According to John Dalberg-Acton,
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
There have been calls lately by the current crop of African leaders over the exit of the continent from the International Criminal Court (ICC) of justice. The recently concluded African Union summit in Addis Ababa have also not been failed to be used as a medium to make the call.
The newly elected Chairman of the Union, Idris Derby joined his voice to those calling for the withdrawal of membership of African countries from the court, starting with Kenya.
We all know that the reason for these calls is simple: it unfairly targets the continent. This claim has been exemplified by the cases that have been tried in the court. Meanwhile, for those who do not have background information on the ICC, it has opened inquiry of war crimes on nine nations, all but one of them African: Kenya, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (twice), Uganda, Mali and, most recently, Georgia.
We all know that this fight against war crimes which was started in 2002 may be against African nations but like John Dalberg-Acton said, power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely; these African leaders need a structure to checkmate their excesses. We have seen leaders who have become authoritarians, trying to change the constitution to extend their stay in office, the latest being in Kenya.
We have leaders who are looking towards development of their nations rather, misappropriating the available resources which may soon go off in quantity.
There is a need to keep these leaders on their toes hence the need for the non-withdrawal of the African continent to stay put in the ICC whether it is set up to victimize them or not. No one is victimized without a just cause.