Popular Niger Delta activist, Asari Dokubo, has in a trending video pledged his support for President Bola Tinubu.
Dokubo made the remarks in a viral video which has gained mixed reactions over the weekend.
In the video, Mr Dokubo was seen addressing dozens of uniformed men considered to be a private militia from the balcony of a building. The men were also heard chanting solidarity slogans after him.
“We are here, I think you are seeing me, I am not a ghost, I just come from Saudi Arabia. And we work for President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and he will succeed.
“Anybody who is planning for him to fail, the person has already failed.
“And as you see us we have never competed with anybody
“Thank you very much, everyone of you have tried. Na turn by turn, na Jagaban turn. He said partly in pidgin English.
The video has since generated wide reactions among Nigerians.
Shehu Sani a former Senator from Kaduna central urged President Tinubu to distance himself by avoiding the rise of a ‘’state backed private armed militia.
“I don’t know if the trending video is real or fake;but in any case, President Tinubu must not directly or indirectly allow or encourage the rise of state backed private armed militia.
“They are viruses for the destruction of any country. A fragile country like ours doesn’t need a private army.
“The country’s armed forces, Police and other security agencies have the experience, capacity and competence to provide all the necessary protection the President and the Government needs.