Wole Soyinka, the first black African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature has said the Federal Government of Nigeria owes popular Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Igboho an apology and should stop pursuing him like he is a criminal.
This is coming after the DSS invaded vulcaniser cum freedom fighter Sunday Igboho‘s house and declaring him wanted. The DSS had invaded Igboho’s house in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, 1st of July, with two of his associates killed during the invasion.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin, the playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and elder statesman, Wole Soyinka said the government’s actions and rationale for invading Igboho’s home stinks and the Buhari-led government will be very embarrassed if and when Igboho comes to trial. Giving the FG a scope it could channel the whole event through, Wole Soyinka said the government should tell Igboho the invasion and declaration wanted are all a mistake which should not have been made.
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“My advise 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”, Wole Soyinka said.
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Speaking further, Wole Soyinka said 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. The Nobel Laureate, however, distanced himself from the Yoruba Nation campaign, saying he doesn’t like the sound of it any sunday more than he likes the sound of a Tiv or Igbo nation. He further stated that the country must be restructured through the decentralisation of power.