Egypt finally opens borders to Nigerians after Buhari’s intervention
Egyptian authorities have finally opened their borders for Nigerians evacuated from Sudan.
According to the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Egyptian borders were opened to the evacuees after President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this in response to a report about NIDCOM's earlier update that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) was ready to bring home Nigerians caught in the Sudan crisis, but the evacuees were refused entry at Egypt's Aswan border.
In a tweet on Monday, May 1, 2023, the agency said, “The Egyptian border is still not opened for our students, but the Nigerian Air Force is ready; the NAF C130 landed in Aswan Airport, and they say, “We will not leave without our students.”
Six hours later, the agency tweeted that the North African country eventually opened its border to Nigerians after President Buhari’s intervention.
“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,” the tweet reads.
Following the opening of the border, the stranded Nigerians will be airlifted back to their country.
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