Following the advent of hostilities in the North African nation, the Federal Government has acknowledged the beginning of the evacuation of Nigerians trapped in Sudan.
On Wednesday, when updating State House Correspondents on the situation’ developing circumstances, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and his counterpart, Minister of State Zubairu Dada, verified it. 40 luxurious buses were waiting to pick up Nigerian citizens in Sudan and transport them to Egypt, where they would be flown back to their homeland, according to Onyeama.
He claimed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FERMA) and the Nigerian embassy in Sudan were both in charge of organizing the evacuation attempts.
The Ministers stated that the cost of the buses used to transport our citizens to Egyptian land was $1.2 million, which also included the expense of security.
The priority will be given to women and children, as well as diplomats who are equally involved in the logistics of the evacuation said both ministers.
They pointed out that the Nigerian government was taking advantage of the agreed-upon 72-hour ceasefire to evacuate as many citizens as it could.
The Saudi Arabian government has already evacuated some Nigerians to safety via the sea, according to Ambassador Dada, and plans will be made to return them to Nigeria once things have calmed down.