Some members of the diplomatic community in Nigeria, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other activists on Thursday expressed overwhelming support to end sanctions imposed by the United States of America on Venezuela.
They made the call during the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign tagged: ‘U.S. hands off Venezuela’ and the visit of the Vice President of Venezuela Aristibulo Almeida to the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) headquarters in Abuja.
The countries represented at the rally include Cuba, Mexico, Syria, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Iraq, Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam. Nambia, Lebanon, among others. In his remarks, the Cuba Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Sosa observed that the rally support for Venezuela because the country’s agitation against the U.S. was a fight for all including African countries.
Sosa, who spoke on behalf of other Ambassadors vowed that Venezuela would rather die instead of being on her knees and that the country would want to protect its dignity.
He called on African leaders not let down Venezuela or leave the battle for it alone because it is a battle for all.
“Venezuela deserves the support, Venezuela has done a lot for Africa and Africa has to support Venezuela at this time to fight against sanction impose on Venezuela.
“Cuba will always support Venezuela in its fight against the imposition of sanctions against Venezuela.
“The presence of the Vice President inspired the solidarity of people of Latin America and the Caribbean in support of Venezuela.
“We are in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela to end the continuous blockage of Venezuela by the U.S.,” the Envoy said.
The Venezuela Vice President, Aristibulo Almeida, who commended the NLC and diplomatic corps members for their support, was optimistic that his country would win the battle against the U.S.
Almeida described the coercive measures, systematic and conscious strategy of the U.S. against Venezuela as a massive violation of human rights of the Venezuelan people.
He alleged the blockage and confiscation of Venezuela’s financial assets by the U.S. in efforts to cripple its economy, adding that the blockage had also hindered the country’s capability to buy food and medicine for the citizens.
Almeida described the U.S. attack as not against Venezuela alone but against the international community and also crimes against humanity.
Almeida who said that the Latin American people were equally under attack by the U.S. expressed confidence that Venezuela would defeat the U.S. action.
In his response, Acting President, Nigerian Labour Congress, Najeem Yasin pledged the support of the labour movement for the struggle of Venezuela against the U.S.
Yasin, who doubles as the President of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) called on workers across the globe to offer support to Venezuela.
Yasin who acknowledged that the Union was aware of the foreign aggression led by the U. S. and attempts to impose anti-people leadership on the country.
“We support in the struggle with the Venezuelan people, it is historical. Therefore, workers across the globe must offer support to Venezuela, we need our political support for global solidarity.
“The Nigerian labour movement aligns itself with other labour movements and allies across the world to support you and the Venezuelan people in your struggles against external aggression and interference.
“It is historical that we support the working people and the leadership of Venezuela because your political system is people oriented and supports the desires and aspirations of workers all over the world.
“Therefore, workers across the globe must offer support to Venezuelans, even if limited to moral and political support as a token of our global solidarity,” Yasin said.
Also speaking, Campaign Coordinator Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in Nigeria, Oladimeji Macaulay condemned the longtime U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.
Macaulay said that the sanction on Venezuela economic activities focusing on financial and oil aspect and establishing a de facto blockage against the Venezuelan economy was illegal.
He said that the sanction has led to a fall in Venezuela’s domestic economic activities and international trade also led to a lack of food and medicine for the people of Venezuela.
Macaulay called on the world activists and pro-labour organisations to support the campaign to end the U.S. sanction on Venezuela.