The federal government Sunday said it had got the approval of the Ukrainian government to evacuate Nigerian students and other citizens from Sumy, beginning from today.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this on his Twitter handle.
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Onyeama said his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmyro Kuleba, assured that that Ukraine would establish a humanitarian corridor and authorize evacuation of the Nigerian students.
“The big challenge is procuring buses. We’re doing everything to make it happen. Great commitment by Nigerian Ambassador to Ukraine, Shina Alege” he said.
Many students, including Nigerians, are still trapped in Sumy State University (SumDU), owing to their inability to leave the city following the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
The stranded Nigerian students in SumDU) had, Saturday, appealed for immediate evacuation.
“Let us go home. We want to go home. Early this morning, we were woken up with six bombs. What did we do wrong? We just came to study medicine. We haven’t showered in three days. There is no light in the hostel.
There is nothing; everything is running out. This place is not safe.
“Every single day, some of us have mental trauma. We can’t even hear doors closing without someone running. We have nothing to do with this war, this is not our country.” one of the students had said.