Ibikunle Amosun, the former governor of Ogun State, criticizes the large-scale immigration of Nigerian youths overseas and holds western countries responsible for welcoming them.
According to the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, there would be 1.7 million foreign migrants from Nigeria in 2020, an increase from 990,000 in 2000.
Amosun, the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, claimed recently in an interview on BBC Yoruba that the nations taking in young Nigerians are actually doing more harm to Nigeria than good.
“I have heard about it and the reports are scary. All our youths and young talents are traveling 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,” Amosun stated
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