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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has reported that only a small number of Nigerian nationals residing in Tunisia have agreed to evacuate the country despite the on-going racist attacks.
The attacks followed the remarks made by the President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, on February 21 calling for urgent measures against sub-Saharan migrants.
NiDCOM Chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on her official Twitter account, @abikedabiri, yesterday said Ambassador Asari Allotey, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Tunisia, was in consultation with the Nigerian community.
“Here is an update on the situation in Tunisia, where blacks have been victims of racial attacks. Our ambassador is in consultation with the Nigerian community, on a decision on evacuation.
“Those that have agreed to return to Nigeria are very few and the mission is working with the IOM to arrange tickets for them.
“The many others want to wait it out, praying it will soon pass, following the intervention of the African Union (AU) and the African Group of Ambassadors.
“Though we don’t really have a large community of Nigerians in Tunisia, as many of them are those rescued from the Mediterranean after a failed attempt to cross from Libya, the mission will update if they do request to return.”
The Tunisian President however, denied making any racist comments and has called for an end to illegal immigration in the country.
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