INTERVIEW-Ex-warlord warns of S.Nigeria backlash at Boko Haram

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By Austin Ekeinde

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Southern Nigerians could take up arms to fight northern Boko Haram Islamists, and are holding back only out of respect for the president, a former militant leader from the oil-rich Niger Delta said on Monday.

Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, a Muslim who led a rebellion in the delta until a peace deal with the government in 2004, said bomb attacks by Boko Haram could provoke retaliation by mostly Christian southerners, including those living in the delta.

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