By Sewe Ishola,
Several celebrities have taken to their social media handles to decry reported black slavery happening in the North African country of Libya.
From actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, to comedian and director, Kemi Adetiba, and more, they have been lending their voice to the call to end the atrocious practice.
Meanwhile, singer, Nikki Laoye, who is also the voice of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, South West has revealed that a total of 242 Nigerians were brought back to Nigeria, last night, 28th November, courtesy of the efforts of the Federal government of Nigeria and International Organisation of Migration.
See some of their posts below:
#Update: @ncfrmi_sw confirms that there are actually 242 Nigerians who returned from Libya last night. Only 239 were originally recorded in the sent manifest and 3 extra people came in with the flight. They have now been properly profiled and registered. (28th November, 2017) . . Federal Government Of Nigeria in collaboration with IOM (International Organization of Migration) have been working together in facilitating the return of Nigerian Migrants in Libya for over a year now.. Many had traveled illegally through the desert trying to reach Italy via Libya before finding themselves in tight situations, thrown into jail for illegal entry or falling into the hands of wrong people and being sold into slavery/prostitution . . . . On return to Nigeria, Officials from IOM and federal government agencies – NEMA and NCFRMI @ncfrmi_sw (National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons) are always on ground to receive them at the airport. . . . Food, Accommodation and Financial assistance would be given to them. This has been the general procedure since last year as over 3,000 Nigerian Migrants have been returned from Libya. . . The work continues… . . – Live Report by @NikkiLaoye (NCFRMI Southwest Voice of Refugees and IDPs/Founder of Angel 4 Life Foundation) . . #NCFRMI #LibyaSlaveTrade #Angel4LifeFoundation #NikkiLaoye #PrayForLibya #Libya . . @instablog9ja @bellanaijaonline @olorisupergal @officialhiptv @goldmynetv @krakstv @onlyinnigeria @funny_african_pics
I'm in absolute amazement. Just in case you weren't sure… Yes, it is our business. We must not desensitize ourselves to this issue. We must not allow them pull us back hundreds of years…. And on OUR own continent!! Today it's Libya…tomorrow it's Libya and somewhere else. It is a cancer that has a very capable engine of traveling and spreading. Remember, nobody wants or asks to be a slave – To be treated and sold as cattle or commodity; So you could very well be traveling, make a wrong turn somewhere and end up in chains. I assure you, they will not ask your parents, your uncle in government or "status" for permission to do so. We also need to be aware of the "soft" slave trading we do even within Nigeria. Children taken over as "house-boys and house girls". Even within Nigeria… Even in some "highbrow" homes. Not all slaves wear loin clothes, crammed like sardines in cells and are shackled in chains. In 2017 it's that little kid in your house who was sent from the village by his/her "Aunty" in exchange for money they'll never see themselves. The kid who you barely feed but work for hours to the bone. Has only a handful of hours to sleep in shameful conditions, no activities for self development, and you whip mercilessly, or pour hot water on when they make the slightest mistake. The choice is far from theirs where they would rather live. As we look out, let's look in as well. We must not break the mirror that reminds us of our ugliness. #LibyaSlaveTrade #ModernDaySlaveryExists
Sensitive post:- hmm… * I hate that the black skin is the symbol of oppression and suffering * I hate that in 2017 the Black Man still talks about oppression * I hate that people can still Oppress a race described by legend as the strongest Humans on Earth! *I hate to accept that Unfortunately, my race has not accepted their parts in oppressing their kind *I hate to see those pictures of how we brutalize even thieves and tie them like goats…a picture that shows our kind in a most debazing form… *I hate to see that now lighter skinned Africans think Black skin is inferior to them and can be sold into slavery *I hate to think somehow our own nations have enabled this! * I hate that our selfishness and love for Money and only our pockets have plunged us as a people continually in this ridicule and suffering *I hate that the Black skin and People are not truly Respected * I hate that the myth is wrong and maybe Black people are not so strong, intelligent or capable of taking care of themselves after all… * I hate that any people can do this to my people. #Libya #humantrafficking #blackrace #2017 #humanrights #corruption #shame #slavery #Sad #whoaretheslavebuyers
The Modern Day Slavery in Libya. I believe this is a better approach than just putting up pictures. If you cared deeply and truly, please join this protest if you are chanced. We mustn't just cry about it. We must take deliberate steps to stopping it and this is one of the many ways to do it. I will reserve my observation on the causes of the slavery, our faults and failures of Government to tackle the endemic before it even began. I don't want to heat up an already hot issue before I am termed insensitive, but we all know that we need to do better. Join the protest if you can please. Thanks
We all need to fight against this, we need to speak up, our government needs to swing into Action, all African government needs to do something fast……. we also need d help of foreign governments to support us on this……….We are first all humans……..We are all one before God……….THIS HAS GOT TO STOP………….my brothers & sisters in Libya pls I am very & deeply sorry 😭😭😭😭😭 initially I thought it was a rumour………I thought it was a lie 😢😢😭😭😭😭😭 Pls Pls Pls tag any one in authority let's all voice out…….#saynotoslaveryinlibya😖😣☹️😡 #saynotoslavery #weareallone @presidentmuhammadubuhari @theresamay @realdonaldtrump @govambodeakinwunmi @govfayose @theasovilla @govkaduna @unitednations @cnn @bbcnews @dinomelaye @upliftdevelopmentfoundation @bukolasaraki @senatoradeleke