Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Libyan leader, Mouamar Kadhafi, on Tuesday said the huge sacrifices made by Africa and the long list of martyrs for independence and freedom would not make sense unless the continent was united.
This would ensure the future of coming generations and also face all challenges for development inside countries and the dangers from an outside world.
In a speech at African Renaissance Monument in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, he said individual African countries would have no future.
He said African national armies will not be able to face other armies such as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), protect African beaches, whether against the pillaging of their maritime resources or the dumping of waste from industrialized countries.
“I, today, speak to African populations, young men, intellectuals and traditional leaders, to tell them that they should unite,” said Kadhafi in the presence of several African presidents and thousands of young men and women from countries from Africa and the Diaspora.
He said those who led countries must either listen to the voices of the masses, the voices of young men and women demanding unity or to step down.
“From here, I call for a referendum on African unity. The result will be that one billion Africans will vote 'yes' as against a few presidents who will say 'no.'”
According to him, that minority who refused the unity of the African continent was actually trying to continue to exploit Africa and to keep on separating Africans or continuing the slavery project.
Kadhafi said Africa would never have any presence on the world map unless there was unity, a unique African government, a single identity and a unique army.
-0- PANA AD/BY/FA/AAS/MSA/MA 14Dec2010