Update: Breaking: I’m a Biafran, not a Nigerian, says Niger Delta Militant Leader, Asari Dokubo New York[RR]Igweocha–‘Many Igbo keep inquiring how committed the indigenes of Eastern ethnic minorities are in support for Biafra actualization. Perhaps, the best way to answer this poser is to hear it from the horse’s mouth. Asari Dokubo, who hails from […]
Update: Breaking: I’m a Biafran, not a Nigerian, says Niger Delta Militant Leader, Asari Dokubo
New York[RR]Igweocha–‘Many Igbo keep inquiring how committed the indigenes of Eastern ethnic minorities are in support for Biafra actualization. Perhaps, the best way to answer this poser is to hear it from the horse’s mouth. Asari Dokubo, who hails from the Ijaw ethnic nationality, avers to his Biafran identity in no uncertain terms whenever he gets the opportunity. He is a well-known militant who led the Niger Delta Volunteer Force that vandalized the oilfields and kidnapped foreign oil workers for ransom until his group was assuaged with a big bulk payoff by the Nigerian government after granting unconditional amnesty to his youthful followers. It is also noteworthy that spokespersons of the feared Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which nearly stopped all crude oil export by blowing up major trunk pipelines connecting the shipping terminals, have insisted that their interest is not payoff but self-determination quest for a sovereign Biafran state.
‘The most consequential self-determination agonist at this juncture in quest for Greater Biafra, the Lower Niger Congress (LNC), is being led by an Itsekiri indigene, Mr. Fred Agbeyegbe, as President. The Eastern minorities indigenous peoples, most of whom inhabit the oilfields of the Niger Delta, have gotten firsthand experience of what it means to be close-up with Northern oligarchs in the past 50 years. And they don’t like the master-servant relationship imposed on them by these outsiders who not only took away their ancestral lands but also hijacked all the oil wells while polluting the waterways and farmlands on which the local population depend for their livelihood. Starting from Ken Saro-Wiwa, the central government in Abuja has consistently killed outspoken leaders of indigenous peoples at any opportunity. Eastern minorities now understand the game very well enough to see Biafra actualization as the only hope of a brighter future for their peoples.
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Ex-leader of Niger Delta militants, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has noted that anyone in the Southsouth and Southeast region of the country, who denies Biafra and its struggle, is only doing so for fear of death or being incarcerated.
He admitted that there are so many Igbo, Ijaw and other tribes in the “Biafra land” who have refused to identify with the ongoing struggle, adding that those persons are doing so out of fear that the Nigerian state will deny them their “rights”.
In an interview shared on YouTube, the ex-militant leader said that asking him if he is a Biafran is like asking if his name is Asari Dokubo.
While commending the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, for taking a stand in the struggle for the actualization of Biafra, Asari said when success has been achieved, those denying the Biafra will come back to claim it.
“The Ijaw, Igbo and Ibibio who are saying they are not Biafrans. There are so many Igbos who are saying they are not Biafrans. There are many Ijaw people who are saying they are not Biafrans. You don’t blame them. Who want to die? Nobody want to go to prison. I went to prison. Nobody wants to fail but people always rejoice with those who are successful. When success comes, the same people who are saying they are not Biafrans will run down to say, ‘We are the Biafrans.’ Many people would not want to put their lives at risks.
“It is wrong for anybody to ask me if I’m Biafra. It’s like asking me whether I’m Dokubo Asari. I will say it, continue to say it, Alhaji Dokubo Asari is a Biafran.
“I have no apology to give to anybody, I have no explanation for anybody. I’m a Biafran and that’s what I am. I can go to the Supreme Court of the Nigerian State to defend I’m not a Nigerian.
“Nnamdi Kanu’s sacrifice is a necessary thing that some of us must make for the actualization of our motherland. For the independence of our motherland, we must make these sacrifices. And one day, our brother will reap the benefit of his sacrifice.
Credit: Daily Post