The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria the slave auctioning in Libya and provide a solution to the menace of migration and modern-day slavery in the North African country.
The call which was followed by a motion from Saheed Akinade-Fijabi Oyo-APC by Rep, on the “need to investigate the inhuman and barbaric act of slave trade involving the auctioning of black Africans in Libya.’’
Akinade-Fijabi who also moved the motion said that migrants from African nations, including Nigeria, Guinea and Senegal, were making dangerous crossing through the Sahara Desert to Libya.
While speaking, the lawmaker said that on Nov. 14, 2017, the US-based television network, CNN, broke the news of auctioning of human beings in Libya.
He said that the journey was aimed at taking them through the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and other European countries in search of greener pasture.
He further noted that the men were sold to North Africans and among the men sold out for possibly farm work, was a Nigerian in his twenties. The Nigerian was said to have been sold for 400 dollars.
Akinade-Fijabi noted that the footage has already been receiving massive criticism people across the world leading to the streets protest in Paris against “modern-day slavery’’.
Other lawmakers who seconded the motion, criticized it and made known that the Nigerian government has been making all effort to bring back home her frustrated citizens from Libya.
Plateau, APC rep, Edward Pwajok on his part, noted that the time has come to put the full wrath of the law against adults, who traded human beings outside the shores of the country.
“This is a crime against humanity. It is good we strengthen NAPTIP,’’ Pwajok noted.
The House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, tilted towards the side of the citizen, faulting the government for her inability to provide basics of life for the citizenry.