President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to reduce the number of Nigerians migrating to Europe illegally.
While promising to stem the tide of illegal migration by Nigerians, Buhari said that he would put a stop to the action of Nigerians leaving the country through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea by providing basic social amenities such as education, healthcare, and food security at home.
He stated this in an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in Cote d’ Ivoire, on the margins of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit.
“For people to cross the Sahara and Mediterranean through shanty boats … we will try and keep them at home. But anybody who died in the desert and Mediterranean without documents to prove that he is a Nigerian, there is absolutely nothing we can do,” he said.
Reacting to a viral video on the sale of Africans in Libya, President Buhari said it is appalling that “some Nigerians (in the footage) were being sold like goats for few dollars in Libya.’ Speaking further to the Nigerians in the Diaspora,President Buhari said that there is ‘”good news from home”’ in the area of security, economy, and anti-corruption.