Hurricane: Buhari Orders Evacuation Of Nigerian Students From Dominican Republic
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic, currently being ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the Presidential order, saying Buhari was moved by the condition of the students.
Many Nigerian students have, in recent times, travelled to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean to study Medicine, which makes it easier for them to transfer to the United States and Europe for the completion of their medical programmes.
Shehu said the affected students had already been evacuated, but did not say how many.
He stated 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.
No fewer than 10 people were reported killed as Hurricane Maria, ranked 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 last week Thursday.
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 United States’ territory in nearly 90 years.
Three other hurricanes have ravaged parts of the US and other nearby countries in the last one month.