Following the ongoing crisis that has claimed many lives and properties in the Republic of South Sudan, the Senate yesterday urged the federal government to as a matter of urgency, take necessary measures to evacuate Nigerians in the war-torn country.
The call by the upper legislative chamber followed a Point of Order raised at the day’s plenary by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East).
South Sudan, which found itself in the renewed violence following its fifth independence anniversary, has been suffering internal crisis since it gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, following a referendum that passed with 98.83 per cent of the vote.
Raising the Point of Order at the plenary, Senator Murray-Bruce urged the Senate to summon the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, to explain why Nigerians were allegedly abandoned in the Eastern Africa country.
He also urged the senate to mandate the Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations, to carry out holistic investigation into what transpired between Nigerians at the Nigerian Embassy in the country.
Senator Murray-Bruce explained that reports reaching him indicated that Nigerians in Sudan were the only nationals still left in the country in spite of the increasing tension.
According to him, rather than being evacuated by the authorities, Nigerians in South Sudan are being subjected to question and answer sessions and subsequently dismissed.
He said, “As we speak, in the Hallowed Chamber, the fate of Nigerians in South Sudan is unknown and there are no indications that they have been evacuated”.
Ruling on the Point of Order, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said the relevant authorities would be communicated appropriately to ensure that the lives of Nigerians in South Sudan were not in danger.
“Distinguished colleagues, Ben Murray-Bruce came to discuss this matter with me and I think that based on our rule, there will be no debate.
“But we will get the message across to the relevant ministry to see that a thing like this doesn’t happen and action is taken to properly address the matter”, he said.


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