We Spent $1m To Evacuate Stranded Nigerians In Russia– Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

Date: 07-08-2018 7:08 am (3 years ago) | Author: Dammy Olutayo
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The Federal Government, on Monday, claimed it spent the sum of $1 million to evacuate Nigerians who were stranded in Russia.


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who made the disclosure in Abuja, said another batch of 200 Nigerians were airlifted to the country on Sunday, including 17 Ghanaians.

The amount, Onyeama said, covered both the first batch of 155 Nigerians that were earlier airlifted and the second batch that were returned home on Sunday.

He said by airlifting the 17 Ghanaians, Nigeria had again brought to the fore, its Big Brother role on the continent of Africa.

Recall that 155 out of 230 Nigerian fans of the nation’s national team that were reported to have been stranded in Russia after the World Cup, were evacuated from Russia back to the country last month.

Onyeama further said the amount was a lot of money at a time when the nation was unable to afford it, calling on Nigerians to travel to countries in a regular and legal manner.

Onyeama said: “A week ago, we learnt that there was another huge number of Nigerians stranded and Russian authorities were going to take very strong measures and yet again, Mr President directed that another plane should be made available to go and bring them back. And they were 200 of them that were brought back yesterday (Sunday) at a cost of $1 million to the country.

“It is a clear example that Mr President is determined to safeguard Nigerians and the interest of Nigerians wherever they might be compromised anywhere in the world. He was very quick to do this.”


Speaking further, Onyeama said the Foreign Minister of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, who visited him earlier yesterday, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for airlifting the 17 Ghanaians back to the country.

According to Onyeama, “And as it has also turned out, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana was relating today, she was thanking Mr President because that same plane that brought back Nigerians, also brought back 17 Ghanaians who found their way this morning and were transported to Ghana.

“So, there again, we demonstrated our role as a Big Brother in Africa and becoming also our neighbour’s keepers by helping not only the Nigerians who were stranded there, but also Ghanaians who were stranded in Russians,”
Onyeama said.


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- victorstic1 at 7-08-2018 07:25 AM (3 years ago)
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THESE PEOPLE ARE BUNCH OF THIEVES , U MEAN U CAN GET PLANE TO EVACUATE THEM FROM NIGERIA SHAME ON YOU
Posted: at 7-08-2018 07:25 AM (3 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- nametalkam at 7-08-2018 08:03 AM (3 years ago)
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$1M for how many flight tickets?

Posted: at 7-08-2018 08:03 AM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- braveman at 7-08-2018 08:19 AM (3 years ago)
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Na first class they flew?
Posted: at 7-08-2018 08:19 AM (3 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ruthie at 7-08-2018 08:42 AM (3 years ago)
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this mykie people sef tire me
Posted: at 7-08-2018 08:42 AM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- GIFTBEA at 7-08-2018 09:45 AM (3 years ago)
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Who even send them slf Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 7-08-2018 09:45 AM (3 years ago) | Newbie
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- nightowl1171 at 7-08-2018 10:04 AM (3 years ago)
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$1M? Did you purchase a new a craft for bringing them home or just buying their flight tickets? Shameless Nigerian government office heads.
Posted: at 7-08-2018 10:04 AM (3 years ago) | Newbie
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- Larry28 at 7-08-2018 11:31 AM (3 years ago)
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Quote from: braveman on  7-08-2018 08:19 AM
Na first class they flew?
Even if nah first class or business self, How can he spend that amount? Nah from heaven dem dey come?
Posted: at 7-08-2018 11:31 AM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- osarobo62 at 7-08-2018 01:26 PM (3 years ago)
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Quote from: victorstic1 on  7-08-2018 07:25 AM
THESE PEOPLE ARE BUNCH OF THIEVES , U MEAN U CAN GET PLANE TO EVACUATE THEM FROM NIGERIA SHAME ON YOU
which plane,....Dana airlines Huh? Huh?
Posted: at 7-08-2018 01:26 PM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- osarobo62 at 7-08-2018 01:28 PM (3 years ago)
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Quote from: nametalkam on  7-08-2018 08:03 AM
$1M for how many flight tickets?
most likely chartered airline. it cost a lot more than regular single ticket
Posted: at 7-08-2018 01:28 PM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- james987 at 7-08-2018 05:00 PM (3 years ago)
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Quote from: osarobo62 on  7-08-2018 01:28 PM
most likely chartered airline. it cost a lot more than regular single ticket

Make una no dey support bad thing.. there is economy class. What is he talking about sef?
Posted: at 7-08-2018 05:00 PM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- slimber at 7-08-2018 05:42 PM (3 years ago)
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Who dem help who send them to Russia  make una dey waste money for irrelevant things
Posted: at 7-08-2018 05:42 PM (3 years ago) | Hero
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- OmosetanOmorele at 7-08-2018 06:25 PM (3 years ago)
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"And they were 200 of them that were brought back yesterday (Sunday) at a cost of $1 million to the country".
$1million/200 = $5000 per ticket
Meanwhile, a 1-way flight ticket from Moscow to Lagos costs as low as $458 on Etihad Airways
https://www.google.ca/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04swd.LOS.2018-08-13;c:CAD;e:1;sd:1;t:f;tt:o
Posted: at 7-08-2018 06:25 PM (3 years ago) | Upcoming
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- osarobo62 at 7-08-2018 09:50 PM (3 years ago)
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Quote from: james987 on  7-08-2018 05:00 PM
Make una no dey support bad thing.. there is economy class. What is he talking about sef?
if a plane was exclusively chartered to go to Russia and pick them up on both occasions, then it can be very expensive.
however, if they were all booked on a regular Moscow -Lagos flight , it will be cheap.
so let them explain the high cost to us
Posted: at 7-08-2018 09:50 PM (3 years ago) | Hero
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