Human Trafficking: Saraki wants more from the International community to end scourge
Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has challenged the international Community to collaborate more with the federal government in ending the menace of irregular migration and human trafficking in the Country.
He pointed out that international summit which focuses on the crisis in Syria is also required in Nigeria adding that “it is a silent holocaust of Afrcian humanity unfolding and that cannot be allowed to go on.
Bukola made the assertion at the Senate Round table on Migration and Human Trafficking held in Benin City, the Edo State capital. “We are not comforted by the international community raising alarm about the large numbers of our citizens within their borders. While Nigeria should collaborate with destination countries, we should also join in undertaking a mutual enquiry as to whether those nations themselves do not compound the problem with some of their policies.
“we make bold to ask our international partners: what have you done and what are the sincere and humane steps taken to bring an end to this crisis? You certainly can do more to collaborate with us because whether we like it or not, you also have a responsibility in this matter. We have seen international summits on Syria, for example
“ But what we are seeing here is also worthy of international intervention. This is a silent holocaust of African humanity unfolding, and it cannot be allowed to go on. It simply cannot be allowed to go on.
Saraki lamented that Nigeria was ranked 23 on the Global Slavery Index of 167 countries and that there is need to put a stop to it
“The theme centres on Irregular Migration – which some refer to as Illegal Migration – and Human Trafficking; two issues that have become a bane of our existence as a nation. Nigeria currently ranks 23 on the Global Slavery Index of 167 countries with the highest number of slaves. Human trafficking is third in the ignoble hierarchy of the commonly occurring crimes in Nigeria, according to UNESCO.
” Irregular migration has been a disastrous development for our continent; and the stark realisation becomes even more so, when we narrow the focus to Nigeria – which accounts for the world’s highest number of irregular migrants going through the Agadez Route.
“Our citizens represent the fifth largest number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe; and the number of females arriving in Italy alone increased 600-fold in just three years”, he said.
He commended the federal government for taking the bold step in repatriating Nigerians stranded in Libya.