Shina J O
The Nigerian Government has expressed deep concerned about the escalation of the conflict in Sudan between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which has brought death and untold suffering to civilians.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the non-adherence of the warring parties to numerous international calls for a ceasefire has worsened the plight of civilians and made it impossible to embark on their evacuation.
Nigeria, therefore, wishes to reiterate the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with the Sudanese authorities and has, through the Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum, made an official request for permission to evacuate Nigerian students and other members of the Nigerian community who may wish to depart the country.
The Nigerian Embassy has created WhatsApp and Telegram platforms for the students and other Nigerians in Sudan for the purposes of proper coordination and regular updates. Nigerians in the country are advised to remain indoors and contact the Embassy if need be.