By Miriam Humbe
29 out of the 54 African nations comprising of Ghana, Tanzania and Gambia converged on Abuja on Monday, joining their voices to demand the lifting of sanctions imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States of America, USA.
The three days event is expected to climax on Wednesday, September 25, with a solidarity protest march to the USA Embassy in Nigeria with the demand to the USA government to ‘Handd Off Cuba”.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) Comrade said it is time to demand an end of the economic blockade of the USA over Cuba.
“Cuba will compete with the developed nations of the world if the sanctions on it are lifted”, he said.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Dipo Fashina, in his address, said, “we have to cement our belief that Cuba must be defended. Cuba must surmount the revolution there.
Recall that on June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum, (NSPM) on strengthening the policy of the USA towards Cuba.
On November 8, 2017, the Department of State, Commerce and the Treasury, announced certain changes to the implement President Trump’s June 2017 NSPM.
The USA first imposed an embargo on the sale of arms to Cuba on March 14, 1958 during the Fudgericio Batista regime.
In 1962, President John F Kennedy proclaimed an embargo no trade between the USA and Cuba in response to certain actions taken by the Treasury to implement the embargo which is in force till date.