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Group urges Buhari to affirm Nigeria’s role in tackling Africa’s problems

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The Nigerian Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS) yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to affirm Nigeria’s credible and just position to proffer solutions to Africa’s challenges.

He said the President should do this during his visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

In a statement by its Coordinator, Dr. Oladipo Fashina, the group said there was uncertainty surrounding Nigeria’s credible, admirable, principled and just position in confronting Africa’s problems as it did in previous years.

“Does Nigeria still stand credible and admirable, principled and just in its position in confronting the continent’s problems? Does Nigeria still value the respect our country had all over the world during the anti-colonial struggles in Africa?

Has Nigeria’s principled and decisive role in the decolonisation of Africa been jettisoned in the present, especially during the struggle for Western Sahara’s independence?

“Has the Nigerian government reversed, or is the Nigerian government about to reverse history and accept the Moroccan colonisation of Western Sahara? Is the Nigerian government going to resist the profits from Morocco’s illegal colonial rule of Western Sahara?” the statement reads.

While urging the President to review Nigeria-Morocco dealings on the basis of the European Union (EU) Court judgments and the African Union Legal Opinion (AULO), the group said recent developments were evident that the country was losing its political integrity and credibility on Western Sahara.

The group, therefore, advised the President to act in accordance with the African Union (AU)’s decree through the African Union Commission’s framework on exploitation of natural resources in Western Sahara.

“Morocco should not enter into any agreement with any other state, group of states or foreign companies for exploration or exploitation of renewable or non-renewable natural resources in the Western Sahara,” the statement added.


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