Chris Steven, Abuja
Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to lead other African countries in breaking diplomatic ties with Morocco over its refusal to grant economic and political independence to Western Saharawi Republic.
Falana also asked President Buhari intensify efforts with African states by imposing varying sanctions towards pressuring Morocco to grant Independence to Western Sahara Republic.
Saharawi which has been occupied by Morocco since
1975 is the Africa’s last colony.
Falana noted that such sanctions must be tailored towards showing their displeasure towards Morocco for not obeying the stance of the African Union on Western Sahara.
According to Falana, since Morocco has withdrawn itself from the African Union (AU), African countries should treat Morocco as a leprous child and refuse to have any dealings with them while also galvanizing support from within and outside the continent towards ensuring that no country is colonized in Africa, worse still by another African country.
Falana made the assertions while delivering a paper at an International Conference put together by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) themed “Towards the Liberation of Africa’s Last Colony” held at the Shehu Musa Yardua Centre, Abuja.
His words: “The new government of President Muhammadu Buhari should intensify the call for the emancipation and liberation of western sahara. Concretely and it is crystal clear that the people of Western Sahara have to take their destinies in their hands but they need support from the African Union and other countries in Africa for support towards ensuring that the last colony gains its freedom.
Since Morocco has pulled out of the African Union, the first step to take is that we must break diplomatic relations with morocco to pressure them to recognize the independence of the people of Western Sahara. We should mobilize opinion against them.
We do not need to apologise to them. Other African nations who belief in freedom and independence must be rallied to ensure that Western Sahara gets their desired freedom”