By Arnaldo Cuamba
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, that despite the abolition of slavery, Africans remain poor so it is imperative to take some time to identify the real causes of the situation.
He spoke during the high-level breakfast on the Passage Recognition of the 400th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, organized by his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, according to State owned news agency, AIM.
“It is true that we are no longer slaves, but we are still poor.” Nyusi said adding that Africans need to study the form of slavery that they are facing, if it is due to the lack of human capital, or to the full realization of their potential, intelligence and resources.
“The time has come for us to reflect and try to understand our origins, where we are and where we want to go because things are not advancing in the way we would want to be,” he said.
Speaking during the event, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said that some African leaders of the past allowed the colonization of the continent and the slave trade to thrive. It is therefore up to the leaders of present and future generations to ensure that this never happens again, he said.
“Africa’s problems are mainly endogenous, but exploited by exogenous factors. People from outside take advantage of the weaknesses of the African people. ”
Kenyan President and event organizer Uhuru Kenyatta said Africans should put aside the inferiority complex and invited the brothers in the diaspora to return to the continent.
“For this, we are united,” President Kenyatta said calling for the full participation of the diaspora of the population in the new rebirth and revitalization of Africa.