Chukwumerije criticises northern leaders over plan to drag Ihejirika, others to ICC

Azubuike Ihejirika, a former Chief of Army Staff

Mr. Chukwumerije said such move would further polarize the country.

A senator, Uche Chukwumerije (PDP-Abia), on Wednesday decried the call by the Northern Elders Forum to drag the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, and six others to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Mr. Chukwumerije told journalists in Abuja that the plan was capable of unleashing “a national ill-will that will do no one any good’’.

He said the approach by the group was selective, biased and highly provocative to the sensibilities of those who desire the unity and stability of the country.

“Let it be emphasised ab initio that senseless sacrifice of a human life is indefensible. Violations of human rights have remained the bane of Africa.

“The situation in the universally acknowledged difficult terrain of borderless war such as terrorism, counter-terrorism and guerrilla-like conflicts offers a unique challenge,’’ he said.

Mr. Chukwumerije said the motives of the forum, led by Ango Abdullahi, were beyond concerns about human rights violations since the Bama incident had been investigated and put to rest.

“Every citizen knows that the anti-terrorism campaign in the North is a joint military operation under the command of the Chief of Defence Staff.

He urged the group to have a rethink, noting that the only path to long lasting stability for the country was that of equity.

Over 100 civilians were killed in Bama and hundreds of houses burnt when soldiers invaded the community to battle Boko Haram insurgents last year. Residents said the atrocities were carried out by soldiers.



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