The Executive Director of Africa Centre for Peace Building, Korsi Senyo has described the Xenophobic Attacks that is occurring in South Africa is a disaster and shameful.
He made this comment whiles speaking on their upcoming 1st West Africa Peace Dialogue scheduled for September 20-21, 2019 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra-Ghana in an interview with Joy Kizito Gobey on awake TV’s Time With Kizito programme.
According to the pan-Africanist and the peace advocate, “now that Africans must come together to eat from one bowl, they are rather coming together to kill their fellow Africans.”
“This is a disaster and shameful development and a threat to Africa Unity” – he told the host, Joy Kizito Gobey.
Mr. Senyo noted that recent times, Africa is an experiencing a new trend of conflicts – the xenophobic attacks which he said is rather Afrophobic attacks adding that it is worrying similar situations is happening between Ghana and Nigeria that is the ongoing trade-feud which if not resolved can degenerate into a situation that cannot be controlled.
He said, as civil society organizations whose principles are built on peace, it is very important they come tother to solve the challenged hence the need to organize the upcoming West Africa Peace Dialogue.
About the Peace Dialogue:
The Dialogue which is on the theme “Sustaining Regional Peace To Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa” is being organized by pro-peace civil society organizations, the Africa Centre for Peace Building, Global Educators for All Initiatives, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa with media partnership from the AMN (publishers of Awake Newspaper & Awake Africa Magazine) and FNnewsroom.com
The event seeks to “explore how best citizens of the West African states can promote sisterhood, peace and trade for the development of the people whiles taking into account national laws and international treaties.”
Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB, Korsi Senyo in an earlier press statement copied Awake News said “In recent times, Africa is experiencing a new trend of conflict – homophobic attacks which were witnessed in South Africa. The most recent is Ghana and Nigeria trade feud and this development if not curb will become a serious threat to Africa Unity.”
“We, as organizations with a strong foundation built on the principles of peace and harmony see peaceful co-existence among neighbouring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which lead to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest.” – he said
Mr. Senyo noted that “adherence to national laws without key references to regional treaties signed by states within the region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.”
On the format of the event, he said “The dialogue will have keynote addresses and panel discussions where speakers and high personalities will be assembled from the business community, law, media, academia and governments to discuss specific areas. This will have the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers and panellists on the issues.”
“The second section will focus on research paper presentation where researchers who have done some works on the areas of such conflicts will help find some of underpinning factors to such conflict and how they can be resolved.”
He has since called on the media, corporate bodies to support the programme.
“We use to use this media to call on the media, corporate bodies and development partners within the West Africa sub-region and beyond to support this dialogue.”