Minister Of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Maping Out Safe Exit Of Nigerians From Ukraine
By Onome Naomi
Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has assured that he’s “coordinating with our missions in Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Romania and Hungary to ensure we get our citizens out of Ukraine and bring back to Nigeria those ready to return, while supporting those who are remaining in Ukraine.”
The minister made the statement on Sunday amidst reactions that Ukrainian boarder guards are restricting Nigerians from leaving the country.
Mr. Onyeama disclosed that he spoke with Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba who assured him Nigerians aren’t restricted from leaving country.
His exact words:
“Spoke on the phone with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba. Expressed sympathy for the needless loss of life and destruction and reiterated Nigeria’s recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“I also expressed concern at the news of Ukrainian border guards hindering the exit of Nigerian citizens. He asserted that Ukrainian border guards have been instructed to allow all foreigners to leave. He promised to investigate and revert quickly.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reverted to state: ‘It’s official: no restrictions for foreign nationals to leave the country exist. Problem is the result of chaos on the border and check points leading to them’”.