Fulani herdsmen attack Soyinka’s home in Abeokuta

Soyinka and herdsmen with guns
Soyinka and herdsmen with guns

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday reportedly attacked the home of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

The herdsmen reportedly arrived Soyinka’s home, Abeokuta on Tuesday afternoon, but the police were said to have arrived the house on time over the matter.

Soyinka is said to be in Lagos as at Wednesday.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ogun Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi said he could not speak on the matter as he and others were on their way to Soyinka’s house.

He said he would speak later after visiting the place to see things for himself.

However, unconfirmed source said some herdsmen have been arrested in connection with the case.

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The reported attack is coming few days after Soyinka told President Muhammadu Buhari to speak out urgently, to stop the herdsmen crisis before it snowballed into a civil war.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Soyinka had said the herdsmen crisis is already a war now “right on our door steps”.

He said it is expectedly triggering some kind of mobilisation and stressed the urgent need for resolution.

“If we continue to wait for the resolution to be centrally handled, we are all going to become, if not already, slaves in our land”, he said.

He said the situation is simply intolerable and unacceptable.

He said he has made Governor Dapo Abiodun to understand what was going on.

“We are here not just to live, but live in dignity. Right now our dignity is being rubbished”, he said.

Soyinka who lives in Abeokuta inside a forest said his own space has been violated by the herdsmen.

“My forest has been taken over. It’s been shrinking, shrinking. My normal hunting rounds have been shrinking, shrinking”.

He said he has been warned by his family not to venture into the forest again for any game hunting.

Soyinka said Buhari’s silence amid the atrocities committed by the herdsmen, meant he is complicit to their crimes.

9 COMMENTS

  1. The fact that Fulani Herdsmen can override and take over any town, house, home, District and forest in South West including Wole Soyinka’s forest home means that the Fulani herdsmen has been deployed under night cover, protected by Nigerian military to position themselves in every corners of South West, South South, South East and Middle belt in anticipation of carrying out civil war in Nigeria. The alarm raised by Wole Soyinka for President Buhari to act and avoid turning this provocation by Fulani on other tribes in Nigeria should not be under estimated. The Sunday Igboho team, Amotekun vanguards, local hunters, Bashorun Gani Adams Oudua Congress etc should brace up for possible Fulani invasion of their land. They should not sleep or allowed to be caught & attacked like unprepared chicken by a well armed with modern ammunition Hausa Fulani fire power. South West should work in unity with others in South East & South south to be preparing for eventual attacks. South West, East & South SHOULDN’T be caught unaware or unprepared. The Fulani’s are right in your backyard fully armed. The Federal Government of President Buhari is only out to protect the Fulani’s against other tribes in Nigeria for Northern extension of Buhari/ Northern presidency in 2023..

    • Upon all this your baseless allegation it confirmed by good authority that the fulani man was just sighted seaching his stray cow, you already mislead whoever read your comment God will not forgive yoo

    • God allowed you to choose between good and evil, and Nigeria choose evil. That is the will power given to man.
      You can also exercise that will power to free yourself. Check history, God only help the man who is ready to reverse evil trends and does not take the man out of his docility to help him change trends.
      Wait until the evils consume the land.
      I can assure you that if it becomes so bad, Fulani West Africa will retreat back to their base and leave Nigeria Fulanis to cope with their albatross.
      No man desecrate nature and enjoy peace.
      I can bet you, it will be too hot, by which time members of the armed forces would have taken their real ethnic identities.

  2. Where is he running to? He should stay and wait for the outcome of his rally with Amaechi and co in Port Harcourt to herald Buhari’s accession through deceit.
    I recalled they retreated to eat Iyan and Egusi in the evening of that rally. That was the day he sold his birth right.
    He must wait to face the music.

    I sense that when Lagos become too hot from the Fulani adventurists, he will bolt away from Nigeria. Shame on a coward called at his old age

    Na wa for the man who set his house on fire and ran away.

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