General News of Saturday, 2 December 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasized the need for the current slave trade ongoing in Libya to end.
Video footage by CNN captured youth from sub-Saharan countries being sold for $400(£300) in discreet locations in the North African country.
Leaders from Africa and Europe have since advocated for the resolution of such ‘barbaric’ acts.
Speaking at a meeting with French President, Emmanuel Macron, Nana Akufo-Addo said he was committed to seeing a resolution to the crisis in Libya as the situation is very dear to him and the country.
The President called on African leaders, with the help of the Western world to fast-track processes to end the act saying “it is a matter of primordial concern for us in this region. If we don’t come to grips with the situation in Libya, it is going to become difficult to come to grips with what I consider to be ancillary subsidiary matters that are taking place.”
‘Slave trade in Libya a mockery of African unity’
The President in an earlier tweet had also indicated that reports of African migrants in Libya being sold into slavery and being subjected to other atrocities make a mockery of African unity.
In a statement on social media, President Akufo-Addo condemned the slave auctions, which were brought to light in the special report by CNN.
“The current slave auctions of Africans in Libya are not only gross and scandalous abuses of human rights, but are also mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union (AU), of which Libya is a member,” President Akufo-Addo stated.