We bring you a roundup of the biggest topics that dominated your social media conversations today. No alterations, just straight out of your mouths – or fingers.
NO to slavery in Libya
An exclusive report published by CNN gained worldwide attention after it revealed that migrants in Libya are being sold by smugglers for as little as $400.
People are outraged by the existence of real-life slave auctions in 2017 and so close to home. Nigerian politicians and celebrities have raised their voice against this cruelty and although belated, President Muhammadu Buhari has also condemned the act.
Upon the release of that report, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has worked in collaboration with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to ensure the return of Nigerian immigrants to the country.
239 of them arrived the country today and we know this because gospel act, Nikki Laoye shared live videos from the airport.
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Signs of the Cross, Touching the tarmac in gratitude to God as they got off the plane tonight. It was quite emotional seeing this… Heard about their ordeals through the desert, praying to die, no water to drink, thrown into jail and finally given the option to go back to their country… All because they were looking for a better life in Italy/Europe. Hmmm . . #ThePlaneHasArrived #Update #AtTheAirport #TheLibyaSituation: And the plane has arrived with another batch of 239 Nigerians from Libya. . . Federal Government Of Nigeria in collaboration with IOM (International Organization of Migration) have been working together in facilitating the return of Nigerian Migrants in Libya for over a year now.. Many had traveled illegally through the desert trying to reach Italy via Libya before finding themselves in tight situations, thrown into jail for illegal entry or falling into the hands of wrong people and being sold into slavery/prostitution . . . . On return to Nigeria, Officials from IOM and federal government agencies – NEMA and NCFRMI @ncfrmi_sw (National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons) are always on ground to receive them at the airport. . . They would be profiled and Food, Accommodation and Financial assistance would be given to them. This has been the general procedure since last year as over 3,000 Nigerian Migrants have been returned from Libya. . . The work continues… – Live Report by @NikkiLaoye (NCFRMI Southwest Voice of Refugees and IDPs/Founder of Angel 4 Life Foundation) . . #NCFRMI #LibyaSlaveTrade #Angel4LifeFoundation #NikkiLaoye #Libya #NikkiLaoyeVLog . . @instablog9ja @bellanaijaonline @olorisupergal @officialhiptv @iamadunniade @georginaonuoha @goldmynetv @krakstv @onlyinnigeria @funny_african_pics @tundeednut
The Trump Effect
Thanks to President Donald Trump’s narrative about CNN being a perpetrator of fake news, the Libyan media is seizing the moment to dismiss the US broadcaster’s exclusive slave trade report.
Trump makes rubbish like this easy when he blabs non-stop on Twitter.
Days after CNN’s report was made public, Trump tweeted, “CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
Now, Libyan media channels are insisting that CNN had an ulterior political motive for publishing that report and in essence, it may be “fake news”.
Whew! The Donald makes things harder.
Libya in your homes!
Former Nigerian rapper, Eldee the Don took to Twitter to share another perspective to this slave trade story. How about those of you who practice slavery in your homes? You’re all just as guilty.
So are you willing to give him another shot at presidency?
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