President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof. Banji Akintoye has lamented over how Yoruba women travel abroad to seek greener pastures but end up becoming slaves and prostitutes.
His statement is coming on the back of a viral video showing some young ladies in Lebanon crying for help from federal government of Nigeria.
In an interview, Prof Akintoye blamed the mass migration of Yorubas on the poverty they are subjected to, in Nigeria.
“Nigerian young men and women are dying in droves in the desert trying to reach Europe. It is happening all the time and the government of Nigeria knows it.
“Yoruba people are known for their love for education and an average parent in Yorubaland can do anything to send their children to school up to the university level.
“But it is wrong that we do not have plans for youth development and youth empowerment. We have identified that as a problem and that is why the Yoruba World Congress is doing something about youth development. A state government in the South-West has partnered us.
“The next step after education is youth development but we have failed to do that. That is why we have a big problem on our hand now. It is a shame that Yoruba youths, after obtaining university degrees, are dying in the desert and in the sea while trying to cross to Europe. It is also a shame that Yoruba youths are being used for prostitution and slaves in Europe and other countries.” he said.