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Nigerians storm the Ukrainian embassy in Abuja to enlist in the Ukrainian army

Nigerians storm the Ukrainian embassy in Abuja to enlist in the Ukrainian army




As Nigerians in Ukraine struggle to return home, some 115 young people yesterday offered to join Ukraine in its war against Russia.


The men, who surrounded the Ukrainian embassy in Abuja, also recorded their names on a log provided by the embassy, ​​The Guardian reported.


Although reporters were prohibited from taking their photos, the second secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy, ​​Bohdan Soltis, confirmed the development, adding that no action had been taken in that regard.


The volunteers may have been responding to a recent request from Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging people around the world to join the fight.


In a statement issued last Sunday, the Russian president accused the Russian military of killing civilians and praised Ukrainians for having the courage to fight back.


He said Russia's attack was not just a "Russian invasion of Ukraine" but also the start of a war against democracy and basic human rights.


Zelensky invited anyone who wanted to join the defense of Ukraine, Europe and the world to come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians.


This came as a human rights group, the Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), criticized the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for its response to the evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine.


Its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onobiko, said in a statement:


"Like the other aspects, President Muhammadu Buhari's presidency failed again. This time, unfortunately, as he failed to evacuate Nigerians from Ukraine in an effective and timely manner many weeks before the start of the final war, after the unnecessary invasion of Ukraine by Russia in an illegitimate manner". orders of President Vladimir Putin. 


Nigerians storm the Ukrainian embassy in Abuja to enlist in the Ukrainian army