The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has restated the Federal Government’s resolve to remain with the International Criminal Court (ICC) according to The Nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the spokesman of the ministry, Dr. Clement Aduku, clarified the Federal Government’s position on the matter in Abuja, Wednesday.
Aduku said Nigeria’s stand on the issue as explained by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had not changed.
The African Union had during the body’s 28th Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month called for the collective withdrawal of its members from the court.
The summit argued that African countries were not fairly treated by the court hence members should withdraw.
Onyeama had explained that there was a strategy adopted by AU for collective withdrawal from the ICC to which Nigeria did not subscribe to.
The minister said when the issue came up during a meeting, several countries kicked against withdrawal from the ICC.
According to him, Nigeria and others believe that the court has an important role to play in holding leaders accountable, hence Nigeria fully stands by it.
“Nigeria is not the only voice agitating against the move to withdraw from the ICC, in fact, Senegal is speaking very strongly against it. Cape Verde and other countries are also against it.
“What AU did was to set up a committee to elaborate a strategy for collective withdrawal.
“After, Senegal took the floor, Nigeria took the floor, Cape Verde and some other countries made it clear that they were not going to subscribe to that decision,” Onyeama said.