Since Asari Dokubo announced his Biafra Customary Government, Nigerians have been reacting.
Many Nigerians see Asari Dokubo as an attention seeker while some see Dokubo as Nnamdi Kanu’s new rival.
Lai Mohmmed reacting to the Asari Dokubo’s declaration said he is free to run a fathom government, adding that the Federal Government will see it as entertainment. Read his words below:
“I am sure you have heard of the theatre of the absurd, that is the best way I can describe it.
“If Asari Dokubo wants to form and run a fathom government, I think he is free to do so.
“This administration will not be distracted because we still have a lot to do.
“We are not ready to give any attention or time to a joker like Dokubo who is just looking for attention.
“We will just take it as one of these entertainment things.
“The beauty about Nigeria is that it is never a dull country, you must have one thing or the other to entertain you,’’ the minister said.
Coincidentally, large amount of Nigerians agree with the Minister.
Several Nigerians reacted on Twitter, dismissing Asari.
@dayohaas wrote: “Make this one go siddon jàre, if them give am money now na to shut up”, while @Isahmahe2 wrote: “Yeye talk just to notice u,,,,will need good news,,,, jare”.
For @CallmeKene, ”the new Biafra government is nothing but a new business idea for Asari and his cohort” while @pedrophilly wrote: “They called Nigeria zoo… I think the only zoo right now is the coup plotting biafra nation… smh”
@Ohizeyaks wrote: “The last time I saw him with “Sapele Water” I told him, to take it easy, because the one he is taking, is undiluted Sapele Water. Asari DoKubo should stop taking “Sapele Water”, while @Lbgobo wrote: “He needs money. He can start kidnapping, FG will pay him. Clowns everywhere.”
For @bigmoneybanger, Asari’s action only amounts to sabotage. He wrote: “Don’t mind this big fool that used Niger-Delta development funds to build a university in Ghana and established himself alone. It’s a fool that will take him seriously. Another janjaweed slave trying to sabotage Biafra independence and he will not succeed because biafra is bigger than him.”
For@Sheikana02, what Asari has done qualifies for a coup. She wrote: “Fresh coup in the federal republic of Online Country of Biafrans,” while @trueAFIOCIONADO wrote: ”Asari is simply saying that the stipend you gave him has finished. You need to reimburse again. You know nah, stomach infrastructure.”
Mazi Ibe, a Biafra supporter said Asari Dokubo is trying to cash in on the fame of Biafra agitation. He called Asari Dokubo a commercial agitator.
Ibe said: “I think Nigerians and the Government should understand Asari by now. He is not a serious minded person when it comes to agitations. He is only interested in financial rewards or windfall. He is also a man who obsessively wants to be in the limelight. He loves visibility and he would do anything to achieve that.
“You may want to ask yourself, why is he suddenly interested and keen about Biafra? What has he done in the past to identify with the plight of Igbos that he is now declaring himself as the new Biafran leader? Who made him the leader? Do you just wake up suddenly and assume leadership of a people, whose cause you have never identified with in time past?
“It is also instructive to note that Asari is in cohorts with Uche Mefor, a known associate of Nnamdi Kanu before they fell out. That tells anyone with keen interest in the Biafra movement that the new supposed Biafra government has sinister motives that are not targeted at the interest of the people. They cannot be taken seriously.”
For Mr. Nicholas Anyanwu, the declaration of the Biafra government by Asari Dokubo is a serious distraction in the agitation of the South-East to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023. According to him, South-Easterners are not interested in a disintegrated Nigeria but an equal federation, where everybody has a sense of belonging and can aspire to any office no matter where he or she comes from.
Mr. Nicholas Anyawu said Asari’s declaration of a Biafra Customary Governemnt is a distraction South East doesn’t need going towards 2023.
“Igbos must see and treat the Asari declaration for what it is, a distraction that cannot favour us. Who is Asari to unilaterally declare a government for Biafra and make himself the leader? Is that how lowly he thinks of us? Can anybody just wake up and confer leadership on himself without the people behind him and expects to be taken seriously? That is not possible!
“I will, however, appeal to the people of the South-East, especially out teaming youths to disregard Asari and his phantom government and treat him more as an irritant that deserves no attention whatsoever. We have agitated for the presidency for far too long to allow some attention seeking commercial freedom fighters to derail it.