Killing of Christians: Urgent External Intervention Is the Only Option Says Wole Soyinka - eritvnews

Killing of Christians: Urgent External Intervention Is the Only Option Says Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka has observed that the ongoing Islamisation agenda cannot be stopped by the Nigerian government. He clearly pointed out that the Fulani Oligarchy are out with an ethnic cleansing agenda.

In Benue state Soyinka questioned the killing of Christians by the Fulani Herdsmen.  He charged the Nigerian government to stop the hypocrisy and alert the international community to intervene on the marauding Fulani Herdsmen.  

Speaking during a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Soyinka expressed regret that the administration was treating the malaise as a ringworm itch instead of the deadly cancer it is.
Ortom, while welcoming the solidarity of the Nobel laureate, affirmed that the threats against the state were a combination of ethnic cleansing and jihad, even as he lamented the helplessness of the people of the state.

The assertions, however, did not find currency with some leading Northern leaders who decried Soyinka’s categorisation of the troubles in Benue State as ethnic cleansing.

Among those who disagreed with him were Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed; former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Second Republic presidential adviser on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai.
However, Soyinka insists that Nigeria must cry for help.
He said: “I don’t believe in false pride, if the government cannot cope, it should not shy away from asking for International help.

When human lives are concerned in their thousands and so on, as it was observed everywhere all over the world, those nations where our military has served before can come to our assistance. I think there should be no business of national integrity, national pride and so on.
People are dying, this government cannot cope, please just ask for international help and I know they’re ready and willing to come to our aid.

Just like refusal to recognise, and at the critical moment, the nature of a particular problem that has been the basis of the massacres going on in this region, especially Benue State, there’s no other word for it.

Let’s not play around with the euphemisms. It’s no other word but ethnic cleansing. There’s no other definition for what has been going on here. And it’s very sad to me personally to see that a nation like Nigeria, with so much human talent, has failed to learn the lesson of the history of places like Rwanda.

It happened in Europe, ethnic cleansing in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and elsewhere, so it’s not a new phenomenon. And, therefore, we should have been able to learn from the experiences of others and stopped this thing before it became an epidemic which is what it is today.”
Governor Ortom in his response, said the recent events in the state were a combination of ethnic cleansing and jihad.

He said: “This is not a hidden agenda, it’s known, and those people who are perpetrating it did say it. They have not hidden it. They held press conferences, they came out and said they were going to resist our law, that they were going to do ethnic cleansing, it’s about Jihad, it’s about taking over the land, it’s not about herders and farmers’ clashes.

They said it clearly, and it’s written, and we have the documents and have reported them to the security agencies. I agree with you, but as law-abiding citizens, we don’t even have cutlasses to fight back.

We cannot use any weapon to fight back; we depend on the law enforcement agencies. Even the cutlasses that we used to have were taken over by security agencies.

Our dane guns, the Inspector General (of Police) said we should surrender them, including those that were licensed. So we are left in the hands of the security men. Those of them who are posted in Benue State are doing their best, and they have been victims of these attacks too.

Several policemen have been killed in the course of this crisis. Soldiers and the Civil Defence are not spared. The State Service (Department of State Services officials) are not also spared. They have been killed and slaughtered like animals.

So, like you rightly said, this is not a matter of ringworm but real cancer. If there were any other word stronger than cancer, I would have said what is happening in Benue State is more than cancer. And like you rightly observed, it is our responsibility to rise to defend the unity of this country and to defend our integrity as leaders.”


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