The advisory was issued in a joint statement on Tuesday signed by Janet Olisa, a director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, a permanent secretary in the ministry in the humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development.
The government said while efforts were ongoing to evaluate affected Nigerians back to the country, their is a need to avoid the dangerous journey to the Borders.
The Nigerian government warned its citizens against undertaking dangerous journey to the borders on their own, in view of the danger involved.
It is reported that emergency numbers were also released for those who may need to establish contact with the government.
The statement reads: “The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development express concern over the dire humanitarian situation in Sudan and empathize with the entire civilian population in the country. Including the Nigeria students, and other members of Nigerian community caught up in the on-going crisis between the Sudanese Army and the paramilitary rapid support forces.
In line with a directive of the president and commander in chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the humanitarian sector comprising FMHADMSD, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) is working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerian missions in the countries bordering Sudan. As well as other relevant stakeholders especially the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Armed Forces, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and International Humanitarian Organisations such as International Organization for Migration (IOM) to immediately evaluate these students and other affected Nigerians citizens.
The Minister, therefore, urge to parents to advise their wards that concerted efforts are being made to evaluate them, the students would endeavor to remain calm and maintain constant communication with the Officials of the Nigeria Embassy in Sudan for instruction and update.
They can reach out the Embassy Officials on the following telephone numbers:
+2349066663493, +2348035866773, +2348063636862, +249961956274, +249961956284.
“Furthermore, they are also advised to guard against undertaking dangerous journey to the borders on their own, in view of the dangers involved.
On this note, the Honourable Ministers emphasis that concrete are underway, to deploy, very shortly, air transport to evaluate all stranded Nigerian citizens through the identified safe transit areas back home to Nigerian in safety and dignity.”