Biafra: Soyinka urges Buhari to apply caution, diplomacy
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, wants the Federal Government to employ more diplomacy in handling the agitation for the Republic of BiafraYINKA
According to him, statements like “Nigeria is indivisible”, “This won't happen under my watch,” “Nigeria's unity is non-negotiable” would not help matters.
Soyinka, who spoke in an interview onChannels Television programme, Channels Books' Club, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to approach the agitation in a more diplomatic way, pointing out that he had said earlier that Biafra cannot be defeated.
According to him, “Once an idea has taken off, you may defeat those behind it in a war but that does not mean the end of the idea.”
But he lamented that he had been misunderstood at the time.
He said the attitude of the government should be to sit down with the those leading the renewed agitation and ask: “What can we do to make the Igbo feel part of the country, what can we do to make them to feel that they belong and not alienated.
“This is what we are ready to push for in the overall governance content of the country. It is not to be carrying on that this will not happen under my watch; Nigeria is indivisible, Nigeria's unity is non-negotiable, he stated”
Recent agitation for the Republic of Biafra was spurred by the arrest of Director of outlawed Biafra Radio,Nnamdi Kanu.
The protesters had taken over the Niger Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State blocking traffic and it took the intervention of security agents before they could be dislodged, leaving some persons dead in its wake.
The leaders of the protests are asking for a referendum in which the people of the eastern Nigeria would vote whether to remain within the Nigerian federation or not.
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