The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on Nigerians to report anyone suspected to be involved in human trafficking in Nigeria.
Dabiri-Erewa said traffickers must be arrested and prosecuted.
This comes amid reactions from governments and the international community to reports of slave trading in Libya, which involves some Africans, including Nigerians.
The former House of Representative member said the government was working to ensure more youths were gainfully engaged to avoid dangerous expeditions in search of greener pastures.
She, however, said Nigerians had since been warned against going to Libya, because of the security situation in the country. The presidential aide also asked the citizens to be mindful, so as not to fall victim of unscrupulous individuals that have turned slavery into their major source of income.
Dabiri-Erewa urged the citizenry to keep the faith with the Buhari administration and not to embark on perilous journeys.
“Slavery begins here; for every trafficker, you are sold from here. Let’s look at what is going on. You’ll say poverty. Yes, government must do the needful, create an enabling environment, provide jobs and all that but it goes beyond,” she said,