Poverty and insecurity are still the two major reasons Nigerians risk it all to embark on irregular dangerous migration in search of greener pastures in Europe and America.
The two factors have continued to push many on this desperate journey; despite the inherent dangers involved.
Battered by hunger and insecurity at home, Europe and America present a prospect too enticing for many to ignore.
The perilous journey often involves traversing the very risky Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean sea with many dying at sea or in the heat of the unforgiving desert.
Others are trafficked and sold into slavery in war torn countries like Libya; while the few lucky ones who make it to their final destinations will have to deal with xenophobia, discrimination and other forms of unfair treatment.
Despite awareness campaigns, thousands still take the risk, an indication that until the fundamentals that push people to leave their countries are solved, irregular movements of people will continue.
On the 2020 International Migrants Day, the United Nations is concerned about protecting the rights of migrants; calling on countries to ensure they are provided equitable access to national vaccine programmes especially with the threat of Covid-19 pandemic.
( Editor: Omor Bazuaye)