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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of trying to shield ex-Service Chiefs from being investigated by the International Criminal Court, ICC.
PDP was reacting to the nomination of ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd) as non-career ambassadors-designate.
Buhari had forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career ambassadors-designate.
The nomination of Buratai and other ex-Service Chiefs as Non-career Ambassadors has been met with criticism from Nigerian People.
However, the opposition party urged the Senate to reject the nomination forwarded by Buhari.
A statement by PDP on its Twitter handle lamented that the Buhari-led administration was trying to use ambassadorial immunity to shield Buratai from ICC’s investigation.
The tweet reads: “@OfficialPDPNig firmly rejects plots by the @MBuhari Presidency and the @OfficialAPCNg to use the decoy of ambassadorial appointments to shield the immediate past service chiefs from investigation over alleged killing of innocent Nigerian People and crimes against humanity under their inglorious watch.
“The @OfficialPDPNig charges the Senate to eschew all partisan considerations and stand on the side of the people, particularly the victims of the atrocious regime of the ex-service chiefs by outrightly rejecting the demand by President @MBuhari to confirm them as ambassadors.
“It is indeed sacrilegious and a horrible assault on the sensibility of Nigerian People that the @OfficialAPCNg government is seeking to use ambassadorial appointments as desperate measure to secure diplomatic immunity for the Ex-commanders and protect them from investigation, arrest and possible prosecution by the @IntlCrimCourt for the atrocities committed against innocent Nigerian People under their command.
“The @OfficialPDPNig asserts that appointing the Ex-service chiefs as ambassadors would confer diplomatic immunity on them and provide them a route for escape.”
PDP also noted that nominating Buratai at a time ICC declared its readiness to probe his alleged “involvement in the crime against humanity in our country, appears to further validate the allegations against them.”

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