Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka says the sovereignty of Nigeria is now in the hands of insurgents and murdering herdsmen who have no respect for national integrity.
Soyinka spoke exclusively with ARISE News on a range of burning national issues and noted that the security situation in the country has gone beyond a Nigerian problem and called on authorities to seek outside help.
“The country’s security situation now concerns the lowest commoner citizen in this nation because that lowest individual has become a prime target. So it’s a collective issue,” Soyinka said.
“I am not surprised therefore that some governors have reached a point where they say let’s seek outside help. It is something which I have said also, I am not saying mercenaries necessarily, but I am saying this has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.
“And instead of that, what do I hear, someone gets on the podium and says the sovereignty of this nation cannot be challenged, please let us not hear any more of that rubbish.
“The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of the murdering herdsmen, the sovereignty of this nation has already been taken over by Boko Haram, it has been taken over by ISWAP, it’s been taken over by those who absolutely do not have the slightest respect for what is called national integrity, so why do we keep hearing this chorus.”