The world was turned into a frenzy last week with DJT statement of Africans coming from shithole countries😱🤣. Tweets kept flying left, right and center in response to such an attack on our dear African nations. #shitholecountries was the order of the day with most people ‘Africans and non-Africans’ insisting the statement was rash/racial and DJT should tailor an apology. Even the president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted a response stating ‘The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are ‘shithole countries’ is extremely unfortunate. We are currently not a ‘shithole country’. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.
While other African countries like Botswana and South Africa expect an apology from USA, some Africans especially Nigerians felt the statement ‘shithole’ putting racial sentiments aside was correct due to the current situation of the country. Other celebrities like @Jidenna tweeted ‘I pray that we as Africans & people of the African Diaspora continue to work tirelessly to build more beauty in our land(s) so that no one can find any single reason to call our nation's #shitholecountries, let this be a catalyst for courageous leadership and righteous governance. While journalists like Dele Momodu Ovation tweeted ‘Worrying about DJT calling Africa #shithole reminds me of Soyinka’s response to Negritude that a Tiger does not go about shouting its tigritude. Our duty is to simply show the world we are not a #shithole’.
Ask some Nigerian’s, ‘if given the opportunity to travel abroad would you come back to Nigeria? The straight up answer would be no! The question therefore is why really are Nigerian’s fleeing Nigeria?
Some say the poor standard of living, deep-sited corruption, inadequate health care facilities, insecurity (Fulani herdsmen attack, Boko-Haram, Kidnappings and Oil militant activities), poor quality of education (constant ASUU strikes, inability to link industry requirements/needs to what is being taught in higher institutions), lack of job security/opportunities and career advancement have made them to travel to other parts of the world to start all over again/seek greener pastures.
No wonder our nationals strive and excel when they leave the shores of Nigeria, especially those who are educated and have skills. Most come back to develop/invest in their motherland while others do not.
This migration, which started in the 80’s /90’s to date, would see a massive brain drain in Nigeria in the near future if these situations are not corrected/put into consideration.
The quest for greener pastures has made some individuals as a result of lack of information indulge in risky and dangerous ways of acquiring their dream for a better tomorrow.
✳️ Smuggling overseas (Libyan Scandal): This is the most dangerous way of travelling abroad. Paying money to smugglers and travelling through Libyan Desert to get to Spain in Europe. More than 22,500 migrants where reported dead or vanished globally since 2014, half of which perished at the Mediterranean Sea. Last year 6th of November 2017, 26 women ages from 14-18 were found sexually assaulted and dead as a result of drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Around December 21st 2017, reports and evidence showing migrant Africans being sold for $400 and above as slaves in Libya brought the world to a standstill. 2778 of those migrants caught in Libyan detention camps where identified as Nigerians.
✳️Use of another person’s Visa: An individual hijacks the identity of the original passport owner to travel abroad. I doubt this is still in existence. Correct me if I am wrong.
✳️ Contract marriages and young men seducing old women: One of the popular schemes young men use is to seduce and marry old women. Once they get their papers, they dump these women.
The problem is not about migrating, the issue is about migrating the right way. How can you migrate the right way and what countries are immigrant friendly?
However, what are the possibilities for Africa (Nigeria) if we actually developed our country?
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