Prominent Ijaw leaders, yesterday castigated the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF),Alhaji Asari Dokubo for his position on the arrest of the MEND spokesman, Henry Okah in Angola and the continued presence of soldiers in the Niger Delta region.
Led by the former national vice president of the Ijaw Youth Council,Comrade Oyenife Jon Jon,the Ijaw leaders described as “betrayal of Ijaws,”his extra-judicial comments that Henry Okah was a criminal and that the soldiers in the region should continue until criminal elements are flushed out in the creeks.
Jonjon, who spoke with Leadership Weekend in Yenagoa, said the utterances of Alhaji Asari Dokubo at many press conferences held in Abuja and other states, show that he learnt nothing while in jail and those conferences meant nothing to the issues raised by the Ijaw people of the Niger Delta.
He said, instead of embarking on betrayal of his people, what the NDPVF leader should have done immediately after his release from jail was to make consultations and mend fences with those he offended, even as he should appreciate those that stood by him as an Ijaw son.
“But what he has done is not having the spirit of seeing another person leading. He always wants to lead and anytime he does not lead, he always fights to see that he disorganises people. I know from every pillar that he has even withdrawn from the federal government committee on peace, reconciliation and dialogue. The simple truth is that a lot of us have not been finding it comfortable with him going to radio and electronic media, castigating personalities from his home region”
“All his comments, that Henry Okah is the root of the crisis in the Niger Delta are not true. That Henry Okah is the one supplying arms and ammunition to our people. If that is true, where did Alhaji Asari got his arms and ammunition with which he fought Odili and Ateke Tom from? Where did he get the guns he fought the federal government with? If it is from Henry Okah, then he is also a criminal. Is it that he might be named along as a criminal or that the man does not want to patronise him again? Asari Dokubo is a big disappointment to most of us. It is my own opinion. We least expect him to take the line he is taking. If Henry Okah is a criminal, let the security agencies find out and don’t tell the whole world that your brother is a criminal and that they should execute him.It is wrong”.