24 August 2007

Nigeria: Slave Trade History Can Help Nigeria's Economy- Unesco, Uni-Abuja

The history of Nigeria's involvement in the slave trade could be used to boost tourism and culture, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the University of Abuja, said yesterday.

They have also asked that August 23, be designated as a special day of remembrance. It is 200 years since the transatlantic slave trade ended.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Nuhu Yaqub, who said the development centre in the University is handling the project, warned that it would be quite devastating for a country to forget its past if it was interested in building and developing its future.

Professor Nuhu Yaqub who condemned slave trade in its entirety said: 'It denudes the individual's right to liberty, personhood and any other exercise of freedom; there is no moral justification for enslavement. Though there are some attempts to consign the experience of the slave trade to trivial history, I find this impossible as its relics remains with us still.'

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