Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has asked the Federal Government to apologise to Sunday Igboho after officials of the Department of State Services invaded his home and killed two of his associates.
The DSS invaded Igbohoâ€™s house in Ibadan, Oyo State, early on Thursday based on intelligence it said it had received that he was stockpiling arms to cause chaos within the region.
Igboho, who has been declared wanted by the DSS, had recently been calling for a â€˜Yoruba Nationâ€™ over what he has described as a â€˜Fulani invasionâ€™ of the South-West.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin published on Monday, Soyinka said the governmentâ€™s actions and rationale for invading Igbohoâ€™s home â€œstinks.â€
â€œMy advise to the government is that they should stop pursuing Igboho as a criminal, because you have begun by acting in a criminal fashion against him,â€ he said.
â€œIf and when Igboho comes to trial, I guarantee you the government will be very embarrassed.
â€œI think they should tell Igboho â€˜we made a mistakeâ€™, â€˜we should not have acted in this wayâ€™, â€˜you are no longer wantedâ€™, â€˜go back to your home, in fact escort him to his homeâ€™ and let him resume his normal life.â€
According to Soyinka, Igbohoâ€™s fight for freedom was preceded by criminal acts of enemies of Nigeria who â€œappear to be supported by the force of the State.â€
While Soyinka noted he doesnâ€™t â€˜like the sound of a Yoruba Nationâ€™ anymore than he likes the sound of a Tiv or Igbo nation, he said the country must be restructured through the decentralisation of power.
According to the erudite professor, Nigeriaâ€™s current structure was imposed upon the people by the military.