Any bad event or situation seems to have some positive aspect, this happens to be the fate of the newly returned Nigerian migrants from Libya.The Nigerian government has been working with many International Organizations to bring its citizens home since January of this year.
But the pace of the repatriation has increased since it was revealed that migrants were being sold in slave auctions.Earlier this week, the latest batch of 143 arrivals, mostly from Edo state Nigeria stepped onto the tarmac at the cargo terminal of Lagos airport, looking very tired and very uncertain of what the future holds for them in a country they willingly deserted.There were shouts of joy, prayers of gratitude and jubilation as they got off the plane.
Many of the new arrivals were women with babies and they were given a chance to narrate their story.
Mabel 27 who was kidnapped in Libya on an attempt to enter Europe, narrated how she was unable to pay a ransom to her kidnappers.Fortunately for her, a good Nigerian Henry Stevens paid the debt and bought her freedom.Today they are happily married and blessed with a three-month son called David.
Another Nigerian Abeuwa Igwe narrated how she left Nigeria in June with an intention to travel to Italy after one of her friend in Edo promised her a job.
Abeuwa said she was willing to make the dangerous boat journey even though she was aware that many had died during the crossing.
“I was scared but I made up my mind. I prayed to God that he would help me cross over the river. Many people die, but many survive,” she said.
Things didn’t go as planned as she landed in Libya instead.Her situation became a more frustrating one when she discovered she was pregnant.
Like other new arrivals Abeuwa gate a note of warning to fellow making similar journey arrangements.
“In my life, I would never go to Libya. I advise Nigerians not to travel to Libya,” she cried.