By Blessing Enechojo Abu
Following the calls of Nigerians stranded in the Sudan crisis, the federal government has reported that 40 buses have been deployed to evacuate 2,400 stranded Nigerians out of Sudan to the neighboring city of Cairo.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama the federal government of Nigeria spent 1.2m dollars to deploy these buses.
The minister noted that the high cost was as a result of the need to provide security cover for the eight hour long journey from Luxol to Cairo and the eleven-hour trip from Aswan to Cairo, Egypt.
The chairperson of The Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa confirmed the latest development on Wednesday on her Twitter account.
She tweeted; “Last night, the Nigeria Evacuation team in Sudan received some buses to transport Nigerian students to nearby borders in Egypt, before airlifting them to Nigeria, this has been sorted by the Federal Government through @nemanigeria and the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan.
“More buses are arriving this morning and the stranded students will depart today.”
No Nigerian lost their lives in the conflict in Sudan.