Yoruba Nation: They Are Robbing Peter To Pay Paul – Wole Soyinka
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Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has urged those calling for the Yoruba Nation to define what it really means.
Reacting to the development which occurred last Saturday in Lagos during Yoruba Nation Rally, Soyinka told BBC Pidgin on Monday that Nigeria must move away from the present political arrangement because they are clearly not working, describing it as ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul.’
Soyinka said, “I don’t like the sound of a Yoruba Nation any more than I like the sound of a Tiv nation or an Igbo nation.
The reason is this: there are certain pejorative overtones, chauvinistic overtones attached to it. That is not the issue.
When you talk about Yoruba Nation, are we talking about the creation of a nation within Nigeria alone or across colonial borders into Cotonou, Benin Republic, where Yoruba exists, moving on to Togo and even Ivory Coast? So when we talk about Yoruba Nation, I’ve to know exactly what you mean.
Do we even talk about the Yoruba in the Diaspora? “So it is a question which isn’t for me to answer at this particular moment.
All I know is this, on a sentimental level, I will prefer us to mend and manage what we’ve but under certain, rigorous conditions.