The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent strong word to Nigerians migrating from the country through illegal routes, despite the reported dangers.
During a joint press conference with the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday in Abuja, Buhari warned that the Nigerians who disregard the danger of illegal routes are on their own, adding that the people make such trip at their own risk.
Buhari stressed that his administration had said it times without number that it would not defend nor support any illegal acts.
He, however, assured that the government will rescue those currently trapped in Libya in between Nigeria and their final destinations (Europe)
“Firstly, I am against those my countrymen and women that illegally travel to Europe.
“I believe you know the ECOWAS protocol encourages free movement of persons, goods and services. But for those going to Europe, we are not, as an administration, agreeing with those who continue to defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean because they feel there are greener pastures there, whether they are prepared for it or not.
“We do not support anything illegal and indiscipline. You must recall that about six weeks ago, we repatriated about 3,000 Nigerians that were stuck in Libya on their way to Europe.
“You must have read in the newspapers and watch on the television the number of Nigerians lost in the Mediterranean.
“We have made it very clear that we do not support anything illegal and anybody who feels this country does not offer him what he should be offered as a citizen and decides to defy the desert and the Mediterranean is doing it at his own risk.
“But if he is stuck somewhere in Libya between his final destination and Nigeria, we will rescue him and bring him back home and send him back to his local government.”
Angela Merkel advises on 2019 general election
In her remark, the German Chancellor commend the current administration on the way it is dealing with the security challenges currently facing the country, particularly the Boko Haram.
She also advises the need for the 2019 general elections to be free and fair as it would impact positively on the nation’s youth