Russia 2018: FG Begins Process To Bring Back Stranded Nigerians
The 2018 World Cup is over and nationals are leaving the European country back to their various homes.
For the Nigerian visitors, some of them spent days sleeping at Moscow's Vnukovo airport while others were forced to stay outside in front of the country's embassy.
They had bought Fan IDs, which served as visas for the duration of the tournament, for 250,000 naira ($700, 600 euros) in the hope of securing work or even professional football contracts.
Though president Vladimir Putin has given visa free order till the end of 2018 to those with Fan ID to enter Russia, the fun may not be as much as during the tournament.
But for lack of food and shelter, some Nigerians have cried out after their travel agencies abandoned them in Russia.
As a result, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that they be brought back at the expense of the government.
Spokesperson of the president, Garba Shehu said in a series of tweets that directives have been given to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika to immediately commence the process of bringing back the stranded Nigerians.
“President @MBuhari has directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, @GeoffreyOnyeama and Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. @hadisirika, to commence the process of repatriating Nigerians who travelled to Russia for the FIFA 2018 World Cup and got stranded after the competition.
“The Nigerian football fans got stranded in the country following the activities of some unscrupulous travel agents who cancelled their return tickets and abandoned them to their fate.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Aviation have in compliance with the President’s directive taken the necessary actions to bring the Nigerians back.”
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