Hopelessness for the Nigerian youths at home, bleak future and imperceptible respite, is forcing them to escape by any means necessary.
Isn’t it unfortunate that Nigerians comprised a large portion of Libya’s migrant slaves? A chaotic country with no real central government, except the impotent globally recognized “Government of National Accord,” led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, there is simply no handle to the assorted militias exerting influence all around the country.
That authoritative vacuum is what gave rise to the resurrection of slavery in Libya, coupled with the hateful and terroristic desires of criminal groups to exploiting the vulnerability of African migrants abandoned by their so called leaders.
Right from the onset of Gaddafi’s demise, it was clear that blacks would be targeted for extermination. Rebels fighting the dictator, along with the media constantly pointed fingers at blacks indiscriminately accusing them of aiding Gaddafi as mercenaries. Some video footages of Libyan rebels torturing Africans disguised as Prisoners of War began to surface even before the war was over.
It took a CNN report to shed light on the plight of Nigerians in Libya, and to provoke a global discourse on what has been going on in Libya for years. Owing to some survivors’ accounts, we now know that often, not all who began the expedition makes it to Libya, because more people famish at the treacherous Sahara desert, while those who made it to Libya were jailed, or I should say stocked up as commodity to be sold as slave.
So why are Nigerians risking their lives to traverse the Sahara desert en route to the unknown? The only logical explanation is poor governance. Negligence of the masses by the ruling elite, poor infrastructure, arrested development in most parts of the country, corruption of our bloated bureaucracy, and most importantly lack of education and knowledge. All these culminates to a woeful hopelessness for the Nigerian youths, whom faced with a bleak future and imperceptible respite, are force to seek escape by any means necessary.
I can probably see why boys and girls would risk their lives navigating Sahara and LIbya just to get the hell out of here.