Il­le­gal mi­gra­tion: ‘7000 Nige­ri­ans van­ished in desert in 2016’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

No fewer than 7000 Nige­ri­ans who em­barked on il­le­gal mi­gra­tion to Europe van­ished in the desert in 2016.

The Pres­i­dent of PanAfrican In­sti­tute for Global Af­fairs and Strat­egy, Am­bas­sador Martin Uho­moibhi, said this while sen­si­tiz­ing batch ‘A’ stream 2 mem­bers of the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) against il­le­gal mi­gra­tion at the Per­ma­nent Ori­en­ta­tion camp, Wa­makko.

“Those who con­sti­tuted 68 per­cent of the fig­ure were grad­u­ates who were look­ing for greener pas­tures in the for­eign lands, which was not re­al­is­tic as those who got there ended up as sex slaves and ready tools for all forms of so­cial vices,” he said.

Uho­moibhi de­scribed such trips as sui­ci­dal, adding that the re­cent ‘Not too young to run’ Act should be a win­dow for the youths to strug­gle for power and po­si­tion in their own coun­try.

He main­tained that Nigeria had all the po­ten­tial­i­ties needed to be­come pro­duc­tive na­tion urged youths to tap op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Don’t let any­body de­stroy your lives. Any na­tion has its pe­cu­liar his­tory and chal­lenges. Change your des­tiny as it’s in your hands, ’’Uhomaibhi told the youths, chal­leng­ing them on in­creased pa­tri­o­tism in­stead a and the of ‘sen­ti­men­tal ag­i­ta­tions.’

Speak­ing also, the state Co­or­di­na­tor of the NYSC, Al­haji Musa Abubakar, de­scribed il­le­gal mi­gra­tion as detri­men­tal to hu­man de­vel­op­ment, and cau­tioned the youths against be­ing mis­led and ad­vised them to fo­cus their at­ten­tion on proac­tive ways of con­tribut­ing to na­tion build­ing.

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