AYCF expresses dismay over FG response to plight of Nigerians trapped in Sudan
By: Our Correspondent
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has expressed dismay over the response of the Federal Government to the plight of Nigerians trapped in Sudan.
The National President of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in a statement, explained that “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 Nigerian 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 a 72-hour 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-hour 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, which 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 devices because they have a fatherland that has the constitutional and legal responsibility to protect the lives of citizens anywhere they are on this plane,” the group said.