President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the high rate of illegal migration of Nigerian youths to European countries through the Mediterranean Sea.
Buhari made this known at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Sahel and West Africa to mark its week, organised by the Food Crisis Protection Network in Abuja on Monday.
The president, who was represented by Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, called for an immediate stop to the action by Nigerians, saying it was unfair to European countries.
He said that revitalisation of agriculture is a solution to the migration issue, while expressing the readiness of his administration to support farmers in order to boost local production in the country.
“We are pained when we see our youths across West and North Eastern Africa in a desperate attempt to cross the desert; get to Libya and cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
“We consider it as something that must stop as fast as possible because it is unfair to Europe”.
“We think that if we reorganise our agriculture better, many of these youths will earn a decent living at home rather than become an embarrassment to their host countries and to us here in Africa”.
“We are not unmindful of our youths population here, hence the need to ensure that the agriculture sector is revitalised as soon as possible”.
“We have decided that we will no longer rely on rainfall, we will create dams, water reservoirs and insist on harvesting food at least three times in a year,’’ the president assured”.