Arewa Youth Council slams FG on excuses govt can’t evacuate Nigerians from Sudan
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has slammed the federal government for giving excuses why Nigerians trapped in Sudan in the ongoing war and killings cannot be evacuated even as other countries are evacuating their citizens. National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, in a statement emphasised that the Council is duty bound to unequivocally state its final stand on the bloodshed and arson, and, therefore, declared that it is totally unacceptable that while several countries were evacuating their citizens from Sudan, Nigeria is the only African nation giving excuses.
He maintained that with thousands of Nigerians in Sudan, especially, male and female Northern students being the majority, the Council rejected the lame excuse given in a letter by the Nigeria Embassy about the difficulty of evacuating the sons and daughters Nigeria. He declared: “No Northerner in this country is at peace since the killings and arson started in Sudan.”
The statement reads in full:
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE AREWA YOUTH CONSULTATIVE FORUM (AYCF) ON THE UNACCEPTABLE RESPONSE OF NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO CITIZENS TRAPPED IN SUDAN
As concerned Nigerians who are very uncomfortable with the fate of Nigerians trapped in Sudan due to ongoing war and killings, we feel duty bound to unequivocally state our final stand on this bloodshed and arson.
We therefore wish to state, for the records, as follows:
- It is totally unacceptable that while several countries were evacuating their citizens from Sudan, ours is the only African nation giving excuses.
- With thousands of Nigerians in Sudan, especially male and female Northern students being the majority, we reject the lame excuse given in a letter by the Nigeria Embassy about the difficulty of evacuating our sons and daughters. No Northerner in this country is at peace since the killings and arson started in Sudan.
- We are aware that the Sudanese government had already warned that the situation would escalate, and gave 72 hours ultimatum for countries whose citizens are either doing business or schooling in that country to be evacuated. We cannot fathom why all we get at the moment is the excuse by our Embassy that doing so would be difficult. What held us from taking advantage of the 72 hours ultimatum in the first place?
- It is abundantly clear that lives are now at stake, especially for our Northern brothers and sisters schooling in Sudan, considering the escalation of this war, that involves the use of heavy-duty incendiary.
- As a group, we wish to make it categorically clear that if our innocent Northern brothers and sisters schooling in Sudan get killed in this war, we shall hold the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan accountable.
- We wish to emphasize that on no account should these young and innocent Nigerians be left to their own devices, because they have a fatherland that has the constitutional and legal responsibility to protect the lives of citizens anywhere, they are on this planet.
Alh. Yerima Shettima