The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has demanded the resignation of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for asking the International Criminal Court, ICC not to escalate its investigation against the Boko Haram sect.
Afenifere spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, in a reaction on Friday, said that Malami could not be the country’s number one law officer and at the same time Boko Haram defender.
Recall that the AGF while hosting the new ICC President, Justice Chile Ebro-Osuji, in Abuja on Thursday, complained about the court’s investigation against Boko Haram and the Nigerian military He described it as worrisome.
Malami had said, “Presently, the ICC has escalated the eight potential cases against Nigeria – six against the Boko Haram and two against the military – from the initial preliminary examination to preliminary investigation.
“This is worrisome, as Nigeria has demonstrated beyond doubt, and in absolute cooperation with the ICC, that it is willing and able and, as a matter of fact, it is indeed arresting, investigating and prosecuting anyone that commits an offence that falls within the Rome Statute of the ICC.
“The above being the case, Nigeria views the escalation of the eight potential cases as uncalled for in the circumstance,” Malami was quoted to have said.
Odumakin lambasted the AGF, accusing him of turning his office into Boko Haram’s media department.
According to him, Nigerians should be worried by the release of many top insurgents in recent times by the government.
He said, “If the ICC is Investigating Boko Haram, are they investigating the north and by extension, the Federal Government of Nigeria? This could have been a Freudian slip, but since we have not seen a denial from Malami, it means he is no longer the AGF of Nigeria, he can’t be the nation’s AGF and be speaking on behalf of Boko Haram, he should therefore resign.”
For the Attorney General to turn his office to the media department of Boko Haram is almost unheard of and Nigerians should be worried about this, he aadded.
“In recent times, we have seen notorious Boko Haram kingpins being set free by the courts and the government has released hundreds of Boko Haram into the system.
“In 2013, the sect nominated the President as their negotiator, though he rejected the nomination, he was to later say any attack against Boko Haram was an attack against the north. Now, is what Malami doing now a continuation of that policy?” he asked.
Odumakin also frowned at the reported payment of £3m to the terror group by the Federal Government for the release of Chibok schoolgirls, some of whom are still in Boko Haram captivity.