By Raphael Jov, Abuja
Nigeria has reiterated its strong and consistent support for the International
Criminal Court (ICC) and its vital mission.
It would be recalled that during the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the
Rome Statute, President Muhammadu Buhari delivered the keynote address in which he recognised, among other things, that:
“with the alarming proliferation of the most serious crimes around the world, the ICC, and all that it stands for, is needed now more than ever, in ways that were unforeseen to its founders”. Nigeria restates that position.
President Buhari also urged all States that have not yet done so to, as a matter
of deliberate State policy, accede to the Rome Statute, so that it can become a
Nigeria hereby repeats that call and condemns any action, or threat
of action, that undermines or seeks to undermine the ability of the Court to freely
exercise its mandate and carry out its core functions.