Air Peace to the Rescue
Set to evacuate stranded Nigerians in Ukraine
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the flag carrier Air Peace is to evacuate Nigerians from Ukraine as from Wednesday. The Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed during a meeting with the Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday.
The evacuation order was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.
With a no fly zone imposed by the Russian Air Force over Ukraine, the evacuation is to take place from neighbouring countries. Nigerians continue to leave in greater numbers. Viral videos on social media show Nigerians left behind at train stations after the Ukrainians had evacuated in freezing temperatures. Another showed Polish and Ukrainian border guards pointing automatic rifles at them.
On Sunday the foreign ministry announced that the Hungarian and Romanian governments have implemented a visa free regime for Nigerians crossing from Ukraine. Following the announcement of Russia conducting a special military operation in the country, the Nigerian embassy in Kyiv advised be responsible for your own security. This was later recalled after uproars on social media and Abuja took responsibility.
In a statement read by the Nigerian foreign ministry permanent secretary Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, he said. “Officials at Budapest, Hungary have received and accommodated 74 Nigerians safely, where they are being documented for subsequent travel arrangements back to Nigeria. 130 Nigerians have been received by the country’s embassy in Romania. 52 persons have been received in Warsaw, Poland. Of the number, 23 are being processed at the Polish Government Reception Point at Hala Kijowska.”
“The camp is well organised with beds and beddings, food, heating, clothing, and medicals for evacuees,” he added.
“We assure Nigerians that all hands are on deck and arrangements are being put in place to effectively evacuate our citizens, in safety and dignity.”
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