Owerrri — Minister for State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Mrs. Viola Onwuliri, yesterday said in Owerri that 20 Nigerians are languishing in prisons in Iran for several crimes.
She said an undisclosed number of Nigerians are also in jail in many other countries in the world because of one offence or the other.
Briefing journalists, the minister said 18 out of the 20 Nigerians in Iran prisons are Igbos, and that most of them are being held for crimes not unconnected with quest for money and riches.
The minister wondered why some Nigerians abandoned the country which according to her is endowed with abundant natural resources, to other parts of the world. Onwuliri also accused parents of pushing their children outside the country.
She said measures are being put in place by the Federal Government to restrict rush into the country by foreigners.
The minister said that the essence of the measure is to avoid a situation where the rush of foreigners would lead to the takeover of jobs meant for Nigerians.
Onwuliri however added that Nigeria would treat any country that treats Nigerians nicely in the same manner.
By All Africa
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