Ex-Militant Leader, Dokubo Asari, declare State of Biafra
Charles Nwoke, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
March 15, 2021
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Asari Dokubo, a former militant leader, has dared President Muhammadu Buhari by declaring a Biafran Government as a sovereign State, breaking out from Nigeria.
Dokubo proclaimed himself as the leader of the new Biafra defacto Customary Government (BCG) and appointed three other persons to help him run the government.
In a statement signed on his behalf by Uche Mefor, the BCG’s Head of Information and Communications, the former militant leader on Sunday, named those who would serve as leaders of the new BCG.
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“We as people have resolved that as Biafra, it’s time for us to take our destiny in our hands and bring freedom to ourselves and our children and the generation of Biafrans yet unborn. I hesitate a little but I thank God that it’s time for us to do our duty and our service to motherland, I have accepted this role. I have dedicated my life 100 percent to play this role,” he said.
“My first act today in taking this position is to name those who would be on the driver’s seat to navigate through this period of the tempest, this period of uncertainty with me. I want to call on our brother, George Onyibe to come on board to join as the secretary of the de facto customary government of the State of Biafra. He will take care of the administrative, day-to-day administration of the Biafra State.
“I also call on our brother Emeka Emeka Esiri to take care of the legal needs of this nascent government. My brothers and sisters, the four of us will kick start the process, others will come on board. We want volunteers who are committed, we want volunteers because there is nothing anymore. We are the people who have volunteered to salvage ourselves and the rest of us.
“I also call on Biafrans in the various province of the Biafra nations in Aba, Abakiliki, Anang, Awka, Calabar, Degema, Eket, Enugu, Nsuka, Ogoja, Oji River, Okigwe, Onitsha, Opobo, Orlu, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Umuahia, Uyo, and Yenagoa province. We are going to proceed to set up provincial structures of government starting with provincial assemblies and provincial governance and administrators.”
While commenting on the blockade of food transportation to the South from the north some weeks ago, Dokubo condemned and bemoaned the barbaric act, and said education and agriculture are key areas of focus for BCG.
“You are all aware of the recent plot where they decided to stop food from the north. They failed woefully, they will continue to fail. The Government of Biafra States will look to make sure that we only eat what we can produce.
“Nobody can stop us. Nobody can blockade us as they did in the first war. We’re not going to fight any war with anybody, we’re walking to freedom. We will not shoot any gun with them, they will prepare their weapon but they will have nobody to kill with their weapon,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency is yet to react to the action of the former militant leader.