SWITZERLAND, MAY 23 – Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has agreed with former president Olusegun Obasanjo that there is a deliberate agenda to foster Fulani domination on the country.
Obasanjo had over the last weekend, lamented the deadly activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in the country, saying the issue is tending towards the Fulanisation of West Africa.
Obasanjo said, “It is no longer an issue of a lack of education and employment for our youths in Nigeria, which it began as; it is now West African ‘Fulanisation,’ African Islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.”
However, during the celebration of Africa’s Day by United Bank for Africa(UBA) in Lagos on Wednesday, Wole Soyinka, called on Nigerians not to ignore the call by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that an urgent stakeholders’ meeting is needed to stop the fulanisation agenda by some elements in the northern part of the country.
“You know the history between me and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. That we are not best of friends is not hidden to Nigerians but we should be careful not to be too abrasive on him when he said there is a grand plan by some Fulani elements to forcefully Islamize West Africa and Nigeria.
“What Obasanjo was saying was that there is the need for a stakeholders’ meeting on the issue of kidnapping, banditry and even youth suicide that is going on in the country. That we had all better sit down to tackle the problem now and not later”, Soyinka said.
Soyinka also lamented the removal of history from Nigeria’s educational curriculum.
“Those who expunged history from our schools need to be taken out of history. A lot of crimes in the country now are because our children don’t know where they were coming from. Huge parts of the brains of our youths are not used. We should begin to teach our children our history first. We cannot cope with modern phenomenon without knowing our ancient phenomenon. The importance of history is not just an academic exercise but developmental exercise.”