Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to the President on diaspora affairs, has said the federal government warned Nigerians against going to Libya. Dabiri-Erewa said this at an interview on Channels TV on Thursday. CNN had reported that Africans, including Nigerians, are being auctioned in Libya for less than $400.
According to Dabiri, “NEMA, my office, IOM told Nigerians to avoid Libya, it is deadly, it is dangerous, don’t go there.“Also on the news, you have cases of Nigerians being brought back from Libya on a regular basis. So Nigeria has been bringing back its citizens from Libya. “You can imagine the dangerous journey. Walking about 3,000kilometers that’s flying for about three hours if you are going to Europe. This might be attributed to poverty.
“Yes, the government must do the needful by creating enabling environment and jobs but it goes beyond that. What do you say of a mother who sells her land and pays off $4,000 for her daughter to go to Europe?”