Reacting to report of the Libya Slave trade, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on Nigerians make use of the whistleblowing policy against human traffickers in the society by reporting activities o the traffickers to the Federal government.
Speaking on Channels’ TV on the Libya slave trade, Dabiri-Erewa said Traffickers must be prosecuted, must be arrested and they must be known. There is a whistle-blower policy by NAPTIP; report traffickers, they are amongst you.”
According to her, the recent slave trade business happening in Libya would not have affected Nigerians if those caught up in it had listened to the advise the Federal government not to travel to that country because of the dangers involved.
According to her, her office, NEMA, IOM and other agencies have warned against illegal migration through Libya.
“NEMA, my office, IOM told Nigerians that avoid Libya, it is deadly, it is dangerous, don’t go there. Also on the news, you have cases of Nigerians being brought back from Libya on a regular basis. So Nigeria has been bringing back its citizens from Libya.”
Speaking on the dangers some Nigerians expose themselves to in traveling to Libya, she said:
“You can imagine the dangerous journey. Walking about 3,000kilometers that’s flying for about three hours if you are going to Europe. This might be attributed to poverty. Yes, the government must do the needful by creating enabling environment and jobs but it goes beyond that.”
What do you say of a mother who sells her land and pays off $4,000 for her daughter to go to Europe? We should look at the family value and the systems. For every person who goes on that journey, a trafficker is being empowered, a trafficker is getting richer.”
She, however, promised that the Buhari government is working to ensure more youths are gainfully engaged to avoid dangerous expeditions in search of greener pastures.
A CNN report recently revealed the Libya slave market where some migrants including Nigerians were being sold as slaves.
President Buhari on Wednesday condemned the Libya slave trade, saying the government would see to it that all Nigerians stranded in the North African country came back home.