The High Commission of Canada to Nigeria has on Tuesday, April 16, refuted the claims that the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begged President Muhammadu Buhari to allow one million Nigerians enter Canada under a new Employment and Migration Programme designed for immigrants.
The commission in a Twitter thread urges Nigerians to “shine your eyes well-well.”
It, however, noted that over 4,200 Nigerians were approved for permanent residency in Canada in 2017. That number, it said, is almost double the number from the year prior.
"If you see a story online about moving to Canada that seems too good to be true - shine your eyes well-well o!!!
"Over 4,200 Nigerians were approved for permanent residency in Canada in 2017, which is almost double the number from the year prior. Nigerians in Canada make important contributions to both countries.
“If you've seen this link on your social media timeline, don't fall for it. This story is not true. For REAL information about travelling to Canada, go to http://www.cic.gc.ca,” The High Commission of Canada to Nigeria tweeted.
The false news spread on Twitter when it was shared by a Nigerian publisher Dele Momodu.
The report was originally shared on Sunday, April 14 by website named CBTV.
The false report also claimed that the PM is requesting for more Nigerians after Nigeria immigrants have helped in Canada’s growth in all sectors of its economy.
“We can’t undermine or overlook the contribution of immigrants in Canada’s development especially our brothers and sisters from Nigeria,” the platform falsely quoted the PM as saying.
“The programme’s website will be launched next week and all available jobs will be listed. Currently, there are over 6 million vacancies and we are hoping that Buhari allows at least one million people from Nigeria,” the platform also falsely quoted the Canadian Labour Department, Shadrack Scott to have said.
A look at the website that published the viral false news using Whois indicates it was registered in the United States.
Meanwhile, Remix, a newspaper based in Czech Republic had reported that the Czech Republic promised to pay immigrants from Nigeria and five other countries to leave the country and never return.
The newspaper reported that the gesture was being run by the country’s interior ministry under a programme tagged ‘Returns.’
It said the country promised to pay Nigerian immigrants and their counterparts from Afghanistan, Iraq, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam if they voluntarily decide to leave.
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