By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has asked Igbo in Lagos and other Yoruba land to ignore the 48-hour ultimatum given them to evacuate.
The professor said the threat is from an “ethnic revanchist”, who is striving to ensure the disintegration of the country.
Sequel to Soyinka’s statement on Saturday, a viral video in which a UK-based Nigerian and president of Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF), Adeyinka Grandson, asked Igbo indigenes to leave Yorubaland or they will be “seriously dealt with.”
Grandson had said, “This is a warning to the Igbo people in Yorubaland. We are giving you a 48-hour ultimatum from today, Friday 23rd October, 2020 until Sunday, 25th of October, 2020 to leave Yorubaland.
The video has been condemned by many Nigerians on the social media.
Reacting to the video, Soyinka asked Nigerians to be cautious of identity thieves, who are not bold enough to bear their father’s names but engage in false attribution to create ethnic division.
The playwright said, “Undoubtedly in order to promote the video clip of an ethnic revanchist calling on Igbo to leave Yoruba land, this same lunatic fringe has exhumed, and embarked on circulating an ancient fabrication – several years mouldering in the grave – once attributed to me and vigorously denounced.
“That statement impudently expounds, as my utterance, what the Hausa want, what the Yoruba want, and what the Igbo want.
“Such an attribution – let me once again reiterate – is the work of sick, cowardly minds that are ashamed, or lack the courage, as the saying goes, “to answer their fathers’ names.” At least the current ethnic rabble-rouser has the courage of his convictions, not so the sick brigade of identity thieves.
“Normally, one should totally ignore the social dregs. However, in the present atmosphere where FAKE NEWS is so easily swallowed and acted upon without reflection, I feel once again obliged to denounce this recurrent obscenity.
“As for our brother and sister Igbo, I hope they have learnt to ignore the toxic bilge under which some Nigerian imbeciles seek to drown the nation.
“It is time also, I believe, to also enter the following admonition: one cannot continue to monitor and respond to the concoctions of these addicts of falsehood, and their assiduous promoters who have yet to learn to wipe the filth off their tablets.
“The patrons of social platforms should develop the art of discrimination. Some attributions are simply so gross that, to grant them even a moment’s latitude of probability diminishes the civic intelligence of the recipient.”