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ACCRA (Web Desk) – Professors and students at the University of Ghana are calling for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the campus grounds in Accra, due to the racist attitude of the Indian leader.

More than 1,200 people have signed a petition demanding the Gandhi statue be pulled down, citing comments he is claimed to have made that are offensive to black Africans, The Independent reported.

The statue was paid for by India and unveiled by the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, during a visit to the University of Ghana in June this year.

But the petitioners say calls for its removal began almost immediately “after it came to the notice of members of the university community and the general public”.

“However great Gandhi is; he may be great for the Indians, but for us we have our own heroes, men and women in African history that we don’t know about them. So we need our own heroes because they are the ones who can inspire us” said  Chairman of the Kwabena Nketia Center for Africana Studies, Prof. Kofi Asare Opoku.