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Why have we not rescued stranded Nigerian students in Sudan – FG

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The Federal Government has stated that it is awaiting assurances from the Sudanese government before withdrawing Nigerian students from Sudan.

Recall that approximately 4000 Nigerians are trapped in Sudan as a result of the present regional turmoil.

In a Channels Television interview on Sunday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the Nigerian Government’s responsibility is to ensure that it has the full backing of the Government of Sudan before evacuation to avoid endangering the lives of Nigerians.

He stated that the Federal Government does not wish to remove Nigerian people who are in danger.

Onyeama stated that the government was attempting to obtain permission from the government in order to remove Nigerians from the region via a safe corridor.

“A country’s President and Vice President began yelling at each other.” Of course, things worsened, and governments began to consider evacuating their citizens. The US, Italy, and France have an edge over Nigeria in that they do not have 5,000 citizens in Sudan.

“We could start hiring cars and buses tomorrow to start moving our people out, but this would endanger their lives.” And no reasonable government would do such a thing.

“What we need right now, as one or two countries have done, is for the Sudanese government to assure us that we can drive and transport our citizens to the borders of our choosing.” The Egyptian border or port Sudan; the Ethiopian border is not an option because the path is reportedly dangerous. So once we arrive, we’ll be ready to go.

“We are in contact with the embassy, and they are in contact with a large number of Nigerian students, but we don’t want to take that risk, because if we give the go-ahead and there is an ambush tomorrow, we will be held responsible. The responsible thing to do is to ensure we have the full backing of the Government of Sudan”, he stated.

Sudan’s crisis occurred on April 16, 2023, as a result of an infighting between two Generals.

The Sudanese Army Generals, commanded by Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, RSF, led by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, have been at odds, culminating into a grave crisis in Khartoum.

On Sunday, gunmen opened fire on a French convoy during its evacuation, according to reports.

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