Sudan: Nigerian Students’ Efforts To Reach Borders Worrisome — FG

As people try to get to safety following the ongoing crisis in Sudan, the Federal Government has expressed worry that Nigerian students in the war-torn country were trying to find their way to the borders of Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia or Chad on their own.

The government noted that while concerted efforts were being made to evacuate them, parents should advise their wards to remain calm and maintain constant communication with officials of the Nigerian embassy in Sudan for instructions and updates.

The government’s position was contained in a joint statement by ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development signed by the permanent secretaries of the ministries.

They expressed “concern over the dire humanitarian situation in Sudan and empathise with the entire civilian population in the country, including the Nigerian students, and other members of the Nigerian community caught up in the ongoing crisis between the Sudanese army and the Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.”

The statement was signed by Ambassador Janet Olisa, Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

It read in part: “The Honourable Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, MHADMSD, note with concern that some of these students are trying to find their way to contiguous borders of either Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia or Chad on their own.

“In line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, the humanitarian sector comprising MHADMSD, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA; National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, are working very closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerian Missions in the countries bordering Sudan, as well as with other relevant stakeholders, especially the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Ministry of Health, the Nigerian

Armed Forces, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, and international humanitarian organizations such as International Organization for Migration, IOM, to immediately evacuate these Students and other affected Nigerian citizens.

“The ministers, therefore, urge parents to advise their wards that while concerted efforts are being made to evacuate them, the students should endeavour to remain calm and maintain constant communication with officials of the Nigerian embassy in Sudan for instructions and updates.

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