The representative of foreigners in the Hessen State of Germany, Eddy Duru, advises Nigerian government to formulate policies that would control irregular and unplanned youths migration abroad.
The German lawmaker disclosed that over 50,000 Nigerian youths, especially from Imo, Edo, Kogi, Benue, Lagos, Oyo and Rivers states were languishing in jail and being mistreated in Europe, America and Asian countries.
He said, “In 2016, over 602, 000 youths embarked on irregular migration of which about 27, 000 died at sea and in the desert.
Duru is the founder of RARDUJA International, a non-governmental organisation.
He made this disclosure in Owerri, Imo State, at a reception organised for Chukwuka Onyegesi, who was stranded in Jakarta, Indonesia but was rescued.
He said many Nigerians were sold into slavery, prostitution and drug peddling. “While others were wasting away in detention. As we speak, over 50, 000 are in similar situations”.
The quest for greener pasture in the face of a cruel poverty is one of the reasons Nigerians travel abroad, among other reasons.
Many of them leave the country with a mind of steel to be successful by hook or crook.
Reports confirmed that the Nigerian government hardly takes any conscious and practical steps to discourage the youth especially, from seeking unguided and unguarded greener pasture abroad.
Their desperation often lead to them becoming criminals and soiling the nation’s name.
Sufferings and death are the other end of the problem which require urgent attention.