Hurricane Maria: Buhari Orders Evacuation Of Nigerians In Dominican Island
There are some Nigerians students stranded in Dominican Island as Hurricane Maria leaves pains and agony in its path.
Some of them attend medical schools in Dominican Island as a preparation to move to the United States of America or Europe for the completion of their medical degree programme.
But their concern now is their safety and less of their certificates.
In response to their situation, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered their immediate evacuation.
After President Buhari issued the directive, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs swung into action and has since been on top of the situation, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The ministry,which has been monitoring the situation, has already assigned a senior official to travel for the purpose of issuing the stranded students with temporary travel certificates.
While they await the documents, the affected students have been evacuated to safety.
They will later be moved to another country before they would be brought back to Nigeria.
A spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Gabar Shehu, confirmed the Presidential order, saying that the president was touched with the conditions of the students.
“The President was deeply touched when he learnt that some of them escaped with nothing but the shirts on their backs,’’ he said.
According to him, the students will be moved to Brazil, where they don’t need visas, for onward evacuation to Nigeria.
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At least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, raged through the Caribbean including parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast on September 21.
Hurricane Maria, with sustained winds of up to 250 km per hour, hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday, making it the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years.
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