President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

4 January, 2013

The Nigerian Government has evacuated three hundred and sixty-five Nigerians who were stranded in Central African Republic since the anti Malaka crisis began.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin
Uhomoibi who received the returnees, said it is the primary responsibility of the Nigerian government to protect the life of
its citizens in any part of the world.

“The federal government is very
responsive and sensitive of the need of Nigerians not only in this place but
anywhere in the world so when the
news broke about the internal crisis in the Central African Republic government quickly go to work; the
president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
authorized the immediate evacuation
of these stranded Nigerians”

Also one of the victims who spoke to
Voice of Nigeria expressed displeasure over the crisis in Central African Republic that claimed the lives of some Nigerians.

“I have two children my wife was killed during the crisis, we ran to the Nigerian embassy but we did not see any one to help us until the arrival of the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency who began by taking down our names and now we are here back to Nigeria”.

However the Acting Director Planning,
Focusing and Research of the National
Emergency Management Agency, Mallam Alhassan Nuhu said the affected persons will soon be integrated into the society.

The evacuation process is expected to
continue until all Nigerians in CAR are
returned home safely.


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  1. Henry says:

    This is why a free and robust media like we have in Nigeria is a vital tool for democratic growth. Although the media has on many occasions shown it’s ugly side (Sahara & Premium Times), it is still an irreplaceable tool for the nation’s growth.

    Anyway, better late than never.

  2. Yagazie says:

    If we had a robust and well led Airforce, millitary transport planes would have been available to be dispatched to the CAR for the evacuation of our citizens as soon as the troubles flated up. What happened to the ‘Airline’ set up by the present CAS when a Boeing 737 was commissioned with the promise of a second Boeing 737 to be commissioned in August 2013 (which of course did not happen)? These planes would have been the perfect assets to airlift our citizens from the CAR. Plasee the President should sack the present Chief of Air Staff and appoint someone more competent.

    Also the behaviour of ALL the Nigerian Embassy Officials (including the Ambassador/Charge D’Affiars) in Bangui needs to be investigated and any officer found negligent should be dismissed from service. What is the point in having an Embassy in a country, if the embassy staff can’t look after the interests of Nigerians resident there?

  3. jimmy says:

    i no know maybe we do not have a c-130 and A G222 sitting on the ground oh my bad we have two 737s sitting on the ground. OGA YAGAZIE make you talk am i don tire o!

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    Thank God that the evacuation has began! I don’t know why it took so long (the west had finished their long time ago and our blood is as red as theirs) but I’m happy we have them back home. That the no is in the 300 region makes me even angrier @ how it could have taken so long!
    Again, thank God that they are home

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    Thought they were 3000+, that’s why I suggested the airlifting to Congo and shipping (LPDH) back home! Na wao!

  6. Tope says:

    If we go to lagos domestic and international airport we will see 2 fresh painted C-130s abi G-222s when I landed as recent as Friday I saw this jet sitting on the tarmac the engine was running and I for the life of me do not understand why all our jets plus even nigerian airlines like arik or aero where not contacted to airlift the crowd of people I CAR, if the citizens said our Embassy was closed down then I suggest to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to issue an Arrest of all da Workers in that Embassy, its a SHAME! Nothing to mince words about, no wonder people don’t go to our embassies when they are abroad, to do what there?.

    How many Transport planes do we currently have mr Beeg? Dose refurbished or bought and those sitting in crates or undergoing refurbishment.

  7. ifiok umoeka says:

    And 2 be ultra pedantic, turbo props are jets (not exactly like turbo jets and fans but the internal turbine arrangement and principles are not so different) except that they have a propeller attach 2 it. Its not 2 be confused with a piston engine but its related 2 the prop fan and turbo shaft (which powers most modern copters) and are broadly accepted as part of the jet family.

  8. ifiok umoeka says:

    On a more serious note, what ever happened 2 those 20 CASA C-295s rumored @ one time for the NAF?

  9. rka says:

    They were actually CN 235s and long since abandoned. I think I read somewhere years ago that the Indonesian line that was to produce them couldn’t guarantee a fast enough production to warrant a contract go-ahead by the Abacha? regime.

    I, as ever, stand to be corrected.

  10. ifiok umoeka says:

    If I’m not mistaken, I read somewhere, can’t remember now of Nigeria being interested in the 295s, perhaps the refurbishment of the charlies and the 222s have pushed them out of sight!

  11. ugobassey says:

    2 or 3 C130S should be able to airlift all Nigerian citizens in the CAR. And by the way do we still have any operable C130s?

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    Supposedly 5 charlies and 6 G222

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