159 stranded Nigerians return from Libya

Their search for the proverbial golden fleece in faraway Libya turned sour as one hundred and fifty-nine Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned to Nigeria.

The returnees who were assisted back to Nigeria arrived at Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at about aboard Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG at about 1910 hours

 The Director-General of the Agency, Alh Mustapha Habib Ahmed while receiving the Voluntary returnees on arrival admonished them to adopt a positive attitude towards life challenges.

Libyan returnees

Among the returnees are 80 adult females,  four female children, and one infant while there were 67 adult males, six male children, and one male infant.

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Ahmed, who was represented by the Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye stated that “It is normal in life to struggle for better and improved livelihoods but in the struggle, we must avoid endangering our lives.

“I wish to state that there is nowhere in the world that citizens will not have to strive in attaining good life within the limited resources available in that country. Nigeria is well endowed far more than most countries that young Nigerians are travelling to in seeking greener pastures that are no longer there. What we need to do is for all of us to look inward and avail ourselves of the countless opportunities in Nigeria”.

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He disclosed that the present Government had been providing the enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive, adding that it would continue to cooperate with development partners in creating level playing grounds for all Nigerians in the country.

The Director-General, therefore, advised the returnees to be advocates against irregular migration to other youths who may think there are greener pastures elsewhere.

The returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, FAAN, and the Nigeria Police

Wole Shadare