The Curator of the Slave Museum Calabar Enya Imoke has lamented that the fight for reparation for slavery suffered by Africans ended following the death of the Pillar of Sports in Africa, Chief MKO Abiola.
The curator noted that what Africans suffered in the hands of Europeans exceeds what the Jews suffered but unlike the Jews who received reparation, Africans have not been recompensed for what they suffered.
Enya made this known in Calabar as part of activities to the International Day for the Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Trans-Atlantic Trade. The theme for this year’s event is: “Remember slavery: the power of the art for justice”.
The day which is commemorated annually on March 25 to raise awareness of the struggle and to empower those who have been affected by slavery charged youths to stay back and develop the country rather than seeking greener pastures in Europe.
According to him, “The late Moshood Abiola was the only person who started the fight that Africa should be given reparation for what it suffered from the Europeans if the Jews could receive reparation from Germany for the murder of Jews during the Second World War.
“Abiola started the fight and died with it and since he died nobody has brought up the matter for Europe to pay reparation to Africa for the lives lost during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade”, he said.
Enya said contrary to what obtained in the past when Europeans came to Africa to capture slaves, it was no longer the Europeans coming to Africa to ship slaves to plantations abroad but Africans has given themselves as slaves to Europe.
He said today our young girls and boys go abroad to work as prostitutes and do all sorts of odd jobs that were detrimental to them.
“See what Nigerians are suffering in Libya and when most of them are repatriated, they come with just their t-shirts and shorts and start life all over again.
“If you are here and work patiently, you will achieve success, it is a gradual process because not even Rome or America where our youths want to run to were built in a day.
“Our leaders are not even helping matters because they are not willing to learn and there bad leadership is actually a major factor pushing many of our youths out.
According to Enya, Nigeria was not doing enough to remember what it went through during the era of slave trade and called on Nigerians to be conscious of its history so as not to repeat previous errors.