The ongoing Ukrainian army recruitment opened to Nigerian citizens for the price of $1000, has been kicked against by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
In a Press Statement signed yesterday by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Mrs Francisca K. Omayuli, indicating that the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to the recruitment.
Their statement referred to the process as an alleged ongoing registration of Nigerian volunteers into their fighting force at the UkraineEmbassy in Abuja.
Ukrainian Army Recruitment
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the Embassy to verify the speculation. The Ukrainian Embassy refuted the allegation but confirmed that several 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 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 Federal Government will continue to engage with the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent this possibility.