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Soyinka On Boko Haram’s Hit List – PM News


In a down-to-earth interview with TheNEWS magazine which is circulated within outside Nigeria this week, Soyinka revealed that he was not only on the sect’s assassination list but very close to the top.
Soyinka said he has reported this to the security operatives in the country and they confirmed the information but he expressed disappointment that the security operatives have not taken action on the threat.
He said: “The reason for this programme (elimination) which I know is very much their third phase, is that those pushing this agenda know very well that this could be the last straw that will break the camel’s back. And they would rather this country broke up and possibly in an inferno than continue to accept the loss, even though temporal loss of power in this country. For these people, government is the only business around.”
The Nobel Laureate said he was not against dialogue but the Boko Haram sect did not make public their demands so that they could sit at a round table with government.
He added that dialogue does not require a group to constitute itself into a terror, stating that PRONACO which he joined during former President Obasanjo’s administration successful organised its conference, amended the constitution of Nigeria and presented the document to the government without violence.
Soyinka said he cannot be cowed into submission by the Boko Haram or any other violent group, stressing, “I believe that one should not beg for existence. If the price of not coming to table is that you want to eliminate me, and you can do so, please do so. I am 77.
“Please, come to the debating table, but you will not persuade me simply because you have the capacity to blow me and my family up. You can simply go ahead, blow us up if you think that is the way you can do your conversation. But you will not bomb me to sit with you at table,” he insisted.
Soyinka said President Jonathan is underestimating the desperation of the forces behind the Boko Haram sect not considering the Islamic struggle in countries like Iraq where fundamentalist Islamic groups attack one another even in their sanctuary of worship and they retaliate with higher casualty figure.

6 Responses to “Soyinka On Boko Haram’s Hit List – PM News”

  1. Mario says:

    Boko haram or no boko haram Nigeria and Nigerians will get to her promise land bcos they(boko haram) r not enough and have no power to stop GOD’s w.i.l.l for this great nation of ours…

  2. Mario says:

    Boko haram or no boko haram Nigeria and Nigerians will get to her promise land bcos they(boko haram) have no power to stop GOD ‘s w i l l for this great nation of ours…

  3. Mario says:

    Boko haram has no power or funds to carry out their threats on Nigeeria or anybody but they have people that tells ‘em wht to do or act on. If Ibb,Atiku and d rest of them they should do what ever that pleases them. Sir Soyinka has said it all that u can beg any one for ur existence,but I believe that Almighty GOD is in control “they” r only doin their own… His coming to pay all of them wih their own coins someday some how,d facts still remain that it will come just but a day… D changes and d new Nigeria,we all want.

  4. Icon of Peace says:

    Soyinka is playing the tribal part.Always talking about people losing power.The people he is talking about are still in power.Possibly the only change now is the top.They have no tribe or religion.They understand same language,POWER and GREED.May be he forgot when he was invited to come CHOP in FRSC.
    If a Nobel Laureat does’nt know that is unfortunate.

  5. Oluwashola says:

    Of what gain will boko haram want to kill Wole Shoyinka?

  6. mathewbanji says:

    God! when will this bombing stop?

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