By Friday Omosola
Following the recent arrest of 50 Nigerians in Cyprus for drug-related crimes, illegal clubbing, and prostitution in Cyprus, an education expert at the Department of Guidance and Counseling, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Dr. Tayo Olajubutu has attributed the ugly development to failed leadership in Nigeria.
A few days ago, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Europe (NANSE), Bashiru Saidu Muhammad, confirmed the arrest of 50 Nigerian students in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), for alleged drugs-related crimes, illegal clubbing and prostitution.
A Cyprus-based news outfit, Cyprusnews247, had earlier reported that most African students, who enroll in Cyprus universities, engage in crimes, including illicit drugs, violence, and theft.
While saying lack of money, hardship, improper documentation and settling down influenced the students to delve into illegal activities abroad, Olajubutu noted that Nigerian youth need not travel to other countries to study if the leaders provide quality and uninterrupted education for them.
She stressed that Nigerians seek greener pastures abroad because of their country’s bad governance, leaders, and hardships.
“People are frustrated by how our leaders rule us and the kind of decision or policy they implement. Universities recorded hundreds of lecturers that left the country due to poor remuneration.
“In those days, people didn’t rush abroad; those over there rushed down here,” she added.
Olajubutu suggested that Nigerians need good leaders to make decisions for the country’s betterment.
She urged the Federal Government to make stringent laws against those committing crimes abroad.
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