Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has asked Nigeriaâ€™s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and other African leaders to sanction Russia.
SERAP also asked the African leaders to call for the protection of Nigerians and other Africans in Ukraine.
The organisation made the request in a tweet on Saturday.
â€œWe urge President Buhari to provide the leadership by immediately calling for extra-ordinary sessions of the African Union and ECOWAS to discuss sanctions against Russia over the invasion of #Ukraine, and to call for protection of Africans caught up in the conflict,â€ the tweet read.
Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine has sparked widespread reaction worldwide.
However, the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexei Shebarshin, had assured the Federal Government that Nigerians wonâ€™t be harmed during the raging conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who met with the envoy behind closed doors, quoted Shebarshin as saying that Nigeria is a friendly nation to Russia.
Onyeama had said, â€œHe (Shebarshin) said they (Russia) consider Nigeria a friendly country.
â€œThe Russian envoy also said that they would do nothing to harm Nigerians and assured me that their action is targeted at military installations and that they are not about to start attacking civilian areas and so forth.â€
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On Saturday, Moscow further ordered its troops to advance in Ukraine â€œfrom all directionsâ€ as the Ukrainian capital Kyiv imposed a blanket curfew after fighting in the city that saw Russian troops pushed back.
Ukrainian officials reported 198 civilian deaths in total, including three children, as explosions reverberated in Kyiv, forcing residents to flee to safety underground.
Moscow said it fired cruise missiles at military targets and would â€œdevelop the offensive from all directionsâ€ after accusing Ukraine of having â€œrejectedâ€ talks.
But, on day three of Russiaâ€™s invasion, defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed his country would never give in to the Kremlin, while Washington said the invading force had a â€œlack of momentumâ€.
Ukraineâ€™s army said it held back an assault on the capital â€“ but was fighting Russian â€œsabotage groupsâ€ which had infiltrated the city.