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Make Nigeria livable, diaspora dons tell FG

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While President Muhammadu Buhari was quick to bid Nigerians willing to leave the country farewell, some Nigerian university dons in the Diaspora have equally fired back, by asking the Federal Government to make the country livable, so that her vast pool of intellectuals and professionals could remain at home and work for her development.

They argued that Nigeria has become a living hell, where nothing works and Nigerians are being forced to leave in droves.

These were the submissions of successful poets and academics, Professors Niyi Osundare, University of New Orleans, U.S.; Tanure Ojaide, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, U.S. and Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town, South Africa, who were at ‘Poets at Large: A Generation in Exile’ panel at the Efe Paul Azino-organised Lagos International Poetry Festival 2018 that ended yesterday in Lagos.

They noted that a lot of Nigerian professionals had no reason to be outside the country, if the right conditions of humane living were accessible at home.

Osundare and Ojaide said they left the country, when they could not access proper medical care for their daughters, which America readily offered alongside professorial chairs in prestigious universities.

Osundare was categorical in stating that Nigeria is a failed state. He contended that it was disastrous, when the best brains of a country and a continent reside abroad. He implored youths to be involved in big political decisions that determine their lives.

Garuba also lent voice to the poor living conditions, both in the country and in the universities, which he said made outside attractive to many.


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