Professor Wole Soyinka has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence on the many illegal activities of the Fulani herdsmen across the country shows that he is supporting them.
The Nobel Laureate added that he is confused why Buhari is yet to act on the crimes of his kinsmen, especially as he is in the know of everything, even as he expressed fear that this may degenerate into a civil war if allowed to continue.
“What do they expect of us now that the war is on our doorstep? Of course there will be mobilisation and if we keep waiting for this to be centrally handled, we are all going to become, if not already slaves in our land. That to me is personally intolerable. It is not an acceptable condition.”
“And whatever it takes, I stand ready to contribute in any way and I have made my governor understand this, that we are here not just to live in but to live in dignity. Right now, our dignity is being rubbished. My forest is being taken over, it’s been shrinking, my normal hunting ground is shrinking. My family tells me that if I go in depth again, they will have me institutionalised.”
The Professor of Comparative Literature was speaking on BBC Pidgin language program when he said that it would be best for Buhari to address the nation.
“Address the nation in a very stern, unambiguous terms. Say openly, yes, I know I am the patron of the cattle rearers association, etc.”
“I am a cattle rancher myself, it is a business and I run my business on business terms. I do not run my business by killing people. I do not run my business by raping, displacing, torturing and I don’t run my business by occupying land that does not belong to me. Whatever comes to you for illegal occupation or for trespassing in other people’s property is your business. And I am ordering the Army, I am ordering all the security forces to back citizens’ efforts in flushing you people out.”
“I expect nothing less even at this stage. This is the language I expect from President Buhari and as long as that language does not come, I must consider him quite complacent with what is going on because the buck stops at his desk.”