Oct 12, 2013 –Ex-Nigerian Asari Dokubo Opens Private University In Benin Republic (King Amachree African University, KAAU)
The Niger-Delta militant ruler who renounced his Nigerian citizenship earlier this year has finally opened his own private university in his adopted country of birth.
As we speak, the controversial figure who converted to Islam last year has his own private University in Benin Republic.
The higher institution named King Amachree African University, KAAU is set to begin admission in September 2014. It is located in Port Novo in the Republic of Benin.
He told a source in an interview in Abuja that the proposed university, named after his ancestor, was a product of his two existing institutions in Benin Republic, namely King Amachree Automobile/ICT Royal Academy and King Amachree Arts Academy.
Both of them, he added, currently award Diploma to their students. Mr. Asari-Dokubo said he chose to establish the institutions in Benin Republic because he does not only live there, but has adopted it as his country.
“What we have now, we are awarding only diploma now. “By next September, Insha Allah, the university will start,” Mr. Asari-Dokubo, who dropped out of University of Calabar, he said. “For now we have King Amachree Automobile/ICT Royal Academy and King Amachree Arts Academy. Two of them were merged. We have merged the two of them into king Amachree African University. “King Amachree is my great ancestor. He was king of the Kingdom of new Calabar.”
On his soccer academy, the 50 year old Mr. Asari-Dokubo, an indigene of Rivers State, who refused to be tagged a former militant, said it was established to train the youth in soccer free of charge. “We plan to engage the youths. It is free. We have a soccer academy in Abuja and we have another one in Republic of Benin,” he said.
More Nigerians are forced to go to Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo and other neigbhouring countries to acquire education due to the incessant labour disputes and industrial actions within the Nigerian university system as well as the deplorable state of education in the country.
Mr. Asari-Dokubo is, like former Niger Delta militants enjoying massive patronage from the current administration, believe to be very wealthy but his source of income is largely unknown. There were speculation he made his fortune stealing crude oil in the Niger Delta. But he denied engaging in such practices, saying he had never been part of any act capable of endangering the Delta.
Asari Dokubo has vowed bloodshed if President Jonathan didn’t get reelected in 2015.