I75 Stranded Nigerian In Libya Return Home
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the late hour of Tuesday received another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
A total of 34 children, 141 male, and female stranded Nigerian adults have been received by officials of the NEMA after returning from Libya late Tuesday.
On arrival, the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed received the Returnees on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development on Wednesday.
Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians were received at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 23:58 p.m with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.
He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation program.
He said that the program was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
Farinloye said that the returnees are 77 male adults, 64 female adults, 11 male, and 12 female children, five female infants,s and six male infants brought back to the country.
He said that among those brought into the country, two females and 2 males had medical issues.
Farinloye enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that is enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.
He, however, appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they must have been exposed to from the country of departure in their homeland in order to best of their potential in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.
“We admonished the returnees on the need to realize that there’s no country better than Nigeria.
“Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potential, looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.
“You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitization against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.
“There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God-fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to underserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.
He said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as the Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and the Nigerian Police.
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