Mar 07 2022.nigerianforeignpolicyblog
The Federal Government says it will not authorized it’s citizens to join the Ukrainian army.
Earlier today in a statement made by Francisca Omayuli, who is the Foreign Affairs spokesperson says the Nigeria Government will not authorized such act, noting that it was already in talks with it’s Ukrainian counterparts to forestall such occurrence.
The statement came after Bohdan Solty from the Ukrainian Embassy told Nigerian volunteers who conveyed at the Embassy in Abuja to pay $1,000 last week.
Francisca Omayuli reacted to this statement:” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the Embassy to verify the speculation. The Ukrainian Embassy refuted the allegation, but confirmed that a number of Nigerians had approached the Embassy indicating their interest to join the Ukrainian army in the ongoing conflict with Russia.
Furthermore, the Embassy clarified that the Ukrainian government is not admitting foreign volunteer fighters and as such disassociated itself from the claim that it is requesting $1,000 from each Nigerian volunteers for air ticket and visa.
“As a responsible member of the International Community and consistent with our obligations under International Law, Nigeria discourages the use of Mercenaries anywhere in the world and will not tolerate the recruitment of Nigerians as Mercenaries to fight for Ukraine or anywhere in the world, and the Federal Government will continue to engage with the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent this possibility”