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Ijaw youths threaten Benin govt over Asari-Dokubo.


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The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has demanded an unreserved apology from the government of Benin Republic over the arrest of the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force ( NDPLF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo.
The council has also warned that it would no longer condone the arrest and harassment of Ijaw leaders.
The Ijaw nation was jolted when the news of the arrest of Asari-Dokubo filtered into Nigeria with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta( MEND) threatening to attack Beninose interests if he was not released.
The IYC noted that though Asari-Dokubo has been released, his arrest and detention was politically motivated by enemies of the Ijaw nation who are uncomfortable with his position as it relates to President Goodluck Jonathan running for the presidency in 2015.

Mr Udengs Eradiri who was declared President by the electoral committee in an interview after conducting his first congress at the IJaw House, Yenagoa said the Ijaw nation is suspecting foul play in the arrest of Asari-Dokubo.
According to him, the arrest was an affront on the Ijaw nation and the government of Nigeria since Asari-Dokubo was doing legitimate business in Benin Republic.
He warned politicians against heating up the polity by setting up perceived opponents instead of sticking to the rules of the game.
His words: “On the issue of arrest of the former President of IYC, Asari Dokubo. First of all, we want to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for the timely intervention on the arrest of Asari-Dokubo. We acknowledge the fact that Dokubo is doing business in Republic of Benin peacefully and freely and did not breach any law. We are saying again that we will not tolerate the arrest of any of our leaders.We are suspecting foul play from the political dimension on the arrest of Dokubo. We are warning that those trying to play politics to stick to the rules of politics and not use or ridicule Ijaw nation and leaders”

Source: Radio Biafra.

MEND Demands Immediate Release Of Asari Dokubo, Warning About Reprisals.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has demanded the immediate release of Mr. Asari Dokubo, who has been in police detention in the Republic of Benin since yesterday.

“Even though Mr Asari Dokubo, along with some Niger Delta myopic and corrupt Tribal Assemblies like the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) and Elder Edwin K Clark gloated or kept silent over Henry Okah’s setup, arrest and conviction, we will remember the role Mr Asari Dokubo had played in the unfinished struggle before he was bought off along with several others,” it said in a short statement.

It pledged not to abandon Mr. Dokubo at this time just as it will not abandon Henry, his brother Charles Okah and others who are still incarcerated.

“If diplomacy fails to prevail, we will not rule out any form of attacks on the Republic of Benin’s interests,” MEND warned.

Also today, Festus Keyamo, Dokubo’s lawyer, petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan asking for his direct intervention in ensuring the former militant’s release.

“We want to emphasise that Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, ever though a Nigerian, carries on legitimate business and has been living partly in Benin Republic for many years now. In fact, he owns houses, schools and an academy in that country,” the letter said, noting that all those places have been searched but that nothing incriminating was found.

“We think his arrest and detention is a ploy by certain forces in Nigeria in unholy alliance with the Beninoise government to keep him away as 2015 approaches,” the lawyer said.

Major Al-Mustapha has expressed happiness over the warm reception in Imo state.


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Speaking, the traditional rulers of Mbaise led by HRH Eze Mike Abii, HRH Eze Reginald Amadi, HRH Eze Nwokocha (Umara) and HRH Eze Nwaturuocha, commended the resilence and patriotic spirit of the Maj Al-Mustapha, Chief Uwazuruike and Asari Dokubo.

Abii thanked God for saving the lives of Maj Mustapha and others noting that God has prepared them to work for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.

Important personalities that spoke include; Hon Sam Daddy Anyanwu, a Senatorial Aspirant and Chief Batos Nwadike, a former presidential candidate of Peoples Mandate Party.

 

In their separate speeches, Hon Sam Daddy Anyanwu promised to ensure that the peace and unity that the August visitors are preaching will be supported.

Chief Batos went memory lane to say, ‘enough is enough’ for oppressors in Nigeria, stressing that no body will be allowed to cause confusion for selfish reasons using divide and rule.

Responding, Mohammed Abacha thanked the teaming population that came to welcome them noting that it is a sign that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. He stated that he has friends in Imo State that he cherishes.

Asari Dokubo added that the struggle for emancipation of the oppressed in Nigeria is a must. He said he has Igbo spirit in him and stressed that the peace and unity of new Nigeria is what they are canvassing.

The Ijele Igboland Chief Raph Uwazuruike thanked Ndi Igbo for their support saying that what they have come to show is that all forces that are fighting for a new Nigeria are on one page.

Al-Mustapha who could not hold his excitement greeted the people with Igbo language. He thanked the Ezes, the politicians, women groups, the various youth organizations for showing him and his team great love.

He said that their host, Agbara Ahuru gbuo Okuku of Igboland, Chief Okoro is a reliable friend of his whose advice and encouragement have remained valuable to him. Al-Mustapha, said never again will politicians deceive the young people through ethnic divide.

He called on all Nigerians to support the agenda for true new Nigeria through peace unity and patriotism. He thanked the news Editor Trumpeta, Ohanele Casca for his many write-ups in the media that seek for his release while he was incarcerated.

The host, Chief Ugochuwku Okoro, Agbara called Al-Mustapha many names like Mr intelligent, Dogged, calculative and friendly, whose contributions to the development of Nigeria is priceless.

Source: radio Biafra.

Meeting of regional militant groups in Owerri Nigeria unity under threat.


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The National President, Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Mr. Yerima Shettima, has said the Thursday meeting of regional militant groups in Owerri, Imo State capital, was not for 2015 politics.

He said it was facilitated to forestall a breakdown of law and order before and after the 2015 general elections.

The meeting, hosted by the Leader, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, Mr. Ralph Uwazuruike, had Shettimah and Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha in attendance.

Others included ex-militant and leader, Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo; the founder of Oodu’a Peoples’ Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun; and Abacha’s son, Mohammed.

Speaking to our correspondent on Friday, Shettima said the meeting was for the general interest of the country. He said there was the need for regional groups to discuss how unity and equality would be maintained in the polity.

He said, “We realised that there is a threat to our unity. It is glaring; it is becoming more obvious and visible than anybody could ever imagine.

“The politicians are busy overheating the polity and some of us believe strongly that if we don’t begin to take measures of extending hands of fellowship to our brothers in other parts of the country, there’s a possibility of pre-election and post-elections violence.”

When reminded of the war threats by Asari-Dokubo over President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015, Shettima said the threats were reviewed and the ex-militant had realised his mistakes.

While he noted that Asari-Dokubo would not withdraw or apologise for his utterances, he said, “We discussed with him extensively and he now realises there’s hope from the meeting.”

Shettima added, “What we discussed at our meeting was far beyond whether Jonathan is re-elected as President or not; we discussed the unity of the nation and our people, so that there won’t be any violence in the country. Nobody would use any groups or individuals against one another, whether from the North or South.”

Asari-Dokubo, who was a guest on a Channels Television programme, Politics Today, had said in parts, “When some people say they have a right to rule and others don’t have, then there is no sitting on the fence. All of us will have to be in the ring and fight. We cannot leave Goodluck (Jonathan) alone.

“Whether they contest or they don’t. If they say the blood of the dogs and the baboons will be soaked in the streets, or salt water in the streets, we will help them in with blood in the streets.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

North’s group to Presidency call Asari-Dokubo to order.


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A pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Forum (NDA), has condemned the threat of bloodshed by a former Niger Delta militant, Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo, if President Goodluck Jonathan is not returned in the 2015 election.

It said the Presidency should call him to order.

The group, in statement in Minna, the Niger State capital, by its National Coordinator, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, said Asari-Dokubo’s utterances were inimical to democratic norms and ethos.

Asari-Dokubo’s outburst on Channels Television, last Sunday, is threatening the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) peace talks.

Former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, has indicated that he may pull out of the mediation in the party’s crisis following his complaints that Asari-Dokubo’s “reckless” comment could frustrate the efforts of the seven-man panel, headed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The NDF frowned at the Presidency’s nonchalant attitude to Asari-Dokubo’s utterance since he made the threat.

The statement reads: “It is sad that the Presidency, and indeed President Goodluck Jonathan, have not seen anything wrong in Asari-Dokubo’s reckless statement and called him to order. It is not proper for the government to keep sealed lips on a comment that is capable of throwing spanner in our fragile democracy.

“In a democracy, leaders do not emerge through threats. The emergence of leaders is through a non-violent electoral process of voting and not via intimidation and threat to life. We belong to a civilised society and democracy in Nigeria cannot be different from what obtains globally.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Gen Babangida may pull out of talks over Asari-Dokubo’s threats.


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The ongoing peace talks on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may suffer a setback following plans by ex-President Ibrahim Babangida to pull out of the mediation over threats from a former Niger Delta warlord, Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo.

Gen. Babangida was alleged to have described Asari-Dokubo’s threats as insulting to eminent leaders on the seven-man panel headed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Asari-Dokubo at the weekend threatened violence should President Jonathan be stopped from contesting in 2015.

There was, however, pressure on Gen. Babangida last night to have a rethink.

 

Also, barring last-minute change of mind, some members of the Kawu Baraje faction of the PDP may be expelled from the party by the Bamanga Tukur faction.

The Tukur faction may dissolve State Executive Committees of the PDP in five states and hand the party structures to those loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The states are Kwara, Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, and Adamawa.

Babangida is said to be uncomfortable that while eminent leaders were making peace, Asari-Dokubo was threatening violence.

A top source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent last night, said: “Babangida was upset by the alleged reckless comments from Asari Dokubo. He was also shocked that no one has called the ex-militant leader to order.

“The former Head of State may pull out of the ongoing peace talks instead of allowing anyone to mess up his efforts.

“There is however pressure on him to ignore Asari-Dokubo’s threats or comments because he is not one of the parties to PDP crisis.

“The next 24 to 48 hours may determine Babangida’s position.”

Some members of the Kawu Baraje faction may be expelled from the party by the Bamanga Tukur faction.

This is one of the major highlights of the report of the Political Committee, one of the secret committees raised by the President.

It was learnt that the report of the political committee was ready last night.

The President raised three committees last Thursday before travelling to Kenya on a state visit.

The committees (Political, Legal and Contact) were given advisory task on how the presidency should contain the aggression of the G-7 governors and the Kawu Baraje faction.

A source said: “The other measures recommended by the committee include an X-ray of the activities of the disloyal members in the states and possible expulsion of some of those indicted in the factionalisation of PDP.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Jonathan Calls Obasanjo ‘Baba’, Abati Says, Accuses Asari-Dokubo of “Crab Mentality”.


 

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By SaharaReporters, New York

The Presidency said on Sunday that President Goodluck Jonathan has utmost respect for former President Olusegun Obasanjo and even call him Baba (father).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, stated this in an interview with State House correspondents in Abuja.
He said it was therefore wrong for the Leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Mujaheed Asari- Dokubo to have said that Jonathan was “fighting” Obasanjo.

Abati then diagnosed Asari-Dokubo of suffering from ‘crab mentality’.

“I read that interview granted by Asari-Dokubo and I was quite surprised that he would talk like that because as he himself admitted in that interview, he is close to government. And his interview was full of proverbs.

“So, I don’t know whether it is a wise thing for you to be a member of the house and then for you to stand outside and urinate into that same house,” the spokesman said, as the government labours to close the gap between Mr. Jonathan and Obasanjo.

“The president has the utmost respect for the former president whom he regards as his father. He even calls him Baba. And I don’t think anybody can say he has any evidence anywhere where the president has been disrespectful to the elderly man.”

“So, those things that you see in the newspapers about people saying President Jonathan and former President Obasanjo are quarreling are exaggerated. They do not reflect the truth. He (Asari-Dokubo) claims that there is a rift between President Jonathan and former President Obasanjo; so, you can see that the whole of that commentary is based on a wrong premise”.

On Asari-Dokubo’s allegation that Jonathan is surrounded by greedy people who have refused other Nigerians access to the president, Abati turned to crab theory to explain that people are simply trying to pull down his boss.

“What is that crab theory all about? If you put a number of crabs in a bucket and one of them tries to go to the top, the other crabs will be struggling to pull that one that is trying to go to the top down.  They will keep reminding that top crab that you are one of us; this is where you belong and you cannot leave us; we are together.

“When you translate that crab theory into the governance arena, you find that it puts people who are in leadership position under enormous pressure because there are too many other persons saying they don’t want progress because they all want to be at the same level.”

Having said that, Abati turned around and issued what seems to be a direct contradiction, saying that the Asari-Dokubo interview is consistent with the principle of freedom of speech.  He told the correspondents that it was about making noise and gaining attention, and that the statements do not reflects Asari-Dokubo’s innermost feelings about the Jonathan administration and the President Jonathan in particular.

“I believe that he, having been a very strong supporter of the administration and who has been on record as having saying a lot of positive things about the administration, having made whatever point he has now made, will also see the need to be consistent, honest and truthful, and to see the big picture and to worry less about greedy people who are preventing other Ijaws, as he seems to be making out, from reaching the president because at the end of the day, President Jonathan is not running an Ijaw project.”

Jonathan, said Abati, is running a ‘Nigerian project’ and is a man who is very conscious of his place in history.

According to the spokesman, “That is the man Nigerians voted for and all of us, whether we are his kinsmen or we are his staff or we are his friends, I think we should focus more on the Nigerian project, the Nigerian assignment that President Jonathan has been given and worry less about insinuations like all these people are blocking me from having access, he has forgotten his brothers, he is arguing with a particular person.”

He restated that President Jonathan has no problems with Obasanjo, the man Nigerians accuse of inflicting Jonathan on Nigeria, and that they have an “excellent relationship.”

As with Jonathan himself, Abati did not go beyond these generalizations to comment on the heavy criticisms that Obasanjo has inflicted on Jonathan in the past few months.

Obasanjo has openly criticized Jonathan’s handling of the Boko Haram crisis, presenting him as weak and confused.  It will be recalled that early this year, Jonathan promised to defeat the militants by June, a promise that he not only failed to keep, but which seemed to elevate the violence.
Obasanjo has also lampooned Jonathan’s so-called fight against corruption, warning that Jonathan’s incompetence has seen blossoming unemployment in the country that could trigger a revolution.

Critics say that Abati’s lengthy defence of his boss is a desperate ploy that simply compounds the situation as it demonstrates that the Jonathan administration lacks understanding, integrity, and answers.

 

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