The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has written a letter to the former deputy Senate president of Nigeria, Senator Ike Ekeremadu appealing to him to help Nigerian citizens who are presently stranded in Botswana due to inability to have their passport renewed by the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa.
The letter which a copy was sent to ElombahNews by the president of the Foundation, Prof Uzodinma Nwala recounted that over 1000 Nigerians are stranded in Bostswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa and are unable to travel out of those countries due to the failure of the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa to renew their passports.
The letter in part:
“We have received several distress calls from Nigerian Citizens (over 1000) who are stranded all over Southern Africa (Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa); unable to travel out of those countries due to the failure of the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa to renew their passports. Some of these citizens have been waiting since June 2020.
“It is indeed a very excruciating condition for these fellow citizens under the existing COVID-19 Pandemic; they cannot access their bank accounts and thus they and their families are hopelessly stranded.
“The purpose of writing this is to request you, Dear Distinguished Senator, to use your good offices to urge the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister to urgently come to the rescue of these stranded helpless citizens by directing the Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa to issue passport to them without any further delay.
“Thanks for your urgent consideration of this matter.
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