Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday declared that the international community was duly obliged to wade into the security situation in the country, saying the Federal Government has failed to fulfill its obligation under the United Nations, (UN) Charter, to which Nigeria is a signatory.
According to him, he was calling for the intervention of the international community at this stage because he does not want what was going on now to become the new normal in Nigeria.
Soyinka also urged the government of the Republic of Benin to immediately release Yoruba nation agitator, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a Sunday Igboho), insisting that he has not committed any crime.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Soyinka said somebody calling for a separate state does not deserve to be called a criminal, as long as it was done peacefully and within the law.
According to him, Igboho has not committed any crime in this nation and to ask for his repatriation is adding salt to injury.
The Nobel laureate critisised last weekend’s carnival-like wedding of President Buhari’s son, Yusuf, in Kano, saying it was wrong to have organised the wedding in that manner when some school children were in the kidnappers’ den.
He added that in Nigeria, a very successful slave trade was going on with the markets springing up, noting that the targets are children and school pupils.
When asked what he felt about some governors calling on Nigerians to defend themselves, he replied that if the State has refused to defend them, then the citizens could defend themselves..