Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has come out to say that FG remains committed to ending impunity and aiding recourse to justice for victims and due punishment for evildoers.
Malami revealed this in a recent statement issued by Dr. Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office, in the Ministry of justice.
According to him, Nigeria was focused on the criminalization of starvation as a weapon of war under the Rome Statute of the ICC.
His words, “The idea of criminalisation of starvation was mooted by Switzerland. We in Nigeria therefore, call on all state parties to jointly support the initiative.”
“The challenges include increasing attacks against it and its officials, possibilities of further withdrawals from the Rome Statute, weakening of the Rome Statute system and its support across the globe.
“Nigeria is also determined to work together with state parties to oppose efforts to undermine the works of the Court, its independence and impartiality.
“In particular Nigeria strongly condemns threats against the ICC in some parts of the world, its officials, and those cooperating with the Court.
“We consider such attacks as calculated attempts to undermine and cripple the fight against impunity and the laying of a solid foundation for a peaceful and just world, not only for the present generation but also for the unborn ones.”
“If we must safeguard the present and future generations from extermination.“
Nigeria is committed to recognising the Rome Statute system of justice as key in advancing accountability at the international and national levels, for sexual and gender-based violence and violence against children as grave crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”
“Gradually, therefore, normalcy is returning and Nigeria is coming out of the woods and will indeed also come out of the numerous cases initiated against her at the ICC.
“Nigeria is not a jungle, it is a peace and justice-loving country which is aspiring to develop and create a conducive environment for foreign and other investments, to generate jobs and create opportunities for the teeming population.
“Therefore, impunity being a critical element that could prevent these lofty ideas from fruition, does not have a place and will never be tolerated in all facets of our criminal justice system.”