Metro Soyinka in Trouble as Igbo Group Condemns Comparison of Boko Haram Crisis with Biafra War



Igboezue, an Igbo socio-political organisation has blasted Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka for comparing the Boko haram insurgency with the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.

According to DAILY INDEPENDENT, a statement issued by Chekwas Okorie, National President of the group described Soyinka’s comment as an "assault and shocking".

The group said that Soyinka's statement was insulting to sensibilities of the Igbo nation. Okorie who further described Soyinka's statement as "unguarded, insensitive, reckless, irresponsible and reprehensible" however stated that someone like Soyinka, who played a historical role in that war up to the level of being suspected by the federal military government at the time, of collaborating with the then Biafra leader, late General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, for the injustices and massacre of the Igbo, should not be the one to make such statements.

In an interview with Reuters, Soyinka was quoted saying, "The bloodshed is now worse than during the 1967-1970 Biafra war, when a secessionist attempt by the Eastern Igbo people nearly tore Nigeria up into ethnic regions. We have never been confronted with butchery on this scale, even during the civil war. There were atrocities (during Biafra), but we never had such a near predictable level of carnage and this is what is horrifying".

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