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Nigerians In Libya Suffer, Says Deportee

Posted by By Cyriacus Izuekwe on 2008/09/09 | Views: 1880 |

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Nigerians In Libya Suffer, Says Deportee


A Nigerian artist, Prince Olawale Bella, has narrated how Nigerians were forced to do odd jobs in Libya.

A Nigerian artist, Prince Olawale Bella, has narrated how Nigerians were forced to do odd jobs in Libya.

In an exclusive interview with P.M.News, Olawale said most Nigerians who live in Libya are restricted to odd jobs like construction works, washing of toilets and working in restaurants, washing plates.

He explained that the Libyan government and its citizens believe that most Nigerians are criminals and so restricted to odd jobs.

"Most Nigerians living in Libya are living under terrible conditions because they are not allowed to do good jobs," he stated.

He also revealed that some Nigerians travelled to Libya by road and "it takes about 14 days without taken a bath, before you get to that country. On getting there, they are disappointed that they cannot get any better job. They get frustrated and are ashamed to come back home."

He said because of their frustration and shame, they resort to crimes such as drug trafficking, prostitution and robbery.

Olawale, an artist-turned writer, said he wrote the memoirs of his experience in Libya entitled: "Life in Tripoli," which he said, would be published for people to know what Nigerians go through in Libya.

He described Libya as a rich country with a population of five million citizens, while the population of foreigners is also about five million.

According to him, Nigerians are the most dreaded foreigners and because of that they are restricted to odd jobs. "The federal government should discuss with the Libyan government to treat Nigerians in the country with dignity," he pleaded.

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