Buhari responds to Libyan slave auction

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The selling of black Africans into slavery in Libya has been condemned by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the situation as “appalling and unacceptable”.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Guardian reports that in a footage aired on CNN about two weeks ago, migrants from sub-Saharan nations were seen being auctioned off for as low as $400 at an undisclosed location in the North African nation. It was said that the men were bought to work as farmhands.

Others who also confessed to being sold as slaves were awaiting deportation to their countries, mostly from Niger, Ghana, Nigeria and Mali.

On a post on Twitter, Buhari said: “The situation in Libya, of people being sold into slavery, is appalling and unacceptable.

“We will do everything to protect our citizens wherever they might be.”

“We have also started bringing back home all Nigerians stranded in Libya and elsewhere. We will ensure they all return home safely and are rehabilitated,” Buhari added.

So far, over 5,000 Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya since January this year.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the senior special assistant to the Nigerian president on foreign relations and diaspora, said: “242 returned this evening. More stranded in Libya will be brought back”.


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