Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called, Sunday Igboho, is not a criminal.
Prof. Soyinka made the observation while speaking with journalists at the Freedom Park, on Friday, in Lagos.
The Nobel Laureate said Sunday Igboho’s agitation could not be criminalised because his style is a peaceful one.
He said the Federal Government should tag herdsmen killing people and raping women as criminals and not Sunday Igboho.
The Nobel Laureate also criticised the Department of State Services (DSS) for raiding Sunday Igboho’s residence in Ibadan.
“I refuse to accept that Igboho is being chased because he peacefully demonstrated his position vis-a-vis the destiny of this nation, which is a fundamental human right of any body.
“Somebody calls for secession, calls for a separate state, I don’t consider that, and nowhere does it deserve to be called a criminal act.
“As long as it is done peacefully, collectively, within the ambit of the law, you don’t now criminalize that action,” he said.
Prof. Soyinka observed that the security forces commit criminal acts against Sunday Igboho by raiding his home in the middle of the night, killing two of his own people, then claiming, without a warrant or anything, they found weapons in his home.
Igboho is currently locked up by security agents in Benin Republic.
The freedom fighter was arrested recently in Cotonou while trying to travel to Germany.
Sunday Igboho had fled Nigeria to Benin Republic after he was declared wanted by the DSS.