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Reps summon Onyeama, others over evacuation of Nigerians from Sudan

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama as well as officials from the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to give an account of the status of evacuation efforts of Nigerians from Sudan.

The Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila who issued the summon said the House is aware of ongoing difficulties with the evacuation efforts and the federal government’s response to the developments in the Republic of Sudan.

According to the speaker, the House is also mindful that some of the difficulties flow from interagency disagreements arising from overlapping mandates and the absence of established operational guidelines for such circumstances.

“While our priority is to ensure the welfare and well-being of our fellow citizens caught in this war, we must further revisit the statutory and other frameworks that have left us seemingly unprepared to respond promptly and effectively.

“The conflict in the Republic of Sudan reminds us once more of the fragility of nations. In pursuing our political objectives, we must never lose sight of the fundamental truth that in war, everybody loses; in peace, everybody can win.

Gbajabiamila added that all personal, partisan and sectional interests must always succumb to the overriding interest of ensuring the unity and stability of Nigeria.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade