By Alao Abiodun
The Federal Government has listed the borders Nigerians fleeing the Ukraine-Russian war can use to access Poland.
This is coming amid reports that students headed for the Polish border due to the shutting of Ukraine’s airspace were denied access.
The Nation learnt Nigerians still in Ukraine will now be evacuated through the nation’s embassy in Poland.
According to the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry, there are no fewer than 5,600 Nigerians in Ukraine, the majority of who are students.
The Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa disclosed the recommended borders for Nigerians fleeing the crisis on Saturday.
The borders include: Hrebenne-Rawa Ruska, Korczowa-Krawkowiec, Medyka-Szeginie and Budomierz-Hurszew.
She noted that “Nigerian volunteer groups, as well as staff of Nigerian Embassy, will be at the border to pick Nigerians.”
The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Bashir Ahmad tweeted: “The Nigerian Embassy staff, along with volunteers are at the Polish-Ukrainian borders with buses to help and pick up Nigerians crossing the border from Ukraine.
“Phone: +48-729275316, Phone: +48-579201775, Phone: +48-729242516, Phone: +48-739493541 Kindly spread the information!”
Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili tweeted: “Nigerian officials from the Embassy in Poland are at the border with transport for Nigerians.”
“Once you cross the border from Ukraine into Poland, please shout out to be located. No sealed lips . Shout “Embassy of Nigeria” so they can find you o.”
Kingsley Moghalu, former Central Bank of Nigeria’s Deputy Governor, said: “Deeply concerned about the fate of Nigerians in Ukraine and reports that Nigerians are being denied humanitarian access to neighboring Poland
“I contacted my good friend Joanna Tarnawska, Poland’s Ambassador in Nigeria whom I know to be a great friend of our country and Africa.
“She assured me this morning that the story is not true and that Nigerian nationals and Africans are being let into her country on humanitarian grounds.”