Soyinka Warns Fulani Herdsmen Menace May Trigger Civil War

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Richard Ginika Izuora

Prof. Wole Soyinka, has warned that Fulani herdsmen crises may lead to another civil war in Nigeria except urgent steps are taken by government to address it.

Soyinka therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to address Nigerians; and make it known publicly that he does not support the criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of the country.

Soyinka made this call in an interview with BBC News Pidgin.

He warned against another civil war if nothing was quickly done to address the herdsmen crisis rocking the nation.

Soyinka said, “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.”

Oyo and Ondo states have been in the eye of the storm lately over security challenges; and the moves to check the activities of killer herdsmen.

A popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, had issued a seven-day notice; to quit to herdsmen accused of crimes in the Ibarapa area of Oyo and enforced same.

Commenting on the herdsmen crisis, Soyinka said there should be civil mobilisation in a bid to redress the issue.

He said, “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,” he lamented.

On what should constitute the speech of the President to the nation on the herdsmen crisis, the Nobel Laureate said Buhari should “address the nation in very stern, unambiguous terms”.

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