Professor Wole Soyinka
Professor Wole Soyinka has advised the Federal Government to revisit the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling over Bakassi in favour of the republic of Cameroun.
Soyinka who said this Monday while delivering a lecture at the commemoration of the 79th Birthday of Dr. Tunji Braithwaite organized by ‘Women Arise’ in Lagos, noted that the deficit of views and wishes of the Bakassi indigenes before the decision by the Obasanjo administration to secede the area out raised questions about the rights of the minorities.
According to him, were the representatives of the indigent members of the community invited to Hague before the government accepted the ruling? The answer is no. The wishes of the people in Bakassi were never considered and that put to the fore the issue about the rights of the minorities.
Similarly, Soyinka revealed that the waves of violence in the northern part of the country can be attributed to large scale unemployment which could be traced to death of industries like the cotton sector in the north which made their youths unemployed.
He said Boko Haram has unleashed its rage against the people attacking institutions that are adding values to the society.