Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka and Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, have joined forces to call on Nigerians to defend their ancestral lands in the wake of plan by the federal government of Nigeria to establish RUGA settlements for nomadic herdsmen in the country.
The move which caused public outcry has been suspended by the federal government. The duo made the call after a meeting on July 4 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The communique at the end of the meeting read, “The colonial contraption known as Nigeria cannot survive another upheaval in the nature of the civil war of Biafran secession.
All efforts must therefore be made to anticipate and douse socio-political flare-ups that advance the chances of a recurrence of such a conflict, no matter how reduced in scale, its devastating effects on Nigerian humanity, and erosion of the prospects of continuance as a cohesive entity.