The Nigeria Movement of Solidarity with Cuba has urged the Nigerian Government to vote towards the persevering with blockade of Cuba by the United States of America.
The group in a protest letter towards the financial blockade handed all the way down to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, described such an motion as tantamount to genocide.
The chief of the group, Comrade Biodun Aremu, stated Cuba has for the previous six years of the blockage misplaced fortunes, urging different African nations to vote towards such unilateral and inhuman motion.
“We, a coalition comprising the 2 labour centres within the nation; the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC ) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), radical progressive teams, intellectuals within the Academic unions, civil society and human rights organisations organised because the Nigerian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, convey you greetings.
“We write to precise our need and the hope of thousands and thousands of the Nigerian those that our nation ought to vote on the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for the decision demanding a ultimate finish to the blockade towards Cuba imposed by the United States since February 7, 1962. This ultimate push is critical as a result of the American institution has handled with contempt, the 28 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly condemning the blockade.
“Nigeria as a rustic has persistently voted towards the blockade, and at this ultimate stage, we have to make our vote emphatic. This will likely be in step with the February 7, 2021 Resolution of the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit, which in declaring ‘its solidarity with the People of Cuba’ additionally expressed: severe concern in regards to the steady and unlawful Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America towards Cuba.
“The proper of all nations to self-determination which the US is difficult by its unilateral blockade of Cuba for six a long time now could be sacrosanct. It was this precept Nigeria stood for in guaranteeing independence for all nations significantly within the bloody liberation wars in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa.
“We needn’t remind ourselves of the truth that 1000’s of Cuban youths laid down their treasured lives on the African soil combating the forces of apartheid and militarily defeating them to make sure the liberation of our continent.
“Your Excellency, the US blockade towards Cuba is tantamount to genocide because it blocks that nation from free commerce together with freely importing and exporting items, utilizing credit score from monetary establishments, or import life-saving medicines together with for the Covid-19 pandemic.
“At the outbreak of the pandemic, the Chinese enterprise mogul, Jack Ma despatched life-saving medicines and emergency Covid-19 supplies to numerous nations together with Nigeria and Cuba. While all beneficiary nations acquired the help, Cuba was denied as a result of the American embargo forbids airways from delivering such aids to the Cubans.
“In monetary phrases, the accrued quantifiable price of the blockade to Cuba over the previous sixty years is $1,098,008,000,000. No nation could be subjected to such haemorrhage and stay financially wholesome.
“We urge our nation not simply to vote to tear down the partitions of the American blockade, but in addition to provide management to the African continent in delivering a robust ‘Yes’ vote towards this unilateral and inhuman blockade towards a sister nation with ancestral roots in Africa.”