It’s Time for Nigeria to Leave the ICJ.

Nigeria must leave the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if it is to have any hope of landing a decisive victory over Boko Haram. The ICJ is nothing more than a quasi leftist political correct, confused and deluded organization being used by the West to put a check on Nigeria’s war effort.

For years Nigeria accepted the general jurisdiction of the International “Criminal” Court of Justice in all kinds of cases. After an unfavourable and biased ruling against Nigeria over the Bakassi Peninsula, Nigeria still adhered to the rolling and withdrew her forces from the region, leaving the Nigerian  inhabitants of the area at the mercy if Cameroonian Gendarmes, where they are exploited, oppressed and killed.

In 2010 Boko Haram burst into the limelight with a high-profile attack on the UN headquarters in Abuja. This was followed by a series of attacks that left hundreds dead. This was Nigeria’s introduction into the world of terrorism. The Nigerian army went scorched earth on Boko Haram. An estimated 1,000 people were killed as Nigerian government forces fought Boko Haram in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi states. Elements of the SSS staged a follow-up operation in which the leader of the sect were apprehended, others fled.

Amnesty International and the ICJ screamed bloody murder. They accused the Nigerian government (not Boko Haram) of murdering innocent civilians and condemned what they called ” disproportionate use of force by the Nigerian army”.

Events took a turn for the worse when the head of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf was killed in police custody. Video footage appeared on Al-Jazeera, where the leader of the sect is seen wearing handcuffs and surrounded by heavily armed police officers, his body covered with marks and bruises, as he is questioned about the organisation that he led. He was later summarily executed by the Nigerian police, not the Nigerian army.

This was juice to the ICJ which clearly cared not about the distinction between the police and the army.

The extra-judicial killing of Mr Yusuf in police custody is a shocking example of the brazen contempt by the Nigerian army for the rule of law,”

Eric Guttschuss, the organisation’s researcher said.

The global outrage sparked by the killing of Mohammed Yusuf rattled the Jonathan administration, who as a consequence stepped on the brakes and cancelled further crackdowns on the group. Well, we know how well that decision turned out.

Boko Haram’s murderous rampage that saw thousands killed went on for years with nary a word of condemnation against the group or solidarity with the Nigerian army. It would seem so long as it is Boko Haram murdering innocent civilians its fine. The moment the tactical situation on the ground changes in favour of the military Amnesty International, in cohorts with the ICJ raise their ugly heads again, this time with the U.S government taking the lead in accusing the Nigerian army of possible war crimes, thereby hindering the fight against Boko Haram by continuously blackmailing the military with the ICC, and the weak Jonathan administration always caving in.

The paradox of these accusations couldn’t be more obvious than in 2015. U,S President Barack Obama amobilized coalition of some 65 nations in one mission, to destroy ISIL terrorists. we’re talking World War Two style coalition here, with Australia, Canada, France and Jordan, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates United in a single mission.

In the same period thousands of Nigerians being slaughtered as Nigeria struggled alone. As the fight against Boko Haram intensifies, President Barack Obama is seen supporting the only two dictatorships in Africa with  million of dollars worth of military and defense support services to Idris Derby and Paul Biya, channeled through France.

A press statement from the White House said the U.S. leader was giving “unsolicited” support to help shore up the security of the two French-speaking African despotic regimes that share borders with Nigeria.

But the United States did not include the world’s 4th largest democracy Nigeria, which is at the center of the five-year war on Boko Haram then.

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Activities at the Abuja office of Amnesty International was temporarily brought to a halt as over 1000 protesters on Wednesday stormed the office to protest what they described as ‘plot to destabilise Nigeria

After the Israeli helicopter deal was torpedoed by the Obama administration, an infuriated Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S, Ade Adefuye accused the U.S of undermining Nigeria’s war effort by refusing to approve arms sales.

In its response, the American government said it has supported Nigeria to the extent its law permits, and accused the Nigerian security forces of human rights violations. The U.S. said its laws do not allow sales of arms to countries with such human rights record.

Nigeria has a track record of defending democratic norms in West Africa. Nigeria has on three occasions used its military might to enforce democracy in West Africa. Compare that to Chad and Cameroon, whose leaders have held in to power for 40 years and show no sign of ever wanting to relinquish power.

Yet the U.S is carrying out shipments, running into several billions of dollars, to countries with abysmal human rights records, including brutal suppression of democratic dissents. I’m not gonna go into Middle Eastern countries with poor Human rights records Amnesty International and the ICJ conveniently ignore.

When this pathetic excuse is challenged, they play the corruption card. Nigeria will need to seriously tackle corruption if it is to succeed in stamping out Boko Haram they say. Then follow this up with the announcement the U.S. is fully suspended buying Nigerian crude oil in, a decision that helped plunge Nigeria into one of its most severe financial crises when the oil price fell to a seven-year low.

Under President Trump the situation may change, as Trump is a pragmatist and hence unlikely to buy into this political correct stereotyping the Liberals in America love, but this is no remedy. It is imperative Abuja takes the necessary steps for exiting the Rome Statute and its creation- the International Criminal Court, to ensure that the military can fight terrorism without the cloak of blackmail constantly hanging over them.

And perhaps more importantly, the government must in the interim assure the military that it is insulated from the International Criminal Court in view of its operations meeting international standard of rules of engagement.

Nigeria has been a responsible member of the United Nations and has met and even surpassed its obligation as a powerhouse. It is regrettable that Nigeria’s effort to completely vanquish the jihadi group is constantly being frustrated owing to several external interferences. These interferences include strategic support for the terrorists by international NGOs like Amnesty International and other groups representing its interests in Nigeria and the willingness of Nigeria’s neighbours to be used as proxy to destabilize Nigeria in exchange for a guarantee to hold on to power.

The clandestine support from these NGOs has ensured that Boko Haram continues to get sympathy to use as propaganda for recruiting and radicalizing new members and continue to attempt occasional attacks on soft targets. It has in this regard moved from using hardened fighters to deploying underage girls that are able to evade security scrutiny to carry out attacks”

The International Criminal Court is constantly used by the United States and France to harass and intimidate military commanders and troops to discourage them from being committed to defeating Boko Haram. The myriads of lies and unsubstantiated report from Amnesty International and other groups usually have built-in texts that threaten military personnel with arraignment for war crimes and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court.”

What has Nigeria even benefited as a member of these criminal organisations anyway ? We lost Bakassi to the bias one sided ICJ ruling. It’s time Nigeria joins South Africa and Kenya and take steps towards exiting the court because of its selective justice and usage as a tool for modern-day colonialism.

 

 

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