Asari Dokubo, who was the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, had declared the formation of the purported Biafra government on Sunday and also named those who would serve as leaders in the government alongside himself.
He added that they would proceed to set up provincial structures for the new government.
The Nigerian government while reacting towards the development, has described the reported formation of the Biafra Customary Government by Asari Dokubo as a joke that is meant to entertain.
Speaking on the development in Lagos on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would not be distracted by what he described as, “theatre of the absurd by a joker seeking attention’’.
Mohammed said Dokubo is free to run a phantom government, stressing that the Buhari-led administration will not be distracted.
He said, “I am sure you have heard of the theatre of the absurd; that is the best way I can describe it.
“If Asari Dokubo wants to form and run a phantom government, I think he is free to do so. This administration will not be distracted because we still have a lot to do.
“We are not ready to give any attention or time to a joker like Dokubo who is just looking for attention. We will just take it as one of these entertainment things.
“The beauty about Nigeria is that it is never a dull country; you must have one thing or the other to entertain you.
”Dokubo on Sunday declared himself the leader of the new Biafra defacto Customary Government (BCG).
In a statement signed by Uche Mefor, BCG’s Head of Information and Communications, the former militant leader named those who would serve as leaders in the government alongside himself.
He said, “We as people have resolved that as Biafra, it’s time for us to take our destiny in our hands and bring freedom to ourselves and our children and the generation of Biafrans yet unborn. I hesitate a little but I thank God that it’s time for us to do our duty and our service to motherland, I have accepted this role. I have dedicated my life hundred percent to play this role.”