Abuja - Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is seeking punishment for preachers of religious intolerance following an outbreak of violence and murder in Zamfara State, Punch reports.
Soyinka, who was delivering a lecture at the University of Benin, condemned the murders in Zamfara State while warning that such killings would persist as long as religious leaders are not made to atone for their actions.
In addition, Soyinka has attributed the rise of Islamist sect Boko Haram to "religious teaching that incites violent behaviour", while saying that such education breeds religious intolerance, Nigerian Eye reports.
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“It is this kind of mentality that created Boko Haram and all its seedling,–the sense of intolerance, the failure to understand that you are just another member of the society and you have no right over another human being.
“My view is that we can complain, we can protest, we can condemn as much as we want. Until those who are guilty even of vicarious liability, when a murder is committed, are brought to book and made to apologise to the whole nation and do penance, such cannot stop,” he said.
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