Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, Ayo Makun known professionally as AY, has warned that the ‘japa syndrome’ will be on the increase if the electorates fail to vote right during the 2023 elections.
He said that if a politician who is unresponsive and not obedient is elected, then more citizens will flee the country.
AY Comedian took to his Twitter page to issue the warning as he noted that Immigration Services witnessed the highest number of passport production and distribution in 2022.
He wrote; “Nigeria Immigration Service issued a total of 1,899,683 passports in 2022, the highest in a single year. This JAPA mission will increase in 2023 if we vote in people who are not obedient and responsive to the needs of the people.”
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that founder of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo has cautioned youths against the rush to leave Nigeria for greener pastures known as ‘japa’ syndrome.
He issued the warning on Saturday, January 7th while advising government to invest massively in citizens to restore the lost glory of Nigeria.
According to NAN, Oyedepo said human capital development remains the most viable stock of any nation.
The pastor also urged government to take education funding seriously because it is the bedrock of sustainable national development.
Oyedepo further said that an enabling environment for young Nigerians would reduce the number of citizens leaving the country.
He also warned about the dangers of being in a strange land, noting that many youths are stranded in foreign countries but cannot return because of shame.
The cleric added; “Parents need to reorientate their children. We all need to stay in Nigeria to rebuild. Everyone has a part to play in the recovery of his nation”.