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Echiejile: News Of Slavery In Libya Breaks My Heart

Echiejile: News Of Slavery In Libya Breaks My Heart

By James Agberebi: Super Eagles defender Elderson Echiejile has expressed sadness following reports about migrants being auctioned as slaves in Libya.

A recent report on Cable News Network (CNN) revealed African migrants being sold as slaves in the capital, Tripoli, and other parts of the North African country.


The migrants were shown being auctioned off like merchandise by people traffickers whom they purportedly owed money.

Amongst the migrants turned slaves were Nigerians stranded in Libya on their way to Europe. Some of them have been brought back home with the aid of the government.

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According to CNN, 242 Nigerian migrants landed at Lagos airport on a Libyan Airlines flight at around 9:00 pm local time on Tuesday. Among them were women carrying children and at least one man in a wheelchair.

Reacting to the report of slavery, Echiejile called for a stop to the practice.

“The news about slavery in Libya breaks my heart. #SayNoToSlavery #Libya #StopSlaveryinLibya,” he wrote on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

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  • Na Africa u see so bro. Tis just terrible what we go thru here. And worse still; no hope, no future. #AfricamyAfrica

  • That is gory story

  • This story of slavery in Libya baffles me . am yet to be convinced , did the Libyan authorities or slave master came to Nigeria to bundle our youths or they kidnapped them from our shores to theirs. Please let address the main issue first , l think slavery of our youths by the Libyan kingpin is far better than allowing them yo get drowned in the Mediterranean seas and be forgotten forever. I think the Nigeria Government should partner with the Libyan authorities on how to curb the illegal business of migrating citizen through the dangerous terrain and anyone caught should be severely dealt with. Our youths sold themselves to cheap slavery on personal terms. This should serve as a deterrent to other venturing into line of escape.

  • Wait na which libya self ?

  • am so speechless

  • Bishop Joseph Santus Okpara 4 years ago

    Libya ke,buying Nigerians as slaves? God forbid! How are the mighty falling!This is so regrettable,and with the situation in Nigeria today,We may not even have any solution to save those that had been already sold!Having said that,our best bet now, will be to close their means of supplies in Nigeria borders! Oh my God, my heart bleeds! Libya ke!

  • Where did we get it wrong ?
    How did we get here ?
    Where is the love ?
    Where is our leaders ?
    Where are the men of God ?
    If na to dey collect money, tithes and offerings, una go dey come outside dey talk and argue about tithe. But none of you is coming out to talk about the slave trade now. What is religion for ? Money or love. I dey shame.
    Even we Nigerians just dey look, we #prayfortexas, #PrayforParis etc now no one is #PrayforNigerians, #PrayForAfricans.
    These people (libyans) get sense ooooo. Make sense fall on them ooooo. Before dem turn this thing to another level ooooo. Boys are not smiling. Before dem turn this Continent of Africa against each other and the two countries especially (Nigieria and Libya)
    Its so funny that in this time and age slave trade is just happening under our nose and there is nothing we can do any it, it pains me more cos my country, the so called giant of africa are more on the receiving ends and our leaders are there watching. We should all stand up and fight for what is right and fight against what is wrong. Every stack holders, all all all Nigerians should speak out against it. And our leaders should make Nigeria a better place for our youth to live in. There is fire on the mountain, and nobody seems to be on the run.

  • Tony Iloka 4 years ago

    Those being sold are immigrants heading to europe for greener pasture. Let our youths stop this migration that has seen countless number of them die at various points like SAHARA DESERT, MEDITERRENEAN SEA et al.