Wole Soyinka Tells FG – Apologies to Sunday Igboho

In an interview today, Wole Soyinka said the government’s actions and rationale for invading Igboho’s home “stinks.”

“It is not criminal or illegal for anyone to express intention to leave any federation. How can you place the will for separation as a criminal act? That kind of language doesn’t exist in the constitution, it doesn’t exist in law. It does not exist in the catalog of immoralities because it is not an immoral act or position to say that you want to stop being part of an entity or you want to join an entity”

Wole Soyinka said;

“More important for me is the position of the government, saying that the ‘existence of these weapons’ proved that he (Igboho) was planning war against the state. That position, a very loaded statement, was simply deliberate to conflict issues. It was to obscure the fact that Igboho and other people, myself included, have been decrying the loss of lives of law-abiding citizens, farmers especially all over the nation. Not just civilians, (Ex-Minister of Defense, Gen. Theophilus) Danjuma (retd.), told the people, ‘Don’t trust the military anymore, defend yourself. Some other voices like governors have made similar statements.

“Now, Igboho, even if he had those weapons, he is claiming that his mission is to liberate his people from the tyranny of squatters, who now become violent overlords, and he has a good cause in that sense.

He said the Federal Government of Nigeria to apologize to Sunday Igboho after officials of the Department of State Services invaded his home.

“So, now, you have a situation where the government is saying the ‘existence of these weapons’ means that Igboho is planning an armed insurrection against the state. The whole thing from beginning to the end just stinks: the raid, the motivation has become very implausible.”

Soyinka faulted the Federal Government for also not describing AK-47-wielding herdsmen as terrorists waging a violent insurrection against the Nigerian state.

Therefore:

“My advice to the government is that they should stop pursuing Igboho as a criminal because you have begun by acting in a criminal fashion against him. If and when Igboho comes to trial, I guarantee you the government will be very embarrassed.

“I think they should tell Igboho ‘we made a mistake’, ‘we should not have acted in this way, you are no longer wanted, go back to your home. In fact, escort him to his home and let him resume his normal life.” the Nobel Laureate added.

“Igboho’s fight for freedom was caused by criminal acts of enemies of Nigeria who appear to be supported by the force of the State.” I don’t like the sound of a Yoruba Nation any more than the likes of a Tv or Igbo nation, but the country must be restructured through the decentralization of power.

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