Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has lashed out on how the the Federal Government is handling IPOB and other security issues facing the nation.
In an exclusive interview on Mondays Channel’s NewsNight, a pre-recorded program that airs every Monday, the laureate icon questioned why the government has yet to ban the herding group, Miyetti Allah, after banning the indigenous people of Biafra, a group that demanded secession from southeastern Nigeria.
“My temperament does not accept that anyone should chase me out of my God-given earth. So, it’s a temperamental thing as well,” Soyinka said.
“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’ll 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’ve been subjected also 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 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.”
The 88 years Old Nobel laureate also said Nigeria must always keep the country’s history in perspective in order to understand its security challenges.