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.
“This story is not true.
“For REAL information about travelling to Canada, go to http://www.cic.gc.ca.”
The Commission added, “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.”