Wednesday, August 10, 2022

FG Talks Tough, Warns Against Recruitment Of Nigerians As Mercenaries In Ukraine

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The Federal Government (FG) has warned that it will not tolerate the recruitment of Nigerians as foreign fighters in Ukraine.
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The Government in a statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Francisca Omayuli, said it is already in talks with the Ukrainian authority to forestall such action.
The remarks followed reports that Nigerian volunteers are being drafted into the Ukrainian army at the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja.
According to the statement :  “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had contacted the Embassy to verify the speculation.”
However, the Ukrainian Embassy had refuted the allegation, but admitted that a number of Nigerians had approached the Embassy indicating their willingness to fight on the side of Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.
”Furthermore, the Embassy clarified that the Ukrainian government is not admitting foreign volunteer fighters and as such dissociated itself from the claim that it is requesting $1,000 from each Nigerian volunteer for air ticket and visa.”
“As a responsible member of the international community and consistent with out obligations under international law, Nigeria discourages the use of mercenaries anywhere in the world and will not tolerate the recruitment, in Nigeria, of Nigerians as mercenaries to fight in Ukraine or anywhere in the world.
“The Federal Government will continue to engage with the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent this possibility.” The statement read.

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