– President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Nigeria’s support for the people of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)
– He assured the SADR minister for international affairs that outstanding issues on self-determination for the country would be attended to
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Nigeria’s support for the people of SADR on the country’s right to self determination and independence. The President stated this when he received the minister of foreign affairs of SADR, Ould Salek at the State House in Abuja on Friday, March 11.
In a statement made available by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari noted that decision was in line with several resolutions of the African Union. He assured Salek that outstanding issues on self-determination for the country would be scrupulously attended to. “The issue first came up when I was in office as military head of state. After I left government, Nigeria remained steadfast on it. “In my maiden outing at the UN General Assembly last September, the issue of Sahrawi was in my speech. You have no cause to doubt our commitment. We stand with our African Union colleagues on this issue. Nigeria will maintain focus till everything is finally resolved positively,” the President stated.
In his remarks, Salek noted the role Nigeria and its then military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari played in recognizing his country in 1984, when it sought self-determination from Morocco. “It paved the way for the UN to adopt several key resolutions on Western Sahara, elaborating a peace plan. History is now repeating itself, as you are the President of Nigeria at a time the Sahrawi issue is being put on the front burner again,” he said. He stressed that Nigeria helped a lot of African countries achieve independence, noting that SADR is the only pending matter on the continent.