A Max Air plane conveying the first set of Nigerian evacuees from Bucharest, Romania,has just landed in Abuja.
The batch, which was headed by the delegation of the House of Representatives, had departed Bucharest last night after the official hand-over of the evacuees by the Nigerian Envoy in that country to the delegation led by the House Leader,Rt.Hon.Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.
In a brief chat with media men, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,Rt. Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub,who commended Speaker Gbajabiamila for his usual wise insight in taking critical decisions, informed the Press that the trip was not only necessary,but timely,while stressing that it was necessary for leaders to inspire confidence in those they lead at all times.
He also thanked Mr.President for his support and commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all the Nigerian Missions in the conflict-ridden region for rising up to the demand of duty. The lawmaker, equally,conveyed appreciations to the owners of Air Peace and Max Air for their demonstration of the kind of patriotic fervor that is lacking among many of our people.
Buba also noted and commended the very noble roles played by countries like Romania, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and others,who had to bend backwards many of their national rules and policies to assist those in need of safety in many diverse ways. The Adamawa-born lawmaker also used the opportunity to inform that three more aircraft conveying Nigerian evacuees were still being expected in Abuja later today.
Earlier,while leaving Romania,leader of the House delegation, Ado-Doguwa, had addressed the evacuees,who are all students, informing them that they were in very safe hands.He said Government was also concerned about their education and assured that it will do everything within its power to ensure that their academic pursuit was not fractured by the raging conflicts in Ukraine. Hon.Ado-Doguwa used the opportunity to pray for early return to peace in the area and for safe flight back home.