According to a news that was published by the Leadership Newspaper online this morning, it was reported that there were strong indications that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has barred all the former Niger Delta militant leaders from visiting him at the presidential villa, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Leadership Newspaper reported that the requests for courtesy visits by notable militant leaders and ethnic militias from the oil-rich region to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the presidential villa have lately been disapproved by the president.
A presidency source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity said that the president was ruffled by the attacks on him by notable Nigerians, over the utterances and actions of Asari Dokubo, especially when he recklessly displayed gun-wielding youths in his enclave in Rivers State.
He said, “Tinubu felt embarrassed by criticism after Dokubo displayed gun wielding youths in Rivers. The gun-bearing renegades often appeared in viral videos with Asari Dokubo, assuming commanding roles. His unacceptable conduct in the eyes of the presidency moved beyond tolerable level, when he took on the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and threatened to deal with the Chief Executive of the oil-rich state.”
The source said the presidency was irked that his association with the president continued to give a wrong signal to the Nigerian people, that Asari Dokubo enjoys the support and the backing of the country’s number one citizen.