The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, has said the ministry was closely monitoring the development in Ukraine and will evacuate Nigerians in the country if the crisis escalates.
Onwuliri made the plan known to reporters during a dinner for workers in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Tuesday.
“The Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine is in touch with our nationals in Ukraine and if the situation demands, we may have to evacuate,” she said.
According to the minister, there are about 7,000 Nigerians in Ukraine.
On the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, Onwuliri said Nigeria was a “non-aligned nation” and would not support any party in the ongoing dispute in Ukraine.
“We will always study situations before we draw conclusions. That is what we are doing at this time,” she said.