The glee of the just concluded FIFA world cup in Russia has turned sour for some Nigerians. Following the early exit of the Super Eagles at the initial stage, hundreds of our compatriots got stranded after the championship.
Days after the end of the world cup, distressing videos and pictures of stranded Nigerian youths sleeping on the streets of Russia spread like wildfire.
These Nigerian fans became isolated, fallen into the hands of travel scammers when their peers from other countries went home, most of them went there for work and economic opportunities other than cheering the Super Eagles.
While help was slow in reaching them, a Russian charity was said to have helped bring back 50 out of the 200 estimated Nigerians.
The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, also assisted other group of 50 Nigerians he came across while in Russia to come home.
President Buhari, while on an official visit to the Netherlands, ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Aviation to bring back the stranded Nigerians.
It is still shocking that despite the distressing experiences that thousands of Nigerians have gone through which have gone viral in all platforms across the internet and social media, Nigerians still continue to troop to strange foreign countries in search of often non-existent greener pastures, yet more youths are willing to risk everything to leave the country.
This is a great challenge for our political leaders to create more opportunities for our citizens to thrive within our economy.
Nigeria is richly blessed with enormous potentials but without visionary leadership, our people, especially the youth will continue to showcase shame for the world to see.
The 2019 election is another opportunity for Nigerians to be in search of leaders with vision to actualise our potentials into a great nation.