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Prof. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate, has advised the federal government to cease chasing Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho.
According to Soyinka, expressing a desire to quit a federation is neither criminal nor unlawful.
“How can you classify the desire to be separated as a criminal act?” That sort of wording does not exist in the constitution or in the legislation.
“It does not exist in the catalogue of immoralities because it is not an immoral act or position to say that you want to stop being part of an entity or you want to join an entity,” he said.
Soyinka stated this during an interview with BBC News Pidgin on Monday.
He subsequently gave examples of people who left a federation or a union to form or join another state including the Bakassi people of Southern Nigeria who seceded to Cameroon.
He also added his voice to others who have condemned the attack on Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho’s residence describing it as “bizarre”.
The Nation had earlier reported that the DSS on Thursday paraded 13 of Igboho’s guards and close associates in Abuja. The DSS also said it killed two of his associates in a gun duel.
Though Igboho had escaped the raid, his house and cars were riddled with bullets while bloodstains splattered over the floors of the house.