BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that the ongoing posture of aggressive evasion of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration spells only one end – collective suicide for Nigeria.
Prof. Soyinka said that while he is no fan of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he nonetheless, embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of the nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse.
He noted that across the 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.
These were contained in a statement he issued on Tuesday, saying; “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.
“Inequity reigns, and solutions are trivialised. Again and again voices are raised to urge the dismantling of a crude, militarised centralist contraption – repeatedly exposed in illegalities — and substitute a more efficient governance system, decentralised, providing broader access to opportunities. All such efforts are turned into opportunities for legislative junketing and budget padding”.
Soyinka asked if, presumably, the ongoing ‘national security’ persecution of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia is a sign of national unity?
He further said; “I invite our marionettes to read deeply into history. Oh, excuse me, history has been banned from learning structures, so look not for history books! However, straightforward, first-hand testimonies abound, exposing structural flaws, deceits and conspiracies against this presumptive national edifice. They are perpetrated by highly placed servants of the state, some of whom have since risen to even higher national positions.
“When you abolish History in institutions, you open the gates wide for rampaging revisionism while the same gates are shut against a grasp, however tenuous, of why, for instance, a Mailafia becomes a target of serial interrogations and harassment, rather than those boldly named in his revelations.
“Is it he who constitutes a danger to the nation, or the indicted fanatics of unlimited impunity and callous disregard for humanity? Why the ostentatious pretence of investigative zeal?
“The man has told you where to look. Well, look in that direction and report back to us! In the meantime however, ensure that he meets with no accident!” he said.
The Nobel Laureate however said that the fault is not one-sided thus urged governors to wake up to their constitutional rights and duties, adding that there are vast areas of those rights that have been trampled upon, usurped for far too long.
He said; “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. Prepare for name-calling, just as long as such names embody – Dividers-in-law!”