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FG Says It’s Too Risky To Evacuate 5,600 Nigerians In Ukraine Now



FG Says It’s Too Risky To Evacuate 5,600 Nigerians In Ukraine Now

The Federal Government (FG) says it is impossible to evacuate Nigerian students in Ukraine until the airports in the country are reopened.

Since the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine broke out on Thursday, February 24, 2022, there have been calls on the FG to evacuate over 5000 Nigerians studying in Ukraine.

The war started shortly after Russian President, Vladimir Putin ordered a “special military operation” in the country.

Following the order, many Ukrainian major cities including Kyiv, the country’s capital were bombed and dozens of deaths have also been recorded.

On Thursday, the National Association of Nigerian Students in Ukraine cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their rescue.

“The advice we were getting is that we should not panic. The embassy was in touch with the students telling them to take reasonable precautions,” he said.

The minister said this following his separate meetings with the Ukrainian ambassador to Nigeria, Kirdoda Valerii, and his Russian counterpart, Alexei Shebarshin.

Onyema said he discussed the possibility of evacuating Nigerians from Ukraine but Shebarshin told him there might be risk involved.

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