President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students from the 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.
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