Nigerian academic and government critic Farooq Kperogi has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho.
Igboho, whose real name is Sunday Adeyemo, has launched an unconstitutional expulsion crusade against Fulani herdsmen and settlers whom he accuses of killing farmers, raping girls and kidnapping people in southwestern states.
Buhari is said to have directed security agencies to shoot Igboho and his supporters on sight if found.
But Kperogi says the president is following a dangerous path that could set Nigeria on fire.
“I’d feared and warned in previous columns that Buhari would be the death of Nigeria,” Kperogi said in a social media post on Sunday.
“He’s straining really hard to prove me right.
“When you read the rhetoric of the honchos of the Buhari regime on the ongoing tensile stress between Fulani herders and the Yoruba, it’s hard not to come away with the conclusion that the regime is actually going out of its way to actively court and instigate a civil war. For what reason, I have no idea.
“The thieving, clueless minions of the regime don’t seem to realize that they need to have a country before they can enjoy their loot.
“And they can’t have a country by escalating tension, openly taking sides, and being indistinguishable from one side of the conflict.
“Americans stood up to (Donald) Trump when he and his minions tried to burn down America.
“It’s up to Nigerians in Nigeria to do the same if they want their country in one piece.
“Buhari is actively instigating a civil war,” he said.