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No urgent need to evacuate Nigerians in South Sudan — FG

By Victoria Ojeme

Abuja—Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said weekend, that there might be no urgent need to evacuate Nigerians in South Sudan due to the crisis in the country.

Onyeama, who stated this while briefing newsmen on the just concluded African Union, AU, meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, said Nigerians in South Sudan had returned to their businesses.

The minister, who noted that the Federal Government did not abandoned Nigerians, as claimed by some persons on social media, said there was no immediate threat to the lives of Nigerian citizens in the place.

He said:  “As you know, we have a large number of Nigerians in South Sudan who, when fighting broke out, took refuge in the Nigerian embassy and there were calls for evacuation because one or two countries had evacuated their citizens.

“We took certain steps in the ministry, we got in touch with National Security Adviser and the Ministry of Defence to explore the options of evacuating some of our citizens  And, of course, we are also in touch with the Nigerian embassy in the country.”

Onyeama said there was relative calm and peace in the country due to ceasefire agreed upon by the warring parties.




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