The International Criminal Court (ICC) has slammed claims that it invited President Muhammadu Buhari as its keynote speaker during its 20th anniversary because he had the highest rating on integrity.
This comes after member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, said in an interview in July that the ICC invited Buhari as its keynote speaker, because he is the only president, that achieved the highest indices on integrity in a check carried out by security agencies from twenty European countries and the United States of America on both serving and former African leaders.
“Buhari showed me a document he brought back from ICC, Hague. A top-secret Background Check on Global leaders, past and present. He is the only leader rated XXX1 on Integrity, the Highest Rating Globally. That’s why he is the only World Leader on the ICC floor to address them”, Abdulmumin Jibrin reportedly said.
And Lauretta Onochie, Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, took to Twitter to drum up support for the president.
Please don't blame us for falling in love with a good man.
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) July 30, 2018
However, ICC spokesperson, Fadi El Abdallah in an email exchange via the Public Affairs unit of the court said, “The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) is not involved in any integrity or background check of world leaders.”
He added that it has been standard practice for the ICC to invite Heads of State one at a time for certain high-level events, saying other countries were invited but “Nigeria was the only State represented by its President,” Daily Trust writes.
He stated further that more than 30 other States were represented at the level of national Senates and Parliaments chiefs, as well as Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice.
Neither the presidency nor Jibrin has so far responded to the counterclaim by the ICC.