The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that foreign citizens are being evacuated from Nigeria, because they are more familiar with the health systems in their countries.
Recall, that countries, including the United States, US, United Kingdom, UK, Israel, and member States of the European Union, EU, have started evacuating their nationals from Nigeria, amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Although, the International Airports in the country are closed, to stop further importation of the virus, emergency flights such as those for evacuation, are permitted by the Federal Government.
The Minister, on Friday, while briefing the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, stated that the evacuation regardless, a large number of foreigners are still in Nigeria, without any plans of leaving.
He said: “In the case of foreigners being evacuated; this is a case where people are more familiar with the health systems in their various countries, and so prefer to go to the various countries, so that in the event that they might have to be confined, they will be in more familiar surroundings, and will also have access to Medical Practitioners they are familiar with.
“(A) large number (of them) are still in the country, as well as their Ambassadors and Heads of Missions, and other staff, and (they) have no plans of leaving.”