Egypt opens border for Nigerian students fleeing Sudan — FG

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The Federal Government has said the Egyptian border was opened after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), spoke with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

This was made known by the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday, via her Twitter handle.

Earlier today, Egypt gave Nigeria stringent conditions for stranded Nigerians to cross its border.

The first sets of 637 Nigerian students evacuated from Sudan are stranded at the Egyptian border with the war-torn country.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, who spoke on Sunday night, said Egyptian authorities had insisted on clearing all the 637 Nigerians before they could be allowed entry into their country.

He explained that the Federal Government might move the students to Port Sudan for evacuation if Egypt delayed further.

Meanwhile, in a message sent by Nigerian Ambassador to Egypt, Nura Rimi, and sighted by our correspondent on Monday, the approval to be granted for the evacuation of Nigerians through Egypt, with stringent conditions and guidelines are: “Details and schedule of the aircraft; capacity of the aircraft; a strong pledge that once our citizens depart the border, they will be conveyed directly to the designated airport.”

Others are: “Comprehensive list of the evacuees, with passport numbers; valid travel documents (passport or ETC); the presence of Nigerian government officials at the points of embarkation; and standby buses that will immediately convey them to the airport.”

Giving updates on the stranded Nigerians at the border, Dabiri-Erewa said, “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.”

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