#LibyaSlaveTrade: Obasanjo Says Leaders Must Feel A Sense Of Regret
Libya has suddenly become popular again.
A little was heard of the country after the Middle East uprising led to the death of its former leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
Although the nation has not returned to its old self since the uprising, it has successfully returned the hands of time, turning back to Slave Trade business that existed centuries ago.
For three weeks, stories of slave trade in 21 century have been told and they are all coming from Libya.
Nigerians have journeyed through the desert and crossed borders from country to country to Libya only to be sold into slavery for as low as 794,000, equivalent to 3,000 Dinars (about $2,205).
The latest revelations, triggered by a video made public by CNN, have been condemned by many and a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is adding his voice to the campaign.
He says slave trade in 21st century should be condemned in the strongest term possible, but he believes leaders have contributed to the situation.
Obasanjo gave his opinion about Libya Slave trade on Thursday at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comptroller General of Immigration held at the MITROS Residences in Abeokuta.
The theme for the conference was : ”Managing Migration and Facilitating Trade and Development in 21st Century Nigeria : NIS’ Perspective" and the former president stressed that the current development in Africa should be a sober reflection for African leaders.
It is a time for leaders to feel a sense of regret on what they ought to do, what they had done and what they had not done.
“I believe that slave trade in the 21st century should be condemned in the strongest language possible and nobody who is involved in it should be excused.
“What can we do and what must we do? We must ensure that conducive atmosphere is created for genuine exchange of goods and ensure development within our country, sub-region, continent and the world which we live.
“But then today, migration has a very nasty connotation particularly when you watch the television and you hear the story of thousands of our youths daring to go through the desert.
“Then, after they have embark on such perilous journeys, some of them are sold as slaves. Slaves in the 21st century, Africans being sold by Africans and maybe to Africans.
“All of us as leaders must feel a sense of regret and have sober reflection on what we have done or what we have not done to bring this to our own people,” he said.
Obasanjo stressed the need for NIS personnel to imbibe the culture of training, professionalism, integrity, loyalty, and service, saying that all these must not be taken for granted.