BreakingNews 4/2/17 - Nigeria not bound by African Union decision to pull out of ICC

[ Masterweb Reports: Abdullateef Salau reports ] - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that Nigeria is not bound by the decision of the African Union to collectively pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Onyeama spoke yesterday while briefing Journalists in Abuja on the outcome of the AU summit.


He said being a sovereign state, Nigeria and every other county has the right to opt out of the AU’s collective decision. The minister said Nigeria had made known it’s observation while the issues was being discussed at the last AU Heads of Government summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


He said majority of the countries supported the pull out but Nigeria and a few others also expressed their rejection.


The minister said Nigeria was against the AU position because she believed that the ICC should have the jurisdiction, adding, “it will be to our advantage if African leaders can be accountable.”


On the non-election of a Nigerian into the AU Commission, Onyeama said this had not in any way reduced the influence of the country on the content. He however noted that the country had learnt the lesson on the need to decide very early on what it wanted. The minister said AU had decided to set up an African free trade area to promote trade among member nations.


*Photo Caption - International Criminal Court (ICC) seal



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