By Malawi Freedom Network
The University Students in Ghana have taken down the statue of India’s independence icon, Mahatma Gandhi which was erected at the recreational quadrangle of the university.
For some time, students and lecturers of the University have been calling for the removal of the statue for what they said was ‘Gandhi’s racist image’.
Through an online petition launched in 2016, over 2,000 signatures were realised.
The petitioned was enhanced after some students had earlier defaced the statue in a protest.
On Wednesday, on the University of Ghana Campus, some men in the company of the university security, were seen demolishing the statue of the civil rights leader, which was placed right behind the Balme Library.
“We received an order from above and we can’t tell you why it is being taken down,” a University of Ghana official is reported to have told the campus radio station, Radio Univers.
The statue was donated to the University of Ghana by the Indian President Prenab Mukherjee in 2016.
However, some Ghandi defenders argued that, his actions and work for humanity, should outweigh his words and some comments he made against blacks in the past.