Last updated on October 26th, 2022 at 08:18 am
On Friday, AFP journalists reported from the airport in Abuja that the first batch of 415 Nigerians who escaped the Russian invasion of Ukraine were back in their homeland. The students landed in Abuja at 7:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) from Bucharest, Romania’s capital, one of the countries where many African students have fled. The Nigerians were fatigued yet relieved when they arrived. A young woman on the airport tarmac said, “I am extremely delighted to be back home. Thank you, Nigeria.”
Several pupils described their harrowing events to their teachers, most of whom were still clad in their winter gear. “Heavy artillery, missiles, bombs, and all that,” Oyewo Elisha, a 22-year-old Kharkov student, instantly mentioned. It was very horrible everywhere. It was too unsafe for anyone to stay there. Haroun Rukayat, 20, stated that she had to wait in the cold for 14 hours before being allowed to enter Romania. “I was one of the fortunate few who were able to flee. For the time being, some individuals remain stranded in other locations, particularly in Soumy, where the fighting is still raging. “She was adamant.”
“I am thankful for God’s protection and I thank Him for it.” Nigeria’s government has chartered three planes from local businesses, Max Air and Air peace, to fly over 1,000 people to Europe. 7.7 million for the repatriation of about 5,000 people.
Against the backdrop of claims of racism at Ukraine’s borders, many African countries are stepping up efforts to assist their citizens who have fled to Poland and Romania, in particular. A first group of 17 Ghanaian students was repatriated to Accra, Ghana’s capital, on Tuesday, after more than 500 students successfully crossed the Ukrainian border into neighboring nations. Since the Russian invasion began a week ago, almost one million people have fled from Ukraine to neighboring nations.