Fed up by their miserable and shameful conditions in foreign land, 198 Nigerians, who were living in Saudi Arabia, chose to come back home on their own volition.

They have also, by this decision, tactfully escaped the wrath of Saudi authorities who had given them until July 24 to leave their country.

Thankfully, the Nigerian government was willing to help them come back by footing their transport fare.

On Saturday, the Federal Government received them at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 10 am.

This number was out of the 1,800 Nigerians living illegally in Saudi Arabia, who were given amnesty to return to Nigeria.

The 198 persons who included women and children returned with their luggage on board a Med-View aircraft.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Kano received the first batch of the returnees.

Mohammed Yahaya-Sani, the Consular at the Nigerian Consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, who led the illegal immigrants to Nigeria, confirmed that the Federal Government sponsored their return.

Yahaya-Sani told reporters that contrary to speculations, the returnees were not deported, but voluntarily accepted the amnesty offer granted them by the Saudi authorities for illegal immigrants to leave the country.

“They decided on their own to return to Nigeria. The Saudi authorities offered amnesty to all illegal immigrants to leave the country within three months,” he said.