After days of delay, Egyptian authorities open border for Nigerian students fleeing Sudan

Egypt has finally opened its border and allowed Nigerian students fleeing the war in neighbouring Sudan pass through its country.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said the border was opened after the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

NIDCOM chairperson further disclosed that the borders had been opened with stringent conditions, as the Egyptian authorities were insisting on visas, adding that the Nigerian mission in Egypt had been working tirelessly to rectify the issue.

The NIDCOM chairperson’s statement came a few hours after the commission said Egypt’s borders were still closed despite the arrival of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the northern African country to airlift the stranded students.

NIDCOM said the air force had assured the students that they will not be left behind.

The students, alongside other nationals, had been stranded at the Egyptian border since Thursday evening.

“The border has just been opened, ( with stringent conditions ) after President Buhari’s intervention with the Egyptian President. So, the processing of evacuees by the Nigerian Embassy in Egypt will begin,” Dabiri-Erewa said in a statement.

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