Worried by the loss of lives of Africans occasioned by migration across the Mediterranean in their attempt to find a better life in Europe, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has called on the continent’s leaders to evolve a more sustainable strategy to stem the ugly trend.
Ayade who expressed his displeasure on why young men and women in their prime should be allowed to embark on such hazardous, unsuccessful and most times unproductive journeys, said it was time for African leaders to come together and be more united in ensuring that the future of the continent, which he noted lies in the hands of the young ones was protected and secured.
Speaking while unveiling the theme for the 2017 edition of the Carnival Calabar, “Migration”, at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar, Governor Ayade queried: “What is the challenge of Africa that young men take the risk of their lives to cross over to Europe, America and Middle East, all in search of an alternative, when Africa has got everything she desires?”
The governor further lamented that “Africans continue to endanger their lives travelling across the globe on foot from Africa via Libya through the Mediterranean to find greener pastures in the western world and in spite of all of the effort, Africans die in their numbers, yet it has not scared anybody.
“It has therefore become apparent that we raise critical issues for young Africans who always think that the only way to have prosperity is to go to the western world, with the theme of Migration. This has become an issue of great concern to the entire world.”
He promised to put up the best show this year while encouraging Nigerians and indeed African travellers to help promote the event by participating this year.