- Nigerians who are stranded in Ukraine have been told to escape destinations from which they can return home
- In a statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry of foreign affairs, Gabriel Aduda, citizens were told to go to Hungarian and Romanian borders
- The update also followed a confirmed report that the governments of both nations have granted Nigerians in Ukraine visa-free access into their territories
The governments of Romania and Hungary have approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
In the statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, Nigerians in Ukraine were advised to flee to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County, and Maramures borders.
Aduda assured citizens that the ministry is taking adequate measures to cushion the enormity of challenges they are facing, especially in trying to cross to the Polish border.
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The statement seen by The Cable read in part:
“For now, movement to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County & Maramures borders is advised, as they have approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine and arrangements for accommodation and feeding before evacuation is arranged.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is fully abreast of all the challenges Nigerians crossing into countries bordering Ukraine, especially the Polish border, are facing and we are taking adequate measures to assuage these challenges.
“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs has spoken with his counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine on these unsavoury developments and both are working on alleviating the suffering of Nigerians including deploying the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to the border to ensure easier access to all Nigerians and other nationals."
Nigerians in Ukraine: Aisha Buhari sends crucial message to presidency
Meanwhile, the efforts of Nigerian diplomats to ensure the safe evacuation of stranded citizens in war-torn Ukraine had been commended by Aisha Buhari.
However, in a Facebook post on Sunday, February 27, the Nigerian first lady called on the Presidential Task on COVID-19 to wave the payment for their test on the arrival of citizens from the European nation.
She also pleaded that similar fees should be abolished for all Nigerian children who are returning home soon and reduce the cost of the tests for all Nigerians.