Illegal Nigerian Migrants Will Be Repatriated Back Home – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, has said his administration will continue to repatriate illegal Nigerian migrants stuck in foreign countries back home.
Buhari stated this during a joint press briefing with the visiting German Chancellor, Ms Angela Merkel, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President however warned that Nigerians travelling out of the country illegally to search for greener pastures are doing so at their own risk.
According to him, his administration does not support anything illegal or any act of indiscipline.
President Buhari noted that his administration had so far repatriated more than 3,000 illegal migrants who were stuck in Libya on their way to Europe.
He said: “I’m against those (my) countrymen and women who illegally find their ways to other countries other than Nigeria.
“But I believe you know that the ECOWAS Protocol includes free movement of persons and goods and services.
“But for those going to Europe, we are not, as an administration, in agreement with those Nigerians who try to defy the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean (Sea) because they feel there are greener pastures there, whether they are pre-paid, free or not.
“It will be recalled that we repatriated about 3,000 Nigerians who were stuck in Libya on their ways to Europe.
“You also must have read in the newspapers or seen in the television stations the number of Nigerians lost in the Mediterranean.”
He added: “So, the position of this administration is very clear: we do not support anything illegal, and anybody who feels that his country does not value, does not offer him what he should be offered as a citizen and decided to defy the desert and the Mediterranean is doing so at his own risk.
“But if found stuck in Libya or anywhere between his final destination and Nigeria, we will bring him back home.”