The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, SAN, has stressed that there is no greener pasture anywhere than Nigeria.
He spoke yesterday in Abuja when the Coalition of Integrity Political Parties (CIPP) visited his office.
While speaking on the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, he said that the Immigration Service should be overhauled to profile people travelling out of Nigeria and checkmate illegal immigration.
The minister described the situation in South Africa as unfortunate, saying that it bordered on foreign policies and immigration issues in the African continent, since other nationals, aside Nigerians, were also affected.
He said that strengthening the Immigration Service would help to account for Nigerians in foreign countries, including South Africa.
Malami described the habit of going through the Mediterranean Sea and deserts by some people, in their bid to travel out of the country, as illegal and unfortunate.
He urged the youth to quit crossing the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara desert in the quest to seek for greener pasture.
“This is very important because by now, we should have been able to know who and who are in South Africa to defend the helpless and hapless Nigerians.
There is no greener pasture anywhere than in our country. With farmlands everywhere, we must work harder rather than look for cheap means to migrate from the country when nobody is chasing us.
This is one of the problems I see when our people travel abroad illegally, which is now posing a challenge; if they were to be here, we would have been able to account for their whereabouts,” he noted.