Unity among Nigerians, my greatest achievement in UK - Former Envoy

The former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Sarafa Tunji Ishola, on Friday said one of his greatest achievements as envoy was the unification of Nigerians living in the UK.

He made the disclosure at the projects commissioning and one year in office of the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ogun State Council. 

Sarafa recalled that Nigerians in the United Kingdom were not unite when he assumed office in 2021, adding that the division was filed by the ill treatment they received.

The former High Commissioner also stressed that the Yoruba tribe were rather clamouring for Oodua nation while the Igbo tribe clamored for Biafra nation. 

He disclosed that when he assumed office, the Nigerian embassy was experiencing at least three protests in one week by Nigerians. 

He said "When I got to UK, Nigerians were not united. The people of southeast origin we're doing Biafra, the people of southwest were doing Oodua nation and some of them were not even happy with the service being provided, the love of the country was not there, sense of patriotism was very low. 

"When I assumed office, it used to be minimum of three protest in a year but as at today, there's no protest in the Nigeria High Commission. I have been able to bring them together and let them to that country matters and that the division cannot help us. Nigerians in UK are now more united", he added. 

Sarafa also explained that the Japa syndrome reduced under his watch as the number reduced from about 18,000 to 10,000. 

Sarafa stated "Japa experienced became pronounced when I was in office because the enrollment of Nigerian students coming for Post graduate studies had gone down. It used to be from 18, 000 to 15, 000 now it was 10,00. I happen to be a beneficiary of British education so I understand that it was good that opportunity to be created."

"Most of my engage with the department of education, particularly the UUKI, consisting of the Vice Chancellors of universities, I discovered that the institutions over there are desirous of having Nigerians there for schooling."

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