Former Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said that western countries that grant visas to young Nigerians seeking greener pastures are wicked.
Amosun made the remarks while speaking with BBC Yoruba about the ‘japa’ mentality, claiming that if all young Nigerians left, there would be no one to fix the country.
He claimed that the western countries encouraging young Nigerians to leave were not considering the country’s development.
When asked to comment on the expanding
“Japa” trend or phenomenon, Senator Amosun said; “I have heard about it and the reports are scary. All our youths and young talents are travelling out of Nigeria, seeking greener pastures, and the prospective countries are deliberately giving them visas to leave the country, without putting the origin country into consideration.
“What scares me most in all this is the proliferation of emigration. Foreigners will not fix our nation for us if all our citizens should leave the country. I am seeing the countries granting visas to our youths as wicked because they are not considering the origin nation, from which their prospective labour force is coming from.
“If you ask our people leaving the nation for greener pastures, they will tell you that they are not planning to return to Nigeria. If you look closely at the situation, you would see that all our lawyers, accountants and most especially medical practitioners make up the largest chunk of the people leaving the country. We cannot blame them however; insecurity is one of the major problems pushing our people out of the country.”
According to a United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs report, the number of international migrants from Nigeria in 2020 will be 1.7 million, up from 990,000 a decade ago.
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