The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday received 95 Nigerians stranded from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
Alhaji Habib Mustapha, the Director-General of NEMA, who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development in Lagos.
Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Tuesday night at about 20.18 p.m with Al Buraq airline with number UZ189/16/5A- DMG-MJI AD15:50
He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
Farinloye said that the returnees are 60 male adults, 29 female adults, three male and one female teenager, with two infants (one male and the other female).
He said that among the returnees were two males who had various degrees of health-related issues.
According to him, “On arrival, Mustapha implored the returnees to turn a new leaf by looking inward within the country that has been blessed with abundant resources.”
He assured the returnees that the Nigerian Government and the IOM, along with other international partners, will not disappoint them as Nigerians by providing the enabling environment for them to achieve their potentials.
He further reminded them that the pseudo greener pastures that many thoughts abound in foreign countries are not true but with your experiences now.
He added that they are in a better position to enlighten anyone still contemplating traveling out of the country.