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Fani-Kayode insists There is No Legal Basis for Patience Jonathan to Appear Before ICC



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Director of Media and Publicity for PDP’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has dismissed APC’s plans to report First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the alleged inflammatory statements she made during a campaign rally in Cross River State.

Fani-Kayode expressed that there was no legal basis for the First Lady to be reported. He stated this on Wednesday during a press briefing in Abuja, Punch reports.

Here are excerpts from his comments:
“It is pertinent to note that, first of all, if they were a little better educated and had a better understanding of international law and how the ICC works, they would appreciate the fact that no individual is ever taken to the ICC based on what he or she has said unless and until people act on those words and massacre others.

It is only if that speech is followed by violence and mayhem or if it incites people to commit violence, which results in death, mass murder and crimes against humanity, that the person who indulged in such hate speech becomes an eligible candidate for the ICC.

Dame Patience Jonathan is a woman of peace. She did not threaten anyone with violence; she did not incite anyone to commit violence or to kill others and her words have not resulted in death, mass murder or any crimes against humanity.

We therefore completely reject the baseless charge and assertion that she has called for the killing or slaughter of anyone at any point in time.”

He further stated that the allegations made are an “empty and boastful ranting of a perfidious, desperate, decaying and dying political party and such threat will amount to nothing.”


  1. hilda

    March 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    this man is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    March 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    First tym agreeing with him… Her case hasnt reach that level but we want #CHANGE

  3. Yemi

    March 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    What is Fani Kayode smoking please

  4. Bola

    March 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I am sure that’s what the former First Lady of Ivory Coast also thought ….he he he Patience and her crew are already shivering, Dame won’t survive in prison with no minions to order around

  5. Muhammad Nda Aliyu

    March 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Fani, has forgotten Ivorian former first lady’s recent 20 years jail term ?


    March 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This guy is whishy, washy. Femi you seems to have forgotten how to lie like a very good lawyer nowadays. Judging by your own statements. The Nigerian First Lady is totally and completely wreckless with her chosen words. She needs to exercise caution when speaking in public. With all your legal education and experiences, you ought to have informed her that people in her position don’t talk like that period. It’s people like you who give educated illiterate like her bad advice. I want you to always remember this, when push comes to shove, she will realize that the world is a small place, there is no place for her to hide. She will be arrested, and taken to the ICC where she will be made to face the music. All your legal education and experiences will not be enough to safe her from going to prison like the former Ivory Coast First Lady. Then you and the First Lady must have learnt a thin or two from the ICC legal proceedings. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘m just saying.

  7. coke

    March 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    all hail the rabble rouser!

  8. coke

    March 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    FFK knows better, i noticed he has been making less noise these day “thanks” to the 20b suit filed against him, i suspect the first lady will follow suit…

    people must begin to learn their right even if the judicial system is flawed.

  9. mama ojugbele

    March 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Fani femi kayode u will run away by the time ur mama peace is put into life imprisonment for her ultrances when ur father fani was doing what u are doing civilization was not like this fani if God leaveth u will not go on punished what of ur children and ur wife fani are u feeding them from all this criminal talk u are a disgrace to them and there tomorrow.

  10. niola

    March 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Siddon there they blow grammar, you think it is by my grandfather went to cambridge, my father went to cambridge i also went to cambridge, when kirikiri lands, broken go enter sharp sharp!! inexplicable nonentity!

  11. black

    March 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Like bode George said he will run away from Nigeria (wonders which country will harbour him) if APC wins I sincerely think it’s not only Bode George that will run,most of this PDP dogs will surely flee with him

  12. yemk

    March 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Femi-Fani Kayode and Fayose are both suffering from serious medical disorder, I suspect they are both constantly on heroine

  13. Olayemi

    March 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Pscheeew, by the time ICC comes calling for mama peace, I hope you will stroll with her there and “kontinu” with this your textbook grammer as per loyal servant. Tehehehehehehe.

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