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“Countries Granting Visa To Nigerian Youths Seeking Greener Pastures Are Wicked” – Ex-Ogun Governor Lament



Former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has said the western nations granting visa to young Nigerians seeking greener pastures, are wicked.

Amosun made the statement while speaking with BBC Yoruba on the ‘japa’ mentality, saying that if all young Nigerians left the country, there won’t be anyone to fix it.

He said the development of the country was not being put into consideration by the western countries encouraging young Nigerians to leave.

When asked to speak on the growing “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.”

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A United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs report, states that he number of international migrants from Nigeria in 2020, was 1.7 million, up from 990,000 a decade earlier.

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