Libya Returnees Have Proven that Foreign Prison Seemed Better Than Deportation Back To Nigeria

While it is clear that hell fire could be better than Nigeria, It has been reported that Libya returnees shocked the federal government as some returnees voluntarily went back to Libya.
A cross section of Libyan returnees from Edo state has said more Nigerians would continue to flee to Libya in spite of the sufferings  and torture associated with such trips except governments at all levels become more responsive to the yearnings of the youth.

Accusing the government of being the major force that  stimulate of such dangerous journeys, the returnees said if elected public officials fulfilled even half of their electioneering campaign promises, the number of irregular migrants from Nigeria would reduce drastically.

They consequently advised international humanitarian agencies, particularly the United Nations Migration Agency, the International Organization for Migration IOM as well as the European Union EU against routing their projects through the Nigerian Government, lamenting that such lofty gestures hardly ever get to the intended beneficiaries.

They spoke in Benin-City, Edo state at a ceremony organized by IOM to launch and hand over a Migrant Resource Centre MRC to the Federal Government. “What I have to tell the EU-IOM is that they should please, not partner the government or any other agency in Nigeria. If there is any project you have for the returnees, please do it fast.

We heard that some money was set aside to empower us but till now we have not seen anything since we finished our training last year”, said Mr Iluobe Ehis who returned last year. Another returnee who simply identified himself as Collins said; “ Talking about reintegration, up till today nothing has been done. They trained us last year but the grants they promised us have not been given.

My candid advice to IOM and EU is that if you want to spend money on returnees, do not partner the Nigerian government. Some of us that returned have gone back again”. Other returnees expressed frustration at the government, saying most of the procedures for reintegration are often hijacked.

In a swift response, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Boss Mustapha and the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons NCFRMI, Hajia Sadia Umar Farouk who were both represented at the event, absolved the federal government of any blame in the matter. Represented by Mrs Roseline Obiechina, the SGF said; “I want to point out the fact that you cannot venture into a country without partnering with the government of the country.

As if the subject was not about the returnees, the government spokesperson insisted that the government must play the role even when it is clear that the returnees were not getting the fund released by the international communities. She defended the failed government by saying,
 I cannot be here and hear you say that they should not partner with the government. The Office of the SGF makes efforts to ensure that every programme gets to the target population but if it is hijacked at the state level, then that is very unfortunate.

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