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Buhari Reacts To news of #BlackSlaveTrade In Libya

President Muhammadu Buhari in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire, has finally spoken on the vexed issue of allegations that hundreds of African refugees and migrants passing through Libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets.

According to reports, the trade works by preying on the tens of thousands of vulnerable people who risk everything to get to Libya’s coast and then across the Mediterranean into Europe – a route that’s been described as the deadliest route on earth.

Buhari who is in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire for the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit, assured Nigerians living in Cote d’ Ivoire, while interacting with the Nigerian community in that country Tuesday night, that those still there would be evacuated, adding that his administration would do everything humanly possible to make the country conducive to discourage youths from embarking on the journey and risking their lives.

Buhari who said fixing security as well as providing other critical infrastructure in Nigeria would also reduce the chances of people taking the risk and ending up in the Mediterranean Sea, said efforts by his administration was already yielding positive results in agriculture.

President Buhari said his administration will provide the needed conducive environment that will keep Nigerians at home noting that Government can do little about any Nigerian who dared the desert and the Mediterranean without document to prove his/ her citizenship.

Buhari who stressed on the need for Nigerians in Côte d’Ivoire to be good ambassadors by obeying the law of their host country, urged them to also report those portraying the image of the country in bad light to the embassy so that the bad eggs will be flushed out.

The Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in her remarks said a total of 5000 Nigerians stranded in Libya have been brought back to the country under the Buhari Administration.

She regretted however that some of them have sadly found their way back despite warnings. She expressed hope that with President Buhari’s directive on massive evacuation, all of them will be back  to Nigeria.

Nigerians who spoke during the interactive session urged President Buhari to ensure stable power supply in the country which they say will in turn boost the economy as more companies will be able to remain in business and engage the unemployed youths, thereby discouraging them from risking their lives and end up being trafficked or forced into prostitution.

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