Private Nigerian airline Air Peace has stated that it is willing to free up stranded Nigerians in the North-East African nation of Sudan and fly them to a safe and secure airport in any of Sudan’s bordering neighbouring nations.
The airline’s chairman and chief executive officer, Allen Onyema, revealed this in a statement on Monday.
He noted that Nigerian students and others stranded in the war-racked nation have urgent “needs our help.”
Onyema said he is compelled to help because Nigeria cannot afford to lose her citizens in that country, adding that it would be his own commitment to making sure that the stranded Nigerians in the war-torn country are safe.
“Again, Air Peace is willing to evacuate Nigerians stranded in Sudan free of charge if the government can get them to a safe and secure airport in any of the neighbouring countries bordering Sudan. Everything must not be left to the government and the government alone.
It added, “We are very ready to do it immediately. No time wasting. Any action that would promote national pride, national cohesion, peace and unity, we are for it.
“Again, we have no apologies for believing in our nation and loving the nation despite certain national challenges. If they are moved to Kenya or Uganda or any other country, we will move in to get them out. Some parents have started calling on us to help. We are ready to do this again and again,” he said.
In 2019, Air Peace deployed flights to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa when the xenophobic attack against Africans living in that country threatened the lives of Nigerians.
According to news sources, the Federal Government was preparing to transfer some 5,500 Nigerians who were stuck in Sudan via the Egyptian town of Luxor.
The Federal Government reportedly wanted Egypt’s assistance to transport the trapped Nigerians to Luxor.
Dr. Onimode Bandele, the National Emergency Management Agency’s Director of Special Duties and Chairman of the Committee for the Evacuation of the Stranded Nigerians from Sudan, reported that the FG was meeting with Egyptian government representatives to discuss how to evacuate Nigerians from Sudan via Egypt.
Bandele said this as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, said the government had concluded arrangements to evacuate 5,500 Nigerians in Sudan by road.
According to him, Nigeria, for security reasons, will get authorisation from the Sudanese government before the evacuation.