Nigerian youths have been urged to shun all forms of irregular migration in quest for greener pasture and work hard towards the development of themselves and the country.
The outgoing Country Director, Symbols of Hope Project, Dr Lesmore Gibson who gave the charge in an interview with the Nation in Abuja said hundreds of Nigerians are dying daily due to the act of desperation for greener pasture.
Dr Lesmore while noting that the Symbols of Hope Project was initiated by Lutheran World Foundation to focus on reversing the trend of irregular migration in Nigeria, said they will continue to work with the government and other relevant stakeholders to permanently curb the act.
While explaining that countries like Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia among others have zero tolerance for illegal migration, said many young people have lost their lives in deserts and the Mediterranean sea all in quest for greener pasture.
According to him, “many have endangered their lives and many of our young people have been buried in the desert all in their quest for greener pasture.
”There are irreversible factors that have forced people to migrate, it could be as a result of conflict or political unrest in some context, but the context in Nigeria is more of economic factors.
“Most of the returnees or victims of migrants smuggling are people who felt that they need to go out in search of a greener pastures. It is a fact that Europe is attractive because things are working there, but it does not mean people should migrate irregularly.
“We are not condemning migration but we are saying irregular migration is bad.
Speaking further, Dr Lesmore said in changing the narrative, they have designed some interventions programmes for potential migrants and those who are contemplating on illegal migration.
“Apart from the advocacy we carry out, we are working on empowering returnees but with emphasis and attention been placed on potential migrants.
“The returnees need to go through psychological and healing process, because most of them return brutalized, also they have been violated in different forms. We want the narrative to change.
“The project have designed interventions for those purposes, the other dimension is engaging in networking because symbols of hope cannot do every thing.