In the heated conversation that lasted over 20 minutes, the
pro-Jonathan militant was non repentant and aggressively supported his
campaign for the continued reign of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
I told him that at a time I had respected him (Dokubo) but now he has
lost all my respect; asking how much money would make him support a
killer leadership. I asked how insensitive he was witnessing how
Jonathan’s corruption had undermined the army and how the president’s
failures (not complying with the Paris summit agreement to station 700
troops to defend the border) directly led for instance to the death of
over 2500 defenseless Nigerians at Baga.
He mentioned Fulani.
I asked what the poor Kanuri fishermen and farmers of Baga had to do with a so-called Fulani thing.
He responded that the killings were in the north and he had no
business or care about that. He further cited wars in other places and
the example of Libya and the sack of Moammar Gaddafi.
I told him that in those cases there was not an inebriated and
cluelessly corrupt government that caused the preventable wars and asked
him why then does he support Jonathan who disgraced Africa being the
first African leader to support the NATO destruction of Gaddafi and
Libya in effect, while great leaders like Jacob Zuma stood behind Libya.
He said something about having trained in Libya and accused General
Buhari, chief opposition candidate of receiving funds for his
presidential campaign in 2011 from Gaddafi.
I did not understand his point, because I supported Gaddafi and Libya
against the colonialist sponsored invasion and have no grouse with
I insisted; that why will he support a Jonathan who aided the
hegemonists destroy North Africa by sacking Gaddafi, now leading to the
proliferation of arms and instability in the entire region.
I went on to ask him how much he had been paid and what this money
was worth, that it made him sell his soul for a hopeless candidate.
He continued a tirade against the North, the “Gambari’s” and the
Yorubas, saying all were traitors and that why am I interested in the
Fulani ruling me.
I told him that this conversation had nothing to do with Buhari; that
if he wanted he should not support anyone, or should have brought out a
responsible candidate from his family, but how does his conscience feel
supporting someone who was killing innocent people across the country.
He responded again accusing Yorubas, the group to which I belong, of
being traitors and bragging of all the bombs his terror group had
detonated across Yoruba land.
I told him that his desperation for a penny had made him betray the
true struggle of the Ijaw people; I pointed out that Bayelsa was the
most polluted piece of land on the planet with terrible suffering.
He challenged my stats and asked me what I knew about Bayelsa.
I responded that I lived there for a year and that the sky there is
still red with burning of natural gas. I told him how oil spillage has
destroyed their ecosystem under Jonathan.
He asked how long Jonathan had been there.
I retorted that 6 years was long enough to effect transformation.
He said I lied and that I had never lived in Bayelsa.
I went ahead to describe Bayelsa to him.
He was very angry and continued to curse Yoruba people as traitors
who betrayed in the past and threatened that the Yorubas will feel the
wrath of the Ijaw.
I told him he was a coward, that if he was not he would have
liberated his father’s house and kept the oil under its soil for
He laughed and responded that we (Nigerians) are their slave; that
they will support Jonathan to rule till 2019 after which they will then
take “their” oil and go.
He said they were just punishing us for now.
I asked him if Jonathan was supervising the Boko Haram pogrom of the north as some sort of “revenge” for Nigeria’s past errors.
I asked him why Goodluck Jonathan had not restructured the country so
he can preside over Otueke and leave other people alone and not
continue to finance and supervise our suffering and deaths. Telling him
about the failure of the national conference when only the Yorubas in
attendance and Northerners like the Lamido of Adamawa had asked for
their own sovereignty, but his people had failed to make such push and
Jonathan had failed to use the avenue of the conference to bring about
He asked me why I was not invited to attend it.
I asked where his conscience was and how he felt about the deaths of
thousands of innocent people because of the little change he got from
the corrupt Jonathan government.
I told him that the money does not pass the fourth generation and
that the little money he gets that has made him betray the Kalabari
kingdom and great King Amachree and the people of Ijaw land will be
finished before he knows it and shame will remain to his name.
He went on a tirade about some stuff I could not really understand. It had to do with killing and bombings and stuff.
I told him he was a coward.
He was very upset throughout the interview. I really wish he pays attention to his blood pressure.
Interestingly, he has a Chief Security Officer, CSO; his CSO named Commander George believes in Nigeria.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: [email protected] Twitter: @EveryNigerian