In a scathing critique on social media, Nwankwo T. Nwaezeigwe, the Odogwu of Ibusa, Delta State, Nigeria, and Leader of the Coalition Against Christian Genocide in Nigeria (CAC-GEN), has denounced the actions of Melford Dokubo Goodhead, popularly known as Asari Dokubo. Nwaezeigwe accused Asari Dokubo of demeaning the Igbo ethnic community and expressed his disappointment in the controversial figure.
While Nwaezeigwe commended respected Niger Delta warriors such as King Ateke Tom and Chief Tompolo Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo for their principled militancy, he claimed that Asari Dokubo's militant activities were driven solely by his self-interest and hunger for political power. According to Nwaezeigwe, Asari Dokubo's attempts to gain political positions in the Kalabari ethnic nation were met with failure and rejection, as his ancestry as a third-generation descendant of Igbo slaves barred him from representing them politically.
Nwaezeigwe further delved into the ancestral history of Asari Dokubo, highlighting the fact that his paternal grandfather, named Goodhead, was an Igbo slave acquired by the Kalabari people in the late 19th century. Asari Dokubo's maternal ancestry, according to Nwaezeigwe, also stems from an Igbo slave maid who was later married off to a member of the Amakiri royal family in Kalabari as compensation.
Drawing attention to this complex lineage, Nwaezeigwe emphasized the irony of Asari Dokubo, whose ancestors were victims of Igbo slavery, making derogatory remarks about the Igbo people. Nwaezeigwe questioned Asari Dokubo's understanding of his own history and criticized his attempts to elevate his confused paternal slave background by associating with the noble Harry Briggs family.
Furthermore, Nwaezeigwe accused Asari Dokubo of being a second-class slave, as he was an Igbo slave to an Igbo slave. He lambasted Asari Dokubo's statements regarding selling the Igbo as slaves, highlighting the historical context of his own family's enslavement by the Igbo community.
Nwaezeigwe refrained from directly responding to Asari Dokubo's recent disparaging comments about the Igbo people, citing the ongoing political uncertainties in Nigeria, particularly surrounding the presidency. He hinted that the current political climate could lead to unforeseen consequences for figures like Asari Dokubo.
The article also touched on Asari Dokubo's shifting alliances and betrayals, mentioning his previous support for Biafra and association with Nnamdi Kanu, which subsequently changed when the financial benefits dwindled. Nwaezeigwe accused Asari Dokubo of scamming Muammar Gaddafi in the past and highlighted his failed attempts to gain the trust of the Fulani Muslim community.
Nwaezeigwe concluded his article by cautioning Nigerians not to consider Asari Dokubo as a man of moral judgment, principle, or political consequence, describing him as a shameless opportunist whose allegiances could change rapidly.
Asari Dokubo has not responded publicly to Nwaezeigwe's critique, and it remains to be seen how this controversy will unfold in the coming days and weeks.