The last is yet to be heard on the floating of a university in the Republic of Benin by the leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, as several Nigerians still take to the online medium to criticise the action.
But never to be outdone by anybody, Dokubo-Asari has also responded to the criticisms, saying he had never seen Nigeria as his country.
And perhaps as a reply to those who daily accuse him of having fed fat on the Niger Delta struggle, Dokubo-Asari gave a list of those he referred to as the “chief beneficiaries” of the struggle, which included President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Niger Delta Minister, Godsday Orubebe, and the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
He made these statements in different posts on his Facebook wall, noting that the struggle for Ijaw identity which he and a few
others pioneered had paid off not only for the ethnic group but for the whole of the Niger Delta, South-East, Middle Belt and the Christians in the North.
He wrote: “We have given them a voice and a platform to assert themselves. These crumbs from our struggle, which most of you now enjoy, will evaporate if we continue to show this attitude of ingratitude to those who made painful sacrifices to bring us (Ijaw) to the level we are today. No generations of Ijaws have made these far-reaching sacrifices.”
Dokubo-Asari, who has come under criticisms for not establishing the said university in the Niger Delta region, which cause he claimed to be championing, in different posts on his Facebook wal,l defended his action, saying: “First, I have never seen Nigeria as my country. Never! It seems a lot of people don’t know that I have never seen myself as a Nigerian. I hate and detest this evil tag. My country’s sovereignty was stolen by the British and handed over to this satanic entity Nigeria. The whole gamut of my struggle is to rid myself of this satanic tag.”
He further defended the floating of the university outside Nigeria by citing his scholarship scheme for more than 200 students at the King Amachree International School, King Amachree Royal Academy (Automobile & ICT); King Amachree Arts Academy and King Amachree Soccer Academy, adding that his investments were “done with an eye on the future, which most of you in this forum are too myopic to see and understand.” Then he added: “I don’t owe anybody. I have nothing to put back anywhere. I worked hard and made my fortune from outside the Niger Delta and Nigeria. I do what I am doing impacting on the lives of people around me because I owe that to myself.”
He condemned those who saw him and others who led the struggle as irritants and scum, saying (those) “spitting on the graves of those who died” were the ones benefitting the most.
“They patronise the Otedolas, Dangotes, Adenugas, Alakijas, Dantatas, Dele Momodus, Wole Soyinkas, Ahmed Tinubus and so on at the expense of the Primrose, Tamunotonye Tobi, Elfrida and the rest who were beaten, chained and detained for these crumbs to fall from the table of those who (before we challenged them) saw themselves as gods.
“The question to be answered is where were these persons in the thickness of the battle? What contribution did they make and what right do they have in dispensing the proceeds of these battles without considering the heroic combatants? But most of you don’t give a damn. Today the government pampers the ‘militants’ who they think can guarantee the free flow of the proceeds of our oil and gas resources into the pockets of those in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Ibadan etc. What a damning miscalculation,” he said.