Ace Playwright, Prof. Wole Soyinka, likens the federal government’s proposed Ruga settlements for Fulani herders across the country to a tinderbox which if carried out will set the country on fire.
The Nobel Laureate also said President Muhammade Buhari deserved to lose his reelection bid due to the lackadaisicality with which he handled the Fulani herders menace allowing it to escalate and cost many their lives and properties.
Soyinka is one among several others who have openly opposed what the federal government insisted is a measure to suffocate the prolonged herders-farmers clashes which has cost thousands of life.
He spoke Tuesday in Lagos at the floating of the United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG Programme.
Soyinka said: “Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care. But why do we not take our policies from good models? This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle.
“I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cattle walks up to the window of my house in Abeokuta, a house which is located in a residential area, then there’s a problem.
“When cattle go to Ijebu Ode and eat up their plant seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet?”
He went further to say “President Buhari deserved to have lost the last election for the lackadaisical attitude he took to the issue of cattle rearing in the country.
“People have been killed in hundreds just because of the failure of leadership at a critical time. And the cattle herders have been given a sense of impunity. They kill without any compunction; they drive away the farmers who have been contributing to the food solutions in the country; the cattle eat their crops and then you come up with Ruga.
“I think that there is going to be trouble in this country if this Ruga thing is not handled imaginatively and with humanity as priority. Any country where cattle take priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage.”