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 this is 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.
Prof. T. Uzodimma Nwala
Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF)