New Delhi: Professors at the University of Ghana has filed a petition seeking the removal of late Indian independence fighter Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the campus allegedly over Gandhi’s perception of South African people.

However, the government has maintained that the removal of the statue will be for its own safety as it will be shifted towards a safer location. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in June by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

But one of the petitioners, Obadele Kambon, has urged the government of Ghana that the removal of Gandhi’s statue should be followed by sending the statue back to India.

“We don’t think the statue would be well received anywhere in Ghana,” said Kambon.

Gandhi spent two decades in South Africa fighting for civil rights for the Indian workers there. However, his description of South Africans as ‘savages’ is the thorn in this issue.

According to the petition, Gandhi’s ‘racist identity’ is the reason why his statue will be removed from the varsity.

“While acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve,” Ghana’s statement said. “He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.”