Prof. Wole Soyinka has revealed that he is one of the prominent Nigerians marked by the dreaded Boko Haram sect for assassination.
The Nobel Laureate, in an interview with TheNEWS magazine revealed that he was not only on the sect’s assassination list but ‘very close to the top’.
Prof. Wole Soyinka said he has reported this to the security operatives in the country and they confirmed the information but he expressed disappointment that the security operatives have not taken action on the threat.
“The reason for this programme (elimination) which I know is very much their third phase, is that those pushing this agenda know very well that this could be the last straw that will break the camel’s back. And they would rather this country broke up and possibly in an inferno than continue to accept the loss, even though temporal loss of power in this country. For these people, government is the only business around.”
The Nobel Laureate also stated that cannot be intimidated into submission by the Boko Haram or any other violent group.
Soyinka said he was not against dialogue but the Boko Haram sect did not make public their demands so that they could sit at a round table with government.
He was quoted saying;
“I believe that one should not beg for existence. If the price of not coming to table is that you want to eliminate me, and you can do so, please do so. I am 77.
“Please, come to the debating table, but you will not persuade me simply because you have the capacity to blow me and my family up. You can simply go ahead, blow us up if you think that is the way you can do your conversation. But you will not bomb me to sit with you at table,”