An ex militant who is often dubbed "The leader of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force, NDPVF", Muhajid Asari-Dokubo, the self acclaimed freedom fighter, has joined the swelling rank of private university proprietors with his establishment of a university in the neighbouring Republic of Benin.
Mr. Asari-Dokubo, who already owns a soccer academy in the West African country and another one in Abuja, said the university, which will be known as King Amachree African University, KAAU, had already been accredited to commence degree programmes beginning September 2014.
He told PREMIUM TIMES 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"
Most Nigeria politicians' children school abroad, especially neighbouring Ghana and Benin Republic. So, Asari new school location was probably a very good choice.