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MURIC cautions youth against ‘Japa’ syndrome

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned Nigerians, especially the youths against mass exodus to other countries, now known as ‘Japa’ syndrome, and to stop…

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned Nigerians, especially the youths against mass exodus to other countries, now known as ‘Japa’ syndrome, and to stop condemning their country.

The Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday in a statement said that Nigeria was better in many ways than those countries which seemed to attract the youths.

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

“Often times 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 as it used to be. A recent assessment of economic conditions has proved this.

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“A carton of Indomie which cost £6.99 by January 2022 skyrocketed to £14.99 in late December. A carton of onion which was only £10.99 in January 2022 jumped up to £14.99 in December. The gas bill that was a mere £45 in September became £118 in December while the electricity bill climbed from £90 to £176,” Akintola said.

He noted that the political and economic turmoil that Britain went through around the same period spoke volumes about worsening conditions in advanced countries, especially with Britain having five prime ministers in six years in David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.