Buhari urges African migrants to stay home, develop their economies

January 11, 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged illegal migrants to stay back home and find ways to improve their economies rather than risk losing their lives in the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.

Receiving the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, who visited as Special Envoy of President Paul Kagame at the State House, Abuja yesterday, President Buhari said Nigeria would strive to bring back its citizens who were stranded in Libya.

He said: “Illegal migration is now a major issue in Africa. Many dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe and many die in the process. Or they get into trouble, as we now see in Libya. I don’t envy our position, as many blacks claim to be Nigerians, even when they are not.”

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