Foremost United States of America lawyer Bruce E. Fein, has declared that there is no going back on his determination to try Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and 15 others at the International Criminal Court for alleged violent suppression of peaceful pro-Biafra protests in Eastern Nigeria. He made the declaration penultimate Saturday, August 4, 2018, while addressing hundreds of enthusiastic members of the Eastern Region Diaspora at Chicago State University, USA.
During the symposium, Attorney Fein, of the Washington-based Fein & DelValle, PLLC, elaborated on the status of his lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under the Torture Victims Protection Act “for the extrajudicial killings or torture of ten peaceful Eastern Region heroes for protesting the human rights atrocities of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The sixteen individual Nigerian defendants include archvillain Tukur Yusuf Buratai.”
He explained that “litigation moves slowly. Patience, unity, and financial support are indispensable to success. And that our courageous and subjugated Eastern Region plaintiffs need and deserve the moral support of the Diaspora.”
The veteran lawyer, who visited Eastern Nigeria last year in search of evidence, also addressed “the ongoing effort to assemble the voluminous evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity perpetrated under the command and control of President Buhari and Chief of Army Staff Buratai since the former’s 2015 inauguration to present to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to justify her opening investigations of both culprits.” He declared that “no official — even a head of state — is immune from prosecution by the ICC.”
Fein equally explained that “any changes or restructuring of sovereign authority in Nigeria would need the support of the United Nations as has occurred in Namibia, East Timor, and South Sudan.”
The meeting “highly resolved that the sacrifices of the brave men and women in the Eastern Region, the living and the dead, to advance the cause of liberty and justice shall not have been in vain; and, that the Region shall have a new birth of freedom that will endure for the ages.”