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ECONOMIC REVIVAL, KEY TO REDUCING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA – BUHARI

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President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in New York said that the

anti-corruption campaign of his administration and the economic programme

of diversification will significantly address the lack of job

opportunities and deprivation that make Nigerian youths vulnerable to

recruitment by human traffickers.
The President said this at the meeting on Modern Slavery hosted by the

Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May on the margins of the 71st

Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71), at the residence

of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the UN.

“We are also investing more on infrastructure development, education and

health for our people. When the results of our efforts become manifest the

attraction of seeking greener pastures abroad will lesson,” he declared.

President Buhari commended the British Prime Minister for drawing the

attention of the international community to such a serious matter to

coincide with a time that the global focus is on migration and refugee

crisis.
He therefore called for practical and innovative measures “to address all

the modern day human tragedies.”
The President noted that “more worrisome is the fact that human

trafficking and modern day slavery have created a dangerous political

economy of their own. In consequence, this international criminality is

defined by the activities of human traffickers that lure unsuspecting

victims into forced labour, inhuman treatment, money laundering and

prostitution.”
He said Nigeria “is ready and willing to partner with other countries and

international organizations to confront this phenomenon. We have a strong

commitment to combating the menace of modern slavery, and will redouble

our efforts to prohibit human trafficking, while providing succour to its

hapless victims.”
President Buhari assured his audience “to count on the support of Nigeria

in dealing with this evil, which constitutes an unacceptable stain on

human dignity and conscience in the 21st century.”
On measures taken by the country against the evil practice, he said the

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and

the Nigeria Immigration Service have taken steps to establish a joint

operational Working Group to combat human trafficking and smuggling of

migrants from the country.
“We are aware of the challenge for Nigeria, but our resolve to combat it

is strong and unshakable,” the President declared.
President Buhari was accompanied to the high-level meeting by Geoffrey

Onyeama and Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (rtd), the Ministers of Foreign

Affairs and Interior respectively.
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