As an Ordinary Nigerian I’m ashamed of the humiliation and degradation Nigerians are subjected to all over the world, but the Nigerian government be more embarrassed.
We’ve all seen the report of 26 dead Nigerian teenagers being investigated by the Italian government. They girls’ bodies were recovered in the sea and transported to Italy’s Salerno by the Spanish Warship Cantabria.
It’s still not clear the cause of death but scattered reports from the news houses suggests the girls at some point were on a rubber boat with 64 other people headed to Spain, during which they suffered a fatal shipwreck off the coast of Libya.
Judging from previous reports gathered by the Italian aid group L’Abbraccio, many of the migrant suffer violence and torture, and the women sexual abuses by gangs that are engineering their passage to Europe, this is in addition to thousands of dollars extortion these migrants had to endure.
I digress though, back to the case of 26 dead Nigerians young girls, shouldn’t the Nigerian government be on top of this issue? As an Ordinary Nigerian I’m ashamed of the humiliation and degradation Nigerians are subjected to all over the world, but the Nigerian government be more embarrassed.
We all understand the micro-causes of illegal migration which includes desperation and lack of opportunity largely causes by government failure to live up to its fundamental responsibility – creating/facilitating opportunities for Nigerian youths.
The least the government can do is to swing into action even before these cases get out in the media. Of what use is the Nigerian Embassy in Italy if the Italian government bypasses it to talk to the BBC about the plight and murder of Nigerian in Libyan waters? Is the Nigerian Immigration Service only for dishing out passports and visas? Their responsibilities encompasses all form of migration concerning Nigerians, including illegal traffics pioneered by criminals.
26 young Nigerian women are added in the long list of Nigerian youth destroyed while crossing to Europe, largely because successive government in Nigeria, especially at state levels has failed in their utmost responsibility by neglecting the welfare of the people.
Probably these women were convinced of a better life for them and their families once they make it to Europe, but if the deadly risk of crossing through the hell of Sahara is better than staying in Nigeria, then we must ask ourselves the real worth of Nigeria and the usefulness of its leaders.