- Ex-service chiefs should still face persecution at ICC, the opposition PDP has insisted
- According to the party, it was wrong of APC lawmakers to clear them for ambassadorial roles
- Going further, the party alleged that the PDP betrayed Nigerians by confirming them
Despite the fact that they have been confirmed by the Senate after their nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that former service chiefs should face International Criminal Court.
The PDP who slammed the ruling All Progressives Congress in the Senate for clearing them for ambassadorial portfolios alleged that this was done despite reports of crime against humanity committed under their command.
It added that this clearance will not stop the investigation of the accused.
The PDP said:
“It is indeed horrendous that the APC leadership in the @NGRSenate could choose to betray Nigerians by rushing to clear the accused ex-service chiefs in a desperate attempt to grant them diplomatic immunity and shield them from investigation and prosecution for the atrocities committed against Nigerians under their command."
According to him, this is the leading cause of widespread insecurity in the country.
He disclosed this while being screened at the National Assembly for an ambassadorial position.
Going further, the retired general lamented that terrorists have permeated the Nigerian society and won several communities to their side.
Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had asked the Nigerian Senate to consider the confirmation of the past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The president in a letter to the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, also requested the confirmation of the appointment of the commissioner, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, the commissioner of the Federal Civil Service Commission among others.
Also, the former army chief had said he will not comment on the criticism against his nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Buratai said one major reason why he would not comment on the opposition’s party attacks is that he is not a politician.
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