PANDEF, MASSOB disagress over Asari-Dokubo’s new Biafran Government

Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has expressed dissatisfaction in its reaction to the declaration of a new Biafran de facto government by a former Niger Delta militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo.

Asari-Dokubo had on Sunday announced the formation of a new Biafran Government, citing injustice and marginalisation against the Igbo in the country. According to him, the new Biafra government would setup provincial structure of government.

However, PANDEF instead called for the restructuring of the country.

Ken Robinson, the spokesman for PANDEF, noted that though the bias under the current regime was contributory factor to the increasing call for secession, the forum was never created as a secessionist group.

“We are not aware of the ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region that have communicated to us where they belong. We have seen some maps of ethnic nationalities or so-called republics, where some parts of the Niger Delta are crafted into Oduduwa Republic.

“We have also seen maps that have been made concerning Biafra Republic, where some other parts of Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Delta states have also been crafted into the so-called Biafra Republic.

“But the Pan Niger Delta Forum is not a secessionist organisation. We believe in one Nigeria, but our concern is the way and manner the country is being governed. So, we are asking for the restructuring of the country for it to attain true federalism.”

The reaction from PANDEF came as the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), described Asari-Dokubo’s declaration as a welcomed development.

MASSOB in its reaction through Sunday Okereafor, the group’s National Director of Information, hailed the militant leader’s declaration and courage.

“We signed an agreement with them in 2004. Asari-Dokubo, Ateke Tom, Tompolo, Boyloaf and a lot of others; we signed a treaty to work together as one group. Asari said in Newswatch magazine that they were proud of the Igbo and MASSOB.

“So, we welcome Asari-Dokubo’s declaration yesterday (Sunday). It is a welcome idea. Anybody criticising him does not know about the struggle. Asari-Dokubo is one of the pillars in the MASSOB/BIM struggle. We were formerly Eastern Nigeria, and then the Nigerian government is saying it is now South-South and South-East.”

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