The ambassador of Sudan to Nigeria, Muhammad Yusuf, has asked Nigerians who returned from the North African country after the crisis broke out in the country.
Yusuf made the request on Thursday morning shortly after some of the evacuated Nigerians landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
They arrived in the country after days of waiting at Egypt’s border over the refusal of the authorities to allow them entry over lack of visas.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Egypt authorities finally opened its border for Nigerian students evacuated from Sudan after President Buhari’s intervention.
Yusuf asked the evacuees to consider Sudan as their second country, saying the crisis in the country would be resolved soon.
“The situation in Khartoum is calming down and the army is going to soon control the whole territory,” the ambassador said.
“I’m very sorry for what is happening there but at the same time I’m very happy to have these evacuees coming from Sudan safe, no life is lost. Nigerians are coming from their second country now to their home countries.
“I hope that things will be controlled there (Sudan) and safety would be back and rehabilitation will be started there and you can come back to your second country to pursue and continue your studies for those who are students and for others who have business there.”
According to the ambassador, the government had proposed another humanitarian truce but insisted that there would be no negotiations between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
“About the truce, yes, there is a proposal to have a truce for seven days. The government of Sudan has given its acceptance to this truce for only humanitarian purpose to make way for people who are trapped to get their basic needs like food, shelter, water, medicine,” Yusuf said.
“But, definitely as announced by the government of Sudan, no direct negotiations will be held between the rebels and the legitimate army.”