The Sokoto Zonal Coordinator of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Lawali Argungu has called on African leaders to strategies and ensure proper coordination for the liberation of the Western Sahara from decolonization.
He made the call at a Press briefing to mark the 2015 African Liberation Day in Sokoto on Thursday.
According to Argungu, the United Nations will be expected to bring up the issue of lasting peace in the Western Sahara at the General Assembly, sheduled to hold some times this year. “That will be another opportunity for our African leaders and other well-meaning stakeholders to ensure that a lasting peace is achieved in the western sahara.”
He explained that the Western Sahara is a territory that is bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and Atlantic Ocean in the northwest Africa; adding that it was not recognised as a sovereign entity because it is still trying to gain independence for the past 50 years now.
“The Western Sahara is currently listed as a non-decolonized territory by the United Nations. It was colonised by the Spanish in 1884 and since then, Western Sahara has been fighting for freedom in exile,” Argungu stressed.
He further said that the African Liberation Day was celebrated by Africans globally to reflect as well as reaffirm the region’s determination to fight oppression and exploitation.
“It is also earmarked to engage all causes of mistrust, disunity and xenophobia among Africans,” Argungu said adding that arrangements were being made for an International Conference to be held in Abuja in June.