The Federal Government has convened with envoys of the G7 countries in Nigeria, expressing concerns over the Russian-Ukraine war with a call for a truce to settle the conflict.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the envoys on Friday in Abuja, saying the Nigerian government called for peace and the use of diplomacy in settling all differences.
According to Onyeama, Nigeria does not approve of the method of aggression by Russia, appealing to Russia to retreat.
“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.
Addressing newsmen 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.
While applauding Nigeria for putting in its weight, Ory said Nigeria is a very significant voice that the world needed to heed to.
According to him, what is also apparent is the collective denunciation of the assaults by all United Nations member states in the light of Russia’s military action.
Ory added that 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.
Also in attendance 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. Others were the representatives of the Embassies of Japan and Canada.