The Nigeria Immigration Service has cautioned Nigerians on the dangers of irregular migration, so as not to waste their future.
The Comptroller-General of NIS, Isah Jere, gave the warning in Abuja on Thursday at a news conference.
Jere, who was represented by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Tony Akuneme, said the service was committed to sensitising Nigerians to the dangers of irregular migration.
â€œA lot of people want to travel without knowing what they are going to do or where they are going to exactly.
â€œPeople are being brainwashed by agents of irregular migration and you think life is better on the other side.
â€œWho says there are no beggars in Canada, USA or UK?
â€œThere are beggars and homeless people in these countries you are rushing to,â€ he said.
The NIS boss said one could travel if the person has a legal job waiting, admission into school, or any concrete legal means of survival.
â€œIf the young people are told that the Libya they are going to is not better than Nigeria, that will at least give them a rethink.
â€œYou canâ€™t be excited going to a country you know nothing aboutâ€, he said.
According to him, some of the young people rushing out donâ€™t even use the Nigeria passport issued to them.
â€œSo whatâ€™s the point in getting a document that you donâ€™t need and putting pressure on the system?â€ he asked.
The CG urged the media to help in educating the citizens on the dangers of illegal migration.