

  7. Which Africa, which Unity, even you, a president does not know that Arab Africans and Black- Africans have nothing in common, rather to due perpetual black Africans weaknesses and ever abiding subserviency, we allowed people who have stollen our land and driven away the original blacks owners of the present all Arabs occupied North Africa. Their current evil ways of selling blacks into slavery, is the continuation of their subjugation, which the Arabs started in the 15th century, and here we are talking of nonexisting African unity. Thanks.

  8. Thank God that at least the African leaders have started condemning the enslavement of it’s captured citizens by Lybia. After the condemnations, what follow? As at now, some wicked African despots or u called them leaders, are ganging up to pull out of ICC, ( this evil plan made D. Trump to labeled African leaders as selfish, rubbishing the African acclaimed independence & also calling for recolonization of Africa) Back to the issue; will the African leaders able to take any concrete action to free it’s enslaved citizens at Lybia or they are just barking? Would they also now shun the corruption tendency & make their country more habitable, conducive & discourage its citizens from illegally migrating to Lybia or elsewhere?

  9. Thank God that at least the African leaders have started condemning the enslavement of it’s captured citizens by Lybia. After the condemnations, what follow? As at now, some wicked African despots or u called them leaders, are ganging up to pull out of ICC, ( this evil plan made D. Trump to labeled African leaders as selfish, rubbishing the African acclaimed independence & also calling for recolonization of Africa) Back to the issue; will the African leaders able to take any concrete action to free it’s enslaved citizens at Lybia or they are just barking? Would they also now shun the corruption tendency & make their country more habitable, conducive & discourage its citizens from illegally migrating to Lybia or elsewhere?

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