NIGERIA READY TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA FOR INVADING UKRAINE – FG
President Muhammadu Buhari's government has said Nigeria is ready to impose sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine as soon as the United Nations "adopts and imposes sanctions" on the country.
This was made known by Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama on Monday.
During an interview on Channels, Onyeama disclosed that the sanction would be a collective effort with the United Nations.
According to him, “We are going to act and engage within the framework of the United Nations. So if the United Nations adopts and imposes sanctions against Russia, we will comply with UN’s resolution.”
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Recall that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin had last week Thursday ordered an invasion of Ukraine.
The Foreign Affairs Minister while condemning Putin’s decision to wage war against Ukraine added that the Federal Government is making frantic efforts to rescue thousands of Nigerians stranded in the midst of the Russia-Ukraine war.
“We made that very clear; we condemned it. First of all, military force is not the solution. We have spoken up about the territorial integrity that we recognize the integrity of Ukraine.
“Nigeria’s position on the resolution is very clear, that we do not condone this military intervention in another country.”
Also reacting to the development, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Aduda stated that “For now, movement to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County, and Maramures borders is advised, as they approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine and arrangement for accommodation and feeding before evacuation is arranged.
“Nigerian embassies in Romania, Hungary, and Poland have received over 256 stranded Nigerians from Ukraine while awaiting the arrival of 200 more in the coming days”.