Geoffrey Onyeama, the foreign minister of Nigeria, has stated that because of the precarious situation in war-torn Sudan, the Federal Government will evacuate Nigerians via road.
Following the violence that broke out between the Sudanese army commanded by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the leader of the Rapid Support Force (RSF), Mohamed Dalago, many Nigerians, including students and nationals of other nations, are stuck in the North African nation.
About 500 people have died, over 3500 have been wounded, and tens of thousands more have fled into Chad as a result of the power struggle that started less than a week ago.
Nigerian students flee to Ethiopia from Sudan
Nigerians have urged the Federal Government to save their countrymen in the troubled nation as a result of this despicable act.
“The pricing estimate and all the information have been provided to us. They told us that 5,500 people are prepared for evacuation. Obviously, before you start evacuating people in a circumstance like this, you need a location where everyone can gather. Because the airports are not functioning, as you noted in your report. The only practical exit is via the road.
However, it is obviously not completely secure, so you will need the government to offer some protection and a secure exit route.
He said, “Our position is especially difficult since the numbers are so high. certain nations, including the US and certain European nations, have begun to evacuate.
But it was actually their diplomatic personnel that they were evacuating. They have been unable to begin removing their residents from that area. Because they must arrange the evacuation of all those kids we are referring to, we are now unable to evacuate the entirety of our diplomatic personnel.
Earlier, students, who make up roughly 80% of the trapped people, were instructed to stay home by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s embassy in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, in a letter written by the charge d’affaires H.Y. Garko.
The government issued this warning based on reports that some Nigerian students had organized to evacuate to Ethiopia, but it was still perilous to travel near the frontiers of Sudan without authorization and assurance from the Sudanese authorities.
Additionally, the Embassy informed the Nigerian students that their security and welfare were top priorities.