Nigeria’s Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has said that the Boko Haram insurgency has made the prospects of Nigeria’s break-up less likely.Local media reports on Thursday quoted Soyinka as saying that the horrors inflicted by the Boko Haram insurgents had shown Nigerians across the mostly Muslim north and Christian south that sticking together might be the only way to avoid even greater sectarian slaughter.
The reports said that Soyinka told Reuters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Wednesday that Nigeria was suffering greater carnage at the hands of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, than it did during the country’s 30-month civil war.
Nigeria fought a bloody civil war between 1967 and 1970 to stop the secession attempt by the Igbo of the present South-East zone.
According to the reports, a million people died during the Biafra war, though mostly through starvation and illness, rather than violence.
Boko Haram’s five-year-old struggle to carve out an Islamic state from its bases in the North-East has become increasingly bloody, with near daily attacks killing many thousands.
( Courtesy AGENCIES ……… Source ……… NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS)