Dr Joe Abah, Former Director-General of Bureau of Public Sector Reform, has advised young Nigerians to leave the country if they ever have an opportunity to do so.
In tweets he shared, Abah recounted seeing a clear path when he left Nigeria for the UK, on how he could own a car, buy a house and build a career when he arrived the UK but couldn’t see such in Nigeria.
Read his tweets below;
Moving abroad the 1st time, I didn’t watch any in-flight movie. My eyes were firmly on the flight display. As soon as we left Nigeria, I made the sign of the Cross. When we left Africa, I whispered “Alleluia! If this plane does emergency landing now, it won’t be in Africa sha!”
It’s true that when I got to the UK for the first time, I thought “Is this all?” However, I could see a clear path to how I could own a car, buy a house and build a career. I couldn’t see that path as a young man in Nigeria. I still don’t see it for many young Nigerians now.
In your youth, you should japa if you want to and have an opportunity to do so. Get the basics, like a car, a house, a 90-inch TV and a bad bad sound system. Build your CV there & show them you are a determined Naija person. If, later, you want to come back, it’ll be by choice.