On Tuesday about 218 Nigerians have voluntarily returned back to the country from Libya, among which were seven pregnant women, all of whom had been stranded on their way to Europe.
The returnees comprised of 46 adult females, five female infants, 161 adult males, two male children and four male infants.
The returnees who arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 3.44am aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines Airbus A330-200 aircraft with registration number 5A-LAU, were full of thanks and excitement.
The returnees were brought with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).
One of the returnees, Ms. Titilayo Kayode-Owojori, while speaking to newsmen said she regretted embarking on the journey but thanked God for returning home safely.
“Nigeria is far better than where we thought we could get better lives. The Libyans live with the sweat of the blacks.
“If the Arabs see us working and collecting wages, they wait and burst our houses to collect the money. If they don’t see any money, they will kidnap us and ask us to call Nigeria to send us money to free ourselves. If we can’t raise money, we will be sold or imprisoned,” She said.
The returnees, therefore, pleaded with the government to fulfill its promise of creating an enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive in order to reduce the urge to seek greener pastures outside the country.