Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on
Wednesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari
and the Nigerian Army to be cautious in its
activities, following the declaration of Operations
Python Dance and Crocodile Smile in some parts
of the country.
Soyinka made the call during his address at a
press conference marking the 50th anniversary of
the death of a poet, Christopher Okigbo, at the
University of Ibadan.
Okigbo died while fighting on the Biafran side
during the Nigerian civil war in 1967
Soyinka urged the Federal Government and the
military authorities to tread with caution while
dealing with civilians.
“There has to be a way out of a repeat of war. But
we are reaching a stage whereby, like
Christopher Okigbo, people are putting their lives
on the line again, which can lead to terrible
“I think at a time when cattle rearers, who feel
they own the nation, humiliate and dehumanise
innocent citizens in their communities, this is an
area the military can focus more on,” he said.