Nobel Laurette Professor Wole Soyinka has lashed out on the decision of the federal government of Nigeria to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization and not extend the same punishment to the equally dreaded Miyetti Allah.
Wole Soyinka relayed his thought during an interview with a journalist on the state of the nation. The vocal government critic stated that:
My temperament does not accept that anyone should chase me out of my God-given earth. So, it’s a temperamental thing as well.
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.
Take for instance, when the incursion of the Fulani herdsmen began, and the Miyetti Allah spokesman said, I think it was in Borno, We once ruled this place and we can take back our land anytime we want.
I remember that statement; I’ve never forgotten it. Amid the trauma of these people, somebody comes gloating and then cites selective portions of history. I said this person should be arrested and locked up. Who says he wants to repeat his history of conquest – he’s admitting either knowledge, before or after, or support, anyway. Isn’t there anything like hate speech anymore? Why are you proscribing IPOB without proscribing Miyetti Allah?
Professor Wole Soyinka further stressed that the country belonged to us all and nobody is more Nigerian than the others.
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