The federal government said Monday in Abuja that it would not allow Nigerians to be used or recruited as mercenaries for the fight in Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry said this in a statement issued by its spokesperson Francisca Omayuli.
“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 statement said.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the embassy to verify the speculation.
“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.
“Moreover, the embassy clarified that the Ukrainian government does not accept foreign volunteer fighters,” he said.
“It therefore distanced itself from the claim that it charges each Nigerian volunteer a thousand dollars for airfare and 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,” he said.
“It will not tolerate Nigerians being recruited as mercenaries in Nigeria to fight in Ukraine or anywhere else in the world.
The federal government will continue to work with the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent this possibility,” the ministry said.
It noted that Nigeria’s decision not to allow the use or recruitment of its citizens as mercenaries to fight in Ukraine or elsewhere in the world is in line with international law.