Ukraine : Nigeria’s Foreign Minister issues clarification on sanctions against Russia


*Photo: Onyeama *

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has issued a clarification on a online publication where he was reported to have said in a interview that Nigeria was ready to impose sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine.


The clarification was contained in a statement signed by Sarah Sanda, S A Media to the Minister as stated below:

The attention of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has been drawn to an online publication where he was reported to have said in an interview that Nigeria was ready to impose  sanctions on Russia for Invading Ukraine.


The Minister  clearly said, We would act in the framework of the UN, and if there was a UN Resolution, we would be obliged, but there would not be because Russia has a veto power.

For clarity, that portion of the interview is reproduced below:

Que:  “Several countries have imposed sanctions on Russia.  Is Nigeria making any practical move in that direction?

Ans:  This is going to be a collective action.  The UN has to act, and we are going to act and engage within the framework of the United Nations.  So if UN, for instance, adopts and imposes sanctions on Russia, we will comply with UN resolutions on any matter.

Que:   How detrimental would that be to our investments concerned with Russia?

Ans:    Certainly, it will have an impact, I’m not sure that we have huge investments in Russia.  It’s not a country in which we have huge investments.  We have good relations with Russia, but as I said, Russians vetoed the Security Council.  They are chairing the Security Council.  So it’s gone to the General Assembly.

Que:  Can we bear the anger of Moscow based on our relationship, Nigeria we go the way UN goes?

Ans:  You won’t have sanctions because Russia has the veto power in the Security Council, so you will not have a situation when the Security Council is going to accept to impose sanctions on Russia, because Russia has the veto power and is chairing the Security Council.”

Sarah Sanda

S A Media Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
Tuesday, 2nd March, 2022Abuja

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