The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja has warned Nigeria’s leaders are making the nation “inhabitable”, prompting younger folks emigrate illegally to Europe.
Cardinal John Onaiyekan stated that if he have been the president he would resign.
He criticised officers for focusing solely on their very own lives – constructing mansions and travelling the world.
The 75-year-old cleric stated he felt ashamed when he noticed trafficked Nigerian ladies soliciting on the streets of Rome and different Italian cities.
Cardinal Onaiyekan was talking to the media forward of a church gathering to handle migration, going down within the Nigerian capital on Tuesday.
In February, President Muhammadu Buhari gained re-election in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer the place a couple of quarter of the working age inhabitants is unemployed.
Many 1000’s of Nigerians have tried the harmful journey throughout the Sahara and over the Mediterranean to achieve Europe lately.
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The figures have been declining – from 40,000 arriving in Italy by sea in 2016 to 1,250 final 12 months, however that is partly due to more durable EU-backed measures to crack down on folks smugglers.
Many Nigerian migrants come from southern Edo state, which a longtime base for folks smugglers.
Girls and ladies are sometimes trafficked in another country after being promised a job alternative – however many are pressured into prostitution.
“To let you know bluntly I am ashamed, I am ashamed – huge cardinal from Abuja, I am transferring via the streets of Rome, Milan, Naples and I see my daughters on the road on sale,” the cardinal informed the BBC after the press convention.
“I am ashamed and I cease and even greet a few of them – you may’t even interact them in dialog as a result of they have been introduced out of the village illiterates. All they study and all they know on the streets of Italy is what they want for this enterprise – I am ashamed.”
The senior Catholic cleric hit out at Nigeria’s politicians, saying if they’d no imaginative and prescient on the best way to develop the nation and supply satisfactory safety they need to not go into politics.
He urged the federal government to “restore Nigeria” in order that as an alternative of younger folks emigrating, vacationers would flock to the West African nation and Nigerians might journey with dignity.
Nigeria is the continent’s most-populous nation – and a deeply non secular society, with primarily Muslims dwelling within the north and Christians predominately within the south.