“Nigerians will be proud of home and not stake their precious lives in risky situations overseas once I become President”
PDP Presidential flag bearer in the forth coming 2019 general election and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar advocate creating enabling environment that would attract and sustain investments that would create jobs for the army of unemployed in Nigeria if elected President in the 2019 general elections.
Atiku Abubakar, seasoned politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the second elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, with President Olusegun Obasanjo has been persistent in his quest to lead Nigeria to enviable economic position that will compel Diaspora Nigerians littered all over overseas countries to return and contribute major roles.
A statement by Atiku Media Organisation in Abuja reported Mr. Abubakar as making recommendation that will control the migration of Nigerians to harsh environment overseas citing the influx of Nigerians immigrants’ to Libya connecting Europe to mark the United Nations International Migrants Day.
He said that creation of jobs and opportunities with inclusive government that did not engender crisis would help to stem the ill-fated migration of Nigerians.
Thousands of Nigerians seeking greener pastures are stranded in Libya despite over 3,000 being flown back home.
Mr. Abubakar said that the major driver of migration, which at times were ill fated like in the case of Libya, was the search of a better life and opportunity. “This will change once we are voted into power.” Nigerians will be proud of home and not stake their precious lives in risky situations overseas once I become President,
He said that the current situation in the country where three million jobs, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, had been lost annually in the last two years, had rendered millions jobless.
He added that no prospects of opportunities were compelled to take the suicidal flight.
“The chances of a young person with a job and opportunity at home taking a suicidal flight in search of a better life will become an exception and not the rule”, Once we are in power” he said.
He also attributed the cause of migration to poverty and insecurity in the original countries of the migrants.
Mr. Atiku Abubakar noted that it was imperative for governments in Africa, Nigeria inclusive, to govern in such a way as to create an environment conducive
He added that a fair and inclusive government would spread available opportunities to all citizens.
This, according to him, will also encourage those with entrepreneurial inclination to start businesses and factories to absorb the teeming population of the unemployed, thus making unbridled migration unnecessary.
The Waziri Adamawa and President to be under the flagship of Peoples Democratic Party in the forth coming 2019 general elections stated that citizens did not choose to be migrants but unpleasant social, economic and political conditions in many countries forced them into migrants, seeking new homes, security, employment and a better future.
He opined that all hands needed to be on deck to deal squarely, and in a humane manner, with the challenges thrown up by the reality of migration in the contemporary World.
He said that one of the worst forms of maltreatment, which a migrant could experience, was the large scale enslavement of young and helpless Nigerian and African migrants in Libya which recently drew global attention.
“To prevent the recurrence of unbridled migration as we have today among Nigerian youths, the authorities at federal and state levels should endeavor to discourage potential migrants and all that is going to stop immediately once we assume power by the grace of God from May 2019.