The Nigerian federal government has warned its citizens trapped in Sudan against embarking on dangerous trips to the country’s borders as a means of escape. The government has urged parents to advise their children or wards to remain calm while efforts are being made to evacuate them from the war-torn country.
In a joint statement by the director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, the government expressed concern about the “dire humanitarian situation” in Sudan. The statement empathized with the civilian population caught up in the ongoing crisis between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The ministries urged citizens to avoid undertaking treacherous journeys to the borders on their own, emphasizing the dangers involved. The government also advised citizens to maintain constant communication with officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan for instructions and updates while concrete plans are underway to deploy air transport to evacuate all stranded Nigerian citizens through identified safe transit areas back home in safety and dignity.
The statement encouraged parents to advise their wards to remain calm and avoid dangerous trips to the borders while efforts are being made to evacuate them from Sudan. Parents are also advised to maintain constant communication with embassy officials in the country for further instructions.
The federal government expresses its concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Sudan and the plight of the civilian population caught up in the ongoing crisis. Plans are in motion to evacuate stranded citizens, and the government advises against making dangerous trips to the borders.
The government urges citizens to remain calm and maintain contact with embassy officials while preparations for their safe evacuation are underway