Katsina Stoning: Niger Delta Will Retaliate, Says Asari Dokubo
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
Going into memory lane, Asari recalled that
the north has always had the penchant for
causing election violence.
â€œThere 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 donâ€™t want
any trouble. But I think the game has
changed. The rules of the game have
â€œFor 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
â€œTo 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?
â€œSo what happened in Katsinah is not a
surprise. But donâ€™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.
â€œBefore, 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. Thatâ€™s the answer.
â€œMy 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 donâ€™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.â€
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.
â€œThere 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. Thatâ€™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.
â€œThe people who are in Katsinah who did not
hold their children should also know that I
will not hold my childrenâ€, he said.
Reminded that Buhari has repeatedly
dissociated himself from violence, Asari said
â€œHe 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 Jonathanâ€™s campaign vehicles
in Jos and they were singing â€œsai Buhari
oyoyoâ€. Why is it that violence is always
initiated by the people shouting his name?â€
He however said that there would not be
violence unless the north â€œasksâ€ for one.
â€œI 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.
â€œThe 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
â€œFrom what INEC has done so far, it is
not because of the violence, so many
people have not collected their PVC.
Look at the â€œojoroâ€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.
â€œFor 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 â€œfailbuhariâ€ and
will win decisively.â€
On the saga trailing the academic qualification
of Buhari, the Niger Delta activist challenged
the presidential candidate to produce his
â€œA 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?â€ He
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