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Exiled Dokubo-Asari asks oil firms to quit N-Delta

*Serves notice of fresh arms struggle

By Emma Amaize
LEADER of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, NDPVF, and the Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari and National President, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, have accused multinational oil companies of fuelling the crises in the Niger-Delta.

They accused the firms of stealing the oil belonging to the people and taking sides with the Federal Government to subjugate and oppress the owners of the resources.

In an interactive session with the international press on Tuesday night at the ongoing “Niger-Delta Peace Consolidation Conference” by the Hope for Niger-Delta Campaign, in The Hague, they called on the government of Netherlands to call the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, which has its global headquarters in The Netherlands to order.

Dokubo, Ekiyor, Keyamo warn Shell

In the alternative, Dokubo-Asari, Ekiyor and lawyer/activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, who attended the session, said the Dutch government should ask SPDC to pull out of the Niger-Delta until the political and economic problems between the Federal Government and the people of Niger-Delta over the ownership of oil in the region were resolved so that multinationals would negotiate with the actual owners.

Dokubo-Asari, who is currently on exile, warned that his group, NDPVF, would soon start a fresh arms struggle and oil multinationals would be treated as enemy-combatants if they refused to stop their evil collaboration with the oppressors of the people of the Niger-Delta.

Though, he said he did not recognise the amnesty programme of the Federal Government, a position that Ekiyor said was his personal opinion, Dokubo-Asari added he was not against peace, but, “the truth of the matter is that the cabal ruling Nigeria does not want peace in the Niger-Delta.”

He noted that: “Ken Saro-Wiwa and others have been murdered because of our oil. Our oil is blood oil. Anybody who takes our oil is an enemy; the only way they can contribute is to leave. As long as they continue to back the occupation by the Nigerian government, these multinational oil firms are enemy-combatants and, if they are caught in the line of fire, they will be killed.

Back to the trenches

“The views of the N-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force is very clear, we are going back to the arms struggle and anybody who is caught in the line of fire will be treated as an enemy, whether he is an America, a Dutch man, wherever he is from. There is no two way about it.

Nobody can disclaim me and cause me pain and make me to be a slave in my land, destroy my land and continue, and ask me to accept peace with my hands tied behind my back like a slave, with a gun pointed at my head, I will never accept that peace, I will fight. I am 46 years old, I will fight until I get victory and place freedom on the palms of my people’s hands or I die,” he said.

On why he issuing notice of fresh arms struggle from exile, he said, “All genuine revolutionaries move from the land of oppression to where they can be free to articulate their views and mobilise their people for the final onslaught and that is the path I have taken. Mandela, Castro followed it.”


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