Violence is brewing in Nigeria ahead of the 2015 general elections following an attack on the convoy of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina, the state of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the forthcoming election, Muhammadu Buhari, during a campaign rally on Tuesday.
As a result of the attack, Jonathan’s ardent supporter and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, yesterday, said that the attack would be reciprocated in the Niger Delta in due course. He therefore warned the Igbo and the members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who currently reside in the North to return home as they would have themselves to be blamed should anything happen to them.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Dokubo-Asari faulted the Abuja peace accord entered into by President Jonathan and Buhari, with other 12 presidential candidates, saying it was unnecessary, as the North has always had the penchant for causing election violence.
“There is an established pattern of pre and post election violence in the North. In the 50s when late Obafemi Awolowo was campaigning in the North, he went with helicopters and he was mocked. People said he was flying over the houses and peeping their wives. That has continued and everywhere in the country, people say leave them alone, we don’t want any trouble. But I think the game has changed. The rules of the game have changed.
“For every action, there will be an opposite and equal reaction. I knew that the signing of the accord was useless and that the president subjected himself to sign such an accord. For me, it was out of place for a President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of a country. But the president is a humble person. He does things that even marvel some of us and make us sometimes to be very angry.
“To be frank, I was very angry on that day they were signing it. The president has sworn to protect the lives of every Nigerian. So, why would he after taking a constitutional oath subject himself to another oath?” Dokubo-Asari queried.