Emdee Tiamiyu, a Nigerian youtuber who said in an interview with BBC that Nigerian students do not migrate to the United Kingdom for degrees but for greener pastures, has finally explained why he made the claim.

The youtuber has come under fire on social media after British Home Secretary Suella Braverman revealed in a statement on Tuesday that Nigerians and other international students will be prevented from bringing dependants into the UK beginning in January 2024.

Earlier in an interview with BBC, Emdee Tiamiyu asserted that “It is not like they [Nigerian students] need the degree, they need the degree as an access road to come into the country. So, a lot of these people their priorities shifted real fast…It’s not really about their education.”

The interview clip went viral shortly after the UK forbade international students from bringing dependents with them.

Many people reacted negatively to the youtuber’s assertion.

But speaking with popular Nigerian media personality, Daddy Freeze via Instagram Live Session, Tiamiyu said he made the assertion because he was being “real”.

He said, “I do know I would have to find the balance between being real and being diplomatic. If you want to be real, you will offend people. People don dey curse you since because you were mentioning why are they japaring [migrating abroad]…”

Daddy Freeze went on to say that he doesn’t mind what the youtuber said so much as where he said it.


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