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Use your jets to evacuate Nigerians from Ukraine – Ben Bruce tells politicians, billionaires

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Former Bayelsa State Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce has slammed wealthy politicians and billionaires in the country for refusing to help Nigerians stranded in Ukraine.

As the crisis between Ukraine and Russia intensifies, several Nigerians are currently stranded in the East European nation following its invasion by the Russian military last week.

Nigerians trapped in Ukraine have written to President Muhammadu Buhari and well-meaning Nigerians to assist them, calling for evacuation.

However, the Federal Government through Abike Dabire-Erawa, the Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, on Saturday, recommended borders for Nigerians fleeing the crisis, stating that stranded citizens will be evacuated as from Wednesday from Poland, Hungary, Romania, and even Russian airports.

In view of the above development, Ben Murray-Bruce, questioned private jets owners and political aspirants on their contributions so far to the evacuation of their fellow nationals in war-torn Ukraine.

He berated Nigerian billionaires, arguing that a good number of them are quick to take their girlfriends on vacations around the world with their private jets, but could not do the same to Nigerians seeking evacuation in Ukraine.

Bruce wrote on his Facebook page:

“This crisis in Ukraine has lingered with Nigerian citizens unable to find a solution. I have a question for our billionaires and those aspiring for elective office.

“I have a question for our billionaires and those aspiring for elective office. How many of you have fueled your private jets and sent them to neighbouring countries around Ukraine to help evacuate Nigerians home? None!

“But how many of you have fueled the same to carry your girlfriends to Harrods and fancy unnecessary races in Monaco? A number of you” the ‘common sense Senator’ tweeted, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

“Search your conscience and be a useful and genuinely charitable Nigerian for once.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has said that stranded citizens will be evacuated on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from Poland, Hungary, and Romania.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, however, said that some Nigerians are not willing to return to the country from Ukraine.

 

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