- President Buhari has been urged by Prof Wole Soyinka to end the herdsmen crisis by the end of July; otherwise, he would have failed completely
- He noted that Nigeria’s food security could be jeopardized by the displacement of farmers who were the major victims of the herdsmen and Boko Haram attacks
- The Nobel laureate called for the transformation of instruments of war and destruction into instruments of production and creativity
Prof Wole Soyinka, renowned public figure and Nobel laureate, has stated that if the federal government fails to stop the rampaging killer herdsmen and return displaced persons to their homes by the end of July, President Muhammadu Buhari will become a total failure, Punch reports.
He made the comment during the inauguration of the 2018 OAU Ife Festival of Foods and Identity at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state.
NAIJ.com gathers that Soyinka pointed out that it was farmers who were mostly victims of the herdsmen and Boko Haram attacks; and warned that Nigeria’s food security could be jeopardized by their displacement.
He stated: “Our mission in life is to beat the sword into ploughshare. This means that machetes, hoes, the instruments of cultivation, planting, and creating sustenance we must fashion out of the instruments of destruction; we must overcome the instruments of destruction.
“And my message to all those who are concerned is that between the launching of this logo and festival today and the outward manifestation of the festival itself (end of July), we should have seen signs that this battle between the sword and the ploughshare is reversed."
According to Soyinka, Nigerians would be given fulfillment as a people of culture, peace and harmony, if the instruments of war and destruction are transformed into instruments of production and creativity.
He said: “Between the annunciation of this festival and the manifestation of the festival itself, we want to see from this government a reversal of a seeming triumph of the gun; and if that has not taken place, let us not lie to ourselves, it means we have no government.
“If those who had been displaced, the farmers who have been displaced in their hundreds from various parts of this nation, especially the North, if those farmers have not been taken back and restored to their productive environment, then it means we have no government. Let us all join hands to beat the sword, the guns into ploughshares.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Professor Wole Soyinka described the incessant attacks and killings by the killer herdsmen in many parts of Nigeria as a declaration of war on the country.
Soyinka who made this known in a statement released, also warned President Muhammadu Buhari against treating the case of the herdsmen lightly. He advised Buhari to avoid falling into the same trap former president Goodluck Jonathan fell into with the Boko Haram sect.
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