Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs. Caroline Adepoju, has issued a cautionary message to both parents and young girls, emphasizing the perils of irregular migration that have tragically claimed the lives of several Nigerian youths.
Adepoju conveyed this message during the 20th Outreach event of the August Girls’ Assembly, a significant assembly of young girls in Ibadan, Oyo State. The event, organized by the Worth-in-Womanhood division of the Vine Branch Church Ministry, centered around the theme of “Christian Culture.”
Highlighting the challenges faced by illegal migrants, including adverse weather conditions and the dangers posed by predators who exploit or trade their organs in a gruesome manner, Adepoju underscored the necessity of safeguarding children from those who seek to manipulate them into journeys abroad.
“Parents protect your children from those who want to exploit them by luring them abroad.
“And, girls, don’t follow anyone who wants to take you abroad by road without telling your parents,” Adepoju warned.
Addressing the girls directly, Adepoju strongly advised against blindly following anyone promising to take them abroad via risky routes, particularly without informing their parents. She urged the girls to concentrate on their education, maintain diligence, and nurture a strong sense of reverence for God.
“Use the Internet wisely, and don’t go to negative sites. Don’t do anything you don’t want anybody to know on the Internet. Don’t expose yourselves to exploitation.
“Obey your parents, especially parents that are godly, and God-fearing should be obeyed,” she said.
Additionally, Adepoju offered guidance against associating with negative influences and engaging in substance abuse. She stressed the importance of responsible internet usage, cautioning against visiting harmful websites or engaging in online activities that could potentially lead to exploitation or harm.
Furthermore, Adepoju emphasized the significance of obeying parents, particularly those with strong moral and spiritual values. She encouraged a respectful attitude towards such parents.
The Outreach event, attended by approximately 1,500 girls, focused on imparting essential life skills, lessons in sexuality education, nurturing Christian character, and promoting personal safety, among other valuable topics.