Muslim rights group cautions Nigerian youths against ‘Japa’ syndrome

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned Nigerian youths against a mass exodus to other countries, now known as ‘Japa’ syndrome.

The Muslim group affirmed that Nigeria is better in many ways than countries which seem to attract the youth.

It also warned Nigerians to stop condemning the government.

The advice was contained in a statement issued by the director of the Islamic human rights organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday.

“We are greatly disturbed by what is now called the ‘Japa’ syndrome. This phenomenon signifies a mass exodus of skilled men and women from Nigeria to Europe and America for greener pastures. This practice is harmful to our country, particularly to youths. It is escapist and cowardly.

“Often running away from your country ends up taking you from the frying pan into the fire. For instance, life in Britain, France and America is no longer all milk and honey it used to be. Recent assessments of economic conditions have proved this.

“MURIC will continue to promote hard work, patriotism, morality, integrity, accountability and good governance. We will not stop fighting corruption, negativity, greed and laziness.”

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