Sudan: Egypt opens border for stranded Nigerians…
Written by City Radio on May 2, 2023
The Federal Government said on Monday that Egyptian authorities opened their country’s border for Nigerians fleeing the Sudan war to cross, after an intervention by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
This was made known by the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday, via her Twitter handle.
Dabiri-Erewa tweeted: “With the intervention of President Buhari, Egypt has finally opened its border to Nigerians fleeing Sudan. With an Air Force plane already on the ground in Aswan, Egypt, the processing of the first set of evacuees will begin.”
Egypt had earlier given the Federal Government conditions for Nigerians fleeing the Sudan war to cross its border.
The first sets of Nigerian evacuees from Sudan, 637 students, had been stranded at the Egyptian border.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had on Sunday night said the Egyptian authorities insisted on clearing all the 637 Nigerians before they could be allowed entry into Egypt.
The minister explained that the Federal Government might move the students to Port Sudan for evacuation if Egypt delayed further.
A message from the Nigerian Ambassador to Egypt, Nura Rimi, sighted by our correspondent on Monday, showed that Egypt had finally granted Nigeria’s approval but on some conditions.