Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka says the arrest of the leader Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu was a kidnap, which is internationally and morally wrong.
Soyinka said this when he spoke to BBC Pidgin on Monday, noting that when the truth of how the IPOB leader was arrested comes out there would be trouble in the country.
He accused the Buhari government of not showing the same eagerness in arresting bandits and insurgents.
The literary giant said Miyetti Allah group has continued to act unchecked and federal government has refused to “mount the same energy against them”.
According to him, the leadership of Miyetti Allah should have been arrested years ago, long before IPOB was declared a terrorist organisation.
He added that Nigerians are right to say there has been an unequal and irregular approach to security and enforcement in the country, advising the federal government to stop the blame game and take action.“It’s not for me to tell the president to prepare itself because it’s going to be a huge squawk when the truth about how Kanu was arrested comes out. People are alleging this or that. That is one phase whether Nigeria has acted outside international law.
Soyinka said, “The second issue, however, has to do with Kanu’s conduct outside the nation. There’s been a level of hate rhetoric which has been unfortunate, from Kanu. Hate rhetoric is an issue that can only be judged by the laws of any nation.
“Was it right ‘to have been kidnapped?’ You can say intercepted as much as you want but I think Kanu was kidnapped. That is wrong internationally and morally.
“The government can not wash itself clean on what seems to be a kind of comparative energy in pursuing the destabilised forces in the nation.”