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Abike Dabiri-Erewa Presidential aide says youths now migrate to Europe through the sea

Dabiri-Erewa said this while speaking at the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council Nigeria (ECOSOCC)

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora matters,  Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said that Nigerian youths now travel to Europe through the sea.

She said this while speaking at the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council Nigeria (ECOSOCC) which held at the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa also wondered why well educated Nigerians will leave the country in search of greener pastures.

She said “Nothing is stopping you but yourself. You have young educated graduates drowning at sea trying to cross over from Africa to Europe.

“I have come across graduate, these are not poor people, these are people who have gone to schools and then you decide that you can only get life by seeking hope in hopelessness by going through the desert, Niger, Chad, half of them die before they get to Libya anyway, some get to Libya many times and even get killed as black immigrants all because you want to get to Europe and then you find that one is a challenge and failure of leadership in Africa.

“I was coming from Addis Ababa and I said I want a situation where Europe will be migrating to Africa not Africa migrating to Europe but it calls into question of leadership, we just have to get it right all over Africa and that challenge goes back to the Nigerian youths.

“We brought back a guy from Lybia, he was locked up and was about to be killed by Gaddafi, we brought him back with 24 others.

The presidential aide also called on Nigerians to support President Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

 She said “We have to support President Buhari’s fight against corruption, corruption will destroy our future. In fact, it has destroyed a lot of things, let’s save our country now.

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“There is no compassion in governance anymore if there is compassion you will know that pension money is not meant to be stolen anymore, but why are people stealing anyhow because there are no sanctions, there is so much corruption, not because Nigerians are poor, not because Nigerians are greedy but because there are no sanctions.

“Now, we have a President that says there must be sanctions, it is going to take a while because the justice system is slow but we have to support him to ensure that those who stole your money go to jail.”

Abike Dabiri-Erewa had earlier urged Nigerians not to travel to the US unless they have a compelling reason.

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