Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly treating killer herdsmen with kid gloves.
while speaking at the Ripples Nigeria Dialogue in Lagos, on Thursday,
charged the president to declare herdsmen terrorists.
the president to have the courage to declare such monsters as terrorists
and enemies of humanity with the same dispatch in which he declared the
far less violent, albeit, disruptive IPOB terrorists. We expect a
culture of even-handedness”, he said.
“I have always refrained
from labelling the herdsmen as Fulani but since they have publicly come
out to admit they are responsible for the killings, we can say they are
“An organisation has been rampaging the nation
armed to the teeth and descending on innocent people. Their spokesman
appeared on TV, unrepentant, distorting history, calling on a state
government to rescind their laws and proceeding to defy such laws.
went ahead and threatened continuation of the same acts of degradation.
The nation has been placed on the defensive simply because of the
failing of governance.
“Have you ever encountered a more cynical
rendition of the sequence of events when spokesmen of this same
organisation came out to say the killings were taking place because of
the laws which was made to stop the killings in the first place?
have not heard that the leaders of that group have been summoned the
way those who do far less things would have been summoned. Nigeria is
not the first country to experience natural disasters but this is not an
excuse to take guns to destabilise other peace-loving people in their
“While addressing the victims of the rampage of
Fulani herdsmen, the minister of defence asked the victims what they
wanted the herdsmen to do when the grazing routes for their cattle were
being blocked and that minister is still in Buhari’s cabinet.
get impatient when I hear people say that Buhari failed to sympathise
with victims in Benue and Taraba. Who needs presidential sympathy? Is it
sympathy that will re-order their broken lives? We are talking about
security of lives and property and bringing perpetrators to book.
expect the government to respond with massive punitive action when the
fundamental security of a people is violated. We expect the president to
immediately show up at the scene of these disasters and order his
troops into action against these arrogant and blood thirsty people.
stung by the criticism that the president rather chose to attend a
wedding in Kano instead of being present in Dapchi, presidential
apologists said the wedding was a needed therapy for the trauma caused
by the abduction of the schoolgirls in Dapchi. That statement is
“There were so many formula that would have been
adopted to ensure that the couple had their wedding without the
accompanying exhibition of lavishness so soon after a national tragedy.
The nation was in mourning and Buhari would have told the couple that he
was not obliged to be there,” Soyinka said.