Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to apologize to Sunday Igboho and desist from hounding him after officials of the Department of State Service (DSS) invaded his home.
The DSS conducted a military operation in Igboho’s house in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, July 1, during which two of his associates were killed.
Igboho has been campaigning for the actualization of a “Yoruba Nation” as a response to what he has described as a “Fulani invasion” of the South-West. In a desperate reaction, the DSS invaded his home, claiming to have carted away arms and ammunition.
He was later placed on the Wanted list of the DSS.
Soyinka who had a media chat on Monday, July 5, said the government’s actions and rationale for invading Igboho’s home “stinks.”
“My advice to the government is that they should stop pursuing Igboho as a criminal, because you have begun by acting in a criminal fashion against him.
“If and when Igboho comes to trial, I guarantee you the government will be very embarrassed.
“I think they should tell Igboho ‘we made a mistake’, ‘we should not have acted in this way’, ‘you are no longer wanted’, ‘go back to your home’. In fact, escort him to his home and let him resume his normal life,” he said.
Soyinka noted that Igboho’s fight for freedom was caused by criminal acts of enemies of Nigeria who “appear to be supported by the force of the State.”
Soyinka, however, bared his mind on the campaign for self determination saying that he doesn’t “like the sound of a Yoruba Nation” any more than he likes the sound of a Tiv or Igbo nation, but he said the country must be restructured through the decentralisation of power.