Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka is warning that Nigeria may descend into a civil war if nothing is done to address the herdsmen crisis.

In an interview with the BBC, Soyinka says President Muhammadu Buhari needs to address the nation.

“We may enter a phase of serial skirmishes which may get more and more violent and develop – I hate to use the word – may develop into a civil war and a very untidy and messy one at that. That is my biggest fear.”

He adds that the President must publicly say he does not support the criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of the country.

On what President Buhari’s speech should sound like, the Nobel Laureate said the President should “address the nation in very stern, unambiguous terms”.

Adding that the President speech should read, ‘Yes, I know I am the patron of the cattle rearers association etc. I’m a cattle rancher myself, it is a business and I run my business on business terms. I do not run my business by raping, by displacing, by torturing.

‘I do not run my business by occupying lands that does not belong to me and I am warning all business people in the food commodity, all you cattle rearers, whatever comes to you for illegal occupation or trespassing on other people’s property is your business.

“And I am ordering the army, all the security forces to back citizens’ efforts in flushing you out. I expect nothing less, even at this stage, it is very late but this is what I expect from President Buhari and as long as that language does not come, I must consider him quite complicit in what is going on because the buck stops at his desk.”

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