Escape to develop yourself if you want a better life – Joe Abah advises Nigerian youths


Former Director-General of the Office of Civil Service Reforms, Joe Abah, urged Nigerian youth to leave if they are looking for a better life.

Taking Twitter, Abah announced that he was only able to develop a career path, purchase a home, and own a car when he got to the United Kingdom.

However, Abah argued that at the moment, many young Nigerians living in the country do not see the same direction.

He also urged young Nigerians to leave the country to develop themselves and return to the country by option if they choose to do so in the future.

Narrating his experience, he said: “Moving abroad the 1st time, I didn’t watch any in-flight movie. My eyes were firmly on the flight display. As soon as we left Nigeria, I made the sign of the Cross. When we left Africa, I whispered “Alleluia! If this plane does emergency landing now, it won’t be in Africa sha!”

“It’s true that when I got to the UK for the first time, I thought “Is this all?” However, I could see a clear path to how I could own a car, buy a house and build a career. I couldn’t see that path as a young man in Nigeria. I still don’t see it for many young Nigerians now.

“In your youth, you should japa if you want to and have an opportunity to do so. Get the basics, like a car, a house, a 90-inch TV and a bad bad sound system. Build your CV there & show them you are a determined Naija person. If, later, you want to come back, it’ll be by choice.”

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