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The government of the United Kingdom has delivered another news to President Muhammadu Buhari on how Nigerians ladies end up being modern day slaves when they get to the U.K
Recalled that Nigerians took to the social media a few days ago when Kudirat Afolabi a Nigerian woman was executed in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.
In the latest development, UK government warned Nigerian ladies to stay back home instead of coming to the UK for non-existing jobs.
The U.K government authoritatively said most of Nigerian ladies are used for uncharitable things in the European countries.
Why is it sad news for Buhari
President Buhari has been battling with multiple of problems since he assumed office in 2015, but it seems the challenges facing government are multi-faceted ranging from internal security.
Apart from that, hundreds of Nigerians have been deported from Ghana, Libya, Russia and other countries around the world.
For instance, Ghana, a neighbouring West African country deported 72 Nigerians in September 2018, says dailytrust
Effort of UK government
UK says is backing an advertising campaign urging Nigerian women and girls to find jobs at home instead of “risking a life of modern slavery” in Britain, reported independent.co.uk
Posters are to be placed in schools, churches and marketplaces in an attempt to reduce human trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labour.
According to report, the campaign focuses on “aspirational stories of women who have established successful careers in Nigeria”, according to the Department for International Development.
The Not for Sale campaign is supported by UK aid and involves the National Crime Agency and the UK’s Joint Border Task Force as well as Nigerian law enforcement.
It further reported that one of the stories featured in the posters, TV and radio adverts relates to Gift Jonathan, a single mother who was raped and tortured while attempting to get to Europe but has since returned to Nigeria and found work as a pastry chef.
“Three years ago, I was a single mother with two children living with my widowed mother,” she said.
“Things were so hard that when my friend told me about travelling to Germany, guy I moved! We only made it to Libya. I was sold, raped and tortured. I saw many Nigerians die including my friend Iniobong.
“When I made it to Nigeria, I met with people who registered me in a vocational centre and encouraged me.
“Today I’m a baker in Benin making enough money to take care of my family. My boys will not grow up to be ashamed of their mother. My name is Gift Jonathan and I am not for sale.”
Report says Nigeria has one of the highest figures for modern slavery in Africa and is one of the top five countries of origin for modern slavery victims reaching Europe and the UK.
In 2018 alone, 208 Nigerian nationals were identified as potential victims of trafficking in the UK.
Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, said:
“Modern slavery is one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time.
“UK aid is working in partnership with the National Crime Agency and Nigerian law enforcement to stop it at its source.
“Together we are tackling the root causes of dangerous migration to prevent vulnerable women and girls from becoming targeted by traffickers.
“The benefits of this will be far-reaching – preventing regional instability and helping us tackle modern slavery here in the UK.”
While another one says UK isn’t as juicy as some Africans think, “I’m all for giving potential migrants as much information as possible. People think the UK or Europe (American etc) will lead to a better life and honestly, sometimes it doesn’t and they’ve lost everything trying to get there. And either they can’t stay or the situation is awful and not worth it,” one of the commenters on the report said.
Buhari’s government hasn’t reacted to the latest development.