By Emma Amaize
THE HAGUE – THE Nigerian Ambassador in Netherlands and leader of the Niger-Delta Peopleâ€™s Volunteer Force (NPDVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari sharply disagreed, Thursday, during an international conference on the Niger-Delta over comments by Dokubo-Asari, who is currently in exile, that he is not a Nigerian.
Dokubo-Asari who was one of the speakers at the â€œNiger-Delta Peace Consolidation Conferenceâ€, organized by the Hope for Niger-Delta Campaign (HNDC), while addressing the international audience on the theme, â€œDynamics of Achieving Sustainable Peace in the Niger-Deltaâ€ said, â€œI am not a Nigerian, I am an Ijaw manâ€.
But hardly had he finished when the Ambassador, Dr (Mrs.)Â Nimota Akanbi who was represented by Mr. Kabim Ibala said it was puzzling to him that Dokubo-Asari could appear before an international conference to say he was not a Nigerian.
Dokubo had said Â he surrendered 3212 rifles and several millions rounds of ammunitions when the Federal Government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo asked for peace thinking that the government was serious, only for him to be arrested and detained for 22 months thereafter.
He maintained that the government of Nigeria\ was not interested in genuine peace in the Niger-Delta but a graveyard peace that would enable it continue to take away the oil of the region and does not want to listen to the people who actually own the oil they were looting.
Mr. Ibala who was vexed by Dokubo-Asariâ€™s declaration that he was not a Nigerian said, â€œI wonder on what passport he came to Netherlands . Itâ€™s puzzling to meâ€.
Dokubo-Asari replied the Ambassador that he had taken his case up to the Supreme Court of Nigeria that he was not a Nigerian and he had no apology about his position.
He maintained God created him an Ijaw man and that Nigeria is a contraption by Lord Lugard, and that the people were not consulted before it was created. Dokubo-Asari maintained until a Sovereign National Conference was held and the ethnic nationalities agree to be Nigerians, Nigeria remains a contrivance.
President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Dr. Chris Ekiyor who mediated in the altercation between Dokubo-Asari and Ibala agreed with the latter that Nigeria is a contraption and Ijaw people, like other ethnic groups was forced into it. But he pointed out that at the moment that Ijaw people were Nigerians.