A video went viral on Friday. In it, some Nigerian girls claimed they were stranded in Lebanon. They called out to the Nigerian government, and relevant authorities to help them return home. They claimed that all of them are cramped in a very small room where they cook their meal and sleep.
They voiced out their regrets on ever venturing to leave Nigeria for Lebanon. They are fed up with the inhumane treatment they've had to endure since their arrival in the Middle Eastern country. They pleaded for help to return to Nigeria.
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Thankfully, the Nigerian government has reacted to this development. The Chairperson, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, said that NAPTIP was the agency in charge of tracking trafficked Nigerians and that it was already in action to repatriate them.
She tweeted: "NAPTIP is the agency responsible for trafficking. They assured that they are on this and other trafficking cases.”
This is the latest case in a series of human trafficking cases in Nigeria. We know that over the years, enterprising Nigerians and other Africans have dared all odds to leave the country and continent, especially through illegal means and routes.
In many cases, they end up getting stranded in the desert or getting killed by unfriendly border patrol officers. The lucky few who make it across to Europe or the Middle East end up being trafficked as prostitutes or slaves.
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This is the sad reality of things today. Every Nigerian youth wants to "Japa". It's sad. But before we blame the youths who do this, we maybe should ask ourselves why they do this. What are the root causes of the high rate of emigration from Nigeria? Share your thoughts in the comment section.