Asari Dokubo has come out to say he is not a Nigerian.
Former Niger-Delta militant and founder of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujaheed Asari Dokubo, has slammed those who always tag him as a Nigerian, saying he is not from the country as he is more of an anti-state person.
Denying being a citizen of Nigeria on a Channels Television interactive program, Rubbin Minds, he says if he was a Nigerian, he would have established his many business ventures in the country instead of investing massively in neighbouring Benin Republic.
Asari who has been warning of an impending blood flow if President Goodluck Jonathan fails in the February presidential election, stated on the program that he does not regret dumping Nigeria to become a Beninoise.
"I don’t see myself as a Nigerian. I have been an enemy of the Nigerian state, so to say. Up till today, there’s a treason trial hanging on my head and you cannot just put your business in an environment where one person would get up and say ‘I close down this business’.
For over 30 years, I’ve been at loggerheads with the Nigerian Government, first as a Student Union leader, then President of National Union of Rivers State Students, participating in student unionism.
I have never been a Nigerian. Nations are not created by force. They are created by the people. You saw Scotland trying to vote yes or no. Today no Scottish man can say ‘I’m not a Briton’ because majority of Scottish people have accepted to remain in the British Union.
I want somewhere where I can express myself and flourish and that’s what I’m doing.
I am a businessman. My business is mostly centered around education. I have about four schools.
I have crèche, nursery and secondary school, King Amachree International School in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. I have King Amachree Automobile and ICT Academy and I have King Amachree Arts Academy and King Amachree Sports Academy.
Its only education that I do. By March, King Amachree African University will come on board."