Vice President Yemi Osinbajo thinks the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to overhaul its procedures is a positive step toward improving relations with African countries.
In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said the vice president visited ICC Prosecutor Mr Karim Khan, who is on an official tour to Nigeria, on a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa.
The plan to overhaul the international judicial system, according to the vice president, will convince African countries that there is opportunity for discussion and that the ICC is not out to witch hunt any individual or organization.
According to Osinbajo, creating a framework that builds connections and credibility among member states is critical.
He stated that there was a need to instill the belief that everyone could be treated equally.
“The actions you are doing are critical; you will receive full assistance from Nigeria, and at the end of the day, people must believe that the system is equitable and fair to all.”
Khan had expressed his delight at the visit earlier in his remarks.
He said it comes at a vital juncture in the region’s history, recognizing Nigeria’s importance in the continent.
Khan added that the court would help African countries attain justice through the proposed path for changes, based on the principle of complementarity.
He reaffirmed the court’s commitment to working with local authorities to encourage domestic jurisdictions to investigate and prosecute offenders of major international crimes.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Amb. Eniola Ajayi, in addition to ICC officials on the Prosecutor’s entourage.
Earlier, the vice president met with Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ihab Awad, who briefed him on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s next meeting, which would be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, later in November.
Osinbajo stated that because the gathering is taking place in Africa, African leaders should guarantee that the discussions on climate change benefit the continent.
“Our developmental issues are as life-threatening as the Climate Change issue,” he remarked.