- Africa's foremost Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has written a poem in honour of Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls
- Soyinka said that Leah's braveness reminds him of the South African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela
- He also said that Boko Haram insurgency is ideological and meta-physical
Professor Wole Soyinka, one of Africa's Nobel laureate, has dedicated his new poem to Leah Sharibu and Chibok girls.
Speaking at Georgetown University, Washington, Soyinka compared Leah to the African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.
The renown poet said: “We must celebrate the exception who said ‘no’ as it reminded me of Mandela who refused conditional release.” In the poem titled Mandela comes to Leah, Soyinka said: “Faith is not of compulsion…her torch undimmed in the den of zealots.”
Soyinka said he was unable to render a part of the work since he broke down the last time he tried to recite it.
He reacted to a claim that poverty and desperation are the root causes of Boko Haram. He said that it is instead ideological and meta-physical and “we should not underestimate it. We’re dealing with something much deeper."
Soyinka spoke of the son of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) who was upper middle class, but disappeared with his family to join ISIS abroad, adding that “there’s a will to deny the possibility of horror and evil.
"We have reached a point where we have to go beyond the material analysis of this phenomenon. It goes beyond poverty and marginalisation. The ideology of sheer morbidity.”
Soyinka decried the 20 American intellectuals who rejected the stance that Boko Haram is a terrorist group.
He said: “It took my breath away. Some were my friends, (but) there they were in all seriousness simply because they had a very wrong analytical approach to this problem. We must simply jettison the language of political correctness.
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"Political correctness is turning African continent into the graveyard of freedom and liberty if we don’t call things by their proper names. We’re dealing now with the toxin of power which barely manifests itself under the cloak of religion.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as part of the steps put in place to fast track the release of Leah, one of the 110 girls abducted by Boko Haram, prayer vigils had been set up by hundreds of people at Nigeria’s mission house in the United Kingdom and United States.
There would also be an event at the US Senate building on Capitol Hill today, Tuesday, May 14, in Washington. Leah would be marking her 16th birthday today after spending 449 days in captivity.
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