Hurricane Maria: Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic following Hurricane Maria which caused the deaths of no fewer than 10.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Buhari was moved by the condition of the students .


Confirming that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would handle the evacuation, the presidential spokesman said the ministry had assigned a senior official who travelled for the purpose of issuing the stranded students temporary travel certificates.

He confirmed that the affected students had since been evacuated to safety.

Shehu added, “The President was deeply touched when he learnt that some of them escaped with nothing but the clothes on them.”

According to him, the students will be moved to Brazil where they do not need visas for onward journey to Nigeria.
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