The federal government of Nigeria has iterated its commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a time when other African countries have left the tribunal.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigeria has no intention to leave the court, which it said represents the hope and aspirations of millions of people.
“Nigeria, as a party to the Rome Statute, believes that the court represents an international mechanism for ensuring justice for all,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jane Adams said in a statement in the capital Abuja on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
She said: “Nigeria remains a signatory to the Rome Statute adopted on 17 July 1998 and which entered into force in July 1, 2002. Nigeria deposited its instrument on 27 September, 2001.
“Many members States of The UN, not just Africans are not yet signatories and state parties of the statute.
“Though non membership does not protect anyone from prosecution by the court as the UN Security Council can refer cases to the Court the time has however come to call on all member states who have not yet signed the Rome Statute to consider becoming signatories to the statute.
“It is only by working together that we can ensure that the court effectively performs its functions and serves humanity faithfully.”
The statement comes days after Gambia, South Africa and Burundi announced their withdrawal, claiming, among other things, that the court was biased towards African countries.