The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has said he will not allow those trying to break out of Nigeria for their own nation to succeed, adding that the Nigerian army has resolved to deal with secessionists who are threatening the peace of the country.
He vowed to ensure that those inciting disintegration such as the Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho who recently declared the Oduduwa Republic and his South South counterpart, ex-militant, Asari Dokubo are all dealt with.
General Attahiru gave the warning while speaking in Uyo at the first Commanding Officers’ Workshop 2021.
Recall that Asari Dokubo, a leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, recently declared the formation of Biafra Customary Government (BCG).
Similarly, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, a self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, last week declared Yoruba as a separate nation and demanded the secession of South-West states from Nigeria.
But Attahiru vowed that the country would remain integrated, adding that the army in collaboration with other security agencies will deal with separatists agitating for secession.
“The Nigerian Army under my leadership would remain proactive and jointly work with other security agencies to decisively deal with threats facing the nation.
“The Nigerian Army under my watch remains resolute and is poised more than ever before to decisively deal with individuals or groups that threaten the peace, security and stability of our great nation,” he vowed.
The Federal Government has described the reported formation of Biafra Customary Government by Asari Dokubo as a “theatre of the absurd by a joker seeking attention’’.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the development in Lagos on Monday, the Minister of Information, and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s regime will not be distracted by the absurdity.
“I am sure you have heard of the theatre of the absurd, that is the best way I can describe it.
“If Asari Dokubo wants to form and run a fathom government, I think he is free to do so.
“This administration will not be distracted because we still have a lot to do.
“We are not ready to give any attention or time to a joker like Dokubo who is just looking for attention.
“We will just take it as one of these entertainment things.
“The beauty about Nigeria is that it is never a dull country, you must have one thing or the other to entertain you,’’ he said.
Dokubo, leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force reportedly announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra Customary Government.
The fathom government was announced with names of some leaders by one Uche Mefor, who claimed to be its head of information and communications. (Text, excluding headline, courtesy The PUNCH)
Former Niger Delta Militant leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo
A former Niger Delta militant leader, sari Dokubo has threatened to kill the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Republican News learnt according to Daily Post, Dokubo said that the struggle for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra has been compromised by the IPOB leader.
In a video he shared on Facebook on Wednesday morning, he wondered why Kanu is running instead of facing the Nigerian Government squarely. He also blasted Kanu for alleged killing Prophet Anthony Nwoko, insisting he has not killed anyone before, even as a Muslim.
He said, “Our fellow Biafrans, in this period of darkness, a few people have decided to thrash our struggle in the blood of our own people.
So that they will become Supreme leaders, saviours and messiahs.
We didn’t see the red flag, the signals were always there but some people saw it before us.
“But because we believed that Biafra must be achieved with any means possible, we did not see these dangerous signals early enough.”
Asari, still talking about the assassination of Biafra Prophet, Nwoko, said it was wrong for the Biafran struggle to be turned into bloodshed. He warned that he would not hesitate to kill Nnamdi Kanu if he dares him, saying, “I’ll smoke you out. I’m not boasting.
“I’ ll smoke you out from every hole, every corner. They know me. “If one idiot threatens to attack me and makes good his words to attack me, I’ll kill him.
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This is one of the most matured responses from any leader of a group seeking for freedom to his fellow citizen in a struggle.
Recently, there has been a lot brouhaha on the social media about videos and words emanating from the ex-Niger Delta Militant leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo.
In this direct response, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu addresses Asari Dokubo, citing that leaving some if his allegations are allowed to linger may go haywire.
Below is the response from him:
Greetings to you all!!
My appreciation to all those who are still in the struggle to restore the lost sovereignty of the Biafran people as a result of British imperial ambition of which Nigeria is one of her disastrous creations.
Let me start by asking everyone to observe a minute silence for all those who died to protect and restore the sovereignty of the Biafran people from the British & Fulani colonial ambition.
Although silence is golden but there are times it is necessary to talk before things go haywire.
Of recent, our dear compatriot Alhaji Asari Dokunbo whom we know had made his own contributions to the restoration of the sovereignty of the Biafran people had raised issues worth addressing and in order to avoid an unnecessary distraction and to keep the struggle focused on the goals we set out to accomplish, I thought it wise to address the issues raised .
The issues raised by our dear compatriot are
1) I ordered the murder of a cleric.
2) I collected money from Atiku.
3) Master – Slave relationship between diverse Biafran ethnic groups.
4) That I am a scam and fraud in the Biafran struggle.
I will take my time to address each point one after the other and later, indulge our dear comrade to reveal to fellow Biafrans what he thinks should be done differently in order to achieve Biafra’s restoration.
1) I never ordered the killing of any cleric and if anyone thinks I did, he or she should provide evidence that, I wasted Biafran resources to kill a fellow Biafran whose death can not help IPOB to restore Biafra.
2) I never collected money from Atiku and if anyone is in doubt, let him or her approach Atiku for answers. Both PDP and APC agents approached me and told me to give up the struggle for Biafra and I told them that, IPOB will only do so if the following things will be fulfilled:
a) Full Resource Control and not mere 13% derivation.
b) Opening of at least 2 deep seaports in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States starting with the construction of Ibaka, Ibeno and Bakassi deep seaports.
c) The establishment of international airports and inland ports in all states of the defunct Eastern and Mid West regions in order to emancipate Biafra land from economic strangulation.
d) Full implementation of PIB (Petroleum Industry Bill).
e) Full autonomy to all Biafran states in the areas of security, taxes, royalties, legislations etc
f) Lots more.
We lifted the boycott of election because, both parties agreed to our terms & conditions.
If we are wrong to give the Nigerian elites the opportunity to fail themselves, let the Biafrans voice out.
3) It is very disheartening that such a great compatriot like Alhaji Asari Dokunbo will descend so low to call one of the Ethnic groups of Biafra land slaves and another masters.
Throughout the history of the Biafran people, never was it recorded that any ethnic group invaded others and enslaved them.
The Igbos being the largest of them, were neither subjugated nor subjugated other people.
Yes it is true that, lots of Igbos were sold as slaves but it was done by fellow Igbos notably the Arochukwu slave traders through the coastal nations who acted as middle men of which Ijaws were one of them.
Alhaji Asari Dokunbo can enlighten the Igbos which Ijaw King or War Canoe Chief left the creeks in order to conquer and enslave the Igbos in the hinterlands of Biafra land.
The Biafra we seek to restore is still the same that encouraged the peaceful coexistence of all ethnic nations which led to the creations of multi-ethnic-cultural communities notably Arochukwu, Abiriba, Igbanke,etc.
If Alhaji Asari Dokunbo wants a Biafra of Master – Slave relationship, then he is free to create one but we won’t be partners in such a project.
The Biafra we seek, is one based on equal rights & privileges and not on Master – Slave relationships.
4) Alhaji Asari Dokunbo, you said I am a scam and fraud. I will be grateful if you can provide evidence of me diverting the contributions of fellow Biafrans for my personal use.
Remember that, only a stupid fraudster will dare confront Jubril.
May Elohim be the judge if I am a fraudster and should expose & replace me if I am guilty in His sight.
Alhaji Asari Dokunbo, we have come so far and we should not allow our oppressors to continue to divide and conquer our oppressed people.
If You Think My Style Of Struggle & Leadership Will Not Get Us Biafra, Kindly Tell Fellow Biafrans The Way Forward So That, They Can Join Your Rank and File With My Full Support & Blessings.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu on Tuesday said former militant leader, Asari Dokubo should be ashamed of himself for canvassing for votes ahead of the upcoming elections.
Asari had lambasted Kanu for asking Biafrans and Igbo to boycott the forthcoming elections.
Responding, Kanu said he is not an “ordinary human being” and a poor man like the former militant leader.
Speaking through IPOB’s Deputy Leader, Uche Okafor-Mefor, Kanu stated that he was a freedom figter and not out for resource control like Dokubo.
In the statement availed DAILY POST, Mefor said: “We cannot mix resource control with freedom of the people of Biafra. Allow me to state unequivocally that Nnamdi Kanu is not for resource control.
“He is absolutely for freedom of Biafra and her people and as such evidently too powerful and sophisticated for certain small, jolted minds that lack discipline and unbridled, decent sense of collectedness.
“Our commitment is absolute, our resolve insurmountable, it must sink into the Consciousness of these political contractors who claim to be freedom fighters that our Decision to boycott this already rigged presidential election is irreversible and settled unless our demands for equity , fairness and justice are met”.
“You said you are no longer a Nigerian, what then are you doing canvassing for voting in Nigeria. Do you think Nnamdi Kanu is like you that collected Amnesty money from Yar’Adua and the regime of Obasanjo/Atiku that slaughted thousands of our brethren in Odi and other areas.
“Are you not ashamed of yourself for canvassing for the election of the man who was VP when Odi was put to the sword. You fought for resource control and failed so you want Nnamdi Kanu to repeat your mistakes? No! It will never ever happen. Nnamdi Kanu is a freedom fighter not a resource control advocate like you. There lies the difference between two of you.
“You allowed politicians to purchase your conscience, Nnamdi Kanu is not an ordinary human being and very soon you will realise this. Nnamdi Kanu is not as hungry as you are because a poor man should not embark on freedom fighting. Go back to your business interests in Cotonou and leave freedom fighting to freedom fighters. Keep ranting for your one Nigeria. I pray you don’t suffer the fate of our illustrious heroes like Isaac Adaka Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa.”.
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I‘m from Ijaw, the heartland area of Niger-Delta region in River State Biafra land. We know that Nigeria MUST divide so that people will control their resources.
Niger-Delta is NOT the oil producing states. The proper meaning of Delta is the starting point of a land where a River took branches and spread to different places before flowing into a Sea or an Ocean.
What gave the name “Niger-delta is two words; “Niger” meaning the River Niger and “Delta” which means the area of land where a River spread to different places before flowing into an Ocean or Sea. The compound word is “Niger-Delta.”
This means that it is only the areas of land where the River-Niger took branches and spread into different places before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean is the area that is called “Niger-Delta” which the states are; Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta only”.
Nigeria in their fraudulent way claimed that Niger-Delta is the oil producing states which is a pure lie and a deceit. And any body who claimed that he is from Niger-delta whereas there is no branch of River-Niger in his land needs to go back to Geography class.
It’s the same “oil that will kill them” that made Yakubu Gowon create Niger-Delta after the civil war with the help of the O.I.C which is also part of the divide and rule tactics.
This idiosyncrasy has eaten the mindset of our people to think that Niger-Delta is the oil producing states which they assumed to be; Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Abia, Imo, Anambra, even Lagos and Borno (Mad people!)
Remember that “Niger-Delta”(On quote) has become the British colonial extention in Nigeria and if we take a step to become Niger-Delta Republic that means we are falling from frying pan into the fire like the foolish grasshoppers. Meaning that Nigeria will be your colonial master with a strong support by the British and our people will remain amalgamated with the Muslims in Edo and in Ondo State with their Ifa traditional religion?
And tomorrow, when a religious crisis will be triggered our people will be subjugated by the same Islamic group from Ondo with the help of the, ISIS and they will come and Islamise and kill our people because of “the same oil” and you will call it persecution and be asking “who did this to us?”
Again with the structure of Niger-Delta by the O.I.C, that means Niger-Delta will be a combination of Biafrans in the Riverine areas, Bini kingdom (The Yoruba Cousins) and the Oduduwas in Ondo, i.e people with different value system, cultural differences and religious sentiments which is the same syndrome that put Nigeria into a mess.
Una plans will fail in Jesus name!
We are Biafrans, the Juju which the Hausa/Fulani did to our people never to speak with one voice has already failed. Biafra will remain a Christian nation forever and any one or two persons who was frauded to become a Muslim in our land whereas his family members are Christians can easily be reconverted. I know that God is with us.
Asari Dokubo, a firebrand supporter of Biafra independence and strong and vociferous leader of the Niger-Delta People’s Volunteer Force felt very strong to pay his tribute to heroes of Biafra, whose origin are from the current day Niger-Delta
Here is his tribute:
ASARI DOKUBO Wrote:-
This month is Biafra month.I have started my tributes to the most resilient and uncelebrated Biafrans.Today I will celebrate three distinguished Biafra gentlemen who rejected the Rivers and South Eastern(later renamed Cross River) states dangled as bait to them on 27 May 1967 and chose Biafra.
1.Matthew Tawo Mbu from Ogoja was Biafra foreign minister from start to finish.
2.Capt Willy Murray-Bruce was the second in command of the Biafra Air Force.This Ijaw man fought to the last breath to defend his country.
3.Ambassador Ignatius Kogbara was Biafra envoy to London. This incredible Ogoni man saw the future but unfortunately his kinsman Ken Saro-Wiwa did not believe him. He was the very last Biafran to surrender.
Nigeria will never be able to successfully rewrite the history of this 3 wise men.
Next time, I will celebrate the father of Biafra; Biafra provincial administrator of Yenagoa; Mr Frank Opigo.