How many crimes against humanity will it take for the
International Criminal Court to decide that it is time to charge the president
of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the deaths of thousands of Nigerians,
Cameroonians and other nationals?
How many lives will be lost, and what increasing level of
threat must West Africa continue to face before the court decides to take
For six years Nigeria’s presidency accused opposition
politicians and opposition parties as being behind Boko Haram terror. An
iota of evidence was never provided to substantiate this deadly
distraction. Is this not a reason enough to charge Nigeria's president in
crimes against humanity?
The Nigerian government failed to declare Wanted, a
terrorist leadership that had taken responsibility for acts of terror
implicated in the deaths of hundreds of citizens for three years of
carnage. Is this failure to execute the sworn duty of the government not
enough reason to charge Nigeria’s president in crimes against humanity?
The Nigerian leadership declared openly that Boko Haram
sponsors were known by the government since 2012, yet none of these terrorist
sponsors have ever been brought to book. Is this not enough reason to
charge Nigeria’s president in crimes against humanity?
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Nigeria’s leadership has been accused by the United States,
the United Kingdom, several international bodies and various levels of its
administration of the gross embezzlement of billions of dollars money for the
state and army. This corruption has resulted in an underequipped army that
lacks the capacity to secure life—it’s and of others. Nigerian soldiers are
thus sent on suicidal missions to die at the hands of better equipped and
motivated terrorists and leave their families without parents and due compensation.
Does this not constitute crimes against human conscience and against humanity?
President Goodluck Jonathan objected to the United States
listing Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization, FTO. This after
the terrorist organization had bombed dozens of churches and killed thousands
of Nigerians, including having carried out a deadly attack on United Nations
building. Is this not ample reason to charge Nigeria’s president in
crimes leading to the death of thousands and suffering of millions.
Nigeria’s president in a recorded TV interview absolved a
terror group of responsibility in a bombing that they claimed responsibility
for, yet had a member of the group arrested for admitting that members of his
group actually perpetrated the act. The president failed to provide any
evidence for his exoneration of the group. Compounding this, Nigeria’s
president five years later revised his position with no consequence.
These acts promoting a state of deadly insecurity and fomenting chaos in the
nation. Is this not enough reason for this president to be charged in
crimes against humanity?
The chairman of the ruling PDP party declared publicly that
Boko Haram terrorists who had at the time massacred hundreds of Nigerians and
caused pain to thousands, where fighting for justice and were “another name for
justice,” this person, Bamanga Tukur was protected by Nigeria’s president in
spite of him violating Nigeria’s anti terrorism laws and global laws on
terrorism. He remains currently appointed in the Nigeria’s Federal
government. Does this not constitute the encouragement of terror, and
crimes culpable in the death of thousands? Will Nigeria’s president then
not be charged in crimes against humanity?
Nigeria’s president encouraged Boko Haram terror by calling
these terrorists who have killed thousands and continued to kill thousands his
“siblings” not worthy of firm military response. For this statement he
was told to resign by the disappointed Christian Association of Nigeria.
Does this association with terror not constitute a crime against humanity by
the office in whose charge Nigerian lives are entrusted?
Amnesty international has accused Nigeria’s leadership in
the burning down of dozens of homes in Baga and the murder of approximately 185
citizens. Does this not constitute reprimandable crimes against humanity?
Nigeria’s military has been accused by international human
rights organizations in the wanton destruction of property and the murder of
innocent Nigerians as well as the summarily execution of thousands of suspected
terrorists without trial. Is this not a crime against humanity?
Nigeria’s military under the current leadership of president
Goodluck Jonathan has been accused by Amnesty international of delaying
military response for hours after being warned of the pending Chibok attack,
this leading to the successful Boko Haram abduction of over 200 girls from a
predominantly Christian community. The Nigerian military under the
present leadership has also been accused of not carrying out the recovery
mission in attempt to rescue the girls. Does this not merit charges from
the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity?
Nigeria’s military leadership is on record for misleading
the public and endangering the lives of over 200 abducted girls by claiming
falsely that all but eight of these girls have been freed. Does this
malicious act for which no military officer was charged not constitute crimes
against humanity authorized by Nigeria’s president?
For four years of Boko Haram terror up till the latter half
of 2014 Nigeria’s military failed to charge a single officer for reckless
endangerment, abandonment of duty resulting in the continuous transfer of
Nigerian military arsenal to Boko Haram terrorists. This under the
leadership of chief of defence retired General Azubuike Ihejirika; who remains
honorably retired. Does this not constitute gross violations against the
rights of the citizens of Nigeria to security of life and property and
protection from terror? Does this not constitute a crime against
Nigeria’s president along with the president of Chad
announced a treasonous cessation of fire against Boko Haram terrorists.
This sham cease-fire assisted the group to regroup and enabled the Boko Haram
terrorists, conquer territory across North East Nigeria and kill thousands more
citizens while displacing tens of thousands more. Is this not a crime
In spite of prevailing evidence from accounts and numbers
given by fleeing displaced citizens and satellite evidence showing that over
3700 buildings were burnt and 2500 Nigerians in the muslin predominant Baga
town and environs were killed by Boko Haram in the first days of January this
year, Nigeria’s president failed to comment on or condemn the attacks against
innocent hardworking farmers, traders and fishermen and in a deliberate attempt
to jeopardize life, exonerate terror and prevent justice and the proper global
response to a crisis out of hand, Nigeria’s president treacherously claimed
that “only 150” lives were lost. Does this not constitute crimes of a
malicious nature and intent against human conscience and human existence?
As agreed in the Paris summit of May 2014, Nigeria’s a
leadership was to commit 700 troops as part of a multi-national force stationed
in the border region to protect communities including Baga where the 2500
Nigerians were massacred this month. These troops were to be stationed by
the 1st of November 2014. Nigeria under the present leadership
failed to fulfill its quota and the government is of Niger and Chad also failed
and withdrew their troops citing Nigeria’s failures. This led to the
massacre of thousands of innocent Nigerians, the displacement of tens of
thousands, the destruction of property worth millions and increased
endangerment in the increasingly deadly campaign of successful terror.
Does this not constitute crimes against humanity worthy of immediate charge?
The risk posed by Boko Haram is one of the greatest of this
point in our history. Boko Haram under the watch of international bodies
has killed tens of thousands of innocent people and currently occupies land
larger than ISIS does in Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram kills Muslims and
Christians, Nigerians and Cameroonians without regard or discrimination and
left unchecked promises to be not just a regional threat but a global
A menace that could have been contained with responsible
leadership and appropriate and prompt repudiation of the leadership from the
international community has now gotten out of hand and left scars that humanity
will never forget. What recourse are the people of Nigeria left than to refer
to global institutions of justice when subjected to fatal abuse of their rights
by their presidency and upper legislative chambers?
We hereby ask, and charge the International Criminal Court
to fulfill their obligations and confirm their commitment to humanity by doing
the dutiful that there might be justice for the dead, closure for the wounded
and bereaved, hope for the displaced and promise for the rest of us.
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