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Aminatou Haidar meets with the President of the Nigerian mouvement of solidarity with the Saharawi people in Abuja
04/10/2009

   

 

   

The President of the Saharawi Collective of Human Rights Defenders (CODESA), Ms. Aminatou Haidar, met on Saturday morning with the President of the Nigerian movement of solidarity with the Saharawi people, Ms. Lady Ilia, in the Saharawi Embassy in Abuja.

The meeting discussed the program of the week of solidarity with the Saharawi people that will be organised this week in Abuja, and which will be marked by the constitution of the first Nigerian movement of solidarity with the Saharawi people.

During the meeting, Ms. Lady Ili, who is also the Deputy President of the Nigerian Labour Council (NLC/ the Nigerian Umbrella trade union), expressed her admiration and respect of the Saharawi people’s courage and legitimate struggle for independence.

She recalled her visit to the Saharawi refugee camps last year and the positive impression this visit had on her as well as on the Nigerian delegation accompanying her, which was chaired by the President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwahid Omar.

Ms. Lady Ili reiterated the principled position adopted by the Nigerian trade union, which is firmly supporting the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence.

On her side, the Saharawi human rights activist and ex-prisoner of conscience, Aminatou Haidar, thanked the Nigerian movement of solidarity, recalling that Nigeria was a fervent defender of all African liberation movement, including the struggle of the historic South African people against the Apartheid.

The meeting was also attended from the Saharawi side, by the Saharawi Ambassador to Nigeria, Oubi Bouchraya Bachir, and the Secretary General of the Saharawi Journalists and Writers Union, Malainin Lakhal, in addition to the Nigerian Coordinator of the movement of solidarity in Nigeria, Mr. Nuhu Toro.

Aminatou Haidar with the President of the Nigerian movement of solidarity


The Saharawi activist offers a Saharawi women dress to her guest


The two women activists with the Saharawi Ambassador and the Nigerian coordinator of the movement of solidarity


The two women activists with the Secretary General of UPES