At the 25th Assembly Of Heads Of States And Government Of The African Union in South Africa, President Muahammadu Buhari has called on African Leaders to address illegal migration of Africans, who often think of attaining better life in Europe but end up drowning in the Mediterranean sea on their illegal attempts.
Buhari, lament the ugly situation, saying the images in the international media of African youths getting drown in the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to go abroad is worrisome and embarrassing,
According to him, situations like this combine to paint a very unfavourable picture of Africa.
“The images in the international mass media of African youths getting drowned in the Mediterranean sea on their illegal attempts, and often times illusory hope of attaining better life in Europe is not only an embarrassment to us as leaders, but dehumanises our persons. Indeed, they combine to paint a very unfavourable picture of our peoples and countries.
“Those of us gathered here today owe it as a duty to reverse this ugly trend. We must put an end to the so-called push factors that compel our young men and women to throw caution to the winds and risk life, limbs and all, on this dangerous adventure.
“We must redouble our efforts to sustain the economic development of our countries, ensure empowerment of our youths, create more jobs, improve and upgrade our infrastructure, and above all continue the enthronement of a regime of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights and rule of law. These and other measures that engender peace and stability must be pursued relentlessly. President Buhari said.
He however, urged fellow heads of states at the summit to uplift the continent and provide the African peoples the enabling environment for the realization of their legitimate dreams and aspirations.
He also expressed his appreciation to the host, H.E. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and other African Leaders for their support to Nigeria.