The Federal Government has warned against the recruitment of Nigerians as mercenaries to fight on the side of Ukraine in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The warning by the government is sequel to recent reports that over 100 Nigerians have signified interest at the Ukrainian Embassy, Abuja, to be enlisted as volunteers to strengthen the Ukraine forces.
Also the Ukrainian Embassy was also reported to have told the would-be fighters to provide $1,000 for ticket and visa, even as it assured them of the same emoluments as Ukrainian soldiers.
The government also said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the Embassy to verify the speculation and the Ukrainian Embassy refuted the allegation, but confirmed that a number of Nigerians had approached the Embassy and indicated their willingness to fight on the side of Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.
“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, in Nigeria, of Nigerians as mercenaries to fight in Ukraine or anywhere else in the world,” the government said.
The Federal Government further said it will continue to engage with the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent the possibility of the recruitment.