Who Is Asari Dokubo ?
Asari Dokubo (born Melford Dokubo Goodhead Jr.) is a Nigerian politician who formerly served as president of the Ijaw Youth Council.
He is the creator of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, one of the most famous armed groups operating in the Niger Delta region. He is well-known for his strong anti-government attitude, which has made him popular among Niger Delta residents.
Asari Dokubo Wiki Profile
Asari Dokubo Early Life
Asari Dokubo (born Melford Dokubo Goodhead Jr.) was born in Buguma, Rivers State on June 1, 1964. He was born into a Christian family of middle-class parents, a court judge and a housewife.
He completed his primary and secondary schooling in Port Harcourt before enrolling in law school at the famed University of Calabar (UniCal) in Cross River State. He later dropped out of the university, alleging conflicts with university administrators as the reason.
In an attempt to obtain a university degree, he enrolled in Rivers State University of Science and Technology, but dropped out for similar reasons as he did at UniCal.
Asari Dokubo Career and Activism
After dropping out of school, Asari Dokubo converted to Islam and changed his name to Mujahid Dokubo-Asari to symbolize the conversion.
He became actively interested in politics in the 1990s, seeking for two posts in Rivers State (1992 and 1998) but failing to gain either seat.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) was founded in 1998 with the primary goal of promoting the interests of the Niger Delta’s Ijaw ethnic community. Asari was selected to the organization’s vice-presidency as a founding member.
In 2001, he was elected president of IYC, leading the organization to promote an agenda of “Resource Control and Self-Determination by Any Means Necessary.”
By 2004, he had established the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), which would become a major source of disturbance in the Delta region. The NDPVF, a militant organisation, was largely supported by local and regional politicians seeking enormous gains from the region’s oil wealth. The organization was also involved in illicit oil ‘bunkering’ and other sorts of local resource extraction.
Asari Dokubo Personal Life
Asari Dokubo is married to Boma Dokubo and has four children: Amirah, Hassan, Hussain, and Osama. Alhaja Zainab Asari Dokubo, his first wife, died in a car accident on her way to Ibadan in 2016.
In 2013, Asari became a Benin Republic citizen and shifted his assets from Nigeria’s Niger Delta to Cotonou, where he erected multiple schools, colleges, and a university for Cotonou’s schoolchildren and students.
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