Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said he is one of the prominent Nigerians who have been marked for assassination by the Islamic sect Boko Haram. Prof. Soyinka made the disclosure in an interview published in the current edition of the weekly magazine, TheNEWS.
He however said he would not be cowed into submission by the Boko Haram or any other violent group.
He also said he was not opposed to dialogue between the government and the sect, but only if it made its demands known.
“I believe that one should not beg for existence. If the price of not coming to table is that you want to eliminate me, and you can do so, please do so. I am 77.”
The renowned playwright said he had reported the plan to assassinate him to the security agencies, but expressed disappointment that the security operatives had not taken action on the threat.
Prof. Soyinka has been very critical of the sect, which has killed 935 people since launching its violent campaign in July 2009.
The critical issues is, our dear Prof failed to tell us how he got to find out that he was in boko haram’s assassination list. I think someone is just ranting.