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Nigeria hosts African solidarity meeting with Cuba in Abuja—Aremu

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The Nigeria Movement of Solidarity with Cuba is set to host its 6th Solidarity meeting on Sept.23 to Sept. 25 in Abuja, to press home demand for the liberation of Cuba from  US and its right to self-determination.

The movement comprises labour centres such as the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union (TUC) and colaotion of of other popular groups and women organisations.

At a news conference in Abuja on Monday, the Coordinator, Mr Abiodun Aremu said this solidarity was necessary, following the great role Cuba played in the development of Africa.

According to him, the Cubans have the fundamental right to decide their political system without interference.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that there has been solidarity of Africa against the United States blockade of Cuba and for the Cuban’s people’s right to self-determination and sovereignty.

“The 56-year American economic embargo which stops Cuba from freely accessing the international market and trading with other countries is counterproductive, unhelpful and should be lifted without delay.

“It is in Africa’s interest to follow the development path of Cuba which guarantees free and qualitative health and education for all its citizens, gender equality, locally produce medicine and vaccines for its people,“ he said.

He said there could never be a credible history of the Africa liberation struggle without the solidarity of Cuba, noting that during the Ebola fight, the country sent doctors to help fight and eliminate the scour

The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Carlos Trejo, said Cuba had a long history of partnership with Nigeria said that the US blockade of Cuba, which lasted almost 60 years, was the longest single blockade of any country in history.

The ambassador said Cuba had prospered despite “imperialist aggressiveness from United States of America”, stressing that the country had achieved one of the best healthcare systems as well as education in the world.

He said Cuban people were conscious of their cultural affinity with the African people and would always ensure that they share their successes with the Nigerians, adding that past efforts by Cuba in assisting Nigeria had nothing to do with financial gains.

The ambassador also said that his country had made some breakthrough in its research into drugs for the treatment of lung cancer.

Trejo, who said that Americans were working with Cuban researchers to produce the drug, for the first time, noted that cancer did not know race, colour or culture.

He said in spite strong opposition from the United States of America, Cuba would continue to strengthen friendship with Africans and Nigerians, insisting that Nigerians in Cuba were not regarded as Afro-Cubans, but as Cubans, assuring that “Cuba will never let Africa down.“

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Edited by Dada Ahmed

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