The Nigerian Immigration Service has alerted Nigerians to the dangers of irregular migration before wasting their future.
NIS Auditor General Isah Jere sounded the warning at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Jere, represented by NIS public relations officer Tony Akuneme, said the department worked to make Nigerians aware of the dangers of irregular migration.
“A lot of people want to travel but don’t know what to do or where exactly to go.
“People are being brainwashed by irregular immigration agents that you think life is better on the other side.
“Who says there are no beggars in Canada, the US or the UK?
“In these countries you’re going to, there are beggars and homeless people,” he said.
The NIS boss said a person could travel if they had a legitimate job waiting, were attending school or had any specific legal means of survival.
“If you tell young people that Libya they’re going to is no better than Nigeria, it will at least make them think again.
“You don’t get excited about going to a country that you know nothing about,” he said.
According to him, some of the youths who came out were not even using the Nigerian passports they were issued.
“So what’s the point of taking unwanted documents and stressing the system?” he asked.
CG urges media to help educate citizens about the dangers of illegal immigration.