The All Africa Students Union (AASU), has condemned the mani-pulation of constitutions by some African leaders to perpetuate their stay in power.
The AASU asked African leaders to exercise their political power within the framework of the law, and respect the fundamental principles governing the management of the state.
This was contained in a press statement released and signed by Fred Awaah, General Secretary of the AASU, to mark the African Union Day yesterday.
It said it was important for people to understand the establishment of real democratic systems, good governance and independent judiciary to resolve the problems confronting the continent.
The statement said the African continent was engulfed in internal armed conflicts, civil and ethnic wars and depletion of natural resources, whereas the ideals of the forefathers for the continent were to unite the continent and promote economic integration.
It added that “for those who still have the continent and its future at heart, the day of “AU” should be an occasion for sober reflection and debate on the current political, economic and social situations of the continent”.
In another development, Youth Without Borders — Ghana, in a statement signed by Frimpong Musa, an AU Youth Ambassador, has asked young Africans to help design the new Africa every youth aspires to live in.
“As a continent, we have come to agree to accept the fact that the future belongs to our youth,” the statement said.
It said recent comments by the continent leaders made it clear that the youth were the leaders of today and not only the future.
The statement said “any challenge must be well communicated and dispensed to all young Africans at all levels, to ensure that they truly spearhead the current phase of Africa’s development.”
By Times Reporter