There is no doubt that slave trade was abstractly abolished in Africa as far as 18th century but the naked truth is that slave trade was terminated but slavery has never for once churned out of the surface of Africa, as Africans has continued to enslave themselves through various dubious and unscrupulous means.
Although we no longer witness the seemingly olden days slavery when our forefathers were been used as market commodities, exploited in their fathers’ land, cowed to work under intense condition just for feeding and clothing, exchanged as repayment of debts, chained with strong metal rings and drove around like camels by their oppressors, but we now witness a systematic and refined modern day slavery we inflict on ourselves in Africa.
Shortly after the American television broke the despicable story about the ongoing auction of African immigrants in Libya, in a modern-day open door slave market, some African leaders took to the media to register their dissatisfactions with the inhumane condition with little done to salvage the situation and help the people involved.
No doubt, Africans are the African problems and also equate the solution to the burgeoning problems across the region, as they can unanimously put an end to those problems when they are united and determined.
All I see so far is a public display of undue sobriety renting the atmosphere of Africa since the cruel Libya slavery was unveiled.
With the entire world frowning at the wretched and devastating scenario, neglecting the true cause of the horrendous situation, the notable question that has been flying around is about who takes the blame?
We obviously cannot blame the white men for our predicament this time around and little is the blame of the country where it thrives. The earlier the Africans take the blame on themselves and on their leaders, the better for them to liberate themselves from the deteriorating situation.
Libya cannot be used as a convenient place to park the blame for the international community’s failure to deal with a global migration crisis and they cannot be criticised for African leaders’ failure to make their various countries accommodating for those falling victims of slavery in their quest for greener pasture abroad.
Africa is facing a host of destructive plague influx, ranging from kidnapping, terrorism, corruption and the recently visible slavery to mention but a few.
Nonetheless, these hosts of problem are militating against the tranquility and prosperity of the region. The problems are escalating as a result of the nonchalant and corrupt attitudes of Africans, especially the African leaders.
According to different verifiable reports, 47per cent of Africans are living in abject poverty and 60 per cent of the population is under the age of 25 devastatingly, many of these young Africans are suffering from poverty and persecution, without improvement hope in sight.
How won’t such agile and healthy youths strive to migrate to other countries abroad for a better life?
Why the crocodile tears rolling on the cheeks of the African hypocrites, when the gap between the wealthy and the less privileged in Africa tends to be like a parallel line that never meets and our leaders use the leadership role to amass wealth for themselves, leaving the citizens to fend for themselves.
Positive change should be fought for if liberating Africa and Africans from the shambles and grave of calamities we dug for ourselves is the goal.
An end needs to come to the meagre and slave-like salary scheme our civil servants are being placed under while the government officials syphon the region’s treasury as bonus and allowances.
Africans need to wake up and decolonise themselves from the hands of our leaders, constitution and laws that don’t pave way for us to flourish and thrive in our father’s land.
We need to cry not for the victims of slavery, but fight tooth and nail both the visible and the invisible slavery bond that chained us together as citizens of the most populous black region.