More Troubles For APC: Northern Coalition Drags Buhari To ICC


…says we’ve evidence against him over 2011 post-election violence

Achiever Peterson, Abuja

Still battling with his certificate scandal, there are more troubles ahead for the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) with a coalition of 17 non-governmental organizations operating primarily in the Northern states of Nigeria calling for his prosecution over the post-election violence of 2011.

The organization has already sought the services of an interactional human rights lawyer working with ICC.

The group said in Abuja on Thursday that it has evidence that the highly inflammatory public comments made by Buhari prior to, during and immediately after the elections-led directly to the deaths of over 800 people and the displacement of more than 65,000 individuals in April 2011.

Professor Goran Sluiter, a partner at the Amsterdam law firm of Prakken d’Oliveira Human Right Lawyers and a lawyer practicing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) who addressed journalists on behalf of NCDJ said a complaint would be filed in the name of the group to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC in the Hague.

The complaint, according to him, would supplement a previous ICC filing submitted by the NCDJ in May 2011.

“Based on the available evidence, there are compelling reasons to believe that crimes against humanity including murder, torture, rape, forcible population transfer and other inhumane acts were committed in the context of the politically motivated sectarian violence that immediately followed the Nigerian presidential elections of April 2011.

“Due to the seriousness of these crimes and the lack of adequate response by the Nigerian authorities, the prosecutor of the ICC will be asked to conduct investigations into the alleged acts and their perpetrators, in particular former head of state General Muhammed Buhari” Professor Sluiter said

He argued that the evidence collected to date strongly suggested that the highly inflammatory public comments of the then Congress for Progress Change (CPC) presidential candidate in 2011 was responsible for the deaths of over 800 people and displacement of more than 65,000 individuals.

Professor Sluiter further stated that bringing those responsible for electoral violence to account would go a long way towards diminishing such threats and restoring faith and confidence in Nigeria’s political system.

He maintained that NCDJ represents the aspirations of all Nigerians who look forward to a day when their country’s politicians regardless of their party, faith, ethnicity or geographic affiliation can and will refrain from the kind of hateful and sectarian rhetoric that inevitably leads to death, destruction and displacement.

While also speaking during the conference the Secretary General of NCJD, Umar Farouk said the group was compelled to reiterate its resolve to sustain the process for the prosecution of General Buhari for his role that led to the 2011 post election violence in some parts of Northern Nigeria.

He said it is in the interest of the nation that those responsible for the premeditated arson, killings and destruction of properties must be brought to justice noting that the case when instituted in 2011 was devoid of partisanship and any form of political colouration

“We recall that just before the 2011 general elections, the then presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, General Muhammadu Buhari had categorically directed crowds in Hausa at his campaign rallies in the North particularly Minna, Kaduna and Maiduguri to protect their votes at all cost including killing and elimination of others”, he said.

Professor Sluiter will be in Abuja from 22 – 25 January in order to consult with the NCDJ and other stakeholders.

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  1. usman danjuma January 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm -

    the important question here is: Nigerian what are we doing, when 40-year olds are now leading nations and our 40-year olds can’t even get to the Senate, they can’t even become governors. Are we really preparing this generation for the future? Those are the issues really. We cannot point to success in other countries and refuse to do what those people are doing to get things right.” This is a coded way of saying Buhari is now way too old for Aso Rock. #NO2Buhari.

  2. ali rabi January 23, 2015 at 8:56 pm -

    everything is turning against our opposition just because of his bad recoed,
    pls take note of this.
    As the 2015 general election draws closer, the political parties are intending up for triumph. There’s been war of words between ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the opposition party,the All Progressive Peoples’ Congress, APC. So i came up with this 10 reasons why Nigerians should vote for President Goodluck Jonathan, not that i am his fan but i am a fan of his political agenders.

    As the renowned American Diplomat and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger stated, ” those who are indifferent to power will be overtaken by power seekers”.

    True to this statement, the average Nigerian has been indifferent or lukewarm towards political power and consequently, the political elites have dominated power since independence. As the 2015 elections draw nearer, I have studied the unfolding dynamics and permutations, my conclusion is that all factors considered, it is in the best interest of Nigeria to re-elect President Jonathan for another four years. I have summarized my reasons below.

    1.Nigeria has recorded remarkable economic growth under President Jonathan. Only two Months ago, Nigeria overtook South Africa as the continent’s largest economy after it overhauled its gross domestic product data for the first time in more than two decades. According to verifiable figures for 2013, released by Nigeria’s statistics bureau, Nigeria’s GDP hit $503bn (£307bn) – nearly double previous estimates and well ahead of South Africa at around $350bn.

    This pushed Nigeria up 12 places to become the 24th largest economy in the world – on par with Poland and Belgium and ahead of Argentina, Austria and Iran. This is a huge achievement. This development was not achieved overnight. It was a result of the direct dynamic approach of the President in terms of greater investment in entrepreneurship and private sector participation.

    2.President Jonathan has recorded significant improvements in the power sector, backed up with greater roads and infrastructural development. The bold privatization of the defunct NEPA paved way for improved power supply in Nigeria. Most Nigerians can confirm that although we do not have power supply round the clock, however there has been a commendable improvement. There has been also greater road rehabilitation in Nigeria like the Lagos-Benin Road, the ongoing second Niger bridge etc. This government has also commissioned many new schools especially in the north of Nigeria aimed at bringing education to the door steps of the commoners.

    3.This administration has pursued a robust foreign policy since inception. Nigeria which previously lagged behind in the comity of nations, has now assumed her rightful position as a leader in the international community. The recent successful hosting of the World economic summit is a testament to this. Nigeria under President Jonathan has been a dynamic force in Africa and beyond. Nigeria has been leading the peacemaking initiatives in the West African sub region, with our troops deployed in Mali, Liberia and beyond. Nigeria’s partnerships with our international allies like the UK, US and France have deepened and improved under the Jonathan led administration.

    4.The need for continuity and stability in our democracy. Having made tremendous progress as discussed above, there is an important need for continuity in order to sustain these achievements. We cannot afford to start afresh all over again. What is needed is a sustained initiative and a planned change of government after another four years.

    5.Jonathan is a democrat in all ramifications. Even some elements of the opposition attest to the democratic disposition of the President. President Jonathan’s tolerance of the opposition is unprecedented in the annals of Nigeria. In the first republic, the leader of the opposition Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his supporters were harassed and imprisoned. In the second republic, the ruling NPN allegedly tried to intimidate and capture all States by all means including the Ondo State Gubernatorial election “victory” of 1983 which caused an uproar in Ondo state.

  3. jude ollo January 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm -

    Honestly GMB will not a good leader, rather he will islamize nigeris wit his other thieves

  4. sanni January 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm -

    Oh is that a treat I don’t see any treat here. Becouse all you said was rubish. If you really want to investigate crime why not start with boko haram or Niger delta militants that are killings Nigerian army like shep. And boko haram are killing people displace millions and kill millions where is the investigations of that. Or those are cover by the constitution of nigeria bcs they’re employ by the Jonathan group like you. Let me tell you your time has come all of you will face hanging in the international court including your kingship ???????????????

  5. Emurojohwo Benson January 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm -

    We should be thinking of how to salvage our Nation from corruption and these ill minded cabals than to dwell on issues of certificates or no certificates. Nigerians should stand up for change for better tomorrow and we should not allow our personal interest to jeopardize our Nations goal. Remember our children in the school, the ones born today and the yet unborn, what we do today or fail to do will positively or adversely affect them, be guided.

    • Nonye January 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm -

      save your corrupt mindset first. have you ever seen any stolen or corrupt money for President Joathan? No is your answer because you dwell in beeer parlour rumours to label Jonathan administration a corrupt one. Abacha and Buhari led a joint and most corrupt regime ever in Africa.
      Save first your very corrupt mindset.

  6. Akingbade Ibikunle January 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm -

    To my co Buhari supporters, why are you wasting efforts to comment on this site, all articles and adverts here are PDP motivated, this is clearly a PDP site so spare the hassles and leave them to their conclusions. Instead of spending everyday castigating Buhari, GEJ should tell us what he has done to power, security, economy and transparency in the last six years.

    There are some sites you open, check their headlines, laugh and opt out, THIS IS CLEARLY ONE OF THEM.

  7. Abdul, Kaduna January 23, 2015 at 7:46 am -

    This is another ploy by the PDP to stop BUHARI. After the certificate issue has been laid to rest, they said he instigated the Katsina attack of GEJ, now it’s accusation over 2011 post election violence. Na wa ooooo…… very soon now, they will say the oldman is even from Niger Republic. Am sorry, it too late… RIP PDP

  8. Abdul, Kaduna January 23, 2015 at 7:37 am -

    This is another ploy by the PDP to stop BUHARI. But sorry, it’s too late…… RIP PDP

  9. chizyjunket January 23, 2015 at 2:04 am -

    I can see that buharam and his supporters reason through the anus .

  10. Muhammad Kano January 23, 2015 at 2:01 am -

    Mumu media

  11. Osman Omayioza January 23, 2015 at 1:00 am -

    The late arrival of any accusations, shows the claims is, showing my PDP has seen that no level ground for them. we may loose in presidential race. who committed the GENOCIDE is the ruling party. MY people go back check where did we get it wrong and agree with the masses.

  12. Abusmail January 23, 2015 at 12:01 am -

    dose clowns shud be jailed… If dey mean well 4 d masses,y didn’t dey say dis since den? PDP nd dere propangada

  13. bulus manzo January 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm -

    Abeg dey should go & sleep were are they ? We are talkin of 2011 why now?

    • chizyjunket January 23, 2015 at 2:05 am -

      They’re in the toilet

  14. kudos January 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm -

    GEJ didn’t acquire his PhD from abroad, he did it here in Nigeria, so no need for all these stories. PhD for Nigeria nor be chicken o, nor be moi moi, those that are PhD students know this. I have never heard before that someone forges PhD result. Because of the process involved, departmental defence, faculty defence before external supervisor, will scrutinize and approve. More over, its not done secretly, its opendential.
    Why are they asking of thesis and not his PhD result? Thesis are put in shelves in the department, faculty and library. Potential students borrow them and most are smuggled home to be used as a guide and materials in writing their own thesis. Most are not returned to the place where it was collected from. Also, because thesis is not a personal document it is not kept under security, because its a public document. Don’t be surprised most of our thesis are not in our various departments and schools. Even opposition members can go to the school and take thesis deliberately just to create propaganda. We are talking of results, you are talking of thesis. Thesis and result, which comes first? Without thesis will there be result?
    I have never seen where someone applies for a job and he is asked to produce his thesis or project work before, what they ask for is results. so please look for another story. Mohammadu Buhari, where is your certificate? na only you waka come, where is certificate that can tell us, that you are not a fraud? no too? continue, dia is god oooo

    • Omo Yoruba January 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm -

      With all the professors and Doctors Nigeria has, where is its place in the comity of developed nation? Nowhere!
      We want good governance,honesty and integrity not PhDs that allow corruption and ethnicity to thrive

  15. Emir M.sani January 22, 2015 at 10:29 pm -

    Lolz. My friend, go and boil beans so that u can eat when u exhaust ur energy in shouting.

  16. Iwambe Daniel January 22, 2015 at 10:17 pm -

    Where ware they all this long if ment well 4 Nigerian? & y now dat we nid cheng d most if u shout pdp pple says chang? Pls tel them 2 use dia fightin wipons & construct musical instrument 2 shout 4 GMB‘s victory.

  17. Peterside January 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm -

    Hahahahahaha Moderation of what…abegi this is PDP media lololololol

  18. Peterside January 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm -

    Yeah right, they can try all sorts and will fail woefully. Tell our President to provide his Thesis for his PHd