On Sunday, May 24, 2020, the Government of Lebanon, and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, have safely repatriated 69 Nigerian citizens that were stranded in Lebanon, a press release by the Lebanese Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria said on Wednesday. 

“This operation would not have been possible without the generous financial sponsorship of the national Lebanese airlines (MEA), the Lebanese Community in Nigeria, and the Lebanese Embassy in Abuja, who jointly helped fund and organize the repatriation, and the 14-day quarantine expenses, of 50 out of the 69 repatriated Nigerian citizens who were stranded in Lebanon,” the embassy’s statement added.

This relief operation resulted from the extensive cooperation among the Embassy of Lebanon in Abuja and both the Lebanese and Nigerian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, with the assistance of other governmental authorities, namely the Lebanese General Security and the Nigerian NCDC.

Moreover, the statement lauded the efforts of Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, who “’personally oversaw this operation and cleared all the obstacles that could have jeopardized the success of this relief mission.”

“The commitment of both the Lebanese and the Nigerian governments to seeing these Nigerian citizens safely repatriated to their home country is further evidence that the partnership of between two countries is based on the principles of mutual trust and respect for human lives,” the statement added.

The embassy, along with the Lebanese community in Nigeria, also acknowledged the support of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and other Governmental agencies for their “exceptional efforts in the success of this joint relief mission.”

It is note that the contributions of the Lebanese community in Nigeria are in support of the palliative measures taken by the Nigerian Government to help alleviate the hardships of the of the vulnerable Nigerian societies affected by the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Source: National News Agency