The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to gird themselves with the fabric of patriotism, self respect and intrinsic interest on national development; eschew demeanour of human capital flight that subjects them to ill treatment and deportation from other countries.
Director General of NOA, Garba Abari who made the call in Abuja, said the rate of deportation of Nigerians has become a matter of urgent national interest that requires Nigerians to stay at home and develop their country.
He said: “the trend of Nigerians migrating to other countries in search of elusive greener pastures had assumed a worrisome dimension with 431 and 391 Nigerians repatriated from other countries in March and April, 2016 respectively, citing reports from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Intelligence Community.
“the number of Nigerian deportees from foreign countries will increase if Britain exits the European Union or if Donald Trump wins the United States of America Presidential election.”
This was contained in a statement made available by NOA Deputy Director Press, Fidel Agu. It further called on those seeking to leave the country for greener pastures to have a rethink, as rather than finding succour in those countries, they are likely to be subjected to more inhumane treatment.
“These deportees left the country in search of greener pastures which continue to elude many of them. Meanwhile, those countries Nigerians run to were developed by their citizens. Nigerians should cultivate faith in their own country and stay back to build it rather than exposing themselves to untold hardship and embarrassments trying to migrate to other countries.
“Nigerians are therefore urged to prove the genuineness of our patriotism and quality of our resilience as a people to keep faith and work together to build a better country than the one our founding fathers bequeathed us. The current difficulty experienced by Nigerians is only a passing phase. The measures taken by the present administration in some areas may be painful but they are for the long term interest of the nation”, the DG explained.
It said the Federal government would deliver on the change promised Nigerians and urged the citizens to imbibe the virtues of the nation’s core values for the development of the country.