The Federal Government has vowed to evacuate and rehabilitate the remaining Nigerians languishing in Lybia.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, stated this against the backdrop of recent reports that hundreds of African refugees and migrants in Libya were being sold into slavery.
The reports indicated merchants were preying on vulnerable individuals attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, a route described as the world’s deadliest.
In an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit, President Buhari said steps would be taken to stem the tide of illegal migration by Nigerians.
He also committed to reducing the number of citizens heading for Europe illegally through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea by improving education, healthcare, food security and other necessities in the homeland.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying that with his vision of repositioning Nigeria as a food basket, the country is on the threshold of attaining food security.