by Iyobosa Omoregie
Asari Dokubo, Leader of the Ijaw Youth Council, has described the amnesty granted to the ex-Niger Delta militants by the late president, Umaru Yar’adua, as bribery.
The former militant leader said the amnesty was an inducement to the people of the area, to allow oil flow from the Niger Delta region to the North.
Dokubo, who condemned the amnesty, said he rejected the offer because he viewed it as a bribe.
He made the statement during the 2015 MASSOB day celebration, held in Owerri, Imo State.
Dokubo also criticised the national conference organised by former President Jonathan, stating that the exercise did not represent the views of the Niger Delta region that is yearning for a referendum.
He said: “It only represented the views of the rest of the country. Let us be allowed to have a referendum. We have the right to hold a referendum on where we want to go.”