The Nigerian Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara, has said it has began processes to halt the importation of sardines and other goods as part of sanctions on Morocco to end continued exploitation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Its Coordinator, Dr Dipo Fashina, at a news conference in Abuja, said this was necessary to end all forms of new colonialism in the country, calling on the African Union to sanction Morocco for crimes against the people of Western Sahara.
The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is a partially recognised state that claims the non-self governing territory of Western Sahara but controls only the easternmost one-fifth of the territory.
Morocco controls and administers the rest of the disputed territory and calls these lands its Southern Provinces.
According to him, it is important for the AU to force Moroccan government to leave the region, as a people have the right to self determination without interference.
“This Movement supports the development of Nigeria, but not with stolen resources. We insist that although our country needs fertilizer, but not that produced with the blood of our brothers and sisters in Western Sahara, About this, we are definite.
“This principle is planted in the Nigerian culture of non-exploitation of other peoples and defender of colonised peoples as we did in the struggle for the liberation of countries like Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.”
Fashina said under an elected President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria should not tolerate the occupation of the same country by a sister African country and be receiving the natural resources of Western Sahara plundered by Morocco.
He added that plans were under way bring to book all companies in Nigeria currently receiving phosphate taken by the Kingdom of Morocco from Western Sahara to produce fertilizer, noting that resistance was already seen with powerful cabals.
“After giving this notice to the Nigerian companies dealing in stolen Western Sahara resources, we will picket them across the country and bring them before our courts.
“This also includes super markets selling sardines and fishes from Morocco because 92 per cent of these fishes are stolen from the Western Sahara coast.
“It is in furtherance of this, we have invited these lawyers to meet, exchanges ideas and plot our legal strategies and commence legal actions.”