There’ll be no war whether Jonathan loses or not — ex-Niger Delta militants

Some former Niger Delta militants under the aegis of Niger Delta Coalition and Delta Coalition for Change on Monday said that the region will not go to war if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the March 28 election.

The ex-militants said they will support whoever wins the election.

Mr. Jonathan hails from the region.

Some ex-militants had in January regrouped in Mr. Jonathan’s state, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, where they vowed to respond violently should the president lose his re-election bid.

Those who threatened war after a meeting with the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, included Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), Victor Ben Ebikabowei (aka Boy Loaf), Eris Paul (aka General Ogunboss) and Pastor Reuben.

“This action is calling the Niger Delta youth to war,” Mr. Dokubo-Asari said at a press conference after the meeting.

“Every Niger Delta youth should go and prepare for war. For the past four days, I have not slept well, neither have I had a change of clothing. I have not been to my house. This is the time.

“The Northern youth are trying to know how important you are. After this time, no one will play with us. After the 2015 election, no governor will play with us. We are saying we will fight with anything and everything that we have, Ijaw people cannot continue to suffer while other people enjoy.”

But in a statement on Monday, the members of the Niger Delta Coalition and Delta Coalition for Change, said there would be no war in the oil-rich region if Mr. Jonathan loses.

“We are assuring Nigerians that there will be no breach of peace in the Niger-Delta on or before the general election of the 28th March and 11th of April, as we look forward to a free and fair election,” the statement signed by Young Piero and Peter Asukuwa, said.

“The judiciary has clearly stated that the armed forces have no role in the general election and as such any attempt for military deployment to voting centres is a sabotage to our judiciary.

“We are standing on the part of justice for now that no one has the monopoly to carry out such threat against national security if the government of the day has the peace and sustainability of this great nation at heart.

“We are one Nigeria. Let no one be troubled. Pray for peace and free/fair election, whoever emerges as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should be given the necessary support from the North, South, West and East of this great nation.

The groups said Nigeria needs a corrupt-free government but that experience has shown that there is no easy way out of corruption anywhere in the world.

They said, “Many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

They urged Nigerians to make democracy work in the country, stressing “One who does not vote has no right to complain. Democracy is built through open societies that share information. When there is information there is enlightenment, when there is debate, there are solutions, when there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability.


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  • favourtalk

    They said, “Many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires… I love that part, change is coming

  • Wähala

    Thanks for telling us what we already know… No sane Nigerian ever believed obese Asari is a threat to his life. Nobody!

  • Cowards!

  • bigbang

    Good, much respect.

  • godswill Ibe

    Who is afraid of war. If you like start up any nonsense after Buhari’s victory on 28th March, 2015 you are entirely on your own and the price is sum assured. #jonathan/pdp MUST GO# BUHARI, the President we are waiting for.

  • segun

    WELL SPOKEN….NIGERIA ONE LOVE.

  • Sabo Inuwa

    These are comforting words from our brothers on the other side. We should all insist on good governance not who governs or where he hails from. I hear if you go to Otuoke, the presidents village, they are even “lucky” water tankers are the main suppliers. Electricity supply there is epileptic. Come to think of it, there could be a good man like GMB who has the track record of supplying such trivials with ease. This country has been serially violated by incompetent leaders for nearly 40 years. We need to get serious quick quick; otherwise nothing will be left to rule over. When the chips are down, no one would beg to stay in bad marriage.

  • Desmond

    Only ijaw we fight and not all, no man or woman can drag us to us in our region, only few enjoying the government can fighing when he loses election not all of us lol

  • Abdulkadir

    Or course, there will be no war. Its is rather strange the government in place has not come clean against the threat of war. The president had a golden chance to alleviate fears when his position regarding the threats was demanded in a recent presidential chat. Rather than condemn it in its entirety, he chose not to. Obviously because he believes he can make a political gain if the security of the nation is in jeopardy. The story is the same when one considers how he handled the Bokoharam issues prior to the recent onslaught. He thought there is something in it to benefit but God knows more. He orchestrated his own down fall. Badluck should be the name he bears. He certainly destroys everything that come to him.

  • Rommel

    I am in full support of those that have taken Patience Jonathan to ICC, the compilation of names of those to be prosecuted at the international court must continue,let them continue to unleash evil on Nigerians,the day of reckoning is coming and no level of contacts as Nigerians like to call it or bribes will save them since the United states and European union have made it clear that there will be consequences for those seeking to shed blood in Nigeria because of this election.

  • malik shaibu

    PDP the only national party in Nigeria.SAI JONATHAN2015 SHIKENA

  • dd

    These are Ameachi boy. Asari will say Bullshit

  • isa

    When Asari Dokubo was calling for war, I told my friend that the guy may not live long if he carries on with this form of life. It is obvious that this fight is for the defense of his new found wealth under the present government and not necessary for the collective interest of the Ijaw nation. Few privileged Ijaws may have benefited from Gej government no doubt, but majority are still being tied down economically due to corruption and bad governance. I have not been told that after six years the Ijaw nation now wear new look and the people liberated from economic woes. The feeling is the same north, south east and west. Poverty everywhere. Mohammed Yusuf led an evil struggle and today where is he? The demon now in commanded (Shekau) is now at the receiving end and his days are numbered. This is democracy and in democracy the candidate with the majority carry the day. Fighting a government with legitimacy amount to terrorism and Tompolo, Asari and co will bear the toga of terrorists soon and the whole world will come after them if they carry out their threat when Gej may have been dazed from blows of change.

    • Yusuf

      Dokubu didnt know anything about Nigeria, he is a totally confused coward; today in Nigeria tomorrow in republic of Ijaw the next day he wants to be president by force

  • Preco01

    Let’s borrow from the great MKO ” you cannot clap with one hand” Jonathan will surely lose and Nigeria will start a March to greatness, we sure are on the March again! Looking for a befitting Mr. President

  • JibrilMusagroup

    Democracy is not just about political parties and politicians alone, is not just about winning or losing elections, is about freedom, about development and above all a forward match of our civilisation and encouragement of creativity which President Goodluck Jonathan is already doing a fantastic Job. #goodluck4president

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    That’s how election should be, not a do or die affair.

  • Titi

    this is a civilized wing of the Niger Delter Youth

  • Divine West

    Peace and unity should always be our motor not war for Nigeria. This country belong to all of us and we have the obligation to maintain peace and live together as one.

  • Bassey

    Nice one. If our candidate win or not, it should never result to war or violence.

  • NO violence please, the boko haram have done enough already , we don’t another fiasco that would lead to loss of lives and property. NO violence is the movement.

  • No kata kata, lets vote in peace , thats the most important thing, GEJ for naija.

  • chinwe davis

    A good thing to say, its not our responsibility to cause problem where there isnt any. one love one naija, vote GEJ

  • Faruk Al-amin

    yap, peace is always the best

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  • uduak akpan

    we still believe in one nigeria

  • kemi

    there shall be no war

  • Nwaobilor

    Sense over violence!

  • Enumah

    Election is not a do or die affair..

  • nwaeke

    VOTE AND NOT FIGHT.. I LIKE THE SPIRIT THE EX-MILITANT PARADES.

  • geraldine jaja

    Violence never pays#GEJ till 2019

  • Reminisce6

    These are bunch of smart and intelligent young Nigerians impressing a different and positive perspective from the great SS region.

  • uko bassey

    this is nice…lets stand for peace and progress#GEJ till 2019

  • geraldine jaja

    Supporting GEJ means supporting peace and unity#MARCH4GEJ

  • nafisat

    GEJ is a man of peace#GEJtill2019

  • Mrs benita akpan

    He said it before that his ambition or that of others is not worth the live of any Nigerien.

  • felicia jones

    Wy should there be? it is an election and not a fight.