Buhari's invitation is an indication of Nigeria's support to ICC - Envoy

Buhari's invitation is an indication of Nigeria's support to ICC - Envoy

- Nigeria's ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, says Nigeria's support to the International Criminal Court is recognised and appreciated

- Ngofa says President Muhammadu Buhari's invitation to attend the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Rome Statute of ICC is an indication to this

- He says Nigeria is held in high regard because President Buhari is the only president invited to the event

President Muhammadu Buhari's invitation to attend the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Rome Statute of International Criminal Court (ICC) is said to be an indication that Nigeria's support to the court is recognised and appreciated.

This was stated by Nigeria's ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, who also said that the promise made by the Dutch government that it would ensure that its embassy resumed issuance of Schengen visas in Abuja was a result of the good bilateral relationship between the two countries, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com notes that Ngofa said: “As the only head of state invited to this milestone event by the court, that is indicative of the high regard in which Nigeria is held. Nigeria has always been a strong pillar of support to the ICC especially in Africa, in the last 20 years, and this visit shows that this support is recognised and appreciated.

“While there have been some criticisms of the court, President Buhari believes that its work is vital to preventing impunity worldwide, and ensuring accountability for perpetrators of the most serious crimes. I am certain that this visit will reassure the ICC that Nigeria remains a strong advocate of the ideals of the Rome Statute.

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“The president of the Court, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, is a distinguished Nigerian jurist. His election as president by his peers in March 2018 indicates that his cerebral and leadership traits have not gone unnoticed."

The envoy said that President Buhari would be meeting with Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, adding that the security and economic development of Nigeria would be on the agenda.

According to him, other top government officials will also be having bilateral meetings with their Dutch counterparts in different areas, all geared towards improving the security, economy and governance of Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, July 15, departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for the Netherlands.

The president would be participating in activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), at The Hague.

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