Herdsmen Are New Breed Of Boko Haram – Soyinka

NOBEL laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka on Tuesday described armed herdsmen as the new breed of Boko Haram terrorists.

Soyinka stated this while speaking with journalists in Lagos. He called for an organised resistance to the herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“The important thing is the consciousness of a need for organised resistance against the incursion of cows.

“In Ogun State, we have formed a sort of informal organisation called OSHA, Ogun State Hunters Association and we intend to collaborate with similar movements, the police and the military,” he said.

The Nobel laureate said further that he is not happy with ‘the body language’ of the government in handling the matter.

He also condemned the proposal for the establishment of cattle colony, insisting that ranching is the preferred option to resolve the crisis.

When asked what he would tell President Muhammadu Buhari if he meets him face to face, Soyinka said, “I will say to him, Mr President, I think you are under a trance.”

“Too many things are happening now which made me say that. I think he is under a trance.”

He added that the sooner the President gets out of the trance, the better for the nation.

When asked to explain the form of trance which he thinks the President was in, the Nobel laureate said he does not know but this is can be attributed to the ‘errors’ by the Buhari-led administration.

“I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance the reinstatement of the fellow who was sacked from NHIS (suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf). He was reinstated by the President.

“What is that about? What is going on? It is a certain kind of alienation from reality is going on,” Soyinka said.