By Idowu Bankole
The US department of states has announced the repatriation of 193 US CITIZENS from Nigeria yesterday, this is the second repatriation in just a week.
In a statement released of its social media, the US mission in Nigeria announced that “193 Americans were repatriated to the United States from Nigeria yesterday”
According to the statement, the US mission said, “It was a great job by the U.S. Consulate’s team, the folks at Delta Airlines, and our Nigerian partners at the airport in Lagos”.
According to the Department of State, 46,302 Americans from 81 countries have been repatriated since January 29, 2020. The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world”. The statement read.
Recall that the US mission in Nigeria had announced that US CITIZENS in Nigeria willing to join their family in the United States will be a privilege to have flights available at the Lagos and Abuja international airports.
The statement was greeted by mixed reactions from Nigerians who felt that it was owing to the fact that the American government doesn’t believe in the ability of the Nigerian government containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
However, The US mission in Nigeria as repeatedly stated that the action to evacuate US CITIZENS was done throughout the world and not just in Nigeria alone.
In what looks like retaliation or a wake-up call, the Nigerian government announced last week that it will be evacuating Nigerians abroad willing to come home to avoid contracting the covid-19 disease.