The High Commission of Canada to Nigeria has faulted an online story claiming that the Canadian Government had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to release one million Nigerians for the Canadian government to fill six million job vacancies.
The High Commission, via its official Twitter handle @CanHCNigeria, warned, “If you see a story online about moving to Canada that seems too good to be true – shine your eyes well-well.”
The warning was in response to a story titled, “Canada’s Prime Minister begs Nigeria President for one million immigrants,” published by an online platform and re-published and wildly circulated on the social media.
The online publisher of the news which the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria has since declared completely fake, had alleged:
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has pleaded with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, to allow one million Nigerians enter Canada under a new Employment and Migration Programme designed for immigrants.
According to Trudeau, immigrants from Nigeria have been a strong force 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”, Trudeau said.
The PM added that, over the past three years, Canada has granted residency to all Nigerians who were illegally living in Canada and applied to remain.