Prof. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, has stated that Yoruba independence hero Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho, is not a criminal.
Soyinka believes the Nigerian government should label herders who murder people and rape women as criminals rather than Igbos.
The Nobel Laureate told journalists at Freedom Park in Lagos on Friday that Igboho agitation cannot be criminalized because it is peaceful.
Soyinka also chastised the Department of State Services (DSS) for raiding Igboho’s home in Ibadan, Oyo.
“I refuse to accept that Igboho is being pursued just because he peacefully demonstrated his stance on the nation’s destiny, which is a fundamental human right of any person,” he added.
“When someone advocates for secession, for a separate state, I don’t think that to be a criminal conduct, and it doesn’t deserve to be termed that anywhere.
“You don’t now criminalize such action as long as it is done peacefully, collectively, and within the bounds of the law.
“And, in addition, perform criminal acts against such an individual, as the government and security forces did by storming Igboho’s home in the middle of the night, killing two of his own people, and then saying they found weapons in his home without a warrant or anything.”
In Benin Republic, security agents have Igboho imprisoned.
While attempting to fly to Germany, the freedom warrior was recently captured in Cotonou.
After being proclaimed wanted by the DSS, Igboho fled to Benin Republic.
His arrest came after guns were discovered in his home in the Soka neighborhood of Ibadan, Oyo State.