President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians who want to leave the country because they are fed up, can actually do so with his blessings.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari was quoted as saying:
“You don’t have to be in uniform to be loyal. What I said long ago in 1984 is still valid today.
We have no other country but Nigeria. Others who feel they have another country may choose to go. We will stay here and salvage it together.”
According to Adesina, Buhari made the comments while receiving the All Progressives Congress (APC)
governorship aspirants and members of the party from the three senatorial zones of Kwara State at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Nigerians have been migrating in droves to “pastures greener” in Europe and the Americas, with living standards, infrastructure and the economy all crumbling back home.
Some of the migrants risk lives and limbs to flee the country through illegal routes in Libya and the Mediterranean.
Hundreds of Nigerians drown in the Mediterranean annually while fleeing from poverty back home.
In September 2018, the APC said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is committed to
mitigating the migration crisis Nigerians are facing, particularly in Libya and in the Mediterranean Sea.
The party stated this in a statement issued by Mr Yekini Nabena, its National Publicity Secretary in Abuja on Sunday when he reacted to comments made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the issue.
A month earlier, Buhari had urged Nigerians to stop travelling through unsafe channels in their bid to illegally gain access to foreign countries in the search of greener pastures.
The president issued this warning during a joint press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa on Friday, August 31, 2018.
“I’m against my countrymen and women that illegally find their ways to other countries other than Nigeria, but I
believe you know that the ECOWAS protocol includes free movement of persons and goods and services.
“But for those going to Europe, we are not, as an administration, agreeing for Nigerians to defy the Sahara desert and
the Mediterranean because they feel that there are greener pastures there, whether they’ve prepared for it or not.
We do not support anything illegal and indisciplined.