The Federal Government has stated that it will not allow Nigerians being recruited as combatants in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion.
The government is in negotiations with Ukraine to prevent Nigerians from being exploited as mercenaries in Ukraine, according to a statement signed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Francisca Omayuli and issued on Monday, March 7.
Following the Ukrainian President’s call for individuals from all over the world to join the battle, Nigerians flocked to the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja to volunteer.
The statement goes as follows: “The Nigerian Federal Government has been alerted about an alleged continuing registration of Nigerian volunteers into Ukraine’s military army at the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reached out to the Embassy to confirm the rumours. The Ukrainian Embassy denied the claim, but admitted that a number of Nigerians had approached it to express their desire to fight with Ukraine in its continuing struggle with Russia.
“Furthermore, the Embassy stressed that the Ukrainian government does not accept foreign volunteer fighters and so distanced itself from the idea that each Nigerian volunteer would be charged $1,000 for a plane ticket and visa.
“Nigeria, as a responsible member of the international community and in accordance with international law, opposes the employment of mercenaries anywhere in the world and would not condone the recruiting of Nigerians as mercenaries in Nigeria to fight in Ukraine or elsewhere.
“To avoid this scenario, the Federal Government would continue to engage with the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria and other relevant authorities.”