by Dare Lawal
The All Progressives COngress (APC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to “summon the courage” and arrest a former chieftain of the party and former governor of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff, as well as a former chief of army staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, and hand them over to the International Criminal Court of Justice at the Hague in Netherlands.
The APC charge comes amidst the allegations by a government-appointed negotiator, Stephen Davis, an Australian clergyman, who said that the two men are sponsors of Islamist group Boko Haram.
The APC position was made by its national chairman, John Oyegun, at a press conference at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
“Now that the cat has been let out of the bag and the real sponsors of Boko Haram have been exposed, we hope President Jonathan will summon the courage to do the right thing: Hand over the identified Boko Haram sponsors to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution.
“There is no doubt that Boko Haram has committed crimes against humanity in its scorched-earth campaign against unharmed citizens, and the most appropriate body to investigate and try the sect’s sponsors is the ICC.
“According to Article 17 of the Rome Statute that set up the ICC, and to which Nigeria is signatory, the ICC is a court of last resort, expected to exercise its jurisdiction only if states themselves are unwilling or unable genuinely to investigate and prosecute international crimes,” Mr. Oyegun said.