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General News of Monday, 24 April 2023


Sudan Conflict: Dabiri-Erewa urges Nigerian students to remain on campus

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM)

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has urged Nigerian students who are caught up in the conflict happening in Sudan to remain in their universities.

She made this known in an interview with Channels Television on Monday, April 24.

“The issue of those students that gathered together, took a bus somewhere, here’s the thing: they’ve all had to go back to their universities because it was very risky of them.

“Just imagine in a war situation, you just see 20 buses moving without any permission from the military authorities, we’ll endanger the lives. So, that is why they’ve had to return,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

The NIDCOM boss warned against the mobilising students away from their campuses to avoid danger.

“NANS, which I understand came up with this thing of ‘pay $100, come somewhere,’ the things is, move to where? So, there’s no point taking you from one danger to another danger.

“And there were some people that were leaving that actually had to turn back because they would have been killed. So, now, they’ve returned to their various campuses,” she said.

The former House of Representatives member noted explained the mode of transportation that will be used to evacuate the students from their campuses.

According to her, they will likely use some borders in Egypt from which the students would be transported home by air.

Dabiri-Erewa stated that every Nigerian student now has a point of contact as there has been immense progress.

“Buses will take them to a location. We’re looking at places in Egypt: Luxor and some other place there. So, really there’s been tremendous progress. Mr President has given his nod immediately this happened, so there’s a lot,” she said.