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Soyinka Warns Nigerian Army Against Attack On IPOB Members, Says Torture Video May Be Fake

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September 21, 2017 – Soyinka Warns Nigerian Army Against Attack On IPOB Members, Says Viral Torture Video Could Be A Propaganda

Professor Wole Soyinka has called on FG to urgently investigate allegations of maltreatment of Biafra supporters in the Eastern part of the country by the military with the aim of punishing those found culpable.

Soyinka spoke yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria at the Christopher Okigbo Conference, with the theme: “Legacy of Christopher Okigbo-50 years”. The event was put together to mark the golden jubilee of the passage of Okigbo.

He said:

“There is a video clip going viral showing allegedly the dehumanisation of Biafran supporters in the East. It shows some civilians being made to run a gantlet of whips and then being made to crawl, being lined up in a pond of mud… I do not say this video is genuine. It could be IPOB propaganda, it is possible but I am saying to the military that you can’t afford to stay silent when that kind of documented allegation is making the round of the world.

“The image of the military very often is the image of the nation. I want the military and the government to examine this video and the source and let the nation know whether the soldiers that participated in it have been identified and have been punished or prove to the nation that this is pure propaganda video. Such thing has been done before. It happened in Baga in the North, and that is the mission as my message on behalf of Christopher Okigbo to the military and to the government. We want an answer”.

The Nobel laureate regretted that the situation that propelled Okigbo to join the Biafra army and fight for freedom till he died was still very present in the country.

“I am looking at history repeating itself. We are celebrating Christopher who was a poetic embodiment of that movement at that particular time and who put his life on the line for a conviction that sent him out. When we were still thinking of meeting him here for a literary conference, meeting him there for a conference, Chris was already committed. And when the moment came, it was not enough that he smuggled in arms, he went in, joined the others and took up arms for his conviction. I am looking at this young people on the street behind the banner, organising, once again, reaching that stage when they also are preparing to put their lives on the line.

“And it is not enough to talk Python Dance or Crocodile Smile, these borrowings from other people’s language and to say we are ready for you anytime and while the other side says oh yes, we are waiting like Trump and the rocket man in North Korea, the unbalance of terror and so on, and this is what we are now echoing on a mini scale in this country.

A mini scale but with enormous consequences for all of us and it seems as if we are about to repeat history but at its worst. Maybe it is about time again that we writers, colleagues of Christopher make a concerted move to avert this disaster which politicians have the habit of getting us into.

“Each time I hear python dance, crocodile smile and what goes along it that we are not mobilising against anybody or group and that it is kidnappers we are after, I ask are you talking to children? What is this language? This morning, I picked up newspapers and in them, the Air force said they are joining in the dance. So they fly up there to look for kidnappers?”



  1. Keep it real

    September 21, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Lawless country the military won’t give you an answer because that’s the products of the nation. The president was away from duty for over 3 months and nothing happened and have no apologie to anyone so Mr Soyinka if you are looking for an answer from the military for their stupid python dance activities in igbo-land then be ready to wait forever.

  2. A.z

    September 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    prof you enormously and brilliantly open up to broadcast this truth. thanks for joining your kind to stand and walk through the road of truth

  3. uzoma

    September 21, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Candid talk prof.

  4. chris

    September 21, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    prof thanks for your contributions.those videos are real. Biafra is not negotiable.government shed build more prison

  5. Endurance

    September 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Professor Wole Soyinka is an intelligent man with sound mind. The authenticity of the viral videos need to be verify in order for the regime to be fully held accountable by the world powers for it barbaric and atrocious acts against unarmed Igbo youths in the southeast. And the verification must come from an independent body of enquiry perhaps from the United Nation representatives, because Nigeria military are expert when it comes to fabricating of lies. The deployment of air force along with Nigerian army to the southeastern region shows the disdain and the evil agenda of the regime towards Igbo ethnic group. And the fact is that, there shall be retribution for there action no doubt.


      September 22, 2017 at 3:20 PM

      Historically the Igbo propagada machinary is only equalled to the Russians, the Igbos engaged in propaganda long before the onset the 1967 Biafran war and now with the mergence of social media, the art and acts of Igbos’ propagada machinery has been strenghened to a gargantsn level. Its obvious the Igbos will never back off the game they how to play best, its always their game at all time to accuse everybody of everything wrong but close their eyes to their own interrelational tribal engement with others. Igbos should look inward critically and check their own charracteristics before pointing fingers at others.

  6. Danti

    September 21, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    So baba oni essay dey take side; abi wetin be this amphigory self? Professor must understand that no country among the G-7 would tolerate any form of separatist movement in their domain, why is Nigeria so backward in everything? Every incorrigible bastard that form any movement to destabilize the country must be ruthlessly dealt with. The military are to restore order by force at all times regardless who the monkeys are. Unscrupulous and depraved human scums will not be allowed to lord over us; who dem be? Baba de essay(Soyinka) can say whatever he likes, seditious activities must be overwhelmingly dealt with .

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