Nigeria’s Nobel laureate in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka, has dismissed talks that the country’s unity is non-negotiable, urging the Federal Government to embrace dialogue in handling the agitation for the Republic of Biafra.
Soyinka in an interview with Lagos based Channels Television programme, Channels Books’ Club, was quoted as saying, “This won’t happen under my watch,” “Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable” would not help to douse tension over clamour for the Republic of Biafra.
The Noble laureate urged President Muhammadu Buhari to handle the Biafra agitation more diplomatically, stressing that the idea of force cannot defeat the quest for Biafra.
“Once an idea has taken off, you may defeat those behind it in a war but that does not mean the end of the idea.
“What can we do to make the Igbo feel part of the country, what can we do to make them to feel that they belong and not alienated.
“This is what we are ready to push for in the overall governance content of the country. It is not to be carrying on that this will not happen under my watch; Nigeria is indivisible, Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable,” he stated.