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Ijaw people are suffering under Tinubu’s govt — Asari Dokubo


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Former Niger Delta militant, Asari Dokubo, has said the administration of President Bola Tinubu is the “worst government” for the Ijaw people.

Asari, in a viral video clip on Wednesday, said that some Niger Delta people, particularly the Ijaw ethnic group, are already angry with the present government.

The brutal attack on the president was in response to the political face-off that is currently tearing Rivers state apart.

Like Dokubo, Sim Fubara is an Ijaw man, and he believes that the governor’s political rivalry with his predecessor, Barrister Nyesom Wike, is part of a plot to harm the Ijaw people.

Asari who was a staunch supporter of President Bola Tinubu during the last election, compared the government’s actions to pouring gasoline on an already raging fire of anger and accused it of escalating tensions within the community.

He reflected on the attitudes prevalent throughout the election campaign, recalling discussions in which the Ijaw people voiced concerns about the government’s approach to their well-being.

He also recalled assuring his followers and vowing to bear responsibility if their hopes were dashed

Dokubo however, issued a dire warning, citing Rivers state as a possible epicenter for any future turmoil in the south-south area and admitting that he was unable to quell the feelings that were building among the Ijaw people.

He said, “The Ijaw people are already furious, believing that this regime is the worst. This administration opposes the Ijaw people. Additionally, you wish to fan the flames. The worst kind of government is this one. The Ijaw people believe that their current administration is the worst. For them, this is a nightmare.

“Many Ijaw people phoned me during our campaign and election, saying, “Ah, president, you know Tinubu, you know everything about Tinubu.” Tinubu is an ally. We hope he won’t turn a blind eye. I also gave my people assurances, saying they should hold me accountable if Tinubu fails. Are you still of the opinion that “if Tinubu fails, hold me responsible”? people ask nowadays.

“A litmus test is the status of rivers. The state of Rivers is where any fire will originate if there is one. I am unable to stop them. As an individual, I’m unable to stop them. Even if I try to get in their way, they will just push me aside.”

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