However, the UAG convener, Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion, released a statement on Friday accusing Dokubo of distorting the truth.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
A non-governmental organization called Unity Advocacy Group (UAG) has criticized Asari Dokubo, a former militant, for his claims that certain sectors of the Nigerian military are responsible for most of the oil thefts in the country.
The UAG believes that Dokubo is merely seeking political support and attention.
Waffi TV reported that, Dokubo, after a private meeting with President Bola Tinubu, stated that ordinary citizens of the Niger Delta are not involved in oil theft, but rather powerful groups within the Nigerian military. He vowed that these powerful forces would soon face opposition, and many people would join in protest at Kuje.
The Nigerian Navy swiftly refuted Dokubo’s allegations, dismissing them as baseless.
However, the UAG convener, Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion, released a statement on Friday accusing Dokubo of distorting the truth. Aigbedion suggested that Dokubo could have pursued political support without resorting to unfounded claims.
“Asari Dokubo can meet President Bola Tinubu and offer suggestions on the way forward, if he has it, without raising unfounded allegations at a time the new government is trying to settle down and proffer solutions to the economic crisis in the country.
“Even volunteering to use his boys to assist in tackling oil theft raises an eyebrow and is more of a selfish endeavour.
“Would the military and other security agencies have come into the region if there had been no oil theft?
“Who are the real actors that are angry with anti-crude theft operations?
“Can Asari Dokubo mention the names of the culprits, if he has them?” the group queried.
Aigbedion expressed admiration for the efforts of the armed forces under the leadership of Gen. Lucky Irabor in addressing the issue of oil theft in the Niger Delta. He highlighted that Nigerians recognize the unique dedication of the current Chief of Defence Staff, as he is the first to personally visit the locations affected by oil theft, unlike his predecessors.