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ICC Told To Arrest, Prosecute Buhari Over NSA’s ‘Nigeria Is Bankrupt’ Statement

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has on Tuesday praised the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, for having the courage to admit that the present administration inherited a bankrupt country from former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Naija News recalls that Ribadu, while speaking at the Chief of Defence Intelligence Annual Conference 2023, said the country was battling budgetary constraints having inherited a bankrupt country from the previous administration with about N46 trillion in debt to clear.

Reacting via a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA  called for the arrest and trial of Buhari by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The group accused Buhari’s government of human rights violations, corruption, and economic mismanagement.

The statement read in part, “In her remarks during an interdenominational church service marking Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, First Lady Oluremi Tinubu emphasized that her husband, President Bola Tinubu, is not a magician but is committed to fixing the country. She stated that the Tinubu administration inherited challenges from past administrations and is focused on repairing the damage without placing blame.

“Also, in a recent speech at the Chief of Defence Intelligence Annual Conference 2023 in Abuja, Ribadu attributed the current financial crisis to the bankruptcy inherited by President Tinubu’s administration. While acknowledging budgetary constraints, Ribadu assured that the government is diligently working to ensure a robust defense management and security structure. He commended the armed forces for their commitment and positive changes under the current leadership.”

The Rights group further alleged the former president tolerated terrorists and killings of civilians, adding it amounted to crimes against humanity that ought to be addressed and redressed by taking the former president to the international Criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands.

HURIWA maintained that given the NSA’s disclosure and other human rights issues, Buhari should be investigated and prosecuted by the ICC.