A former Niger Delta militant, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo has been scolded by the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Yoruba Unity Forum for threatening to return to the creeks with his people following the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in last Saturday’s election.
Asari-Dokubo was reported to have said on Wednesday that he and other militants might be forced to return to the creeks because the President’s defeat was owing to a gang up against the South-South and South-East by the North and South-West geo-political zones.
In separate interviews with corrspondents of the Punch on Thursday, the ACF and the Yoruba Unity Forum described Asari-Dokubo’s statement as unfortunate, calling on the former militant to retract his statement and immediately apologize to Nigerians.
The Secretary-General, Yoruba Unity Forum, Senator Anthony Adefuye, said, “It is an unfortunate statement, and I am sure he is suffering from the loss of his party. Very soon, he will recover and apologize to the nation for saying so. He is on his own because even the Ijaw National Congress and other groups have already congratulated the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
“Asari Dokubo cannot be different. I just advise him to reconsider his statement and apologize to Nigerians.”
On his part, the ACF chieftain, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, flayed Asari-Dokubo over the threat, reminding him that President Goodluck Jonathan had already said that he was not speaking on his behalf.
He said, “Those threatening violence are on their own and I am sure that law enforcement agents will be ready to arrest and prosecute them. If they do anything stupid, the laws are there to take care of them.
“But let me advice them, this is a new Nigeria and people are hoping for the best. All hands must be on deck to help the government to succeed. Let them think twice before they do anything foolish.”
After the presidential results were announced, Asari Dokubo initially accepted the results which declared General Buhari as president elect then afterwards gave the threat to return to the creeks.