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Nigeria repatriating world cup immigrants
The desperation of many people to escape the harsh economic realities of our dear country Nigeria led several to purchase one-way tickets to Moscow. In the hopes of taking root in that vast country. The excitement of the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia turned sour. Over two hundreds of their compatriots got stranded after the championship.
Some days after the end of the global fiesta, a distressing videos and photos of stranded Nigerian youths surfaced. It contains stranded youth sleeping on the streets of Russia and it trended like wildfire.
These Nigerian fans became isolated when their peers from other countries went home. Most of them went there for reasons other than cheering the Super Eagles. Some went to look for work or economic opportunities, while others came in contact with scammers.
A Russian charity helped in bringing back 50 out of the estimated 200 Nigerians. Mr Akinwunmi Ambode the Governor of Lagos State also assisted another group. About 50 Nigerians he ran into while in Russia. Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari, on a recent official visit to the Netherlands, ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of State for Aviation to bring back the grounded Nigerians.
we want to use this opportunity to thank the Russian charity group, Alternativa, and Governor Ambode for their kind gestures. And also to the President Buhari as he stepped in proactively to get the helpless migrants back home just as he did with the Libya migrant crisis.