Wole Soyinka Reacts To Nigeria’s Insecurity, Apportion Blame | READ DETAILS

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Wole Soyinka Reacts To Nigeria’s Insecurity, Apportion Blame | READ DETAILS

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has lamented the rising insecurity in Nigeria, noting that many Nigerians go out unsure they would return home safely.

Soyinka while speaking in a press briefing on Thursday in Lagos, stated that the government needs help as it has been overwhelmed by insecurity.

“This government needs help, it no longer can cope.”

“It has been going on for years and I don’t know if the citizens of this country should live under such a cloud, such uncertainty: get up in the morning and you don’t know if you would get back at night” he said.

Soyinka blamed the judiciary, impunity, and others for the lingering problem of insecurity in the country.

“There has been laxity; there has been the encouragement of impunity; there has been compromise even within the judicial so that cases are not solved in time and seem to be solved very objectively,” the literary giant explained.

“There has been, of course, the sieving of money intended for the military to combat insurgency whether of the religious or the secular kind known as banditry.

“So, it is a multi-level situation and it did not begin just now. If we don’t keep stressing that, we would never get to the root of the problem.”

He also berated the main political parties in Nigeria – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the wave of defections.

According to him, such development does not augur well for the country’s democracy. Soyinka equally lamented the youths’ inability to take up leadership positions in the political space.

“The youths of this nation don’t seem to want to take their destiny into their own hands,” he said.

While recalling that he was part of the move for youths to present a consensus candidate during the 2019 election, he lamented that such did not materialize.

“Well, they failed to do that and I have a fear that this same thing will happen this year,” the revered poet stated.

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