The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Nigerians in a viral video who claimed to have been compelled to flee to the desert by the United Arab Authorities could return home from August 29 when international air travel would commence .
The footage showed the stranded individuals standing in an open ground outside a city believed to be Dubai .
The authors of the footage had accused the UAE of racism , noting that they were prevented from departing that country .
But the spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye , said the Nigerian mission in UAE had carried out the evacuation of many Nigerians , noting that those shown in the video could return to Nigeria on their own .
He said, “ Our mission in UAE has been carrying out evacuation of stranded Nigerians and those who were serious have been brought back .
“ For those in the video, they can hang on till August 29 when international air travel will commence and they would be free to come back on their own . ”
Commenting on the video, the Chairman , Nigerians in Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri -Erewa , stated that the protesters who were mostly irregular migrants were asked to leave the UAE on March 1 , but the deadline was later extended to August 17 .
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