The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora on Tuesday described the death of 26 Nigerians in Mediterranean sea as “most unfortunate and tragic’”
Dabiri-Erewa in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said: “promising young Nigerians embarking on such dangerous journeys, in search of greener pastures, end up faced rather with hopelessness, torture, despair and sometimes death, as in this case.
“The deaths of these young Nigerians, mostly women and girls were avoidable and preventable.It is tragic and lamentable. It is just not worth it ultimate.
Migration policies tough all over
The Presidential Aide added that “There has to be sustained awareness campaigns on the dangers inherent in such journeys. Migration policies are getting tougher all over.”
Dabiri-Erewa said that President Muhammadu Buhari has been working with the International Organisation of Migration, to bring back voluntary returnees pointing out that it was not usually greener out there, even if survived.
While appealing to the Italian authorities to ensure thorough investigations into the deaths, the Presidential Aide advised Nigerians to desist from such journeys.