Saturday, 11 May 2013

Arrest me and Nigeria will be history, Dokubo-Asari dares Reps

Niger Delta frontline activist and leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has dared the House of Representatives and leaders in northern Nigeria to arrest him if they can, adding that if they do, Nigeria will become history.
Dokubo-Asari, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, stressed that he stands by his words that “there will be no peace if Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015.”
The House of Representatives had, after a motion moved by Honourable Ali Madaki, called on the Inspector General of Police,  Mohammed Abubakar, to arrest Dokubo-Asari for saying that there would be no peace in Nigeria if President Jonathan was not returned for a second term in 2015.
The position of the House was supported by the Niger State governor, Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, who also called for his arrest.
Other northern leaders and organisations, including the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), also called for Dokubo-Asari’s arrest.
Responding to the various calls for his arrest, the activist said they were cowards if they failed to arrest him.
The former president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) also stated that any attempt to arrest him would make Nigeria a history.
He queried why those calling for his arrest turned deaf ears when some northern leaders, like former head of state and 2011 presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Mohammadu Buhari; Alhaji Lawal Kaita and a former member of the House of Representatives, Adamu Farouk Aliyu, among others, threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable if a northerner failed to emerge as president in 2015.
According to him, “I stand by my statement which I made in my earlier press conference. There will be no peace, not only in the Niger Delta, but everywhere, if Jonathan is not president by 2015, and I want to add that the Fulanis, who migrated and invaded our lands and continue to show disregard and disrespect to the owners of the country they came into, and people have tolerated them for a very long time, but that will no longer continue.”
Dokubo-Asari said a follow-up to Kaita’s statement that “Nigeria would be ungovernable if Jonathan was returned in 2015 was the insurgent groups from the feudal Fulani occupiers of the land, who are wreaking havoc, attacking military barracks and seizing weapons, while their foot-soldiers in the army are planning a coup, but we will not sit and watch.
“For every action from them, there will be an equal and opposite reaction and it will be disproportionate. Kaita made this statement, nobody arrested or call for the arrest of this fellow,  today he is walking free.”
Dokubo-Asari also carpeted Buhari for his inciting statement against Jonathan, adding that “Buhari made this statement in 2012, he was never arrested and nobody ever called for his arrest. In other countries, former leaders are being tried, but here, a man who overthrew a legitimate government continues to threaten us with blood and nothing has happened. Who is this criminal, who took our guns, our resources, to plan and overthrow a legitimate government and introduce retroactive laws that led to the death of innocent citizens, and nothing has happened.”
He also carpeted Aliyu,  saying “I am happy he remarked that nobody has the monopoly of violence, and I want to tell him that we have not had maitasine or Boko Haram in the south, we have not had Shahid revote in the south, we thank God that they don’t have monopoly of violence because we are going to give them surplus of violence.”
Responding particularly to Aliyu’s claims that the Ijaw people of the oil-rich Niger Delta did not have the population to match the North, Asari said “this Fulani invader is talking about population. We all know that they don’t have the number they claim to have and we know that we are more populated than they, and no figure they bring will be accepted by us.”
He added that “I am not afraid of arrest. I’ve been arrested before. I was put under SSS underground 10 months and 11 days. I was buried alive and I came out alive. I was detained for 22 months and 10 days, I didn’t give up the fight. I didn’t capitulate. So, I am not afraid of arrest and they cannot arrest me because if they do, the consequences of my arrest is that Nigeria will be history.
“The last time (Olusegun)Obasanjo arrested me, my arrest reduced Nigeria’s oil production to 700,000 barrels per day. This time, it will reduce to zero barrel, and we will match violence by violence, intrigues by intrigues, we are ready for them.
“Jonathan will complete his tenure of two terms whether they like it or not. For us, they don’t even exist because we pay them, and he who pays the piper dictates the tune. We pay them, we feed them, they are parasites, they are a burden on us, and these invaders must be expelled from our lands, they have no reason to be with us.”
Nigeria’ll not break if... —Edwin Clark
Ijaw leader and former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has said come what may, hell would not let loose if Jonathan loses presidential election in 2015.
This is just as he petitioned the House of Representatives to investigate all inflammatory and provocative utterances made so far by Nigerians, especially northerners, instead of selectively hunting the duo of Mr Kinsgley Kuku and Dokubo-Asari for arrest by the Inspector General of Police.
The octogenarian, who granted a press conference at his country home in Warri, on Thursday afternoon, also asked President Jonathan to convoke a national conference of all ethnic nationalities, to determine the status of the country before the 2014 centenary celebration, without which the country may be heading for the parlous precipice.
The Ijaw leader said he was sure that Jonathan would accept whatever decision he got from the electorate in 2015, saying he would be the last person to cause chaos and anarchy for his successor if he lose.
Over 600 ex-militants threaten to invade NASS over Dokubo-Asari, Kuku
Over 600 ex-militants, on Thursday, threatened to storm the floor of the  House of Representatives over the summon on  Kuku and Dokubo-Asari, over alleged inflammatory statements on the 2015 presidential poll.
In separate statements issued in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, by the Coalition of Ex-Militants, under the aegis of the Leadership of the Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), and former member of the Senate Chamber of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Eris Paul, known along the creeks as Commander Ogunboss, insisted that the decision of the ex-militant was based on the perceived ethnic and parochial intent behind the summon by the House of Representatives.
While the LPCDI, through the statement signed by its president, Pastor Reuben Wilson, described the House of Representatives summon as “divisive” and “attempt to ignite the ethnic keg of gun powder in the country,” Commander Ogunboss described the summon as a show of undemocratic tendencies on the part of a serving governor, “who thinks he is protecting the unity of an already disorganised society by some northern cabals.”
In the statement of the LPCDI, Pastor Wilson said the posture of the House of Representatives was a show of bias and double standard in the monitoring of alleged volatile posture of the political class ahead of the 2015 poll.
“We observed that irrespective of the decision made by the representatives, they should be aware that the failure to arrest the likes of Buhari over his comment in the national daily on May 15, 2012; the national coordinator of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr Junaidu Mohammed, in another national daily of March 17, 2013, and Abu King Shuluwa on March 8, 2013.”
Paul accused the Niger State governor of bias and wickedness.”
“If Aliyu thinks he was sincere enough to protect the nation from an impending doom, let him call on the security agencies to begin their investigations with Buhari who, in recent times, has been crying foul over threats of bloodshed and revolt on the nations unity, as witnessed in Egypt andTunisia.
“We all know in this country that just minutes after Buhari’s presidential loss to Jonathern in 2011, riots broked out, where houses of the president’s loyalists were burnt in parts of the North, properties destroyed and lives lost, which we can attribute to present bombings of Boko Haram experienced till date.
“And if Dokubo-Asari’s statement is capable of creating disunity and disaffection on the nation’s unity, as Governor Aliyu and his counterparts in the House Representatives have stated, what will Buhari’s utterances be capable of?”

2015: It’s Either A Northerner Or No More Nigeria - Farouk Adamu Aliyu

Again, the issue of Nigeria and her governance took a centre stage yesterday, with the threat by a former member of the House of Representatives and a chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, Hon. Farouk Adamu Aliyu that ‘it is either a Northerner as President in 2015 or there will be no more Nigeria.
Aliyu’s outburst in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja was a direct response to the ex-Niger Delta militant and leader of Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari Dokubo declaration on Sunday that ‘there will be no peace in the country, if Jonathan was denied a second term’.
Aliyu, who was the 2011 CPC governorship candidate in Jigawa State, said it is unfortunate and sad that Dokubo is still walking the streets a freeman after making such unguarded statement.
He warned that “if Jonathan, Dokubo and their people want to destroy this country, then we are willing accomplices”.
The ex-lawmaker who claimed to be speaking for the people of the North warned that nobody has the monopoly of violence adding that such arm-twisting tactics as was exhibited by the Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku in United States some days ago,will not work.
“Few weeks back, Kingsley Kuku, the presidential adviser on amnesty programme in faraway America also went and made similar statements, which means President Goodluck Jonathan has already won the PDP primary election and the secondary election - that’s exactly what they are saying.
“Let me also use this opportunity to say on behalf of us in the north that nobody has monopoly of violence and that on behalf of the people of northern extraction, there shall be no one Nigeria if a northerner is not elected president of this country, because politics is a game of numbers and the Ijaw people are not up to one million or two million or even five million.
“So if in a democracy, the President will allow somebody to say if he is not voted, there won’t be peace – this clearly shows that they don’t want peace and thepresident is not a democrat,” he said.

2015 Presidency It’s either Jonathan or war–Asari-Dokubo

Leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, said at the weekend that the current insecurity and tension in the country would be a child’s play if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win a second term in 2015. He said that Niger Delta will ensure the nation does not know peace if Jonathan is prevented from returning to office after the 2015 general elections.
Asari-Dokubo told reporters in Abuja that peace will take a flight in Rivers State if Governor Rotimi Amaechi continues his romance with the northern leaders who are plotting against the President, even as he lashed out at former Head of State, Maj-Gen. Muhammad Buhari, saying he is unfit to rule the country again. He said: “Recently, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsely Kuku, made a statement in the United States of America that the peace being enjoyed in the Niger Delta will not be guaranteed if President Goodluck Jonathan is not returned in 2015.
This statement has been supported by several groups from the region.” According to Dokubo-Asari,” the statement has been attacked from several quarters, expectedly from the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and others. I want to go on to say that, there will be no peace, not only in the Niger Delta, but everywhere if Goodluck Jonathan is not president again, by 2015, except God takes his life, which we don’t pray for. “Jonathan has uninterrupted eight years of two terms to be president, according to the Nigerian Constitution.
We must have our uninterrupted eight years of two tenures I am not in support of any amendment of the Constitution that will reduce the eight years of two tenures that Goodluck Jonathan is expected to be President of Nigeria. “For a very long time, our resources from the Niger Delta had been used to feed and fund Nigeria, and some people are still feeling that Nigeria is their personal property, and they can manage it the way they like, but those days are gone forever, it can never come back again.
The days when we will elect a president and some people will annul our mandate, and place the winner of that mandate in their dungeon and murder him, such days are over and they will never come back again.” Asked if he was aware of claims that the President has not lived up to expectations, he dismissed such views as the handiwork of those he called greedy politicians. He said: “A lot of people will say that Goodluck has not performed as President. We from the Niger Delta have been fair. We criticize our own, but that does not change what I have always said that “monkey no fine, but him mama like am”.
We will continue to support and stand by Goodluck. “Our colonial operators left functional railways system and roads that were motor able, education and energy sectors that worked. But from Yakubu Gowon, to Murtala Mohammed, Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo again, these infrastructure built by the colonial operators were totally destroyed. We are all aware of it and nobody can deceive us.
“But today, the story has changed, I made five hours from Benin to Lagos by road. Electricity supply is relatively constant now than what it was before Jonathan came in as President. The Abuja-Lokoja Road that was neglected is almost completed and several other roads across the country. People have started using the rail system again. This shows that Jonathan is silently moving the country at the direction to satisfy these in-searchable people, while we from the Niger Delta are not being satisfied.
“Before now, we have had university lecturers going on strike for over six months, people go to universities to study courses of four or five years, but end up staying five and six years because the lecturers were always going on strike, but that is not the case as at today because the government is handling the issue. Even at that, this is the most maligned government because some people think, and they have been made to believe that they are born to rule, and so many people who are very timid to challenge them have accepted it.”
On Buhari , Asari-Dokubo said: “They talk about Buhari, and I asked them what has Buhari got to show in all the years he had been in government. He was a governor in the North, later he became Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, he was Head of State, and he also headed the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), in all of these positions, he held, what are his achievements? “When we go to Dubai and other former Third World countries, we see the achievements of their leaders, if Buhari is so good, let him show us one thing that he achieved when he was in the positions he held before.
Let him show us one monument in the former North-Eastern that can be attributed to him when he was governor there. He has nothing to show. They’re saying he is not corrupt, and we were told how $2.8 billion got missing. “Group Captain Usman Jubril, a Muslim and former governor in the North, accused Buhari of corruption, that his cronies were given contracts in the Afri Project, Buhari’s cronies controlled PTF, we all saw it. But because some people love slavery, and they will say the master is coming with koboko, he will flog me if I don’t fall in line. President Jonathan is not using the hammer that IBB and Buhari used when they were in power. Jonathan is not using the retroactive laws that Buhari used to murder people that is why they see him as clueless.
They want him to start behaving like IBB, Buhari and Obasanjo, then he becomes a president that is strong”. On the rift between Amaechi and the Presidency, Asari-Dokubo lambasted the governor, accusing him of acting like a traitor. He accused the Rivers State governor of not respecting President Jonathan and creating an impression that Governors’ Forum was bigger than the Presidency. He said, “There is this war that is going on, instigated by Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. The law does not know the Nigerian Constitution, and as a body, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) as an association that is unknown, it has no legal power. Where the governors’ forum wants to usurp the constitutional powers of the president elected by the people, is something that will not be acceptable to anybody.
“They didn’t do it under Babangida, they also didn’t do it under Obasanjo, they didn’t do it under Yar’Adua, for Chibuike to arrogate this power to himself, he has been looking for trouble. Now he is saying that failure to provide security is an impeachable offence, that is what Chibuike is telling the President. Chibuike has been making statement, disparaging the person of President Goodluck Jonathan. “He went to Kano State and declared there that he will contest 2015 presidential election as a running mate to a northern aspirant, he is free to do so, but the South-South region will not allow traitors among us. And if Rotimi Amaechi has singled himself out as a traitor, he will be treated as a traitor.
There is nothing anybody can do about it. “Now that we have come out of slavery, nobody can take us back into slavery, it is not possible. Rotimi Amaechi with his background enjoys slavery. He knows his background and everybody knows him. If God has given him a lease of life to be with people who have freedom, he should appreciate what God has given him, but to think he will take us back to slavery, we will not let him do so. There is monumental corruption going in Rivers State under Amaechi. He budgets $3billion every year, and there is nothing to show for such budget in Rivers State, which is a one city state,” Asari-Dokubo alleged.