Opinion: Why Morocco Decided To Embarrass Nigeria (READ)

Opinion: Why Morocco Decided To Embarrass Nigeria (READ)

By Opinions | The Trent on March 17, 2015
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King Mohammed VI of Morocco
King Mohammed VI of Morocco

by Mukhtar Alexander Dan’Iyan

APC keeps pushing the narrative that Morocco withdrew its Ambassador solely because Nigeria claimed to have had a conversation with Morocco’s King, even though no such call took place.

Truth is, even though the Foreign Affairs Ministry erred in saying such a call had taken place, Morocco was merely following the old axiom that revenge is a dish best served cold.

All politics is local, and Nigeria had dealt a severe blow to Moroccan national interest in 2010 and it was finally payback time.

Here’s the short and simple story.

The Polisario Front, is a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement working to end Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara .

Not only is Nigeria the leading African State which recognizes the Polisario Front’s right to self determination.

But in 2010, GEJ officially hosted Mohammed Abdelaziz in his capacity as the President of The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and leader of Polisario Front.

Morocco had protested then, and still hasn’t forgiven nor has it forgotten. In this ‘call issue’ it saw an opening to extract a pound of flesh and went for it.

In my opinion, instead of castigating GEJ, Nigerians should rally around the flag and tell Morocco that their petty politics won’t divide us as a nation.

Thank you for reading, God Bless You and God Bless Nigeria!!!

Mukhtar Alexander Dan’Iyan is a Public Policy and Security Expert and also the Editor-In-Chief of 15 Past 8 Media Group in Nigeria. This article was first published at AD76.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MrAyeDee.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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