Coronavirus: 200 Nigerians in US are willing to come back home - Onyeama
- FG says Nigerians living abroad who are willing to be evacuated amid coronavirus scare should report to Nigeria embassy
- Geoffery Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, who made this known also revealed that 200 Nigerians in the US are willing to be repatriated
- Onyeama disclosed that the protocols for the repatriation of Nigerians in the United States have been completed
Geoffery Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has disclosed that about two hundred (200) Nigerians living in the United States have indicated an interest in returning home amid global scare over coronavirus.
Onyeama made this known during a presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 8, in Abuja.
According to the minister, the protocols for the repatriation of the Nigerians in the United States have been completed as Nigeria is in a “stronger and better position” to listen to the yearning of its citizens abroad.
Speaking further, Onyeama said the delay in the evacuation of Nigerians was because the federal government was making a headway roadmap on the logistics involved since the airports have been closed.
“We have started to get a greater number of Nigerians, especially in the United States, where almost 200 have now indicated their willingness to return.
We are engaging with our embassy in China and our High Commissioners in London and also in France to work out all the logistics but things are now beginning to fall in place and we are getting the sense of what needs to be done,” Onyeama said.
The foreign affairs minister urged Nigerians who are interested in coming back home to report to Nigeria's embassy in the countries they are residing in.
"What is important to get out to all Nigerians is that their engagement and communication should be with the embassies, high commissions and not with any other parallel agency, department of government or anything like that," Onyeama further posited.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that amid growing scare of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, another batch of Americans numbering 376 has departed Nigeria to the United States as the country continues to evacuate its citizens.
The US Embassy in Nigeria made this known in a tweet on Tuesday, April 7, adding that the repatriation flight departed Lagos.
The flight, which left Nigeria around 10:57 am on Tuesday, is bound for the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
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