7 July 2021
Wole Soyinka spoke to the BBC about the recent abduction of Biafran separatist Nnamdi Kanu calling it a “kidnap”.
The Nobel Prize in Literature winner predicted that there would be an outcry when the truth about how Kanu was captured is revealed.
Kanu was reportedly based in the United Kingdom and had a British passport, while leading the Indigenous People of Biafra, who are agitating for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country. The Nigerian authorities said he was “extradited” to Nigeria, but have not said where he was taken from.
Soyinka also criticised the hateful rhetoric of Kanu, but suggested that the problem rests with the Nigerian government’s inability to earn the trust of the people of the nation.
Watch the interview below.