With a view to supporting the government in curbing the rising menace of human trafficking in Nigeria particularly in Edo State, Africa Faith and Justice Network Nigeria (AFJN-N), yesterday, organised advocacy seminar against human trafficking in Benin City.
AFJN-N is a fellowship of Rev. Fr. and Sisters drawn from the Catholic Church around the world.
Speaking at the event, Rev. Fr. Aniedi Okure, Executive Director, AFJN-N said the programme was organised going by the rising rate of trafficking in persons and the consequent torture victims are exposed to, saying AFJN-N can no longer keep quiet with the touture persons trafficked particularly to abroad face.
The programme with the theme, ‘Solidarity Against Trafficking in Person’, AFJN-N challenged Nigerians to cry out against human trafficking in unison, describing the body as vanguard for voice of the voiceless.
While lamenting bottle neck faced in gaining access to Nigerian polical leaders in order to discuss way forward in combating human trafficking menace, the fellowship noted that there was need for leaders and followers to sit in round table in order to curb human trafficking.
AFJN-N urged the political class in Nigeria to discharge their responsibilities deligently, saying bad governance by our leaders make people to subject themselves for trafficking, adding that though that’s not enough reason.
“It is through things are bad in this country, the economy is not at its best, there is unemployment and other forms of bad governance going on in the country, but that is not sufficient reasons to subject our brothers, sisters, children to inhumane treatment abroad.
“So my advice is let’s be patient rather than traveling out of the country. We can change home to be a better place. The fact is that Nigeria is not a poor country. The problem is management of the resources God has given to us.
“Do you know that way back then Nigeria was even giving foreign aide to Thailand. But here we are now. Go to Highland and see what its looks like compare to Nigeria.
“You know Nigeria taught Malaysia how to produce palm oil but now they are far away ahead of us. So, it is not we don’t have capacity of the capability, we do”, Rev Fr. added.
Also speaking at the seminar, Professor Mrs. Yinka Omoregbe, Edo State Anthony General, said the state government has put in place machinery in tackling human trafficking, stressing that this is being done in collaboration with stakeholders such as AFJN-N.
She stated that the law of the land is against selling and buying of human in any form of disguise it may be carried out eithe by internationally or locally.
She urged Nigerians particularly Edo people to report any body being forced to relocate against his or her consent to report to the ministry.