Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State was in Russia on Saturday, where he allegedly vowed to finance the air tickets of 50 of those stranded people back to Nigeria.
It was accounted for on Friday that few Nigerians who went to watch the 2018 World Cup in Russia were stranded in the country.
The Nigerians, numbered 400, were said to have been misled into purchasing fake flight tickets for the trip back home.
A Nigerian in Russia @iampndgreat shared the narrative of meeting Ambode at an airplane terminal in Moscow where Nigerians stranded for 10 to 15 days hadaccosted the governor.
Ambode had vowed to pay for their air tickets, he shared, and had additionally feed them. He wrote
He wrote: “I had a pick up arrangement today at the airport in Moscow and had a rare privilege of meeting His excellency, the governor of Lagos state; the most populous and commercial Hub of Nigeria.
“I quickly introduced myself while I waited for my pick up arrangement to come out. We had a small chat and exchanged knowledge and wisdom while I waited.
“He bade me farewell as his pick up arrangement had arrived. After a few minutes, my pick up arrived as well so we set out to the car park.
“As soon as we came out of the airport, I saw a crowd of over 50 Nigerians who had been stranded at the airport for almost 10-15 days now. And in their middle was this same man, His excellency, Governor Ambode. As soon as he sighted me, he quickly called my attention to assist.
“It was a pathetic state and a lot of words both pleasant and unpleasant were being exchanged. Then his Excellency did something that amazed me. He showed solidarity and quickly pledged to send all 50 stranded Nigerians home and assigned me to oversee the transfers and procurement of new tickets to send them home.
“As I type this, 19 out of this 50 are already on air to Lagos Nigeria, the remaining 31 are leaving this evening. His excellency also fed them all as he gave them cash to eat while they waited for their tickets to fly home.”