Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a recent statement in Abuja on Sunday said that job creation and inclusive government that does not engender crisis, will go a long way in stopping ill-fated migration of Nigerians.
Mr. Atiku’s statement was made to mark the United Nations International Migrants Day on December 18, 2017.
According to him, the major reason for migration which leads to ill fated life like the case of Libya is the search for a better life and opportunity.
He said that the current situation of Nigeria where 3million jobs according to the National Bureau of Statistics has been lost annually in the last 2 years, renders many jobless and with no prospect for another job, millions are compelled into suicidal flight in search for better life.
“The chances of a young person with a job and opportunity at home taken a suicidal flight in search of a better life will become an exception and not the rule.” He said
He advised government at all levels to create the enabling environment that will attract and sustain investments that will create jobs for the millions of unemployed Nigerians.
He noted that migration is mostly caused by poverty and insecurity in the original countries of migrants, adding that it is imperative for governments in Africa, and Nigeria to government in such a way as to create an environment conducive for economic progress.
The Waziri Adamawa said that a fair and inclusive government would spread available opportunity to all citizens and encourage those with entrepreneurial skills to start businesses that will also absorb the population of unemployed.
He also reminded that migrants who are also humans deserve decent treatment, saying that nobody chooses to be migrant, but rather unpleasant social, economic and political conditions in many countries forcefully uproot peoples and force them into migrating seeking for better life.
He also added that all hands must be on deck to deal squarely and in a humane manner with the challenges thrown up by the reality of migration in the world.
He further expressed regret, saying that the worst forms of maltreatment which a migrant can experience is the large scale of enslavement of young and helpless Nigerians and black Africans in Libya.
Mr. Atiku urged the international community to ensure that the international code of treatment of migrants is strictly adhered to.