Those Who Lost Out In Power Behind Insecurity – Wole Soyinka
Renowned Nigerian Nobel Laureate for literature, Professor Wole Soyinka has agreed with President Jonathan that the Boko Haram insurgency currently underway in Nigeria is worse than the Nigerian Civil War of between 1967 and 1970. Speaking to the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, Soyinka had said amongst other things that he feared Nigeria was heading for a civil war.
“We see the nation heading towards a civil war.” Soyinka was also asked whether the unrest threatened the state of Nigeria itself, and replied: “It is going that way. We no longer can pretend it’s not. “When you’ve got a situation where a bunch of people can go into a place of worship and open fire through the windows, you’ve reached a certain dismal watershed in the life of that nation. ”
Soyinka said the issues raised by Islamist group Boko Haram, which was blamed for violence targeting Christians in the north of Nigeria and has sparked fears of a wider religious conflict, had been brewing for some time.
“There are people in power in certain parts of the country, leaders, who quite genuinely and authoritatively hate and cannot tolerate any religion outside their own,”he said.
“When you combine that with the ambitions of a number of people who believe they are divinely endowed to rule the country and who… believe that their religion is above whatever else binds the entire nation together, and somehow the power appears to slip from their hands, then they resort to the most extreme measures.
“Youths who have been indoctrinated right from infancy can be used, and who have been used, again and again to create mayhem in the country”