Reps to evacuate Nigerians from Ukraine, set to partner Air Peace


The House of Representatives has ordered the Majority Leader of the House, Hassan Ado Dogwa, to depart for Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation of Nigerians amid the invasion of major cities in the country by Russia.


The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, gave the directive on Thursday during the debate on a motion calling for the evacuation of Nigerians.


He stated that Nigerians in the country should be brought back before Monday, and if it is impossible, the House will work with Air Peace.


“Time is of the essence. A state of emergency has been declared, I listened to the news yesterday, even America said it’s not going to be bloodless. We should be more proactive and I think it’s better late than never. It’s important that at this point to forget all the bureaucratic bottlenecks, and look out for our citizens, especially students.


“Whatever it’s going to cost the House, you (Ado Dogwa) need to leave this country latest tomorrow and come back on Monday with many of our students,” he said.


It would be recalled that Russian President, Vladimir Putin had ordered a special military operation into Ukraine, a former member of the Soviet Union.


Munir Agundi, the sponsor of the motion, said several Nigerians, mostly students and embassy officials, are stranded in Ukraine.


He noted that the country must do everything it takes to ensure their safe return.


It would be recalled that Mr Allen Onyema also helped in the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa in 2019 during the Xenophobic attacks.

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