The Federal Government on Friday urged the appropriate authorities along the Sudanese borders to provide a humane environment so that over 7,000 nationals, including Nigerians, could go to their respective destinations without restriction.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, who made this plea, claimed that since the nationals’ arrival on Thursday night, they have not been permitted to pass the border into Egypt.
Dabiri-Erewa had announced on Thursday that the first group of trapped Nigerians in Sudan had arrived at the Egyptian border crossing at Aswan.
The border was already blocked when the students arrived, according to Dabiri-Erewa, who verified the development in a tweet. She added that they will travel to the airport the following morning.
In contrast, the chairman of NiDCOM stated in a statement that “The Nigerian mission in Egypt has been working tirelessly on this as the Egyptian authorities are insisting on visas by fellow Africans to transit back to their countries.”
She begs the Egyptian authorities to gently permit the already traumatized travellers to pass to their final destinations in a number of African states.