- The federal government has been urged by Wole Soinka to end the ongoing killings, warning that Nigeria is at risk of genocide
- He also called on the international community to intervene in the crisis
- According to him, the federal government is treating the killings like a ‘malignant tumour with vaseline'
Noble Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called on the international community to intervene in the series of herdsmen killings across the country.
According to Soyinka, the intervention is necessary to avoid a repeat of the Rwanda genocide in Nigeria.
He also asked the federal government to take a decisive action to end what he described as the ongoing ethnic cleansing in some parts of the country.
The Nobel Laureate made the comments while leading a delegation of Association of Nigerian Authors to meeting with the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, May 24, at the Government House in Makurdi.
He further accused the federal government of treating the killings in the state and other parts of the country like a ‘malignant tumour with vaseline.’
Soyinka’s visit to the state comes few days after two Catholic Priests and 17 parishioners killed by suspected herdsmen, were laid to rest.
On his part, Governor Ortom informed the literate icon that three persons were again killed on Tuesday, May 22, along Naka road while returning from the burial of the priests.
At the end of the meeting, both leaders called for a quick military response to the crisis, backed by the international community which can effectively end the herdsmen menace across the country.
Meanwhile, thousands of Catholic faithful from the Archdiocese of Abuja on Tuesday, May 22, joined their counterparts all over the nation to protest the killing of the two priests and 17 worshipers in a church in Benue state.
The protest which kicked off from the National Christian Centre began with a holy mass at 10am before the commencement of the procession which shut down major roads in Nigeria's capital.
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Led by top Bishops in the Archdiocese, the protesters sang solemn songs and lamented the inability of the federal government to halt the killings.
Benue elders speak on herdsmen attacks on NAIJ.com TV