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Go If You Have The Opportunity, Japa Is Not A Crime – Femi Adesina Tells Nigerians

Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, has defended Nigerian youths who are considering moving overseas in search of better prospects.

The phenomenon, known as “japa,” is not new, and it is not illegal for people to go for better chances abroad, claims the presidential spokeswoman.

As a response to the growing worries in recent years over the movement of youths to foreign nations, Adesina made this statement on Thursday during an interview with Channels TV.

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He asserted that moving abroad is nothing new and that anyone with the chance to live a better life should seize it.


He expressed hope that one day, when they were in a better situation, they would invest again in Nigeria.

“The japa syndrome has always been there. There is nothing wrong with people going abroad,” he said.

“If you think you have better opportunities abroad, by all means, go. It is not a crime. It is ideal for people to stay back and invest in Nigeria but we know the ideal is not always the reality at all times. And you must face it.

“I tell young people that if you have the opportunities to go abroad, and not go there to be a caregiver or do menial jobs that you can’t do in your country, please go.

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“One day you will become a better person and invest in this country and this economy again.”



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