Deported Nigerians– In the month of February, many Nigerians were deported from countries within and outside Africa.
According to Vanguard, 43 Nigerian immigrants were deported from Germany, Belgium and Italy. The United Kingdom brought back two batches of deportees numbering 41 and 83 respectively.
In the heat of the complications of the xenophobic attacks, South Africa recently deported 97 Nigerians-95 males and two females. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 6 of the deportees were returned to the country for drug offences while 10 were arrested and deported for other criminal offences.
Report also has it that Nigerians were also deported from other African countries like Cameroon and Libya.
The Nigerian government has also confirmed the evacuation of 41 Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Mali for sex and labor exploitation. NAPTIP also reported that about 5000 Nigerian girls were trafficked and forced into prostitution in Mali.
It appears as though Nigerians fall victims of immigration in several countries within and outside Africa. Sadly a majority of these deported persons are all Nigerian youths; the group of people who should be the nation’s asset.
From drug crimes to victimization to immigration complexities, Nigerians have been in the media since the year began.
Definitely this has become a source of worry for the Nigerian government. Home-based citizens find it tasking to cope during this recession period. Returning as a deportee to Nigeria is twice a hopeless condition.
The truth remains that if there was equity in the distribution of wealth in Nigeria, most Nigerians who have lost their lives and are involved in illegal businesses in diaspora may never fancy leaving the country as a desperate measure.
Nigerians are hungry, yet millions of loots are discovered each day- stashed in uncompleted buildings, caskets, water tanks and all kinds of preposterous locations.
These series of deportations reveal the consequence of robbing the young of their rightful entitlements. It shows the extent at which the government has looted and stolen from the young generation. This is what happens when fathers steal from their children.
It has become a growing call to re-assess the place of youths in African countries. It is either they are treated as potential assets or they turn out to become liabilities for the nation.
Perhaps this is a wake up call for the Federal government to invest in the education, development and employment of young Nigerians.
However, concurring with the call of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Nigerian in Diaspora, Hon Abike Dabiri- Erewa, Nigerians in the Diaspora should endeavor to abide by the rules and regulations of their host countries and be good ambassadors of the country.