Nigerian students have lamented their seeming abandonment in Ukraine, after recent airstrikes and troop attacks by the Russian army.
With many citizens still trapped in Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities, several counties have made arrangements to evacuate their citizens in the coming hours.
According to a collective opinion from Nigerian students in Ukraine, they have been left to find a way out of the fallen country.
One Anjola-Oluwa Ero-Phillips, a medical student and President of the Lviv arm of the Association of Nigerian students in Ukraine said that he was stranded with seventy other Nigerian students in Lviv—a western part of Ukraine.
“There have not been explosions here but earlier in the day we heard the siren tests. Flights are cancelled and it’s hard to get any taxis or Uber.
“Everybody is at the ATM trying to withdraw cash but banks are not opening. Money is running out at the ATM and you can’t do app transactions anymore.
“No one has any idea what to do. We have been reaching out to the Nigerian embassy since last month,” Ero-Phillips said.
During an interview with a broadcast outlet, Nigerian Diaspora Commission’s Abike Dabiri disclosed that the foreign ministry will reveal its plans to evacuate Nigerians, but failed to speak on the timeline.
She also assured Nigerian students in Ukraine that arrangements are being made, while an updated travel advice was forwarded to them.
Nigerian students have been told to remain calm and be very vigilant. They are also to take their safety and personal security very seriously.
With a major concentration of Nigerian students in Lviv; which is about 300 miles from Kyiv, Nigerians are hopeful that the government will move to evacuate stranded citizens in Ukraine.
The Indian Embassy in Kyiv also released an advisory on Thursday stating detailed plans to evacuate its nationals and students trapped in the country.