Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for what it called a sluggish reaction to a Save Our Soul message submitted to the President, requesting that Nigerians be evacuated from the war-torn European country of Ukraine.
HURIWA also chastised the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and the Nigerian Embassy in Kyiv, in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, for delaying on their effort to rescue over 5,000 helpless Nigerian students in the aftermath of Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “Like other aspects, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency fumbled again, this time woefully, because it failed to effectively and timeously evacuate Nigerians from Ukraine many weeks before the eventual war started following the needless invasion of Ukraine by Russia on the illegal orders of President Vladimir Putin.
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“The Foreign Affairs Minister also failed. NIDCOM has failed. The Embassy of Nigeria in Ukraine has failed. We failed our children who are mostly students in Ukraine and these are youths that left due to neglect of government of the educational sector and the incessant and annoying strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities due to the criminal failures of the Federal Government to keep to its side of the obligations.
“To avoid their destinies being victims of the irresponsibility of the government, struggling Nigerian parents send their wards to Ukraine and other European countries with uninterrupted academic sessions and quality education. Sadly, these parents have been subjected to panic attacks and depression in the past five days since the war broke out and claimed hundreds of lives.
“Of course, elite ruling Nigeria all have their kids in Western Europe, Canada, USA and so they don’t care if these mostly children of struggling parents are killed in Ukraine.
“The attitude of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who walked out on the protesting members of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja on Monday showed the world that the predatory and reactionary elements who have hijacked Nigeria as political rulers do not care a hoot even if the universities are closed for years and yet these Nigerians who managed to go to Eastern European nation of Ukraine are treated shabbily by the government at a time of grave threats to their lives as if they have no home government whereas all other nations did the needful early including African nations.