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Leadership of Miyetti Allah should have been arrested before IPOB’s proscription – Wole Soyinka

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NOBEL Laureate Wole Soyinka has said that leadership of the Miyetti Allah should have been arrested before the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).



Soyinka said this during an interview with BBC pidgin published on Monday while speaking on the response of the Nigerian government to secessionist agitations in the southern region of Nigeria.

IPOB, a secessionist group that seeks to establish an independent nation of south-eastern states, was proscribed and declared a terrorist group by the Nigerian government in September 2017.

When asked about sentiments shared among some Nigerians that the Federal Government was prompt to clamp down on secessionist activists than banditry, Soyinka said they were right to say that there had been an ‘unbalance, unequal irregular approach to security enforcement’ in Nigeria.

“Miyetti Allah should have been arrested ages ago, long before IPOB was declared a terrorist organisation,” Soyinka said.

The Nobel laureate said a state governor had passed a law banning open grazing, but the leadership of Miyetti Allah threatened him and carried out their threats, but they were never questioned.

He also urged the Nigerian government to stop pursuing and apologise to a Yoruba Nation campaigner Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

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