President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the sheer desperation that makes Nigerian youths dare both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, all in the bid to take up menial jobs in Europe, is hurting the pride of the country.
The President spoke Tuesday at State House, Abuja, during a farewell audience with the outgoing High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency, Peingeondjabi Shipoh.
Noting that there were vast opportunities for Nigeria and Namibia to cooperate in areas like agriculture and trade, President Buhari recalled the sacrifices made for the freedom of Namibia, particularly by the administrations of Generals Murtala Muhammed and Olusegun Obasanjo.
With great potentials in Africa, the President decried illegal exodus to Europe, at grave risk to lives and limbs, and then pledged: “We will do our best to make our country live-able again.”
The outgoing High Commissioner, who spent four years and eleven months in Nigeria, said the country had become second home for himself and his family, submitting:
“I enjoyed great support in carrying out my duties. I return home with absolute satisfaction that our two countries are more than ready for intra-African trade and exchange of state visits by the leaders. Our two countries have a lot in common, and Africa can only be developed by Africans themselves.”
Mr Shipoh wished Nigeria successful general elections in 2019.
Femi Adesina, a Nigerian journalist, is the special adviser on media and publicity to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. Adesina wrote for Vanguard and National Concord Newspapers before joining The Sun Newspaper, where he rose to editor-in-chief. He was the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors when he was appointed by President Buhari in 2015.