- Muhajid Dokubo-Asari called on the federal government to enter into dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta region
- He described the struggle as a moral one, and referred to those carrying out kidnappings as not being part of the Niger Delta
- He revealed that he had stopped eating five months ago and now existed on fruits, in preparation for what is coming
The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF), Muhajid Dokubo-Asari, has spoken about the Niger Delta struggle, The Cable reports.
Asari made his comments during an interview session on a television programme on Television Continental (TVC).
According to the freedom fighter, the Niger Delta struggle is not about war because his people do not want to die.
He stated that his people were open to dialoguing with the federal government.
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He said: “Fifty years after independence, what is stopping the dialogue?
“If they want to dialogue, let them sit with us.
“We are not asking for war, we don’t want to die.
“I don’t want to die, I have 21 children. I want to enjoy my life very well. Who is calling for war?
“My people have never accepted Nigeria so how can I be Nigerian?
“If we want to be Nigerians, we will all sit down and agree to give up our separate identities and accept Nigeria as our country.”
Asari described the struggle as a moral one, and referred to those carrying out kidnappings as not being part of the Niger Delta.
He stated: “These counter struggle elements were introduced to give the struggle a bad name so they carry out kidnappings and all sorts but they were unable to do that.
“Some people go to the pipeline, take the oil, cook it and destroy the environment more than what Shell, Agip, Chevron and others are doing.
“They are not part of our struggle, they are criminal elements.
“People who kidnap, rape and steal are not part of our struggle, our struggle is a moral and religious struggle.
“Some rogues want to associate them with us, we are not together but sometimes their actions aid our struggle.
“You’re now kidnapping people, demanding for money; you’re not part of our struggle. Amnesty came and was given to most criminal elements so we didn’t take their amnesty bribe.”
As part of efforts to restore peace to the restive Niger Delta region, Dokubo who was the former president of the Ijaw youth council was arrested by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He was eventually released by the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
He stated further: “I used to eat but I stopped eating five months ago. I drink water; eat nuts, banana and other fruits.
“For five months now, I have not been eating because of what is coming in front.
“I was weighing 153kg and I thought to myself that if the thing starts now, people go carry me dey run or which one so I decided to stop eating.
“Before then, beans was my best food.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Ijaw council and founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Front, Asari Dokubo, announced that he is a Biafran.
Dokubo who spoke on a live London radio show said it is wrong for anyone to ask him whether he is Nigerian or Biafra.
The Ijaw leader during an interaction with the host of the radio show and deputy leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Alphonsus Okafor-Mefor, said he will not tender any form of apology to anybody for accepting he is ‘Biafran’.
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