Prof Wole Soyinka Queries Buhari Government For Proscribing IPOB, Sparing Armed Herdsmen To Unleash Terror.
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has questioned how the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigerian Government manages the several crises facing the country.
Soyinka wondered why the Federal Government was yet to ban a cattle group, Miyetti Allah, while it had already proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group looking for the secession of the South-East from Nigeria.
He made these remarks in an interview with the pre-recorded show Newsnight on Channels Television, noting that Nigeria must always put the nation's history in perspective to comprehend security concerns.
He said, “My temperament doesn’t accept that anyone should chase me out of my God-given earth. So, it is a temperamental thing as well. The idea that you can unleash terror on me because you want my little patch of territory or you want my soul; that is, you want to subjugate me, you want to turn me into a slave. Well, I would sort that out first.
“And then I will make up my mind whether I want to leave. So each outrage, unfortunately, has the opposite effect. Whether the outrage is taking place in Benue, Kaduna, or is taking place in Owo. Or whether it is taking place right here on the (Ogun State) border – we have also been subjected to this lunacy, of the subjugation mentality which some minority people hold. And I find it very difficult to accept to be chased out of my own entitled portion of the earth.
“Many people just either do not know the history or do not understand the purpose of history. And then there’s a different group also who are very selective about history; they know how to distort or misuse history.
“Take, for instance, when the incursion of the Fulani herdsmen began, and the Miyetti Allah. Their spokesman said, I think it was in Borno. We once ruled this place, and we can take back our land anytime we want. I remember that statement; I have never forgotten it. In the midst of the trauma of these people, somebody comes gloating and then citing selective portions of history. I said this person should be arrested and locked up, who says he wants to repeat his history of conquest – he is admitting either knowledge, before or after, or support, anyway. Is not there anything like hate speech anymore? Why are you proscribing IPOB without proscribing Miyetti Allah?”