Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to prepare for a ‘huge squawk’ because Nigeria will be in trouble over the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
GoldenNewsNG recalls that Nnamdi Kanu was extradited to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27, to face trial after he jumped bail and fled the country in 2017.
Speaking with BBC Pidgin on Monday, July 5, Soyinka described the arrest of the IPOB leader as ‘kidnap’, adding that it is wrong internationally and morally.
The Noble Laureate said the president should prepare himself because there is going to be an uproar in the country when the truth about Nnamdi Kanu was arrested becomes known.
He said, “It’s not for me to tell the president to prepare itself because it’s going to be a huge squawk when the truth about how Kanu was arrested comes out. People are alleging this or that. That is one phase whether Nigeria has acted outside international law.
“The second issue, however, has to do with Kanu’s conduct outside the nation. There’s been a level of hate rhetoric which has been unfortunate, from Kanu. Hate rhetoric is an issue that can only be judged by the laws of any nation.
“Was it right ‘to have been kidnapped?’ You can say intercepted as much as you want but I think Kanu was kidnapped. That is wrong internationally and morally.
“The government can not wash itself clean on what seems to be a kind of comparative energy in pursuing the destabilised forces in the nation,” he added.