A Peaceful Libya Will Augur Well For Africa – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says a peaceful Libya will help the overall development of Africa a great deal.

Speaking Thursday in Abuja when he received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Libya, Ayad Musbah Faraj Attayary, at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari said that early restoration of peace and stability in the country will greatly minimise the current state of insecurity experienced in some parts of Africa.

“Our efforts should be directed towards the restoration of peace. It is expedient that peace and stability return to Libya as soon as possible; peace in Libya will translate to economic prosperity and development as well as a more secure Africa,” he said.

President Buhari also told the Ambassador that, as a strong member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a peaceful Libya will also help stabilise the oil industry. He expressed belief that with more commitment from all parties in the conflict and other well-meaning individuals,   the North African country “will soon be back as it was so that it can resume its roles in Africa.”

The Ambassador who conveyed the greetings of the Prime Minister of Libya said his country was counting on Nigeria to use its position in Africa to help his country return to normalcy. He praised President Buhari for consolidating Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa through its intervention activities.

Also receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Venezuela to Nigeria, Davies Nieves Velasquez, President Buhari congratulated President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela for his commitment to democracy and for leadership.

The Ambassador expressed appreciation to President Buhari for his show of support and solidarity to the Government of Venezuela at this time and expressed the need to take bilateral cooperation between the two countries to the next level. He expressed belief that the ties could be stronger especially in the fields of education and health. He extended the invitation of his President to President Buhari to visit Venezuela.

In his remarks while presenting his Letters of Credence to the President, the Ambassador of Myanmar to Nigeria, Myint Swe, said his country highly respects the position of Nigeria as the giant of Africa and also shares similarities with Nigeria in the diversity of ethnic groups.

He stated determination to use his tenure as Ambassador to strengthen trade relations especially in the areas of wild life, natural resources and water resources; “my time will see the growth in relations between our countries,” he said.

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NEMA Receives 193 Stranded Nigerians Return from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 193 stranded Nigerians the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) evacuated from Libya back to Nigeria.  

The Acting Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Segun Afolayan urged Nigerians to desist from stigmatising young Nigerians trying to seek so-called better opportunities outside the shores of the country.  

Afolayan disclosed that the Assisted Voluntary Returnees arrived  aboard of Chartered Tunisia’ Nouvelair airline with registration number TS-INQ and flight number UZ 189 at 8:32p.m. on Thursday.  

A breakdown of the returnees include: 96 females with 81 adult, one child and 14 infants while there are 97 males with 87 adults five children and five infants. “In all, we have 168 adults, six children and 19 infants,” 

 Afolayan further pointed out that it was right for everyone to live free and comfortable lives but the process or the means of seeking the fulfillment of the rights are the ones in contention.  

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141 Libya Returnees Arrive Lagos

Another batch of 141 Nigerians stranded in Libya have  arrived the country with the  assistance of the International Office for Migration and the  European Union, EU.
The returnees who arrived on board a chartered flight through the cargo wing of the Lagos airport were received by officials of the Immigration Service, NAPTIP, Refugee Commission, FAAN and Port HEALTH.
These comprised  71 female, 53 male adults and 17 children.
Amongst them were 2 medical cases, 9 families and 11 pregnant women.
Receiving the returnees, the Chief Planning Officer, on behalf of the Director General NEMA and other Federal Agencies urged the Returnees not to allow the unfortunate experiences to negatively impact on their lives.
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Nigeria Is Far Better Than Libya – Returnee

A 29-year-old Nigerian returnee from Libya has described her irregular migration journey to the North African country as stressful, tiring and unproductive.

Aminat Sunday, who is one of the 149 stranded Nigerians who recently returned from Libya told newsmen in Lagos that she worked as a maid during her stay in Libya.

She said she was lured to the country due to family burdens and persuasion from her trafficker, NAN reports.

Sunday who hails from Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun state, said she regretted embarking on the journey as she had a very difficult experience in Libya.

According to her, she paid her trafficker with her full year wages after arriving in Libya.

“I was working as a housemaid cleaning tiles but the work made me to come back home because it is very stressful, tiring and have serious health problems on my body.

“To be sincere, Nigeria is far better than Libya, I have learned my lessons in wrong way but thank God I am still alive,” Sunday said.

She therefore advised other youths to learn from her experience and shun the urge of irregular migration in search of greener pastures.

Receiving Sunday alongside the other returnees, Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for NEMA, South West Zone, said the majority of the returnees came back from Tripoli, the capital city of the volatile North African country.

Farinloye said they comprised of 81 adult males, 56 adult females, two male children, eight male infants, one female child and two female infants.

The International Organisation for Migration said it has helped over 10,000 Nigerian migrants return from Libya over the past twelve months.

According to the Migrant Project, hundreds of Nigerians are stuck and experiencing inhuman conditions in Libya and other African countries in an attempt to travel to Europe through irregular routes.

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310 Nigerian Returnees Arrive From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has received another set of returnees from Libya at the Lagos airport.

161 Returnees were received from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with 9 medical cases, 12 pregnant women and one 7-year-old unaccompanied minor.

Amongst the 161 were 147 adults, 4 children and 10 infants.

On Tuesday, NEMA received a batch of 149 returnees bringing the total to 310 returnees this week.

The Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Suleman Yakubu on behalf of Federal Government thanked the IOM and other development partners for their humanitarian efforts on the Special Assisted Voluntary Repatriation.

Represented by Mr Seguin Afolayan, the Coordinator said that since the MOU signed with the International Organization for Migration in 2011, the partnership of United Nations agency had been smooth and seamless.

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NEMA Receives 149 Nigerians From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA ) has received 149 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya.

The returnees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. aboard a chartered flight operated by Buraq Airline with registration number 5A-DMG.

The aircraft landed at about 10:45 p.m. at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees comprised of 107 male adults, 37 female adults including a medical case, four female children and one female infant.

Mr Abrham Tamrat, the Programme Manager of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Lagos, handed the returnees over to Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, the South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA.

Suleiman thanked the IOM and the European Union ( EU ) for facilitating the repatriation of the Nigerians who had been stranded en route from Libya to Europe.

Yakubu admonished the returnees to shun the urge of seeking greener pastures outside the country.

The returnees were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service ( NIS ), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons ( NAPTIP ), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN ) and the Nigeria Police.

The telecommunications company, Airtel, in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, also gave the returnees free mobile cellphones and sim cards to facilitate their reintegration.

NAN

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136 Nigerians Evacuated From Libya Arrive Port Harcourt

The fifth batch of 136 Nigerian returnees from Libya arrived Port Harcourt International Airport, in the early hours of Tuesday, Mr. Martins Ejike, South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said.

Ejike, represented by NEMA’s Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Ebhodaghe Eric, received the returnees who arrived aboard Med-View Airline 5N-MAB at about 1.10 a.m.

“They are all intact, except one of them who we are taking to the hospital with the ambulance to find out why she is unstable,” he said.

Ejike said that few returnees in the fourth batch were still left at the centre, adding that they are from Osun and Ekiti states.

He appealed to concerned state governments to hasten the process of picking their indigenes.

Ejike said the agency would contact state governors for prompt evacuation of the returnees from the fifth batch in the Port Harcourt centre.

Joy Job, one of the returnees, thanked the Federal Government for rescuing them and fulfilling its promise of bringing Nigerians home.

Job described her experience in Libya as “horrible, sorrowful and unforgettable.’’

She said that she was sold into slavery by a Nigerian who told her that he found a hair dressing work for her in Kano, not knowing that she had been sold into slavery to another Nigerian living in Libya.

“Nigerians are selling fellow Nigerians into slavery in Libya; we are sold from one person to another, Libya people will buy us from our people and use us for any kind of work they like.

“I did not know that where I was in Kano was a boundary between Nigeria and another country until I saw myself surrounded with gun.

“My abductors told me that if I did not agree to go to Libya, they will kill me, so I had no option than to agree with them.

” They gave us Nigerian account numbers to pay in the money they charged us before they freed us from their custody,” she said.

Job advised Nigerian youths still nursing the idea of travelling out of the country illegally to drop it and manage life with whatever they see in the country.

NAN

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Ogun Government Reunites 64 Libya Returnees With Relatives

The Ogun State Government has received 64 of Libya returnees who are indigenes of the state.

Receiving them at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, said the move was facilitated with the assistance of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“We were contacted by NEMA to come and take responsibility for our people. This we responded to swiftly. We thereafter created a means through which these returnees could contact their relatives so that they can go home and reunite with the rest of their families,” he said.

The Commissioner also explained that upon confirmation as natives of the state, the state government had been responsible for their welfare including stipends for transportation back to their various homes so as to reunite with their respective families.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adedayo Adeneye expressed pleasure of the state at receiving the returnees.

He, however, advised them, especially the youths, to focus on exploiting opportunities that abound in the country rather than attempt to relocate to foreign lands by all means.

Adeneye added, “My advice to youths, who may want to embark on a similar journey as these returnees, is that the grass is sometimes not greener on the other side, if they put the same resources and efforts into doing something meaningful here, they can make it. People make it here every day. We all have the responsibility of doing our bit in order to get our country to where we desire it to be.”

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Edo, Delta Constitute 80 Per Cent Of Libya Returnees

The South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Martins Ejike, has said that Edo state alone recorded 309 out of 484 Libya migrants, while record also showed that over 80 per cent of the returnees were indigenes of Edo and Delta states.

Ejike made this known to newsmen on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

The Zonal Coordinator however expressed dissatisfaction with the  poor response of some state governments in evacuating the Libyan returnees from the reception centre in the state.

The zonal coordinator said that the Federal Government gave the states 48 hours to enable them evacuate their returnees from the centre,

He expressed dismay that some states failed to abide by the directives, noting that South-West states are not responding to the evacuation process.

Ejike said that the choice of Port Harcourt airport as evacuation route was based on proximity to the most affected states.

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FG Receives 560 Nigerian Returnees From Libya

A third batch of 560 Nigerian returnees from Libya have arrived Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.

Mr Martins Ejike, the South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), made this known to newsmen on Sunday  in Port Harcourt.

Ejike said that the returnees, comprising 540 adult and 20 infants, arrived the airport on board Max Air, with registration No: 5N-HMM at about 11:52 p.m.

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Gov Ugwuanyi Receives Enugu Returnees From Libya

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Wednesday, received 10 out of the 11 indigenes of the state who were among the 490 Nigerians that were recently repatriated from Libya.

Addressing the returnees at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi thanked God for their safe return and also expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and his team for facilitating the return of the affected Nigerians to the country.

The Governor noted that the female returnee from the state could not return with the others because she was currently receiving medical attention in Port Harcourt.

He then promised to assist the returnees undertake necessary medical examinations as well as “reintegrate them with their families and society at large”.

Speaking further, Ugwuanyi advised Nigerians, especially the youths to desist from traveling to Libya and similar unsafe places in search of greener pastures and charged them to positively invest their resourcefulness and creativity “at home rather than expose themselves to slavery and other untold difficulties abroad”.

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FG To Rehabilitate, Empower 490 Evacuees From Libya

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that the Federal Government would rehabilitate and empower 490 Nigerians evacuated from Libya.

Onyeama gave the assurance on the arrival of the returnees at Port Harcourt Airport in Rivers.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had made resources available to ensure that returnees were evacuated as quickly as possible and enable them fit back into the society.

“The president had made provisions for every logistics to make sure that we bring you back from Libya, he said.

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