On her part, Sr. Teresa Okure of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) who participated in the drafting of the declaration, has urged Africans to liberate themselves from world powers that seem keen “to take possession of Mama Africa,” specifying China.
“We are like town criers calling on all Africans at home and abroad to wake up and let us team up to liberate ourselves and our beloved continent from the shackles of colonialism, neo-colonialism, multifaceted exploitation and the insidious, subtle agenda of the Chinese to take possession of Mama Africa and populate it with the unwanted excess of its two billion population,” Sr. Teresa says in a message shared with ACI Africa on the occasion of Africa Day.
She adds in reference to those keen on exploiting Africa, “They will not succeed, by God’s grace, unless we fail to cooperate with God. May God forbid that we should allow them.”
The professor of New Testament and gender hermeneutics at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria adds, “This Declaration is a town crying “Wake Up” call to all Africans. Once we are fully awake and aware together, we can take progressively swift and sustainable actions together to arrive at our goal.”