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Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has lambasted the United States for the delay in designating Boko Haram a terror group, paying glowing tributes to Leah Sharibu in an ode to Leah and Chibok girls. Soyinka, who spoke at Georgetown University, Washington, also likened Leah Sharibu to iconic human rights champion, the late Dr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa. “We must celebrate the exception who said ‘no’ as it reminded me of Mandela who refused conditional release,” Soyinka said. Reciting the ode, entitled Mandela comes to Leah, Soyinka said: “Faith is not of compulsion her torch undimmed in the den of Zealot’s .” Professor Soyinka said he could only recite excerpts from the ode because he broke down the last time he had tried to read it, even as he did an epic takedown of a Georgetown professor’s claim that poverty and desperation were behind Boko Haram. According to Soyinka, it was rather ideological bordering on the meta-physical and “we should not underestimate it.” “We’re dealing with something much deeper,” he said and recalled the son of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria who was upper middle class, but who disappeared with his family to join ISIS abroad. According to him, …