Failed state: Soyinka aligns with Obasanjo, bashes Buhari


Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of sleeping on duty while terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements overran the country.

He stated this in a Tuesday statement titled, “Between ‘Dividers-in-Chief and Dividers-in-Law’”.

Soyinka noted that though he did not often see eye to eye with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he supported the retired general’s recent position that Nigeria was fast becoming a failed state under Buhari.

He explained that Nigeria was on the precipice due to failure of the Buhari led-government to foster national unity and address pervasive insecurity, mass youth unemployment and other economic challenges.

“Across this nation, there is profound distrust, indeed abandonment of hope in this government as one that is genuinely committed to the survival of the nation as one, or indeed understands the minimal requirements for positioning it as a modern, functional space of productive occupancy,” Soyinka warned.

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While calling for restructuring of the country to do away with overconcentration of powers at the centre, he challenged governors to wake up to their responsibilities under the present structure.

The human rights activist also aligned himself with groups like Afenifere and Yoruba Summit Group (YSG) which advocated a Sovereign National Conference rather than constitution review.

“Forget legislative jamborees of constitution reviews – we have had our fill of them – all the files are gathering dust. It is time for Reparations! Dust up those files and head for the courts. If individual voices rankle, then perhaps it is time to convoke a Nation Survival Conference. Let all sections and group interests place their cards on the table and starkly articulate what we all know and endure on a daily basis, and proffer solutions, debate moves towards a collective, rational and sincere, undertaking  of nation formation. The ongoing governance posture of aggressive evasion spells only one end: collective suicide,” Soyinka said.


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