Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora have embarked on campaign for the repatriation of 473 Nigerians languishing in Brazil prisons for various offences including drug trafficking.
The delegation who spoke at a press briefing yesterday at the National Assembly, stressed the need for all security agencies at the nation’s airports and borders to step up action in tackling the problem of drug and child trafficking to foreign countries.
The lawmakers, who expressed concern over the problem of bad leadership in the country, stressed the need for the intervention of Federal Government and relevant agencies to provide basic necessities for the citizens across the country in order to reverse the trend.
They also called for the implementation of treaties signed with Brazil and other governments across the country with the view to improve the well being of Nigerians in Diaspora.
Dabiri-Erewa said “there is failure of leadership in Nigeria, this is not what should be happening to us. It took one leader to change things in Brazil. Let’s also change things with our votes, your vote is your power. Are we saying we reward hopelessness, we reward bad leadership? You said it’s bad but you brought them to power again. So Nigerians must rise up for Nigeria.
“It took a ruler who has cancer now to save Brazil, followership has problem, but we have to get our leadership right. It’s a shame that we are where we are today, so we are now the largest number of drug courier, we are the largest number of fraudsters, we need to do something. But it’s not all negatives, we have industrialists, pharmacists, doctors and educationists.
Abdulraham Terab, member of the committee told newsmen that about 380 men were behind the bars for drug trafficking, adding that “the committee got the information from Nigerians across the country. As a committee we interact with all Nigerians across the country and wherever there is a Nigerian community we take interest in knowing how they are surviving there and what Nigeria as a country needs to do. Wherever we go we pride ourselves as the only committee in the world that deals with its citizens in the world. That is why the committee is very, very interesting but we need to stress this because that is what we are being known for there.
“One of Nigeria’s greatest challenge is the fact that we need to ,look at our external potentials if they can contribute to our economy in any way, except we try to run away from it, a lot of Nigerians outside there, contributing to our domestic economy, so we need to take care of them. We are looking at places where we have higher concentration of Nigerians, like China, Brazil, India, UK and Europe at large.”
He also emphasised the need for the National Assembly to promulgate laws that will discourage social vices including child and drug trafficking as well as advance fraud without further delay.