Herdsmen have declared war on Nigeria, ‘IPOB didn’t come this far yet declared terrorists’ – Wole Soyinka

Nigerian Nobel Prize winner, Professor Wole Soyinka has described the incessant attacks and killings by the killer herdsmen in many parts of Nigeria as a declaration of war on the country.

Soyinka made the position known in a statement released on Wednesday.

He also warned President Muhammadu Buhari against treating the case of the herdsmen lightly, saying he should avoid falling into the same trap former president Goodluck Jonathan fell into with the Boko Haram sect.

According to Soyinka, President Muhammadu Buhari and his government are in denial like former President Goodluck Jonathan refused to accept that schoolgirls had been kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

Jonathan had first thought that the reports of the kidnap of 276 girls were not real. It took two weeks for him to act.

Soyinka wrote, “We have been here before – now, ‘before’ is back with a vengeance.


He said while the government was quick to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation, it has treated the killings by the herdsmen like they are “the norm.”

The Nobel laureate wondered why President Muhammed Buhari “appears to believe that killer herdsmen who strike again and again at will from one corner of the nation to the other, are merely hot-tempered citizens whose scraps occasionally degenerate into ‘communal clashes”.

“I am not aware that IPOB came anywhere close to this homicidal propensity and will to dominance before it was declared a terrorist organization. For the avoidance of doubt, let me state right here, and yet again, that IPOB leadership is its own worst enemy”he said.



About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

One Response to “Herdsmen have declared war on Nigeria, ‘IPOB didn’t come this far yet declared terrorists’ – Wole Soyinka”

  1. Dat shows dat Nigeria can never be one . one Nigeria is a total crime against humanity

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