The Presidency and security services kept silent on Sunday after activist, Asari Dokubo, declared himself the leader of the new Biafra defacto Customary Government, BCG.
In a statement issued on his behalf by Uche Mefor, BCG’s Head of Information and Communications, former militant leader, Dokubo named those he said would serve with him as leaders of the BCG.
He said, “We as people, have resolved that as Biafra, it’s time for us to take our destiny in our hands and bring freedom to ourselves and our children and the generation of Biafrans yet unborn. I hesitate a little, but I thank God that it’s time for us to do our duty and our service to motherland; I have accepted this role. I have dedicated my life hundred percent to play this role.
“My first act today, in taking this position, is to name those who would be on the driver’s seat to navigate through this period of tempest, this period of uncertainty, with me. I want to call on our brother, George Onyibe, to come on board to join as the secretary of the defacto customary government of the State of Biafra. He will take care of the administrative, day to day administration of the Biafra State.”
The statement quoted Dokubo as saying, “I also call on our brother, Emeka Emeka Esiri, to take care of the legal needs of this nascent government. My brothers and sisters, the four of us will kick start the process, others will come on board. We want volunteers, who are committed, we want volunteers, because there is nothing anymore. We are the people who have volunteered to salvage ourselves and the rest of us.
“I also call on Biafrans in the various province of the Biafra nations in Aba, Abakiliki, Anang, Awka, Calabar, Degema, Eket, Enugu Nsuka, Ogoja, Oji River, Okigwe, Onitsha, Opobo, Orlu, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Umuahia, Uyo and Yenegoa provinces. We are going to proceed to set up provincial structures of government, starting with provincial assemblies and provincial governance and administrators.”
Dokubo also condemned the blockade of food transportation to the South from the North some weeks back, saying that education and agriculture are key areas of focus for BCG.
He added, “You are all aware of the recent plot where they decided to stop food from the North. They failed woefully, they will continue to fail. The Government of Biafra States will look to make sure that we only eat what we can produce.
“Nobody can stop us. Nobody can blockade us, as they did in the first war. We’re not going to fight any war with anybody, we’re walking to freedom. We will not shoot any gun with them, they will prepare their weapon, but they will have nobody to kill with their weapon.”