Nigerians Stranded In Ukraine demand immediate evacuation
While Russia continues to invade the eastern European nation of Ukraine, a number of Nigerians — largely students – are presently stuck in the country, according to reports.
This comes as the National Association of Nigerian Students in Ukraine (NANSU) has delivered a Save Our Soul statement to President Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), requesting that he immediately evacuate the country.
Eunice Eleaka, the interim President of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Ukraine, has appealed to the Federal Government to intervene and assist them in their ordeal.
A letter to the President, headlined “Matter of Urgency,” was written by the president. The students said that cities inhabited by Nigerians were under assault in a letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, which was delivered on Thursday to the president.
The letter reads as follows:
“Greetings, your Excellency. We are the executive body of National Association of Nigerian Students Ukraine (NANS-UKRAINE).
“We write to you with regard to the current Russia-Ukraine conflict which has finally risen to its maximum early this morning being February 24, 2022 as gunshots and explosives have raided the territories occupied by the Nigerian citizens.
“We plead with your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to please send for an immediate evacuation of the Nigerian students currently in Ukraine. We can only trust and wait on our great nation (Giant of Africa) in this perilous time.
“It will be of great honour if our request is deliberately considered and met with urgency as it calls for. Forever, this kind and fatherly gesture will be engraved in our hearts. Thank you so much in anticipation, Mr President.”
Eleaka, who has managed to make her way out of Ukraine, informed reporters that many other Nigerians were stranded in Ukraine due to the high cost of aircraft tickets to the country.
She urged Nigeria to develop a comprehensive evacuation policy, similar to that of India.