At least 256 Nigerians evacuated from the United Arab Emirates have arrived in Lagos, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama says.About 700 Nigerians are expected to be evacuated from the U.S.
Onyeama has told the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that about 4,000 Nigerians abroad are willing to come home after being stranded by travel shutdowns in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Onyeama explained that the government of UAE decided to repatriate foreigners to various countries not just Nigeria. “They informed Nigerians who are willing to come back that there is a flight going to Nigeria.”
According to him, “Nigerians spontaneously without any reference to the Nigerian government started buying tickets”.
“The British Airways was also because the flight was already coming to Nigeria to repatriate British nationals here. There are about 4,000 Nigerians abroad awaiting evacuation to Nigeria,” the minister said.
“I’ve given personal directives to our Missions in the U.S. to get in touch with our domestic airlines and see the ones that can come and give them timelines in which to deliver.