Abuja - Africa's most powerful leaders have agreed that a government was needed for the poorest continent to hold its own among the world's other regional blocs. Revisiting an idea that goes back decades and was once championed under the banner of "pan-Africanism" by Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah, the leaders said the union should not only be of governments but also of the African people.
"The necessity for eventual union government is not in doubt," said a collective statement at the end of a two-day conference in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Participants included President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, the second most populous, and President Thabo Mbeki.
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