FG ready to evacuate Nigerians from South Sudan – Presidential aide – Abike

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Nigerians have been assured that
the federal government has not
neglected her citizens in Juba, as
discussions about their safety is
Senior Special Assistant to President on
Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike
Dabiri-Erewa, told the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, that plans had
been on to evacuate Nigerians from the war
torn country.
She however said that the delay was due to
logistics and the non-willingness of those
affected to return to Nigeria.
Dabiri Erewa who spoke through her media
aide, Mr Abdul-Rahaman Balogun, dismissed
the claim that 100 Nigerians living in juba
were stranded.
She said that federal government had offered
to evacuate Nigerians from Juba in the early
stage, but the delay was due to logistics, but
that there was no immediate threat to their
security and safety.
However, many refused due to their
businesses that needed to be secured.
“Many of them demanded they should be
evacuated to the neighbouring countries like
Kenya and, DRC or Central African Republic
because of their investment in Juba.’’
According to her, most of them have very
good investments in Juba and they are afraid
of losing them, so they don’t want to be far
away from it even if they are evacuated.
Dabiri Erewa however assured that there has
been a regular contact with the Nigerian
mission in the country and necessary steps are
being taken to ensure safety of the people.
She explained that although relative calm had
returned to the country, but the federal
government was still ready to evacuate those
willing to come back home as soon as possible.
The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Mr Clement Aduku had earlier said
that the ministry was monitoring the situation
in Juba.
Aduku said that the Nigerian mission in South
Sudan was in contact with the ministry, while
assuring that the welfare of Nigerian citizens in
the country is guaranteed.
NAN recalled that fighting broke out in Juba on
July 7, in the world’s newest country.
Hundreds of people, mostly soldiers, have
been reportedly killed in the fighting between
rival armed groups since then, raising fears of
a slide back into all-out conflict.
Report says that uneasy calm has returned to
South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Tuesday after
five days of fierce fighting between troops
loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-
President Riek Machar.

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The relative calm comes after the two leaders
ordered a ceasefire and directed all
commanders to lay down arms and report to
their unit bases.
No fewer than 272 people have been killed in
the renewed fighting that threatened to
plunge the world’s youngest nation into war.

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