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NLC tasks Buhari with ensuring the safety of Nigerians in Sudan

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the federal government to ensure the safety of Nigerians in Sudan during the present conflict.

NLC President Joe Ajaero stated this on Saturday in Abuja in a statement headlined “Nigerians in Sudan Should Not Die.”

“We have watched with increasing alarm and despair the unfolding tragedy in Sudan as a result of that country’s ongoing war,” Mr Ajaero said.

“That is between two major military factions: the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, and the Sudanese Army, led by Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, which has resulted in untold human carnage and destruction of property of Sudanese citizens.”

“At this point, we are not particularly concerned about the war’s history or immediate causes, but we are concerned because many Nigerians have become unwitting victims of the conflict and are stranded in that country, unable to flee.”

“They have cried out for help to escape the horrors that the war has continued to dish out to those who remain trapped in Sudan,” he said.

He stated that the NLC was concerned because, since the battle began at the end of last week, reports have shown that the number of human casualties has been horrifying and terrible.

He went on to say that this makes every patriot concerned about the safety of our nationals in that country, particularly our students.

According to Mr. Ajaero, “we believe that it remains the responsibility of any government to ensure the safety of their nationals.”

He stated that this includes ensuring that nationals of foreign countries are safeguarded in whatever way feasible in the event of a war.

He remarked that this was one of the primary reasons for governance: the protection of people and property.

Mr. Ajaero continued, “we are baffled as to why the federal government of Nigeria finds it difficult to ensure the safety of our citizens in that country.”

He stated that this was more than a nominal attempt at protection through an admonition to all Nigerians in that country to take sanctuary in Nigeria’s embassy in Khartoum or stay home, believing that it was safer.

The NLC president also questioned and rejected the excuse that attempting to evacuate Nigerians through the airport was dangerous.

“We don’t know whether other options for evacuating our citizens were considered before reverting to this apparent helplessness and apparent abandonment of our citizens, who are obviously in great distress and fear for their lives on a daily basis.”

“It is trite diplomacy that, in such a situation, serious governments will reach an agreement with the warring parties for the removal of their nationals from the theater of war, which drastically reduces the risk of loss of life and equipment in such operations.”

“If the airports aren’t safe, as the government suggests, can’t we work out a safe-corridor to neighboring countries to allow our citizens safe passage and evacuation through the various land borders?” he questioned.

He also urged that the government collaborate with the international community to establish a safe haven for all foreign nationals in the country.

“Our concern is that while our government resorts to the usual laziness and excuses, the lives of our nationals in Sudan who are already in grave danger may suffer losses or injuries.”

“We urge the federal government, through the appropriate agencies and ministries, to take immediate action to prevent deaths and injuries among our citizens in that country.”

“Nigerians must not be allowed to die in Sudan as a result of carelessness.” If the fighting continues and intensifies into a full-fledged war, no effort should be spared to ensure their protection and eventual evacuation to Nigeria.

“It remains the government’s responsibility, and we urge the federal government to make this happen.”

“As we await prompt and positive action to evacuate our citizens, we would like measures put in place to make their lives more comfortable upon arrival, particularly for those who own businesses in Sudan and have suffered business losses as a result,” he said.

Mr Ajaero, on the other hand, expressed sympathy for the Sudanese people while urging for an immediate truce to allow for a peaceful resolution of the issues that sparked the war.

(NAN)

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