A retired military officer and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinola Akinjide Kazeem, has advised President Bola Tinubu to exercise caution regarding individuals who intentionally defame the Military’s reputation for their personal gains.
This warning comes in response to a recent visit by former militant Asari Dokubo to President Tinubu, during which Dokubo allegedly accused the Military of being responsible for 99% of oil theft in the Niger Delta region and intimidating the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to facilitate oil theft.
In a video posted online, Dokubo claimed that the Nigerian Military lacks the capacity to combat oil theft in the Niger Delta effectively. Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Kazeem condemned Dokubo’s baseless and unfortunate remarks, urging all Nigerians to reject such statements.
“This statement by Dokubo is capable of setting the country ablaze. His statement may pitch Nigerians against the Military and create room to distrust, and this is not good for the country,” said the APC Chieftain.
Kazeem emphasized Dokubo’s prior engagement in the amnesty program for ex-militants and raised doubts about his criticism of the Military, which has been instrumental in bringing stability to the Niger Delta.
Furthermore, the APC Chieftain reminded Dokubo of his previous contractual responsibilities in safeguarding pipelines in the Niger Delta region and urged him to clarify his intentions directly to the President rather than tarnishing the reputation of the Nigerian Military.
“If Dokubo is looking for a contract to secure the oil pipelines, he should say it instead of blackmailing the Military before the President. This is totally unacceptable,” Kazeem asserted.
Kazeem contended that Dokubo lacked the moral authority to criticize the Military due to his past role in pipeline security, during which oil theft persisted despite his responsibilities.