By Our Reporter
TWO groups, the Oodua Republic Front (ORF) and the Apapo Oodua Koya (AOKOYA) have warned the Boko Haram insurgent group against any attack on Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka.
ORF said it would retaliate any attack on him, any other Yoruba man or woman or territory.
It described Soyinka as a great source of pride to the Yoruba race and world civilisation, adding that in case of any attempted or manifest attack on him or any Youruba son and daughter, “we will carry out retailiatory attacks on all sympathisers of Boko Haram”.
In a statement by its spokesman, Jubril Ogundimu, the group said: “We view the threat against Soyinka as an assault on the Yoruba people. This fatwa passed on Soyinka is a declaration of war on the Yoruba people.
“We shall retaliate with equal measure of response if any Yoruba person or territory is attacked by Boko Haram. We see Boko Haram as a front for the Hausa-Fulani caliphate. We shall hold the Hausa-Fulani caliphate responsible for any attack on Soyinka.”
AOKOYA, in a statement by its deputy spokesperson, Alhaja (Mrs) Medinat Oluwaseyi, said: “We warn today that any attack on Professor Wole Soyinka will lead to spontaneous reactions from the Yoruba nation. We shall respond with a double measure of rage. We will not tolerate a deliberate attempt at eliminating Yoruba scholars and icons by a brutal gang of murderers that takes delight in spilling human blood for game. We caution that an attack on Soyinka will lead to violent reprisals targeting Hausa-Fulani, from the Yoruba nation.”
The group added:“We are concerned that Boko Haram has not denied this threat to kill one of mankind’s most consistent advocates for justice. ”