In a tweet, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the head of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), explained the situation.
|Nigeria Announces Difficulties Evacuating Citizens From Sudan.|
An Official said Nigeria is currently unable to evacuate thousands of its citizens stuck in troubled Sudan because of the dangers posed to air travel in the North African country. However, the West African nation has put in place “necessary arrangements” in order to ensure the evacuation is done as soon as possible, said the official.
“While @nemanigeria and the Nigerian Mission in Sudan have put in place necessary arrangements, any flight now is gravely risky,” tweeted Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM). All airlines at the airport were burned out Today, there is a curfew and no flights are allowed to operate.
She told us that humanitarian groups are trying to distribute food, water, and medical supplies, and that all efforts are being made to get the conflicting parties to a ceasefire.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with our citizens there, and the whole country.”
Over 300 people have died and at least 3,200 have been injured during a week of fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
There have been at least four attempts to reach a ceasefire agreement between the conflicting parties and to open a humanitarian corridor, but these attempts have failed.
On Friday, both the army and RSF agreed to a ceasefire for the three-day Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. On Saturday, however, explosions and gunfire rang out across Khartoum.
Many countries, including Nigeria, have announced they will evacuate their citizens from the vulnerable country.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, some Nigerian students studying in Sudan have asked the Nigerian government to help them.
According to Aljazeera, the Sudanese army said it would help American, British, Chinese, and French diplomats evacuate from Sudan, while Saudi Arabia and Jordan were already evacuating via Port Sudan on the Red Sea.
It stated that Khartoum’s airports and Nyala, Darfur’s largest city, posed problems.
Saudi Arabia reported that it had evacuated 157 Saudis and other nationalities by late Saturday afternoon, broadcasting footage of people on a naval ship, and Kuwait said some of its Kuwait stated that some of its nationals had arrived in Jeddah. According to Aljazeera, Jordan had started evacuating 300 citizens.