Soyinka speaks on Sunday Igboho’s battle against killer herdsmen


Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has spoken on the battle that Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, is leading against killer Fulani herdsmen.

According to him, Igboho, like many other people, have been pushed to the wall and is responding in the best way he could.

He said Igboho was leading the struggle in the best way he could.

The legendary dramatist said that he was thus bound to make errors but all that needed be done was to correct him.

‘And I am happy that people have already been doing that, people have been talking to him,’ he added.

Soyinka said this in an interview with the BBC, where he said the excesses of the herdsmen were no more bearable.

He said the intruders had bastardised his own f

I lost properties worth N50m in inferno- Sunday Igboho
Sunday Igboho
Source: BBC
orests in Abeokuta Ogun State, adding that it was no more safe to hunt in.

He warned that if the Federal Government failed to stop the attacks by the herdsmen, self help was bound to escalate.

He noted:
“We may enter a phase of serial skirmishes which may get more and more violent and develop – I hate to use the word – may develop into a civil war and a very untidy and messy one at that. That is my biggest fear.

“If we keep waiting for this to be centrally handled, we are all going to become, if not already, slaves in our land. That for me is intolerable and unacceptable.”

“We are here to live in dignity (but) right now, our dignity is being rubbished.
“The President should address the nations and say: ‘Yes, I know I am the patron of the cattlerearers association etc. I’m a cattle rancher myself, it is a business and I run my business on business terms. I do not run my business by raping, by displacing, by torturing.

“I do not run my business by occupying lands that does not belong to me and I am warning all business people in the food commodity, all you cattlerearers, whatever comes to you for illegal occupation or trespassing on other people’s property is your business.

“And I am ordering the army, all the security forces to back citizens’ efforts in flushing you out. I expect nothing less, even at this stage, it is very late but this is what I expect from President Buhari and as long as that language does not come, I must consider him quite complicit in what is going on because the buck stops at his desk.’


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