Buhari says he won’t be surprised if majority of 26 dead migrants are Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he won’t be surprised if majority of the 26 girls that died in the Mediterranean were Nigerians.

This comes after it was announced that 26 Nigerians died in the Mediterranean sea few weeks ago.

However, before the victims were buried, further investigations revealed that only three were identified as Nigerians. But Buhari, speaking in a meeting with members of the Nigerian community in Cote d’ Ivoire, he said: “It was announced that 26 Nigerians died but before they could proved that they were all Nigerians, they were buried.

“But the evidence I got from my Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs now is that only three were identified as Nigerians. But I won’t be surprised if the majority of them were really Nigerians.”

The President who is in the country for the 5th European Union /African Union Summit added that his administration will ensure that there will be less Nigerians daring the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea and getting perished.

“For people to cross the Sahara Desert to go into shanty boats across the Mediterranean Sea , I think we will try and keep them at home,” President Buhari said on Tuesday.

“But for anyone who dared the desert and the Mediterranean without document to prove that he /she is a Nigerian, there is nothing we can do, absolutely nothing.”


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