The deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu noted yesterday that he had the honor of receiving the President of the International
Criminal Court, ICC, The Hague, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, who paid
me a visit today.
We shared perspectives on global issues, especially as it concerns
the mandate of the ICC.
I conveyed to him the goodwill of the National Assembly of Nigeria
and assured him of our support to the ICC’s efforts to check
crimes against humanity and ensure justice for the victims.
As a Nigerian and African I am proud of the jurist. I believe his
emergence is a collective honour for Africa.
Importantly, as somebody coming from Africa, I believe that he is
in a better position to understand the issues around the mandate
of the ICC because a lot of these atrocities have been recorded in
For us as a civilised people, we believe that human life is very
precious. That is why the right to life is the first right in the 1999
Constitution of Nigeria and I think that is the same with modern
constitutions the world over. Genocides, war crimes, crimes
against humanity, and aggression should have no place in civilised
On his part, Judge Eboe-Osuji said the purpose of his visit was to
express his gratitude to Nigeria for supporting the ICC and its
He also said that the idea of the rule of law must continue; that
there must be accountability for violations of international criminal
laws. And I totally agree with him.