Asari Dokubo, at the helm of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF), has expressed his intent to potentially lead a mission into Niger Republic alongside his private militia. His primary aim is to reinstate democracy within the nation.
Following the coup on July 26, which saw President Mohamed Bazoum being ousted from his position by Abdourahamane Tchiani, the commander of the Nigerien presidential guard, the coup leaders have remained in defiance of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) call for the return of power to Bazoum. ECOWAS has even raised the prospect of military intervention.
A video message from Dokubo has circulated widely, in which he articulates his readiness to overpower the current leadership in Niger Republic, should the Nigerian federal government grant him official sanction to proceed. Dokubo’s statement goes on to assert that his intentions are not mere boasts but grounded in capability.
Dokubo stated, “Given the authorization by our government, my associates and I stand prepared to embark on a mission to Niger Republic. We are confident in our ability to overcome the opposition and emerge triumphant. This assertion is not made lightly.”
He further remarked, “Regardless of any opposition that may arise, our determination remains unwavering. We see them as fellow human beings, subject to the same vulnerabilities as us. Thus, we are fully prepared to engage and prevail, reinstating democratic principles within the region.”
As ECOWAS concluded a recent meeting in Abuja, aimed at reestablishing democracy in Niger Republic through diplomatic channels and dialogue, Dokubo’s proposal for more direct action introduces an alternative perspective to the ongoing situation.