Withdraw Your Troops From Ukraine, Nigeria Tells Russia
The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on Russia to stop aggression and adopt diplomacy in the resolution of it’s conflict with Ukraine.
Nigeria made the call when it met with envoys of the G7 countries in Nigeria where she expressed worries over the Russian-Ukraine conflict.
She called for peace to resolve the conflict.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who met with the envoys on Friday in Abuja, had said that the Nigerian government called for peace and the use of diplomacy in resolving all differences that resulted to the conflict.
According to him, Nigeria does not condone the approach of aggression by Russia, so the country “is calling on Russia to pull back.”
As he puts it, we want “Peace and diplomacy to be prioritised by both sides.
“We support every effort being made to stop the aggression and Russian troops to return to Russia,” Onyeama said.
Speaking to journalists after the closed-door meeting, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Birgitt Ory, who is also the chairperson of the G7 Group, appreciated the African Union on its statement on the situation.
Ory specially commended Nigeria for “putting in its weight.”
The envoy said “Nigeria is a very important voice that the world needed to hear,” adding that “what is also clear is the unanimous condemnation of the attacks by all United Nations member states in the light of Russia’s military action.”
According to him, there will be resolutions in the United Nations Security Council, as well as the General Assembly and other United Nations fora, such as the Human Rights Council where Nigeria is a very important voice and member.
In attendance at the meeting were; United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing; Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Samuela Isopi.
According to NAN, others who attended were the representatives of the Embassies of Japan and Canada.