ICC must probe Buhari’s 3 years of human rights abuse — PDP

Posted by Saawua Terzungwe | 28 August 2018 | 1,309 times

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•PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would do everything legitimately possible to ensure that the International Criminal Court (ICC) held President Muhammadu Buhari responsible for human rights violation and abuses under his watch.

The party said it would mobilize Nigerians to stop the President from introducing “the long forgotten trappings of military dictatorship into a democratic regime” which it said Nigerians laboured for many years to attain.

“President Buhari’s statement claiming that rule of law would become secondary to his whims and self-determined “national interest” is strange to our laws and completely unacceptable. The assertion is a direct trademark of despotic ruler and as such cannot find expression or accommodation in a democratic setting of our contemporary nation."

The party further states that it will not stop at anything legitimate to ensure that the International Criminal Court (ICC) holds President Buhari responsible for violations of rule of law and criminal abuse of human rights committed under his rule in the last three years.

“It is instructive to note that contrary to claims by Mr. President, there is no pronouncement by the Supreme Court that subjugates constitutional rule of law and rights of citizens to the whims, caprices and dictatorial impulses of any President.

“Our national interest is thoroughly embedded, protected, expressed and enforced only under the rule of law as provided by our constitution and there is no how Nigerians can allow an individual to superimpose or override the constitution with his personal whims and impulses; a pattern that is characteristic of known dictators all over the world, as expressed in the obnoxious Executive Order 6, designed to justify a complete clamp down on political opponents ahead of 2019 general elections,” the PDP said.

•Sourced from a Daily Trust report

Source: News Express

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