The Director of Public Enlightenment Department at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) Mr. Arinze Orakwe, has stressed the need for home-based self-actualisation instead of embarking on illegal migration.
Orakwe made the call while speaking exclusively to Blueprint in Abuja, saying Nigerian youths must change every wrong perception they have about the country, even as he stressed the need for them to be constantly re-oriented.
“Many desired to go to other countries through illegal means. The casualties of illegal immigrants are alarming. If we accept the fact that out of every black man one is a Nigerian, then you can imagine, there is no week there are no illegal migrants,” he said.
According to him, excessive glorification of the western countries through films and movies had made the youth believe that European countries were the best in the world.
He expressed disappointment that many Nigerian youths had died while trying to cross through the Mediterranean Sea, while stressing that there is no place like home.
“Trafficking in humans involving devious recruiters, unscrupulous producers of bogus travelling documents, greedy transporters, corrupt immigration officers and shameless pimps is morally outrageous and morally reprehensible.
“We need to work together to design a workable roadmap to eliminate or drastically reduce human trafficking, which is one of the greatest atrocities of our time,” he said.
He said it was necessary to underscore that the victims of human trafficking