The grass is not always greener in the other compound, and this group of Nigerians now understand that saying better.

They are Nigerians who managed to return home after facing months of hardship after being stranded in the highly volatile North African country – Libya, enroute Europe.

You already know some of the horrible stories that have come out of the country, and the need to stop embarking on such deadly journeys cannot be overemphasized.

Ms Titilayo Kayode-Owojori is from Ile Ife, Osun, and she is among the batch of 128 Nigerians including seven pregnant women who voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday.

The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos about 3.44 a.m. aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines Airbus A330-200 aircraft with registration number 5A-LAU.

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She regretted embarking on the ill-fated journey but thanked God for returning home safely.

She said: “Nigeria is far better than where we thought we could get better lives. The Libyans live with the sweat of the blacks.

“If the Arabs see us working and collecting wages, they wait and burst our houses to collect the money. If they don’t see any money, they will kidnap us and ask us to call Nigeria to send us money to free ourselves. If we can’t raise money, we will be sold or imprisoned.”

Now that they are back, what is next for them?

The South West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, assured them that the Federal Government was pursuing socio-economic programmes aimed at giving employable opportunities to the youths.

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According to him, the government has intensified efforts at curbing the menace of corruption that has bedevilled the country and denied Nigerians the opportunities to put up their best toward its development.

Suleiman advised the returnees to be champions of change in sensitising the youths against the urge of seeking greener pastures through irregular migration due to unforeseen dangers.

Promises are good, but the returnees wonder if these were not the same unfulfilled promises they heard before they rushed out to seek greener pastures outside the country.

The latest returnees comprise of 46 adult females, five female infants, 161 adult males, two male children and four male infants.

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