The German authorities are planning to repatriate 12,000 Nigerians who are seeking asylum in the country.
This was made known by Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the senior special assistant to President Buhari on Diaspora Affairs, during the public presentation of two books ‘From Libya with Tears’ and ‘Practical News and Feature Writing’ in Lagos.
The books were written by Mr. Dele Bodunde, who retired as a Managing Editor/Director in NAN on Tuesday at the attainment of 60 years.
According to Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Abdul-Rahman Balogun she said that the German Embassy in Nigeria had intimated her office on plans to repatriate at least 12,000 Nigerian asylum seekers from the European country.
She also noted that about 128 Nigerians were among the over 576 West African migrants to Europe that recently died in the Mediterranean sea.
‘Just some days ago, 128 Nigerians died in the Mediterranean sea out of 576. Most of them were from West African countries and they were on their way to Europe.
‘Now, this is an unfortunate incident and I think it is better to remain in Nigeria and keep struggling, instead of making desperate journeys that could take their lives,’ she said.
She, however, added that some Nigerians had been trapped in Libya and were subjected to various inhuman treatments and that only the intervention of the Federal Government had ensured the return of many.
Source: Guardian Newspapers