Soyinka’s Comparism Of Insurgency To Nigerian Civil War Reckless, Irresponsible – Igbo Group

wole-soyinka-360x225The national leader of the Igbo Ezue Group, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has attacked Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, for comparing the killings of Nigerians by Boko Haram to the genocide on the Biafran people during the Nigerian civil war.

Okorie said the statement credited to Soyinka in his interview with the AFP was grossly an overstatement, alleging that it smacked of a deliberate attempt to annoy the Igbo and the peoples that made up Biafra for the genocide they suffered in the hands of Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and the death of about two million people.

He cautioned that should Prof. Soyinka fail to apologise for his statement; as that was an attempt to re-open old wounds of the genocide, Igbo Ezue would mobilize all Igbo people not to associate with the renowned playwright and Nobel Laureate.

The political leader argued “in the extent of destruction, prosecution of the genocide, the casualty list and legitimacy, Biafra, a state with a government, could never be compared with a terrorist organisation.

“We consider Prof. Soyinka’s statement in the matter of Nigeria/Biafra war as insensitive, reckless and irresponsible. It is even more reprehensible, considering the fact that to some small extent, Soyinka was involved in that war to the point of being suspected by the Nigerian government at that time of conniving and collaborating with Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Head of State of the defunct Republic of Biafra.

“To correct part of the deliberate misrepresentation as contained in Soyinka’s unguarded statement, we wish to state that the mandate given to Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu to declare the Independent State of Biafra was given to him by the then Eastern Nigeria Consultative Assembly and a large part of Mid-Western Region in the present South-East and South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

“It was mischievous of Prof. Soyinka to reduce Biafra to a sole Igbo agenda that could have torn Nigeria up into ethnic regions”.

He continued: “The war was fought on land, air and sea. Starvation, as a legitimate instrument of warfare, was deployed as strategic policy of the Nigerian Government to annihilate not just the Igbo people but also the people of Eastern Region and the present Delta State. Market places and institutions of learning from primary to university institutions came under heavy bombardment by the Nigeria Air force resulting to the closure of these institutions for as long as the war lasted. Many Biafrans of school age lost a minimum of three years in their academic pursuit.

“On the other hand, the Boko Haram insurgency is for all intents and purposes, a faceless terrorist organisation confined in some remote places in the North-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria. As gruesome and horrendous as the attacks of the terrorists may be, it is clear that the school system in the North-East geopolitical zone is on-going”, Okorie said.


  1. Wole soyinka has made himself a political thug of Tinubu,untill he disassociate himself,he may not gain or be accorded wit d kind of respect he used to get,he neva sees anytin good abt dis present administration,

  2. cheif chekwas Okorie seeing not knowing the meaning of be rebellion and terrorisim. first place U ppl was fighting for what? Biafra state. Boko Haram fighting for what? Islamist state. Biafra peak arms, likewish Boko Haram. Biafra kills who so ever go against there opinnion, likewish BokoHaram do. maybe the cheif dont no the meaning of the to worlds. Terrorisim this are group of ppl who feel the Govt is not doing well or be feel injustice and from there all indication onlyway for them is to terroris the Govt. They are out of negosiation or settlement unless they are overpower by the govt. The rebelion are also the same act,when some group of ppl feel cheated by govt of the day there reaction is the same with terrorist but they ascept dialogue or round table talk. So the prof did not hold u any apology what he say is true. if u are the north u will real know there cause from origined but for know nobody want to there cause bcos they did not follow the right way of expressing there feeling. there are more to say!.

    • My Dear, Chief is 100% Right. Boko Haram are faceless group of people or sector. they kill but the innocent Christians and the Innocent Muslims. Please go back and read the history of Nigeria/Biafara civil War.

  3. This soyinka’s statement shows the whole world the kind of hatred,and untruthfull of so called nigeria elders in the country.If not a shameless man,how can he compare the insurgents to nigeria/biafra war,or should i say that his sences had expired like those ones whose houses are on fire and they were right there in abuja confusing and chasing shadows in the name of confrence which at end they must come back home without result,ifact if i may sujest i will advise this our fake govt. to stop their loothing agender and grant the north and their boko haram freedom to islamise their region now that some of their brothers in army has has join boko harams,and until u guys give us our ”biafra”ur sin of merginalising us will continue to hount u “nigeria-and ur thief leader”biafra is home for peace,

  4. Before I respond to Shoyinkas comparison between Biafran and boko haram, I will first advice the bushy headed prof to first go and cut this his bushy hair so we could know exactly where he is reasoning from, because with this his latest comparison no doubt he is reasoning from his anus and that may be as a result of so many maggots beneat the hair that barricated fresh air from ventilating into his tinny skull..
    So therefore to Mr Shoyiinka no comment to you now until you begin to reason like human being and get that your hair skinned.

  5. Permit me to say this this Tribalist Soyinka is suffering from Poverty of words,if he was called to grant an interviews and he don,t know what to say he should have emulate his co dead Yoruba leader who says dat he will only siddon and look,I can c dat dis yorubas lacks ambition they are comfortable where they are hence they are nt agitating to have their own nation,we igno have long been tried of this unlawful marriage by Lugard so we intend to go and leave Yoruba and Hausa with their rubbish religion.

  6. Actualy i fear 4 nigeria. I dnt knw aw many pple see tinz lyk me bt d truth z dis nigeria has neva nd can neva b united. Lets jst split

  7. I guess Mr. Prof just want to publish something online maybe its been long he came online. Please Pardon him. Please oga Prof. Biafarans need an apology on your insult to their efforts and suffering.


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