Prof. Wole Soyinka, renowned Nobel laureate, has urged the federal government to seek assistance from the international community to stop the incessant herdsmen killings in the country.
Soyinka said this on Thursday while speaking in Makurdi, Benue State during the 35th anniversary of ‘Adan Wade Kohol Ga’, a novel written by of Suemo Chia.
He described the killings in Benue and other states as ethnic cleansing.
He said: “If the government cannot cope, it should not shy away from asking for international help.
“People are dying, this government cannot cope, please just ask for international help and I know they’re ready and willing to come to our aid.
“Instead of treating the country of its cancerous disease rather, it is ringworm that is being treated.
“The killings that are taking place in Benue and other states are targeted at ethnic cleansing and there is no any other word to describe it than that.”
Soyinka said the killings would have stopped if President Muhammadu Buhari had visited affected areas and issued warnings to herdsmen.
“We have to come together to probe the ugly situation so that the impunity which is going on in the country for long will stop.
“If the President had visited any community where lives were lost due to the killings perpetrated by the armed herdsmen and give warnings, the killings would have stopped since,” Soyinka said.