41 Nigerians on Wednesday were deported by the United Kingdom Government for various immigration offences.
They include 33 males and eight females.
They were brought by an unmarked Airbus A330 aircraft, which arrived at the cargo area of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 800hours.
The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi represented by a Deputy Director, Dr. Bamidele Onimode, was at the airport to receive them.
He promised that the agency would help to reintegrate the deportees into the society.
“The British High Commission informed us that they were brought back for immigration offences and as a responsible government, we cannot just leave our citizens to enter the country and begin to struggle to find their way.
“It is our responsibility, on behalf of the Federal Government, to ensure that they are well received. We need to talk to them and let them realise that the country they left some years ago, is not the same; we have moved ahead and everyone has equal opportunity in the present day government to be the best he or she can be.”
Sani-Sidi said the deportation was a wakeup call to Nigerians to look inward in developing their fatherland rather than migrating to other countries.
“Whatever your trade or your learning, ensure you carve a niche for yourself in Nigeria. Places, where we tend to go to for greener pastures after all, were developed by their own people; so, we should be able to stay back here in Nigeria and ensure that we develop our own country,” he said.
There were no prisoners among the deportees, the DG pointed out.
“There are no prisoners in the plane. The Nigerian government, through our High Commissioner in the UK, is working to see the possibility of helping those people serving terms to get off the hook and come back home,” he said.
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