Nigerian Senate raises alarm over slavery in Libya

Nigerian Senate raises alarm over slavery in Libya

- The issue of slavery of Nigerians in Libya was raised by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai

- Senator Ali Wakili, the senator representing Bauchi South at the national assembly noted that there is need to address the core issues of illegal migration

- Bukola Saraki, the senate president said is a slap to the country for Nigerians to be treated in such manners

The Nigerian Senate has raised concerns over slavery of Nigerians in Libya as a result of illegal migration and desire to seek greener pastures abroad.

The senate made their concerns known while debating a motion sponsored by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai.

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The bill titled: "Urgent need to protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auctions by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai is as a result of reports that Nigerian s are being sold as slaves in Libya.

Senator Ali Wakili, the senator representing Bauchi South at the national assembly noted that there is need to address the core issues of illegal migration.

"We need to address the core issues of this illegal migration. We must check the corrupt activities of leaders who aid such illegality," he said.

Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district posited that: "It is high time we resign to citizen diplomacy in Nigeria and Nigerians must not only take lives of every Nigerians seriously but also defend her citizens."

Senator representing Akwa Ibom northeast Senatorial district argued that the "time has come as a country to look into this issue. Nigerian ambassador to Libya must be invited to explain why this slavery auction has been going on unabated".

On his part, deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu adds a prayer that the Senate should urge the government at all levels in Africa to take steps to ameliorate the economic hardship fielding this migration crises

The senate president, Bukola Saraki added that: "We need a prayer that will lead to specific actions that will address this deployable decision. As a country it’s a slap on our face if Nigerians can be treated in this manner."

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported earlier that the issue of ongoing killings in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states was raised on the floor of the Senate by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume on Wednesday, November 29.

The motion was seconded and supported by deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. The motioned, sponsored by Ndume was entitles: "The worrisome state of security in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states."

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Source: Naija.ng

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