Nigerian youths have been advised to avoid endangering their lives by engaging in irregular migration in search of greener pastures in other countries.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen today in Kano.
NEMA, through Dr. Abdullahi, announced today that it has repatriated 975 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic in 2023.
Abdullahi said the returnees were brought back under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Niamey, the Niger capital, through a voluntary repatriation programme.
NEMA Coordinator, who further advised youths that no country was better than Nigeria, called for urgent need for a massive campaign to sensitise the populace on the dangers of seeking greener pastures in other countries through illegal means.
The returnees comprised 561 male, 152 female adults and 262 children from Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Borno, Yobe, Sokoto and Bauchi state, Abdullahi added.
The coordinator said that the returnees were trained on various skills and provided seed capital to be self-reliant.