Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has reportedly blamed former President, Olusegun Obasanjo for the emergence of Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.

Soyinka said Obasanjo contributed to the emergence of the terrorist group by not preventing the first governor in one of the northern states from establishing a “theocratic state”.

He stated this during an interview with Zeinab Badawi on BBC’s Hardtalk programme on Monday.

According to The Nation, he said President Buhari failed in security while the former President failed to nip the problem in the bud during his tenure as Nigeria’s president from 1999 to 2007.

He added that Obasanjo failed to act because he wanted to pursue a third term after serving for 8 years as the country’s president.