Nigeria’s Sovereignty is in the Hands of Murdering Herdsmen – Soyinka

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Nigeria’s Sovereignty is in the Hands of Murdering Herdsmen – Soyinka
Nwolu Obiajulu

Nobel Laureate, Prof.  Wole Soyinka has berated President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance that Nigeria’s sovereignty cannot be challenged, alleging that the country’s sovereignty has been taken over by rampaging herdsmen, Boko Haram and other elements with absolutely no respect for national integrity.

Soyinka advocated for national mobilization as a solution to curb the menace of insecurity that the country is facing.

He said President Buhari could not tackle the insecurity challenge in the country while sitting down in Aso Rock.

Soyinka disclosed this on Saturday when he appeared on an Arise TV programme.

He said, “I am very glad that the northern elite are now speaking up, boldly and practically, (and are also) now taking measures which they should have taken years ago. They’ve moved beyond the unbelievable policies of actually paying killers to stop killing. I don’t want to mention names but some of them admitted that they were paying protection money to killers instead of dealing with that cancer in the only way which they should which, is excision, to take out killers instead of giving them money.

“So, let them get away with the issue of sovereignty. If they have to pay people to come and help us, then call them whatever you want. Please go ahead because we’ve reached that stage of desperation.

“But I will prefer a general mobilisation in which people are trained, farmers especially are trained to work with the hoe in one hand and the gun in the other hand, ready to protect their lives, their harvests and the rest of us.

Soyinka added, “From a self-protective point of view, it is a common problem; it is a national, collective issue. Don’t just sit there and think that you can solve it from Aso Rock, no. This now concerns even the lowest common citizens in this nation because that lowest, that most impotent individual has become a prime target. So, it’s a collective issue. I’m not surprised some governors now say let us reach outside help; it’s something I have said also. I don’t say mercenaries necessarily, but this has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.

“Instead of that, what do I hear? Somebody gets on the podium and say, ‘The sovereignty of this nation cannot be challenged. Please, don’t let us hear any more of that rubbish. The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of the murdering herdsmen. The sovereignty of this nation has already been taken over by Boko Haram, it’s been taken over by ISWAP, it’s been taken over by those with absolutely no respect for what is called national integrity.”

This post was written by Nwolu Obiajulu.

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