SOKOTO – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed to African leaders to utilise the African Liberation Day to achieve a successful decolonisation of the Western Sahara.
The Zonal Coordinator of the union in Sokoto, Dr Lawali Argungu, made the plea at a news conference in Sokoto to mark the 2015 African Liberation Day, marked annually on May 25.
“The General Assembly coming up in 2015 is another golden opportunity for our leaders and other well-meaning stakeholders to ensure that a lasting peace is achieved in the Western Sahara.
“This is because the UN is expected to bring up the issue of the region for discussion,” Argungu said.
He said that the country was statutorily not recognised as a sovereign nation but had been battling for independence for more than 50 years.
“Western Sahara is currently listed as a non-decolonised territory by the UN.
“The territory was colonised by the Spanish in 1884 and since then Western Ssahara has been fighting for freedom in exile,” the coordinator added.
Argungu said that the African Liberation Day was celebrated by Africans globally on May 25 for the purpose of reflection and reaffirmation of the determination to overcome all forms of oppression and exploitation.
He also said that the day was being used to strategise and coordinate to achieve genuine liberation and unity of Africa.
“It is also earmarked to engage all causes of mistrust, disunity and xenophobia among Africans.
“This historical day was celebrated consistently by the leaders of the Independent African States, now AU, for 57 years without effective and successful resolution of the decolonisation of the Western Sahara,” Argungu added. (NAN)
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