- Uzaifa Modach, a young Nigerian studying in Ukraine, has died weeks after he was evacuated back to Nigeria
- Modach, a final year student of Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine, was the son of a Sokoto lawmaker, Hon Halilu Modach
- Hon Halilu Modach said his late son had symptoms of pneumonia before he died after two days of receiving treatment at hospital
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Sokoto state - Uzaifa Modach, one of the Nigerians evacuated from war-torn Ukraine, is dead.
Modach who was a final year student of Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine, was evacuated from Europe two weeks ago.
YEN.com.gh notes that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved $8.5 million for the evacuation of 5,000 Nigerians from Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country.
The Sokoto state government also organised for the safe evacuation of the students from the state who are studing in Ukraine.
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Modach was among those evacuated back to the country, according to Daily Trust.
How Modach died in Nigeria
The father of the deceased student, Hon Halilu Modach, who is a member of Sokoto State House of Assembly, said his son had symptoms of pneumonia before he died.
The lawmaker said he was preparing for his final-year examination when the Russia-Ukrainian war began.
According to the member representing Isa constituency at the Sokoto Assembly, Uzaifa was brought back to the country in good health.
“They were evacuated by the Nigerian government due to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. Just two days to his death, he started presenting some symptoms of pneumonia.
“We took him to the hospital where he started receiving treatment. And two days later, he died. His death happened on Friday.”
God gives, takes away life, says Modach's father
In a separate remark, the lawmaker said he is grateful to God that he made it back to Nigeria before his death, saying many things would be said if he died in Ukraine.
He was quoted to have said:
“Alhamdu Lilah, God gives, takes away life, and that’s how he wanted it to happen, there is no doubt about it. Had it been he died in Ukraine so many things would be said about him, that he was either killed by the Russian bombardment or had an accident or even accidentally shot and killed by the Ukrainian Army.
“We are grateful to God for having him die before us, we also thank the Nigerian government particularly Sokoto state for taking a hasty decision to evacuate them before the full escalation of the War in Ukraine.”
Okudzeto Ablakwa Celebrates Ghanaian Student who Helped Rescue Colleagues from Ukraine Amid Conflict
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has heaped praise on Maame Akosua Agyarkobea Addo, a medical student who helped rescue other Ghanaian students stranded in Ukraine.
In a Facebook post, the Ranking Member of Parliament's Select Committee on Foreign Affairs lauded Agyarkobea Addo's effort in fetching her weary colleagues into Romania for safety.
''Meet Maame Akosua, the Ghanaian medical student in Ukraine who kept crossing back into Ukraine to assist in fetching her weary colleagues out of harm’s way and into Romania.
''Her colleagues call her The General,'' he said.
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