Leader of the disbanded Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Asari Dokubo, has faulted the amnesty programme initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
The former militant leader argued the programme was a bribe by the Federal Government to allow an uninterrupted flow of oil from the Niger Delta region to the North.
According to him, that was the singular reason why he rejected the amnesty offer.
Dokubo, who spoke during the 2015 MASSOB day celebration, held in Owerri, Imo State, also picked holes in the national conference organised by the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, insisting that the exercise did not represent the views of the Niger Delta region that is yearning for a referendum.
“It only represented the views of the rest of the country. Let us be allowed to have a referendum. We have the right to hold a referendum on where we want to go”, he argued.
The ex-agitator described MASSOB and his group as partners in progress, who are moving in the same direction to arrive at a common destination as one people and nation.
Dokubo, who also faulted the last general elections in the country, decried the pace of growth and development of the nation over the years, pointing out that there should be massive infrastructural provision to stimulate the economy with conscious and unpolluted efforts to bring about industrial growth and job creation.