Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has asked the Government of Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Sunday Igboho after officials of the Department of State Services invaded his Ibadan home and killed at least two of his associates.
Prof. Soyinka said this in an interview with BBC Pidgin published on Monday, stressing that the government’s actions and rationale for invading Igboho’s home “stinks.”
He said, “My advise to the government is that they should stop pursuing Igboho as a criminal, because you have begun by acting in a criminal fashion against him.
“If and when Igboho comes to trial, I guarantee you the government will be very embarrassed.
“I think they should tell Igboho ‘we made a mistake’, ‘we should not have acted in this way’, ‘you are no longer wanted’, ‘go back to your home, in fact escort him to his home’ and let him resume his normal life.”
Soyinka added that Igboho’s fight for freedom was preceded by criminal acts of enemies of Nigeria who “appear to be supported by the force of the State.”
The Nobel Laureate noted that he doesn’t ‘like the sound of a Yoruba Nation’ anymore than he likes the sound of a Tiv or Igbo nation, he said the country must be restructured through the decentralisation of power.
The problem with Nigeria, according to him, is that the current structure was imposed upon the people by the military.
The DSS had early Thursday morning invaded Igboho’s house in Ibadan, Oyo State, claiming it acted on intelligence it that he was stockpiling arms to unleash chaos within the region.
Two of his aides were killed and his wife and several other aides taken away by DSS operatives.
Igboho has since been declared wanted by the DSS.
He has been agitating for a Yoruba Nation since the Nigerian state could no longer guarantee the safety of his people, due to what he described as a ‘Fulani invasion’ of the South-West.