Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has warned that activities of Fulani herdsmen in the Southern part of the country may lead Nigeria into another civil war.
The elder statesman called on those in authority to act urgently before the situation gets out of control.
Wole Soyinka spoke on BBC at the weekend in reaction to the current situation in the country, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of keeping mute over the ‘illegal’ activities of herders.
He said that Buhari’s silence shows he is complicit, adding that he would support whatever decision taken to secure people’s rights to live.
He said, “What do they expect of us now that the war is on our doorstep?”
“And whatever it takes, I stand ready to contribute in any way, and I have made my governor understand this, that we are here not just to live in, but to live in dignity.
“Right now, our dignity is being rubbished. My forest is being taken over, it’s been shrinking, my normal hunting ground is shrinking. My family tells me that if I go in depth again, they will have me institutionalised.
“I must consider him[Buhari] as quite complicit in what is going on because the buck stops at his desk.
“We may enter a phase of serious skirmishes which get more and more violent and may develop into civil war and a very untidy mercy one. That’s my biggest fear. Unless action is taken… I am very glad that the governors are coming together and are discussing in all seriousness.
”I’m happy they are pulling in groups like Miyetti Allah, obviously knocking some sense into the head of their leaders and they are talking about accepting the decision of governors and agreeing to obey.”