Don’t Migrate Abroad Without Proper Documents, Says Japa; Dabiri-Erewa Warns Asylum-Seekers

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has urged Nigerian asylum applicants to leave legally and with the correct papers to avoid “unpleasant consequences.”

She mentioned this in light of an increasing number of Nigerians leaving the nation, a phenomenon known locally as Japanese.

Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the director of the commission’s media, public relations, and protocols unit, released a statement on Thursday claiming that Dabiri-Erewa issued the warning while visiting Nigerians at a shelter in Brampton, Canada.

The NIDCOM chief expressed sympathy for their plight and asked those seeking asylum without legal paperwork to refrain, adding that the situation is becoming more difficult in many countries.

“It’s just not worth it most of the time,” she added.

See the complete statement below:


The date is November 23, 2023 in Abuja.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has encouraged Nigerians travelling overseas to do so legally and with the correct documents to avoid unpleasant repercussions.

Dabiri-Erewa made this statement while visiting several Nigerians in one of the shelters in Brampton, Canada.

The NIDCOM chief expressed sympathy for their plight and urged those planning to travel without legal papers, arrive in the country to seek asylum, or refrain, as the situation in many countries is becoming more difficult, adding that “it is simply not worth it, more often than not.”

Pastor Vivian Eruka, who operates the Bethel food bank and helps with individuals in shelters, notified us that the Mayor of Brampton has pledged to provide 800 additional beds and shelters.

Mr. Wale Rabiu, owner of Matlock bakery, donated hundreds of loaves of Agege bread to the shelter inmates, while Mr. Bayo Adedosu, a Nigerian living in Canada and an immigration consultant, also offered advice, advising them not to speak negatively about their home country, Nigeria, in order to avoid future repercussions.

Adedosu also urged them to be patient and law-abiding citizens.

Migration is a human rights problem, but it must be done legally rather than illegally.

Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM’s Director of Media, Public Relations, and Protocols

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