A former member of the House of Representatives – Farouk Adamu Aliyu has responded to threats of violence by Asari Dokubo, saying the Niger Delta “thugs” should be aware that they have no monopoly of violence.
Dokubo, weekend, had threatened that if President Goodluck Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015, there will not be peace in Nigeria; thereby re-echoing similar statements earlier attributed to the presidential adviser on amnesty Mr. Kingsley Kuku.
But reacting to these statements in Abuja yesterday, Aliyu said it was obvious that both Dokubo and Kuku spoke “in connivance with President Jonathan” given the silence of the Presidency on their threats.
“We are not surprised that whatever people of Niger Delta do or say, they are doing that with active connivance and input from the president himself. Just recently Kingsley Kuku, presidential adviser on amnesty, spoke in the same line of violence. It was just received by a thug, because Dokubo is a thug,” he said.
“I want to remind all people of Niger Delta that they don’t have monopoly of violence…. And clearly the Niger Delta is threatening people all the time about the sanctity of the unity of this country, who told them that we also want to remain in Nigeria?”
Aliyu, a chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), said many northerners sacrificed their lives during the civil war to protect the Niger Delta region, but that “when 2015 comes we are willing to match them word for word, weapon for weapon.”
“President Jonathan’s government is a government of thugs because Kuku is a presidential adviser on amnesty, when he said what he said nobody, not even the President called him to order,” he said.