Igbo Group Ask Soyinka to Apologies to Igbos for Comments

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A week after the Nigeria Born Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka granted an interview to Reuters, an international news agency in which he affirmed that the Boko Haram insurgence in north central Nigeria is worse than the Biafran Civil War.

A socio-political Igbo group has asked the Professor to tender a public apology to the Igbo people for what it termed his belittling of the people.

According to a Daily Trust report, the group faulted Soyinka’s statement saying his statement is a direct abuse of the sensibilities of Ndigbos.

The national leader of the group, Chekwas Okorie in a statement in Abuja, said Soyinka could have captured the essence of his statement on the unity of Nigeria without deviating to liken the civil war which lasted for 30-months and captured the attention of the whole world with the Boko Haram insurgency that is plaguing the nation.

Chief Okorie on behalf of the group described Soyinka’s statement as insensitive, reckless and irresponsible. The group said it is unfortunate that an elite university academic like Soyinka could open old wounds and provoke Ndigbos unnecessarily by reducing Biafra to a sole Igbo agenda that “could have torn Nigeria up into ethnic regions.”

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