Professor Bola Akinteriwa, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, has highlighted why the Russian government may impose sanctions on Nigeria while the war against Ukraine continues.
The connection between Nigeria and the Russian government will no longer be as usual, according to Akinteriwa, who spoke at a seminar titled “Russia-Ukraine War And The Imperatives of a New Global Order” organized by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos State.
Two conditions, he argued, may prompt the Russian government to impose sanctions on the country.
According to him, the fact that Nigeria has taken a stand on its war against Ukraine, as well as the fact that Nigeria voted against Russia at the UN, could lead to sanctions.
When Nigeria’s foreign minister indicated that the country should withdraw troops from Ukraine, he claimed that the federal government was being political.
“On Nigeria’s relationship with Russia, two things are most likely to have an impact.
“Russia should remove its troops, according to Nigeria’s Foreign Minister.” That already has a partisan undertone.
“Now you’re accusing Russia of being to blame.” Simply by saying withdraw, you are implying that Russia is at blame.
“The second component is that at the United Nations, Nigeria voted against Russia.
“In this instance, Russia is most likely to take into account those two facts and, as a result, impose sanctions on Nigeria.” He stated his case.
As a result, he urged Nigeria’s leadership to obtain nuclear weapons and seek a larger country with which to focus its strategic efforts.