Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that Nigeria need to seek non partisan approach towards solving the problem posed by the Boko Haram sect to the country.
Soyinka said this in Osogbo on Monday at colloquium organised by the Centre forBlack Culture and International Understanding entitled “Fundamental Imperatives of Cohabitation Faith and Secularism.”
Soyinka, who is the Chairman of CBCIU said that the killings by the sect transcended partisan politics saying every Nigerian irrespective of religious or political leaning must rise up against it.
He described the incessant killings by the sect as nothing but a war with the nation.
He said, “What is happening now goes beyond politics. I think there should be a non partisan approach to it. Enough atrocities have been committed, programmed structured atrocities with a goal in view.
“What is happening is not unique to Nigeria and I think there are histories we can learn from either to reject solutions there or play varitions on them. but a truthful and obejctive analysis of them. This is not a partisan situation.
“I said it about four years ago before David Mark and one governor that this is a war situation. It is internal war, it cant call called civil war but this nation is at war with itself. A war situation is a non partisan situation. This is no the time to start playing politics with what is approaching. It is happening again in Abuja. We can’t contribute to smear mentholatum over leprosy. It doesn’t get us anywhere.”
He described the killing of students in Bunu Yadi in Borno State and the killing of students traveling to write last Saturday Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination as highly condemnable.
He said that thinking that what is happening in the North did not concern those down South was erroneous belief because
Soyinka said that the emergence of religious centers along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway constituted nuisance to travelers on the ever busy roads while blaming the Christian for starting it.
He said that the Muslims waited for a long time before some of them joined saying the road would have been totally blocked if traditional religions worshipers also had placed their camps along the highway.