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North’s group to Presidency: call Asari-Dokubo to order

Asari Dokubo

A  pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Forum (NDA), has condemned the threat of bloodshed by a former Niger Delta militant, Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo, if President Goodluck Jonathan is not returned in the 2015 election.

It said the Presidency should call him to order.

The group, in statement in Minna, the Niger State capital, by its National Coordinator, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, said Asari-Dokubo’s utterances were inimical to democratic norms and ethos.

Asari-Dokubo’s outburst on Channels Television, last Sunday, is threatening the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) peace talks.

Former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, has indicated that he may pull out of the mediation in the party’s crisis following his complaints that Asari-Dokubo’s “reckless” comment could frustrate the efforts of the seven-man panel, headed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The NDF frowned at the Presidency’s nonchalant attitude to Asari-Dokubo’s utterance since he made the threat.

The statement reads: “It is sad that the Presidency, and indeed President Goodluck Jonathan, have not seen anything wrong in Asari-Dokubo’s reckless statement and called him to order. It is not proper for the government to keep sealed lips on a comment that is capable of throwing spanner in our fragile democracy.

“In a democracy, leaders do not emerge through threats. The emergence of leaders is through a non-violent electoral process of voting and not via intimidation and threat to life. We belong to a civilised society and democracy in Nigeria cannot be different from what obtains globally.”

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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