The Nigerian Nobel laureate playwright Wole Soyinka, on a rare scenario agrees with the former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, who proclaims that Nigeria is drifting towards a failed and divided state.
Same ex-president Obasanjo who returned looted fund in 2015 when president Buhari assumed office for his first tenure, on the claims he fails to do so during Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the fear of mismanagement is the one accusing President Buhari’s administration of mismanaging the country.
Garba Shehu, the Presidential spokesman, replied the former president (Obasanjo) and described him as Nigeria’s divider-in-chief, following the statement of the former President that “Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state, economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country”.
In a statement with The Guardian, titled “Between dividers-in-chief and dividers-in-law” Soyinka commended Obasanjo, even though describing as “co-architect of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria”, for speaking out on the sutuation of the nation.
The Nobel Laureate said Nigeria has never before been divided as now, “under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari”. The government has turned deaf ears to the counsel of well-meaning Nigerians.
“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 reasons 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,” he said.
“We are close to extinction as a 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.
“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 offer than to advice the traumatised victims to learn to live peacefully with their violators?
Talking about the loss of hope and trust in government, the African literary genius sarcastically comment on the listing of Buhari’s achievements by saying “it is the norm for any government to record any feat, it takes real genius to succeed in spending four years actually doing nothing or what it fails to do, or what it does wrongly”.
No government, however inept, fails to record some form of achievement, as it is why it was elected,” said the Nobel Laureate and “To reel off any achievements of a government, genuine or fantasised, trivial or monumental, is thus to dodge the issue, to ignore the real core concerns.
In the light of the mass hysteria in Nigeria, Soyinka opine that “there is profound distrust, indeed abandonment of hope in this government as one that is genuinely committed to the survival of the nation.
This Nobel laureate’s statements informs us that there is a great worry on the path of the professor towards the person he helped to bring into power in 2015 when he led the protest on Fuel Price against former President Goodluck’s administration in January 2012; will another protest see the light of the day?
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