I’m notoriously no fan of Obasanjo, but Nigeria more divided than ever ― Soyinka

By AdvocateNews on 16/09/2020

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Soyinka and Obasanjo
Soyinka and Obasanjo

Professor Wole Soyinka has uncharacteristically backed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement on Nigeria slowly becoming a failed state.

Soyinka expressed that Obasanjo’s warning apparently fell on deaf ears with the Presidency’s reaction, stating that Nigeria “has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries, apologists and sectarian opportunists.”

The Nobel Laureate firmly pointed out that though he “notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo,” stating the “former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reason to change my stance on his record.

“I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reason to change my stance on his record.

“Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse.

“We are close to extinction as viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co-habitation, capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate.

“That advice appears to have fallen on deaf ears. In place of reasoned response and openness to some serious dialogue, what this nation has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries, apologists, and sectarian opportunists.”

Professor Soyinka in a series of rhetorical questions said: “The nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari– does that claim belong in the realms of speculation? Does anyone deny that it was this president who went to sleep while communities were consistently ravaged by cattle marauders, were raped and displaced in their thousands, and turned into beggars all over the landscape?

“Was it a different president who, on being finally persuaded to visit a scene of carnage, had nothing more authoritative to go than to advise the traumatised victims to learn to live peacefully with their violators? And what happened to the Police Chief who had defied orders from his Commander-in-Chief to relocate fully to the trouble spot – he came, saw, and bolted, leaving the ‘natives’ to their own devices. Any disciplinary action was taken against ‘countryman’?

“Was it a spokesman for some ghost president who chortled in those early, yet controllable stages of now systematised mayhem, gleefully dismissed the mass burial of victims in Benue State as a “staged show” for international entertainment?

“Did the other half of the presidential megaphone system not follow up – or was it, precede? – with the wisdom that they, the brutalised citizenry, should learn to bow under the yoke and negotiate, since “only the living” can enjoy the dividends of legal rights?”

The Presidency in response to Obasanjo’s pointer replied that the former president was gradually descending from being a Commander-in-Chief to Divider-in-Chief.

Source Vanguard

Posted 16/09/2020 06:36:37 AM

 

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