African Union is a 'useless caricature' – Bernard Mornah
Bernard Anbataayela Mornah, a Pan Africanist has described the African Union (AU) as a useless entity and with no sense of purpose and direction.
He said this in an interview with Info Radio on the occasion of the commemoration of the African Union Day on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
Bernard Mornah contested that the African intergovernmental organization has failed in its objective of promoting unity and solidarity among African states inter alia.
He cited that in Ghana, the AU Day which is supposed to be an African Liberation Day, a day for sober reflection on the progress of Africa, is not recognized worthy of celebration as the day is now a commemorative day and no more a holiday in the edicts of Ghana.
He said if the AU was important, it would have been given due recognition and celebrated as such.
He averred that the current crop of African leaders do not have what it takes to propel Africa to where the visionaries for the formation of the AU envisaged.
He said they lack unity of purpose and each leader has their own parallel, parochial self-centered agendum for Africa.
He opined that Africa will only break away from its bondage of seamless dependence when leaders of the present caliber phase out.
On the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a 15-member regional group with a mandate to promote economic integration among West African states, Bernard Mornah said it is another ‘failed, useless entity’ with no cause towards a united Africa.
He said the ECOWAS started long ago advocating a united currency (the Eco) which is yet to see the light of day.
He said the “Eco is coming soon” mantra has been sang by successive governments but has since not come to fruition because “we have bad leaders.”
Bernard Mornah urged African youths to look forth beyond their immediate environments towards building the Africa they yearn for.
He admonished that development in only one locality cannot be said as a developed Africa but rather a holistic development in all parts of Africa.
He further advised that political parties will come and go again and again but the African race will always remain.
Bernard Anbataayela Mornah is an activist, a pan-Africanist, an internationalist, a politician and an entrepreneur. He is the immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) and the 2020 Parliamentary candidate for the PNC in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency.
He is a Programme Development Officer and a Research Fellow, with many years of commitment to research on local and international development and public policy issues.