– Wole Soyinka has called on FG not to dismiss issues raised by Obasanjo on security across West Africa
– Soyinka said Obasanjo’s comment that Boko Haram and herdsmen in Nigeria are now on West African Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda should not be taken lightly
– According to Soyinka, FG should treat Obasanjo’s assertion with its substance
Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka on Wednesday, May 22, urged the federal government not to ignore comments made by a Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, over insecurity in the country.
Soyinka said Obasanjo’s remarks that the activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in Nigeria are now West African Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda should not be taken lightly.
Speaking at an event organised by the United Bank of Africa to mark the 2019 Africa Day in Lagos, the Nobel Laureate said FG should treat Obasanjo’s assertion with its substance.
Daily Trust reports that Soyinka said the language used to disseminate the information must be set aside while the points raised should be handled with care.
Soyinka said: “Everybody knows me and Obasanjo, and I think we should be careful not to be too dismissive or abrasive.”
“The language must be put aside and let us deal with the substance. Let us analyse carefully what the (former) president has said “I was listening to the Minister of Information; they are living aside the substance and dealing with the person,” Soyinka said.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that Obasanjo on Saturday, May 18, claimed the aim of the terror sect Boko Haram is ‘Fulanisation’ of West Africa and Islamisation of Africa.
The former president in a keynote address at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), held in Oleh, Isoko South council area of Delta state blamed several factors such as government’s poor and slow response from the onset, lack of military intelligence, etc. for the escalation of the security challenges.
He said the security challenges have now gone beyond the capacity of the Nigerian government and even the West African governments.