Nigeria to begin evacuation on Wednesday

The Nigerian government announced on Monday that it will begin the evacuation of Nigerians fleeing Ukraine from Wednesday. Geoffrey Onyeama, Foreign Minister of Nigeria, made it known in a meeting with Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives. He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an Air Peace airlift for Nigerians willing to return to the country. “We had to sit down with the president very quickly last week, we went to the chief of staff, we saw him and he approved that we should go ahead with an airlift. We negotiated with Air Peace, we tentatively fixed it for Wednesday; the idea is that Romania is the center,” said Mr. Onyeama. According to Mr. Onyeama, approximately 1,000 Nigerians are ready to be picked up in Romania; 200 in Slovakia; 250 in Poland and 250 in Hungary. He added that about 150 Nigerians will return from Russia. He added that although some Nigerians do not want to return home, these countries have given them (Nigeria) a timetable and are bound by their own part of the agreement. There are more than 5,000 Nigerian students in Ukraine, the Nigerian embassy in Ukraine has confirmed. Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine on Thursday and has sustained it despite sanctions from the United States and its allies. ALSO READ: Helping those trapped: How two young Nigerians help others fleeing Ukraine war Five days after the crisis, the situation remains tense and major Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv and Kharkiv are already in the spotlight. Russia, however, says it is only targeting military installations. Russia and Ukraine have started unconditional talks on the Ukraine-Belarus border. More than 500,000 people have fled Ukraine while some 3 million are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN. The exact number of dead is not clear as of Monday, but the United Nations (UN) has said that 102 civilians have been killed and hundreds injured. However, the UN said the figure is likely to be a gross underestimate. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigeria to begin evacuation on Wednesday