President Muhammadu Buhari has urged illegal migrants to stay back home and find ways to improve their personal economies.
He spoke while receiving Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo at the State House, Abuja yesterday.
Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Nigeria had taken it upon herself to bring back thousands of her citizens 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 into 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.
“Our Embassies in North Africa are now overworked, trying to identify the true Nigerians. Most of the reasons they mention for migrating illegally are untenable. They should stay here, and see how they can improve their own economies, instead of risking their lives,” President Buhari said.