Fulanisation Agenda: Soyinka backs Obasanjo, berates FG
NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has berated the
Federal Government for attacking former President Olusegun
Obasanjo over the latter’s comments that Boko Haram
insurgency and herdsmen crisis had become an agenda to
‘Fulanise’ West Africa and ‘Islamise’ Africa.
Festival consultant Professor Wole Soyinka delivers
a speech during the opening of the fourth edition of
African drum festival at the Abeokuta city centre
amphitheatre in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, on
April 25, 2019. – The fourth edition of African drum
festival with theme “Drumming for Futureî has
opened with international workshops by culture
scholars and performances by troupes from various
regions across the world in Abeokuta, southwest
Nigeria. (Photo AFP)
Obasanjo made the comment on Saturday in Delta State
while the Federal Government, in a statement by Minister of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday,
lampooned Obasanjo, saying he was seeking to divide
Nigeria in his old age.
However, Soyinka flayed the Federal Government for
ignoring the call for collaborative efforts to combat
insecurity as suggested by Obasanjo.
Soyinka spoke at the United Bank for Africa, UBA,
symposium, tagged: “Africa’s history redefined: Our past, a
path to the future.’’
Soyinka, whose relationship with Obasanjo is far from
cordial, said with collaboration, “unity is possible even in
the plurality of our languages.”
He said: “However, everybody knows that my relationship
with Obasanjo is not too cordial but at the same time, we
should be very careful not to be dismissive. If there is a
substance, the language must be put aside for a moment.
“I heard the Minister of Information, and I had the feeling
that they are leaving aside the substance and worrying too
much about the language. Obasanjo was calling for a
meeting of stakeholders on a very serious aspect of social
menace this country is under going.
“This country is under going a horrendous descent into the
abyss. The perfect picture of Africa is what we must
continue to uphold in view as leaders have used the word
‘unity’ to destroy our people.
“The issue of Boko Haram is currently being discussed in
the House of parliament in England in relation to Africa’s