Seven things Buhari administration has done to ensure Nigerians stranded in Libya return – Presidency

Black migrants in Libya
Photo: Business Insider
Black migrants in Libya
Photo: Business Insider

The presidency on Wednesday released a statement on the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to resolve the migrant crisis affecting Nigerians.

Thousands of Nigerians seeking greener pastures are stranded in Libya, many seeking to travel the risky Mediterranean to Europe.

After CNN reports showed that some migrants including Nigerians were being sold as slaves in Libya, President Buhari on Wednesday condemned the practice, saying the government would ensure all Nigerians stranded in the North African country return home.

On Wednesday evening, the presidency shared a “factsheet on the migrant crisis involving Nigerian citizens.”

The statement outlined seven steps the government has taken to achieve its aim including “the constitution of a Committee of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and law enforcement agencies to address the issues.”

Read the full factsheet below.

The Buhari Administration recognises the seriousness of the migrant situation, across West Africa, the Sahel, North Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and is taking steps to decisively address the situation. The President has described news reports of the enslavement of persons in Libya as appalling and unacceptable.

2). President Buhari has assured that all Nigerians in Libya and elsewhere will be assisted to return safely to Nigeria. More than 5,000 Nigerians have returned home in 2017, according to NEMA. About 90 percent of them returned from Libya, and the remaining from Saudi Arabia. Repatriation is ongoing.

3). President Buhari has directed the constitution of a Committee of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and law enforcement agencies to address the issues.

4). In line with the President’s mandate, on Wednesday November 29, Vice President Osinbajo chaired a meeting attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Minister of Justice, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Directors-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI).

5). The three agencies have been working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to resettle and reintegrate returning Nigerians. These agencies are also stepping up their education and sensitisation campaigns, targeted at vulnerable persons.

6). Nigeria’s security agencies are also collaborating to arrest and prosecute the local and international criminal networks responsible for human trafficking and enslavement.

7). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is strengthening its engagements with concerned foreign governments, to ensure that Nigerian citizens are better treated and protected abroad.


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  • Otile

    Goodness, Buhari has nothing to offer.

    • davids

      Thank God you have something to offer

  • Wale

    “Seven things Buhari administration has done to ensure Nigerians stranded in Libya return” _ Presidency

    1) President Buhari on Wednesday condemned the practice,
    2) President Buhari has assured that all Nigerians ————
    3) President Buhari has directed …………….
    4) In line with the President’s mandate
    5) The three agencies have been working with ………..
    6) Nigeria’s security agencies are also collaborating …………
    7) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is strengthening ……

    Am I the “only” person missing some info here?
    I do like sea food; but, in the mean time, no one should eat sea food from that Mediterranean neck of the hood.

    • Arabakpura

      We all saw the mess that our government has become; a government of the “Lais!”

  • Arabakpura

    So, foreigners will always push Nigerian leaders to act?

    One thing missing from their list is that the President authorized “them” to send Nigerian Airways plane to go and back stranded Nigerians from all over the world! Sai Baba indeed!

  • thusspokez

    Seven things Buhari administration has done to ensure Nigerians stranded in Libya return – Presidency

    What is missing on this list of yada yada yada, is a presidential directive to the security agencies to find ‘dead or alive’ the Libyans trading Nigerians as slaves in Libya, and bring them to justice. It might take 1…50 years to find them, but they must be found and brought to justice! And any poster who wishes to give a ‘whatabout in Nigeria’ response. I say to you: piss off!

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      Why are we complaining of human enslavement in Libya when we do worse in Nigeria?. That’s hypocrisy of the highest order. We do worse than what is going on in Libya and we cry to high heavens of the evil in Libya. our people in the core northern abducts teenage school girls and carry them to emir’s palaces as wives and the parent of the victims dare not come to even see their daughter. School girls are being abducted and enslaved as wives in northern Nigeria and we are not only comfortable with the evil, but happy, claiming its a religious affair.
      Again, the Libyan victims look 100 times more nourished in physical appearance than those in Borno, or Adamawa or Yobe IDPs. The IDPs are so malnourished to the extent that fleshed has disappeared from their bodies and their skins are in direct contact with their bones. We are worse than the evil in LIBYA!!!.

      • thusspokez

        I have already told you to piss off!

  • All efforts should be made to bring these innocent Nigerians and other Africans home and rehabilitated.
    All Libyans involved in these abominations should be tracked down and made to face justice.

  • olayiwola

    Funny, hyping is the second name of this administration. List is repetitive of a statement made. What happens to those chained, no idea, because they cant be classified as stranded.