Katsina Stoning: Niger Delta Will Retaliate, Says Asari Dokubo

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Leader of Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer

Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari

Thursday reacted to the attack on the convoy

of president Goodluck Jonathan by some irate

youths in the state during a campaign rally

on Tuesday, saying the Niger Delta would

respond in due course.

Asari also warned the Igbo and the members

of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC

who currently reside in the north to return

home as they would have themselves to be

blamed should anything happen to them.

The NDPVF leader while addressing a press

conference in Abuja faulted the Abuja peace

accord entered into by President Jonathan

and the presidential candidate of the All

Progressives Congress, APC, General

Mohammadu Buhari with 12 others, saying it

was unnecessary.

Going into memory lane, Asari recalled that

the north has always had the penchant for

causing election violence.

“There is an established pattern of pre and

post election violence in the north. In the 50s

when late Awolowo was campaigning in the

north, he went with helicopters and he was

mocked. People said he was flying over the

houses and peeping their wives. That has

continued and everywhere in the country,

people say leave them alone. We don’t want

any trouble. But I think the game has

changed. The rules of the game have

changed.

“For every action, there will be an opposite

and equal reaction. I knew that the signing of

the accord was useless and that the president

subjected himself to sign such an accord. For

me, it was out of place for a president and

commander in chief of the armed forces of a

country. But the president is a humble

person. He does things that even marvel

some of us and make us sometimes to be

very angry.

“To be frank, I was very angry on that day

they were signing it. The president has

sworn to protect the lives of every Nigerian.

So, why would he after taking a constitutional

oath subject himself to another oath?

“So what happened in Katsinah is not a

surprise. But don’t be surprised. We are

putting the world on notice that they have

started first. When we reply, let no body talk.

Because we are going to reply. We did not

sign any accord with them. They did not

sign. They are talking about about election

violence now because they know that other

people will respond.

“Before, they had the monopoly of violence,

so nobody cared who died. Our lives were

not valuable and they had all the latitude to

wreck havoc and did what they liked. But the

game has changed. Be bold enough to tell

them that game has changed. If they slice

our throat, we are going to slice your throat.

They stoned the president, you will hear

from us. That’s the answer.

“My concern is what happens after the

election because we know they will do what

they are known to do every time. But this

time, they will cry. So all Igbo people who

are there, if you don’t come back home and

you want to continue to be there and

something happens to you, there is nobody

to be blamed. If you have a child who is a

youth corper and you allow him to be there,

you will not hold anybody responsible.”

Asari who was also the former President of

Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, reiterated his stand

on victory for president Jonathan, saying he

would win the February polls.

“There is no way Goodluck will not win the

election. We will win them and we know

they are preparing for violence in consonance

with some foreign powers. When they do

that, we will respond disproportionately. We

will respond. That’s what we are going to do.

If you hit me with a stick, I am going to hit

you with iron. I am not speaking in riddles. I

am speaking in plain language. My English

may not be very good. I am speaking in my

own street language. We are going respond

disproportionately and we are apologetic.

“The people who are in Katsinah who did not

hold their children should also know that I

will not hold my children”, he said.

Reminded that Buhari has repeatedly

dissociated himself from violence, Asari said

“He is a liar. This is the same man who said

that the blood of monkeys and baboons will

flow on the street. He sounded a note of

warning in clear terms. Who are the

monkeys and the baboons? He has not

explained to us. So, for him now to say

whatever he says, that is his business.They

burnt president Jonathan’s campaign vehicles

in Jos and they were singing “sai Buhari

oyoyo”. Why is it that violence is always

initiated by the people shouting his name?”

He however said that there would not be

violence unless the north “asks” for one.

“I assure you, nothing will happen anywhere

if they do not initiate violence. Did we ask

them to stone the president yesterday? Do

you want us to fold our arms so that they

will kill him? Let them stop the violence.

When they do, we will stop. A situation

where Shakua will stand and say Niger Delta

we are coming for you. Goodluck I am

coming for you. You are a man and I am a

man. We are going to look at each other

eyeball to eyeball. You can shoot and I can

shot. You can kill and I can kill. You can

destroy and I can destroy.

“The question is not for me. It is for Buhari,

el-Rufai, Shakua. They are the people you

have to direct this question to. Go and ask

Buhari why he allowed his people to stone

the president and commander -in-chief in

Katsinah. There must be balance of terror.

One person does not have the prerogative to

kill, main and destroy.

On the preparedness and readiness of the

Independent National Electoral Commission,

INEC to conduct the polls, Asari said INEC

was not ready. He however did not support

the idea of postponing the elections

“From what INEC has done so far, it is

not because of the violence, so many

people have not collected their PVC.

Look at the “ojoro”that is going on in

INEC. Twenty of the twenty seven

local governments in Borno are in the

hands of Boko haram but more people

have collected PVCs in Borno than in

Abia state where there is no crisis.

“For me, let every person be allowed

to vote without PVC. If we are going to

use the PVC, then INEC is not ready. But

I am not calling for the postponement

of the election. We will win the

election decisively. On the 14th of

February, there will be “failbuhari” and

will win decisively.”

On the saga trailing the academic qualification

of Buhari, the Niger Delta activist challenged

the presidential candidate to produce his

WAEC certificate.

“A man rose to the rank of a General in

the Nigeria army with a note from a

principal that this man is in Form six, he

will pass English, Mathematics,

etcetera, he should be recruited and

commissioned into the army. A year

after this Mr. Saint deposited an

affidavit that he has a WAEC result

which has not been found. He said the

military board has my result. Where on

earth do you give your original

certificate to your employers?” He

asked.


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