By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday expressed his desire to lead a protest to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja, over the plight of Nigerians languishing in Morroco and Libyan jails.
The governor who expressed dismay over the seeming disregard for these persons, majority of them Edo State natives, by the Federal Government, regretted that he had not taken action on the matter since he became governor because it was purely a federal matter, but asserted that it was time for the Federal Government to show concern for its citizens.
The governor spoke when members of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora, led by Mrs. Abike Dabiri and the President of a Non Governmental Organization, Fresh Start Initiative, Mr. Taye Garrick and other members of the committee paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Benin City. The committee came to seek for the support of the state government in bringing the victims back to Nigeria.
According to the governor who was visibly troubled by the situation, â€œwe all know what the American or the British government can do when one of their citizens is suffering abroad.
This is not for the state government it is a federal responsibility and I cannot accept what Abike said that the Foreign Affairs Ministry is handicap on this matter”.
The Federal Government controls over 53 per cent of our national income so if they do not have the resources to take care of these people who will have it?