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50 Nigerians evacuated from troubled Syria

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Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday said
about 50 Nigerians had so far been evacuated from Syria following the
ongoing crises in the country.

Ashiru said in Abuja that the evacuees
complied with government’s directive to leave Syria.
“We have evacuated quite a lot of
Nigerians from Syria; it was not an airlift exercise like we did in the
case of Libya because they are very few.“Some have decided to stay behind but it is their choice.”
The minister also said that the families
of the Charge d’Affairs and officials at the embassy had been relocated
to the neighbouring nation of Lebanon “and they are very safe there.”
The Syrian conflict began on March 15,
2011 with public demonstrations as part of the wider Arab spring and
developed into a nationwide uprising. Nigeria and Syria established diplomatic ties in 1961.
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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