Stand up and admit your ancestors played a crucial part in the trade of 11 million human beings from Africa. This is what Nigeria’s Civil Rights Congress is suggesting.
In an interview with BBC World Service The World Today programme, the Head of the Congress Shehu Sani said:
“We want to set the record straight and correct the distortion of history and to close this chapter.”
He also said that: “African governments cannot apologise because it wasn’t the governments that were involved, it was the traditional institutions that were involved.”
When I looked around for more blogs and news stories on this I didn’t come across much which surprised me because there are so many posts about the United States and Britain apologising over their role in the slave trade. Why isn’t this an issue in Africa?