IPOB faults ICC for allowing Buhari deliver keynote address despite Dasuki, El-Zakzaky’s detention.While PDP reveals real reason Buhari was invited by ICC

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the recent invitation of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to the Hague to present a keynote address to the International Criminal Court, ICC, was done in bad faith.

IPOB, in a press release signed by its media and publicity secretary, Mr Emma powerful, and made available to DAILY POST in Awka, stated that the refusal of the federal government, led by Buhari to release the duo of Shiite leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky and former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), despite court orders disqualifies Buhari from such engagement.

It maintained that with the invitation to President Buhari, not minding his alleged penchant for flaunting or ignoring court orders, the current leadership of the International Criminal Court(ICC), which is mostly Africans, may lose the chance of providing another Africans in future.

Part of the statement read; “We condemn in the strongest possible terms, the statement credited to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Alhaji Abubakar Mallami over the refusal of this Buhari’ administration to obey multiple court orders to release both Sheikh El-Zakzaky and former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki from extra judicial detention.

“The most recent ruling by Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court Abuja admitting Dasuki on bail has once again been ignored, so has numerous pronouncements by the courts to set Sheikh El-Zakzaky free. This flagrant disobedience of the rule of law is not only shameful but also an impeachable offence.

“Coming at the heels of Buhari’s lecture at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague on the virtues of rule of law and the commitment of his government to adhere to court orders, it is hypocritical and criminal for the those that invited Buhari to address them at the Hague conference to keep silent as rule of law is being destroyed in Nigeria.”

IPOB said the President of the ICC, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji and African Chief Prosecutor of the court, Madame Fatou Bensouda, both of whom are blacks, should cover their faces in shame for inviting a man they knew does not obey the law to address them on the need for a government to adhere to the rule of law.

It said further, “Should Africans be overlooked in the future for such sensitive appointments such as the ICC President or Chief Prosecutor, Africans should not complain of racism because such sensitive offices should be reserved for not only brilliant legal minds but also those who cannot be swayed by sentimental or material considerations.

“Inviting Buhari to address the ICC when he has steadfastly refused to obey the law when it comes to Col. Dasuki, Sheikh El-Zakzaky and many IPOB detainees is the greatest mistake the court has ever made.

“It doesn’t speak well of the diplomatic community in Nigeria either, especially Britain, the colonial master and creator, to maintain a deafening silence in the face of unbridled tyranny. If Britain can offer its public opinion on the probity or lack of, in the conduct of elections in Ekiti State, surely it has a moral obligation to admonish the ‘Buhari’ government on its refusal to obey the law.”

IPOB stressed that anywhere on earth the government is seen to be above the law, such society ceases to be regarded as democratic.

PDP reveals real reason Buhari was invited by ICC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was invited by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute of the Court, because his administration “has a lot of questions to answer.

This was contained in a statement signed by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday.

It was in response to remarks made by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, that Buhari was invited because of the high regard in which Nigeria is held.

What the Presidency seeks to hide from Nigerians is that the ICC Rome Statute deals directly with critical issues of crime against humanity, which is already prevalent in Nigeria under President Buhari’s watch.

“The PDP said the fact that President Buhari is the only President invited to the event showed that the world is alarmed by the spate of blood-letting, extra-judicial executions, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention and torture going on in Nigeria.

“The party therefore calls on the ICC to take President Buhari to task on the documented abuse of human rights in Nigeria, particularly, the US Department of State 2017 Human Right Report, which catalogued issues of extrajudicial and arbitrary killings; disappearances and arbitrary detentions and torture, particularly in detention facilities in Nigeria under this administration,” the statement read.

The party also asked President Buhari to report and defend himself to the ICC over “documented human right abuses, crime against humanity and killings in Nigeria” under his watch

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