My Advice To Those 'rushing' Out Of The Country

A humble opinion on what I think Those who have an uncontrolled urge to leave the country should do

"I want to japa" is now the new normal among youths as it has become the slogan on the lips of an average Nigerian. A situation that has increased recently following the worsening situation of things In this country. At least 1 out of every three average youths has this either waiting for it to materialize or as a 'plan B.'

Yes, this case may not just be peculiar to Nigeria alone, as our counterparts in other developing nations in the continent are also seeking ways to do so. But the Nigeria scenario appears quite fascinating, and it is due to this that the attention of many is drawn to us. one of the fun facts to start with here is that the total number of our citizens living outside the country can form an entire Country as large as half of the nation itself! In fact, Doctors, ICT experts, and nurses among others, top the list of professionals seeking greener pastures in another man's land. The big question is; what then is this sudden rush to leave the shores of her fatherland? In many countries, with an emphasis on the European continent, the west African nation appears to constitute the largest amount of Africans dwelling there. This cuts across even the francophone nations. So what exactly is the problem? Not only do we seek better opportunities there, but we also acquire citizenship and properties and even establish ourselves in this foreign land while enriching them with our skills and knowledge. Meanwhile, we struggle to manage the disdain and disregard they have towards us.

If truth be told, we can't talk about a better Nigeria without this scenario changing. No doubt, the country is in a horrific situation, but it will only triple when the good ones are silent, making those responsible for this gain more ground and carry on. The task of building a nation is not only for leaders or the ruling elites alone, as everyone has a role to play. This should not be the usual business of blaming our leaders and ending it there, no! Development is beyond infrastructures and all that but also the quality of the people. This accounts for the reason why developed nations always have a high level of human capacity development. When you have a quality population and not just quantity, the nation is safe. The greatest investment is in human capital. On the contrary, when there are vices such as illiteracy, ignorance, and so on, things like poverty are being weaponized by the so-called leaders, which goes a long way in causing severe damage.

Dear Nigerian youths, the best brains should be in the country and not outside. Your skills and knowledge are needed to move this nation forward. These coming elections that have gathered reasonable momentum so far provide an opportunity where everyone will have a chance to participate in the process that throws out our leaders. My sincere call is that no one should miss this chance as it's just one of the least ways we can contribute to our own quota. Even if we are not at the leadership level, we can be part of the process. It is very certain that if our potential is utilized, there will be a mass reduction in the number of countrymen seeking permanent citizenship outside the country. Just imagine if all investments made by the diasporan community are made in Nigeria! I bet you wouldn't imagine the level of development.

So while I may not stop you from your traveling plans, I still have your nation's interest at heart and ensure you participate in the call for good leadership and change. You can do this through the ballot!

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