The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has said that African leaders can stop the brain drain in the continent by providing for the youth, the basics of rule of law, democracy, governance and peace.
Obama made the demand on Monday at a meeting with young African leaders of the Mandela Washington fellowship in the United States.
The President also said that many young, talented and well educated people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia were staying away from their countries for lack of confidence in succeeding in their home countries.
He said it was not the wealth of the host countries that keep the young people away, but their quest to have a sense of meaning and belonging in the society they live and grow, an atmosphere he said every government must try to provide for its young people.
In the last few months, deaths of migrants have been recorded in the Mediterranean sea, as they attempt to cross to Europe in search of greener pasture, a development that may have triggered President Obama’s comments.
The influx had forced the European Union consider military operation against human traffickers.