By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Nigerian Football Fans’ Congress on Thursday kick started campaign against illegal migration from the country with all participants brandishing Red cards as a sign of protest against it.
The campaign which is coming at the heels of the recent complaint of modern slavery in Libya attracted top officials of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) including President-General, Dr Rafiu OLadipo, National Chairman Rev Sam Ikpea and the Secretary -General, Barrister Adekunle Adeniyi amongst others.
With the Theme: Red Card To Deaths On The Mediterranean Sea And Sahara Desert, the campaign which flagged off from the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club at Ayinde Giwa Street saw the members walk through the streets of Surulere, beating drums, blowing trumpets and distributing fliers to passers by.
However they made a stopover at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos where they paid a courtesy visits to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Liaison officer of the Sports Ministry, Lagos, Dr. Segun Akinlotan.
They proceeded to Ojuelegba where they made a turn at the bridge before returning to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos where they were received by the Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Sports, Adeboye Anthony Adeyinka.
Speaking with the media, President-General, Dr Rafiu OLadipo and the National Chairman, Rev Sam Ikpea, explained that they embarked on the campaign to create awareness on the dangers of football fans and indeed Nigerian youths through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.
“We feel concern about the rate Nigerian youths are dying in their hundreds, while trying to cross Europe through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s equally sad that many of them have been sold into modern slavery in Libya. That’s is why we’re advising them that there lot of opportunities here to be successful,” they said.
Secretary-General of the club, Barrister Adekunle said: We decided to give Red Card to such travels because a lot of our promising youth have perished through those dangerous routes.