ONE factor which differentiates Africans overseas from people of other continents is their sense of brotherliness.

Wherever they may find themselves, Africans have the tendency to bond together, and extend a hand of support to their compatriots in need.

They simply stand by each other.

That, perhaps, is the reason why Africa is considered as a single nation, and the people are treated in foreign countries as one people and not nationals of different countries.

We are, indeed, one people with a common destiny; our front was only divided by the foreign powers which invaded and colonised us. They decided to split the continent among themselves to advance their individual colonial agendas.

On Friday, our leaders in the sub-region demonstrated that sense of belongingness which The Times considers worthy of praise.

Upon hearing the news of the disaster that befell Ghana last Wednesday, in which about two hundred lives were lost, our neighbours-Togo, La Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal-dispatched delegations to Accra, to ascertain the extent of harm caused, and to commiserate with the government and people.

It is noteworthy that the Togolese and Ivorian delegations were jointly led by the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, who declared solidarity with Ghana in its period of difficulty, saying, “We are the same people, so whatever affects you equally affects us.”

The Times highly commends the leaders for their show of support, and wishes that this message will be drummed home to all the people on the continent also that, our unity should be exhibited at all levels of the social ladder.

Similarly, all Ghanaians should take a cue from this exemplary act of the sub-regional leaders and unite to seek solutions to this perennial problem of flooding.

This problem transcends politics; indeed, all the successive governments are equally to blame for paying lip-service to it.

We have a collective responsibility to tackle the problem and find a lasting solution to it.

Disasters know no party colours; thus we must bury our political differences in these trying times and work as a people with a common goal.

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