Asari Dokubo, a former militant leader and founder of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, has stated that he has the manpower to defeat the Niger Republic’s military junta.
Dokubo claimed that if commissioned by the federal government, his armed group could take over Niger Republic.
Dokubo claimed in a viral video that he and his boys have the ability to restore democracy in Niger.
If the government commissions me and my people to go to Niger Republic, we will go. We will defeat them and we will come back victorious. It is not a boast.
If Benin Republic likes, let them go and bring anybody, they are human beings like us. We will go there, defeat them and restore democratic order.
Negotiations and reconciliation efforts are still ongoing between the Niger junta and African leaders.
On Wednesday, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, 14th Emir of Kano, met with the coup leaders in Niger Republic.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) met the military leadership after the junta had aborted meetings with representatives of African Union (AU), Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and a top US diplomat.
According to sources, Sanusi went there to open the door for negotiation with the junta, after which he went to the Villa in Abuja to brief President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.