Aftermath of the outcry over the Southern Kaduna killings, Prof. Wole Soyinka has expressed disappointment with the manner President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el Rufai have handled the mass killings.
Indigenes of Southern Kaduna backed by the Christian Association of Nigeria alleged that over 800 defenseless people, mostly women, children and the elderly were murdered and whole villages burnt down by suspected Fulani herdsmen without the state and federal governments doing anything tangible to stop them.
“Yet some weeks before the latest outrage, the governor of that state was quoted to have claimed that peace was nigh since he had sent funds to the earlier wave of killers and they had agreed to end their killing spree.
“What astonished me was not the admission by the governor but the astonishment of others at such governmental response to atrocity” Soyinka said.
“There was nothing new about it. Has appeasement to religious forces not become a Nigerian face of justice and equity? he asked.
“First, lethargy and then appeasement. Wasn’t Boko Haram’s Muhammed Yusuf not a beneficiary of appeasement in a similar fashion?
Continuing he said, “Southern Kaduna has reminded us once again that the monster always lying waiting to pounce under the guise of religion.
“If you ask why General Buhari did not act fast enough when these events take place, which degrade us as human beings, well it is perhaps he has been waiting for the governor of that state to send money to the killers first for them to stop the killing” Soyinka retorted.