The Nigerian government has assured its citizens in Ukraine of their safety, insisting that measures are being taken in that regard and to also evacuate them from that country.
The government statement followed an attack on Ukraine by Russian troops on Thursday after days of the standoff.
A statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Francisca Omayuli read: “The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with surprise, reports of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been reassured by the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine of the safety of Nigerians in that country and measures being undertaken to keep them safe and facilitate the evacuation of those who wish to leave.”
The statement added: “The Federal Government wishes to assure the families with loved ones in Ukraine that as soon as the airports in the country are opened, it would assist in facilitating the evacuation of Nigerians who are willing to leave.”
According to the statement, the Nigerian Mission in Ukraine has confirmed that military action by the Russians has been confined to military installations.