L-R: Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson; Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku; and leader, Niger Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, during the governor’s meeting with Niger Delta militants in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Saturday.
Bayelsa State Government House

Niger Delta militants threaten war if Jonathan loses

Niger Delta militants have issued a fresh threat to go to war except President Goodluck Jonathan wins the February 14 presidential election.


The former warlords at a meeting at Government House,Yenagoa last Friday insisted that it is Jonathan on February 14 or war.

The said defeat for him at the polls would amount to dethronement, which they described as unacceptable.

They vowed to unleash violence on the country and take back Niger Delta oil should the outcome be unfavourable.

At the meeting were Mujahid Asari Dokubo, leader, Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force; Victor Ben Ebikabowei, aka, Boy Loaf and Government Ekpudomenowei, aka Tompolo.

Also in attendance were the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and chairman of Amnesty Implementation Committee, Kingsley Kuku; host governor, Seriake Dickson and  President General, Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, among others.

Dokubo, at the meeting, called for an end to what he termed intimidation of the Ijaw by other Nigerians.

“For every Goliath, God created a David. For every Pharaoh, there is a Moses. We are going to war. Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself,” Premium Times quoted him as saying.

He advised those at the meeting to be ready for the battle ahead and declared that President Jonathan would win reelection.

Also speaking, Boyloaf said  that if the North succeeded  in regaining power in the election the people of the Niger Delta region would take their oil back.

“Keep grudges and sentiments apart. We are ready to match them bumper to bumper,” Boyloaf said.

In his remark, Dickson thanked the former militant leaders for their resolve to back the re-election of President Jonathan with greater vigour and assured them that he would relate their position to the President.

He urged them to resist the temptation of being recruited by the opposition to destabilise the state.

Credit: Newsday

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