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Wole Soyinka’s Comment On Boko Haram Dialogue With FG: Don’t Talk To Mass Murderers

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Wole Soyinka’s Comment On Boko Haram Dialogue With FG: Don’t Talk To Mass Murderers

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Nov 9, 2012 – Wole Soyinka’s Comment On Boko Haram Dialogue With FG: Don’t Talk To Mass Murderers

Professor Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel literature laureate said Friday that trying to end a deadly insurgency by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram through dialogue would amount to “abysmal appeasement.”

His position contradicted the policy stance of President Goodluck Jonathan whose government has confirmed that “back-channel” talks with the group are ongoing.

“When I say, ‘don’t talk to murderers,’ that is exactly what I mean,” Soyinka told foreign media at an international conference in Lagos.

“Don’t talk to mass murderers. Don’t talk to those who have made the killing of innocent people their philosophy,” he added.

Soyinka described the violence blamed on the Islamists, which has included attacks on security forces, government officials and Christians in church, as “completely out of control.”

“Then you, the assaulted, say, ‘please, come and talk to us. Please, we don’t know what you want’ … What kind of language is that? That is the language of abysmal appeasement,” he said on the sidelines of the Kuramo Conference on development.

Nigerian security forces have so far been been unable to stamp out the violence and have themselves been accused of massive abuses in combatting the Islamists.Amnesty International has charged the military with carrying out summary executions, particularly in the northeast where Boko Haram is based, and Human Rights Watch has said the military could be guilty of crimes against humanity in combatting the group.

“There has been the condemnable scorched earth policy of the military,” Soyinka said, adding that he believed that such killings had occurred.

Africa’s first Nobel literature prize winner however described the insurgency as a “security issue” that posed a new kind of challenge for Nigeria’s military.Violence linked to Boko Haram is estimated to have claimed 2,800 lives since 2009, including killings by the security forces, with the worst violence concentrated in the mainly Muslim north of Africa’s most populous country.The group has said it wants to create an Islamic state in the north, but its demands have continuously shifted. (PM report)



  1. Henry

    November 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    All dis rich pple don dey insult boko**dey no go face dem na we d poor 9 go sufer am

  2. Ola

    November 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Baba na true you talk how could i going to speak with killers..

  3. charles

    November 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    The Proffessor is yet to give a solution, since he is against talking to the Boko Haram how does he want the Presidency to go about it. Soyinka give us a solution to BH.

  4. Kabiro

    November 10, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    It’s not talk with mass murderers; but it’s the way to end of more killing of innocent people, so lunch with ideas that can stop killing.

  5. Vincent oliver

    November 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Well l quite agree wit you professor……..but if you are in Jonathan’s shoes wat will you do to end dis mess,cause wen two elephant fight it is ground dat suffers…….masses are really suffering…………show us the way forward sir

  6. Alabi Taiwo

    November 11, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Na d poor people den go face my broda.

  7. Williams Spark

    November 12, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    NEVER NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS. Even if u give dem wat dey want nd dey stop attackin.. Another group wil rise nd start killin jst 2 get attention nd reward 4rm fed govt. Talkin 2 dis boko haram fools is nonsense. Goodluck jonathan can nail dis boko haram maniacs if he puts additional efort…

    • Nosky

      November 13, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      Your comments compelled me to write on this post. If they were to give prices to the people that commented on this posted, I belief you will take the 1st, 2nd and 3rd price because the rest people dey talk nonses.

      Illetracy na the worst problem when we get for Nija. I dont have any other comments because you said every thing. The president should handle this issues the way its is suppose to be or is he alfraid that they will throw bumb in aso rock. mishhhhh. Security 1/100 why he nor go call for dialogue

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