By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN— Vice President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has blamed the enslavement of Nigerian migrants in the Maghreb countries and Europe on the failure of Nigerian leaders to provide viable socio-economic opportunities for a majority of her citizens.

Illegal immigrants at a detention centre in Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the Libyan capital Tripoli. AFP/Getty Images

The former President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, who spoke to journalists in Benin, Edo State, lamented the deaths of some Nigerians while crossing the Sahara Desert and the sea to Europe as well as their mass deportation to the country.

He added that the poor leadership and governance system of Nigeria needs to be urgently addressed to halt the worsening trend of emigration, including the brain drain of Nigeria’s highly-skilled and educated professionals.

Dangers returnees face

According to Enabulele, “there is the need to examine those exposed to physical injuries, particularly traumatic injuries resulting from deliberate torture of the migrants, increased cases of physical exhaustion leading to death in some cases.

“There is also increased incidence of pregnancies and its complications, increased exposure to Sexually Transmitted Infections, increased transmission of infections such as Typhoid, Cholera and respiratory infections, including Tuberculosis.”

On his part, the President of Talakawa’s Parliament/Joint Legal Action Aids, JLAA, Kola Edokpayi, commended the Edo State governor for his proactive move in rescuing indigenes of the state, who left the shores of Nigeria out of desperation and frustration, in search of greener pastures in Libya en route Europe.

He said: “We want to submit unequivocally that the rationale behind the peregrination of our youths is in connection with unemployment, hunger, insecurity, frustration and poverty.”



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