Ladies and Gentlemen.
Because of limited time I would like to make only three proposals in this speech to the 53 countries of the African continent.
The first one is that we African nations should be united in deciding not to import weapons for our arms forces.
That would include not only weapons of mass destruction or WMS's but also even conventional arms.
In Japan's post war constitution, the role of their so called "Self Defense Forces" was greatly restricted and foreign military adventures or expeditionary combat related campaigns in alliance with others did not, until now, happen.
Japan's defense spending was limited to about one percent of its GNP and its self defense forces concentrate on disaster relief and humanitarian missions. Japan has a lot of typhoons and earthquakes to keep them busy and they are even available for riots or crowd control but such a situation did not yet arise.
It is interesting to note that because of Japan's modest investment in its own defense forces they were able to sell consumer goods to such cold war rivals as America and Russia who were big league military spenders.
Japan could achieve economic success by stating away from heavy military spending, and America and Russia actually fell behind Japan in certain fields because of that.
Ladies and gentlemen, here in Africa imported arms have brought nothing but misery, destruction, corruption and death to our African continent. All 53 of our African states should talk about making a ban against all western and Asian arms imports.
What are we afraid of?
Do we think the U.S.A wants to invade the republics of Benin or Uganda and overwhelm their less than 3,000 man army?
It is not Asia and the West that we are afraid of the truth is as everybody knows we are afraid of ourselves and we worry about the security of our western created borders, isn't such a situation a kind of nonsense?
Now we are gathered here to declare our unity and solidarity with each other. We should all act as one in renouncing the use of arms for resolving it is for the people outside of our continent, making a nuclear free zone should be more easier for us.
The money we can save from buying weapons from overseas would help our nation state to educate young African in some fields like agriculture, medicine, Information-Technology or it. And especially in vocational or technical skills that would be able to give jobs to our young people and develop our countries. A lot of money would be left over for improving our infrastructure, too.
The implementation of that policy would help us to avoid impoverishing, braindrain situation.
My second proposal is that each of our nation states should think about how to teach patriotism to our young people as part of their school lessons.
Even if many of our countries were artificially created they are officially independent states, — love of one's own country — are essential for any kind of progress.
The third proposal is the suggestion of how to make our dream of African union real and to safeguard our cultural identity?
We should decide upon an official continent — Wide African Language, founder president Sukarno of Indonesia gave a valuable example to all of us by choosing a minor dialect of Indonesia as the model for the new national language of Bahasa Indonesia, that language was non-controversial.
The future head of the African union should be a fluent speaker of that language which must be a genius African language.
As a practical suggestion, each of the five regions of Africa could decide upon a regional language and each nation state could decide upon its own national language, this does not mean we are abolishing our western languages which are also important.
On a related subject we should promote our own culture; we should ask our leaders to wear native clothing as the Nigerian president Obasanjo does.
Finally, we should incorporate in our national curriculums the name of great pan Africanists and their biographies the names which come to mind now are:
- Samory Touré
- El Hadj Omar
- Bio Guéra
- Desmond Tutu
- Wole Shoinka
- Kofi Annan
- Kwame Nkruma
- Cheikh Anta Diop
- Sékou Touré
- Amani Toumani Touré
(And so on)