The federal government has rejected the move by some Nigerians who volunteered to fight on Ukraine’s side in the ongoing war with Russia.
Last week, over 100 Nigerians stormed the Ukrainian embassy in Abuja to enlist for the war.
The volunteers had entered the embassy after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on people around the world to support them.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Francisca Omayuli said Monday, March 7, 2022, that the federal government would not allow the recruitment.
She added that the FG would engage the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent the exercise.
The statement reads as follows: “It has been brought to the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria that Nigerian volunteers for the Ukrainian Armed Forces are allegedly being registered at the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the embassy to verify these speculations. The Ukrainian embassy denied the allegation, but confirmed that a number of Nigerians had approached the embassy and expressed their willingness to fight on Ukraine’s side in the ongoing conflict with Russia.
“In addition, the embassy clarified that the Ukrainian government does not accept foreign volunteer fighters, and therefore distanced itself from the claim that it charges each Nigerian volunteer $1,000 for airfare and a visa.
“As a responsible member of the international community and in accordance with our obligations under international law, Nigeria rejects the use of mercenaries anywhere in the world and will not condone the recruitment of Nigerians as mercenaries in Nigeria to fight in Ukraine or elsewhere in the world.
The federal government will continue to work with the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent this possibility.”
Russian forces attacked Ukraine in the early morning hours of February 24, 2022. The invasion is now entering its second week, and it is reported that over one million people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries.