Translator Olliver Wichmann's foreword: This translation is not an endorsement of LEGIDA. However, in order to discuss this movement’s aims and merits, one has to analyse what they actually say in public. More importantly, where they are right and where not or how they frame events in order to further their agenda.
Hello Leipzig! Hello to the German people. I know it is dangerous and unusual that a black person, a black African is engaged in a movement. But that’s because I stand for justice – for one. Secondly, I was born in Germany. Though I’m not a German citizen, however through Germany – thanks to Germany, I was born. When I was born, there were complications – and I was near death. But German doctors found a solution and my mother used to tell me that if I had been born in Africa, I would have been dead, because at that time, there was no technology for it. That’s why I’m grateful for Germany.
Who has caused misery in Africa, who has caused poverty in Africa? It’s not the German citizens, it’s not the European citizens, and it’s not the American citizens. These wars, poverty, plundering of resources, torture, slavery, colonialism – that was not caused by German citizens. These were certain elites. And that’s why a well-known man from Africa, who unfortunately was murdered, Thomas Sankara, once said: “The humans, the folks who plunder or exploit the peoples, the world population are the same. They have a common enemy. The people who exploit Europe are the same who exploit Africa, that’s what I fight against.”
Well, I’m going to address two points quickly: The first is about immigration. I’m in favour of immigration, but qualitative immigration. I’m not going to accept that in Cameroon, my home country, we shall have mass immigration. Someone from Syria is never going to accept; someone from Saudi-Arabia is never going to accept; someone from Afghanistan is never going to accept that there will be mass immigration to his country. Rather, he would be in favour of qualitative immigration – and this is what is needed in Germany.
We want quality. We want competence. We want power. We want knowledge. We don’t want [unintelligible]. We don’t want murderers. We don’t want criminals. We don’t want the lazy and stupid. Germany is a country where work and diligence is expected. I know it, because I studied here. My father studied here. My grandfather studied here so I know it.
If you want to help Africa, if you want to help Syria or if you want to help poor countries you’ll need to leave those countries alone. But as of today, the elites have been controlling and plundering resources. I know it. But many Africans who live there possibly don’t. I know it, because my father was a diplomat. He was a mayor too, so I saw Africa’s wealth with my own eyes. Africa is not poor, Africa is so rich! Germany needs not take in these people, Africans and provide with paper money, because these people have gold, diamonds, cobalt, coltan – they’ve got everything in abundance.
What we need is that your elites, the economy, your elites have to leave these countries alone. Then the next day our countries – that’s why say to the fascists over there, that they haven’t got an idea about what is going on in Africa – no idea. I, my father was a mayor, this isn’t – I don’t pride myself with it, you know why I’m here. I have – I know what it is all about. I know my father, he was a colonel, he almost became a general – he even was in Germany. He saw what has been going on in Africa.
Our politicians are threatened. When they are alone, if you leave them alone, Africa will develop within the next five years. Even all the Africans living here will return, because there would be so much wealth. That’s why I’d like to say, these people, these politicians have to leave Europe alone. They have to stop everything, liberate those countries, liberate Africa, release entirely – that’s my message.
Finally, I’m going to talk about the effect, talk the effect of the people, but I think, in Germany one has to talk about resurrection, because the German people isn’t asleep – the German people is dead. And when you are dead, you need a ghost, some power to reanimate the corpse or resurrect it or to provoke, we want a particular force. And this force, which will cause the people to resurrect, is patriotism.
Without patriotism you cannot accomplish anything. However, with patriotism you can develop talents, those talents – this hero inside of each and every one of us can be activated. With patriotism, you can move mountains. With patriotism you can move, shake lakes – because I’m a patriot. This is a matter from the heart; it has nothing to do with your head. One has to be a patriot. You fascists, you have to be patriots. You have to love your country. That’s my message today.