In a statement made by Prof. Wole Soyinka at the inauguration of the 2018 OAU Ife Festival of Foods and Identity, the Noble Laureate has given Muhammadu Buhari and his administration an ultimatum to ensure the safety of lives and properties owing to frequent attacks of herdsmen and Islamic extremist group-Boko Haram.
Prof. Wole Soyinka has given President Muhammadu Buhari till the end of July, 2018 to ensure the return as well as the safety of displaced persons in Nigeria.
He further said that the federal government would be described as a complete failure should they fail to stop killer-herdsmen and and ensure the safe return of the displaced persons to their respective homes by the end of July.
Furthermore, Soyinka warned that Nigeria’s food security stands the chance of being jeopardized by the rampant killings since farmers remains the most affected victims of Boko Haram and the killer-herdsmen.
In his words:
“Our mission in life is to beat the sword into ploughshare. This means that machetes, hoes, the instruments of cultivation, planting, and creating sustenance we must fashion out of the instruments of destruction; we must overcome the instruments of destruction.
“And my message to all those who are concerned is that between the launching of this logo and festival today and the outward manifestation of the festival itself (end of July), we should have seen signs that this battle between the sword and the ploughshare is reversed.
“Nigerians would be given fulfillment as a people of culture, peace and harmony, if the instruments of war and destruction are transformed into instruments of production and creativity.
“Between the annunciation of this festival and the manifestation of the festival itself, we want to see from this government a reversal of a seeming triumph of the gun; and if that has not taken place, let us not lie to ourselves, it means we have no government.
“If those who had been displaced, the farmers who have been displaced in their hundreds from various parts of this nation, especially the North, if those farmers have not been taken back and restored to their productive environment, then it means we have no government.
“Let us all join hands to beat the sword, the guns into ploughshares.”