Emdee Tiamiyu has apologized over his comment about Nigerian students in the UK.
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Tiamiyu said that most Nigerian students in the UK hide behind studentship to start a new life in the country, adding that their quest for academic qualifications in the UK is not genuine.
“The student route is more like an answered prayer. It is a big bracket that’s able to take a lot of people, the ordinary people”.
“We’re beginning to see that a lot of people just hide behind the studentship. So the student thing is not real, it’s not like they need the degrees,” he said.
Angered by his comment, many Nigerians took to social media to criticize Tiamiyu, who is known for advising Nigerians on studying in the United Kingdom.
Tiamiyu’s interview with the BBC was released at a time the UK government enacted a law that restricts Nigerian students and other international students studying in the UK from bringing their families as dependents.
But m any Nigerians criticizing Tiamiyu mistakenly believe the UK government made the policy because of his interview with the BBC.
However, after a lot of criticism, Tiamiyu, who had initially stood by his words, has now tendered an apology to his critics.