Following the invasion of Russia in Ukraine, the Nigerian government have urged the Russian government to withdraw its troops and prioritise peace.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama made the call on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria when he met with envoys of the G7 countries in Nigeria on February 25.
Onyeama expressed worries over the Russian-Ukraine conflict with a call for peace to resolve the conflict. He said Nigeria does not condone the approach of aggression by Russia, calling on Russia to pull back.
“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 chair of the G7 Group, appreciated the African Union on its statement on the situation. The German envoy who commended Nigeria for putting in its weight, said Nigeria is a very important voice that the world needed to hear.
Other envoys at the meeting include 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. Embassies of Japan and Canada sent in representatives.