By Ajibola Abayomi,
July 5, 2019
The development left helpless, defenseless migrants that were awaiting either deportation to their respective countries or further profiling of their status shattered and dejected.
A statement issued from the headquarters of body in Lagos signed by Kelvin Kagbare, Deputy Secretary General of FOMIJ reads thus:
“The killing of 44 migrants and different degrees of injuries to 130 others in such a needless, cowardly manner by a group of terrorists with undisclosed grievances against the rest of humanity must be met with stiff and swift action against those involved by the entire world.
“FOMIJ is convinced that it is by standing together against such blood thirsty demons that sanity can be restored and hope given to all citizens of the world irrespective of their social standing in our communities.
“Migrants are not criminals. They must be accorded their full rights to life, liberty and freedom wherever they are anytime.
“They are not part of any neither political nor social dispute anywhere in the world” he said.
The Libyan warlord, Khalifa Haftar has been linked with the air strike at the detention centre at Traora.
FOMIJ hereby called on the United Nations, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other humanitarian organizations working to assist the migrants to step up action that should lead to the arrest and prosecution of anyone connected with the airstrike.
Sadly, eleven Nigerians awaiting airlift back home and other Africans lost their lives in the incident.
The incidents had forced several migrants to take to the dreaded Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to cross from Libya to Italy for safety.
Unfortunately, of the over 80 migrants that embarked on the perilous journey, reports indicate only a handful made it.
TheLead Online gathered that migrant from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mauritanians and Sudanese are identified asylum seekers in Europe in large numbers.
Cameroonians have been flying to Ecuador because no visa is required and it takes about four months to reach Tijuana by road.
They walk for days in Panama through dense forest, where they were often robbed and held in government-run camps.
It was learnt that the Cameroon’s English-speaking south have telling their horrifying stories of rape, murder and torture.
On the global scene, the migration in the United States from sub-Saharan Africa coincides with a steep drop in the flow across the Mediterranean to Europe after Turkey and Libya, decided and adopted stricter migrants control measures.
According to IOM, only 24,600 migrants arrived in Europe by sea, compared to 99,600 over the same period in 2017.
This year IOM figures show that From January 1 to June 12, 24,600 migrants arrived in Europe by sea, compared to 99,600 over the same period in 2017,
Since 2014, more than 4,000 fatalities have been recorded annually on migratory routes worldwide.
The number of deaths recorded, however, represented only a minimum estimate because the majority of migrant deaths around the world were unrecorded.
Since 2000, more than 60,000 migrant deaths have been recorded globally.
These data not only highlight the issue of migrant fatalities and the consequences for families left behind, but can also be used to assess the risks of irregular migration and to design policies and programmes to make migration safer and much more bearable.
President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigeria and other world leaders have condemned the killing of migrants by terrorists in Libya.
While FOMIJ supports such condemnation and the call for prosecution of those remotely connected with the ugly incident, African leaders have a responsibility to provide the required infrastructure and facilities that could encourage young Africans to stay in the continent and contribute to its development.
Insecurity in many parts of the African continent is a major factor identified as reason why Africans desperately crave for better life outside.
By providing good governance and reassuring Africans through quality leadership that cares about wealth creation in the continent, the surge to Europe can be curtailed and many young Africans saved from untimely death along the dangerous routes.