Every year, I do my vacation job in my mum’s travel agency. Every week, young adults between 18-30 walk into the office to inquire about tickets and visas to Malaysia.
And I keep asking myself "Why Malaysia?" The other week, one of them walked in to inquire about how much the tickets are. He falsified his age and identity on his international passport. He is 30 whereas he filled 24.
What is happening? What are people so crazy about Malaysia? Why would someone waste over 2Million Naira to go to Malaysia when he can use that money to start up a good business in Nigeria?
Why are people so much in a hurry to make money through illegal means? Must you sell drugs or do yahoo or even join a bad gang just to make it? Why prostitution?
How many people survive this? How many of them come back alive? How many make it over there?
Most Nigerians that have been caught with drugs have been killed. Others are imprisoned. Some people go as far as selling their fathers property just to get enough money and go to Malaysia. Then, they have to make enough money over there in order to replace that which was sold.
I heard that Malaysia is very good in academics most especially in courses like Medicine. But with the way things are, most parents are scared to send their children to Malaysia to go and study.
Some years back, an agent was in my mum's office recommending for her good schools abroad and he mentioned Malaysia.
My mum said "God forbid! Even if the scholarship is free, none of my children will go there!” That's the fear of sending your children to Malaysia.
Daily, an average of 100 Nigerians move over to Malaysia to look for greener pastures. The question now is "how many of them have found this greener pasture?"
I just think everyone should have a rethink about this and advice someone who is about to go there or who is there.
Without mincing words, Nigeria is a blessed country with hard working people. There are so many opportunities in Nigeria.
Instead of spending millions to go to Malaysia, invest that money in a business. Start something. Be productive with your life.
Chukwuma Aguwa is an undergraduate law student at Benson Idahosa University. He owns a little blog www.chukwumaaguwa.wordpress.com . He can be contacted via Facebook-Chukwuma Aguwa. Twitter- Chukwuma Aguwa. Instagram -Chukwuma Aguwa