The National Emergency Management Agency has announced and welcomed the return of 163 Nigerian citizens, who were stranded in Libya.
This information was made known by Alhaji Idris Muhammed, the Coordinator of NEMA’s Territorial Region in Lagos.
The NEMA Coordinator also mentioned that the returnees made their way back home through a chartered Al Buraq Air plane with registration number, 5A-DMG. The aircraft landed at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Alhaji Muhammed told newsmen that the International Organization for Migration and the European Union were the brains behind the return of the Nigerians, as it was made possible under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme.
“After profiling of the returnees, there were 64 adult females, four female children and seven female infants as well as 75 adult males, three male children and 10 male infants,” Muhammed said.
However, the NEMA Chief used the opportunity to admonish Nigerian youths to avoid exposing themselves to unimaginable, yet avoidable risks in their quest for a supposed better life.
He then pledged to the 163 returnees that NEMA and other existing agencies and developing partners will work hand in hand with the federal government to ensure that Nigeria becomes a better nation with an enabling milieu where young citizens can prosper.