President Buhari who hosted Angela Merkel at the state house in Abuja, told the visiting German Chancellor that Nigerian immigrants trying to illegally enter Europe does not have his government’s support.
According to President Buhari, immigrants caught would be “at his or her own risk” as his government does not support any form of indiscipline or anything illegal.
He said: “I am against my country men and women that illegally find their way out of Nigeria. .
The ECOWAS protocol includes free movement of people, their goods and services within the West African region but for those going to Europe, as and administration, we are not agreeing for Nigerians to defy the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean, because they feel that there are greener pastures out there. .
We do not support any form of indiscipline or anything illegal. You must have read in the papers or seen in television, the number of Nigerians lost in the Mediterranean, so the stand of this administration on this is very clear. .
We do not support anything illegal and anybody who feels that this country does not offer him what he should be offered in a season and decides to defy the desert, is doing it at his own risk and gets stucked in Libya or anywhere between his final destination and Nigeria, we will bring him back home and send him back to his Local Government Area,” he warned
On her own part, Angela Merkel who tasked Mr Buhari to ensure a free, credible and fair election in the fourth coming 2019 polls, said she was aware that Nigeria is facing many security challenges.
“I appeal that the fourth coming elections in Nigeria should be free, fair and credible. It should not result to chaos or complete breakdown of law and order. A credible election is an important aspect of democracy and good governance,” she said.
“We are aware of it and that is why we are co-hosting the great Chad conference with Nigeria to address these issues,” she said.