Nigeria assures citizens of protection in South Sudan

By Ben Adam Shemang and Zubairu Mohammed

The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that the Nigerian government is doing its best to ensure the safety of its citizens who are in South Sudan.


The Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeam said that the Nigerian government will continue to protect its people wherever they are, especially when they are in any precarious conditions.


The Minister was speaking to Voice of Nigeria from Kigali, the Rwandan capital where the African Union summit was taking place.


“Yes we have our embassy there (South-Sudan) so what we have done was the Ministry of Defense and the National Security Adviser to have standby Aircraft for the possibility of sending or evacuation plan, but our people who have taken refuge in the Nigerian embassy in South-Sudan, our embassy are  safe since the situation has return almost to normal.”


Mr Oyeama said that even as the situation was improving in South Sudan, the Council of Ministers would table the issues for discussion by the African leaders.


The Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister said the conflict resolution mechanism of the African Union would be used to ensure a peaceful resolution of the crisis in that country.


About two weeks ago, fighting broke out between soldiers loyal to the South Sudan President Sylva Kiir and his Vice President, Riek Machar in the capital city, Juba while the two leaders were meeting and many people were killed in the clash