By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA- Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that the failure of President Muhammad Buhari to find solution to the problems of herdsmen has wiped away the positive achievements of his administration.

The playwright insisted that the carelessness and negligence of the Buhari’s administration has led to the death of many Nigerians.

Soyinka stated this at his residence in Ijegba, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital while playing a host to 85 pupils drawn from all the six-geopolitical zones of the country to mark his 85 birthday.

Festival consultant Professor Wole Soyinka delivers a speech during the opening of the fourth edition of African drum festival at the Abeokuta city centre amphitheatre in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, on April 25, 2019. – The fourth edition of African drum festival with theme “Drumming for Futureî has opened with international workshops by culture scholars and performances by troupes from various regions across the world in Abeokuta, southwest Nigeria. (Photo AFP)

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The Nobel laureate during an interactive session at his private Amphitheatre, while responding to the pupils questions on sundry issues , said, “look at what is happening today, how is it possible for me to say for instance that I am pro of this government, it is been negligent, look at what is happening with the cattle all over the place. That is a security issue which should never have reached this level.

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“I am sure that carelessness and single act which has resulted in hundreds of people been killed in massacre, in their farms and their farms taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.

“It is an issue that is so serious and which concern the welfare of you and me that any carelessness or any failure there is totally unforgivable and unpardonable.

“It is not that one like to criticize for the sake of criticizing, NO!, it is just that we believe that there is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be consider a true representative of the people”.


Soyinka further stressed that the problems of the country have overwhelmed the president, adding that the problems cannot be solved by the present government.

He also urged the president to call for national dialogue among all the people across party lines so as to engage in partisan government that would benefit the general public.

He said “If you agree first of all that, the problems of this nation are completely beyond it, that is the first admission. And we should start thinking in terms of partisan government, it is going to form in my view, a government called across political parties and need to forget their allegiances and really comfort this nation as a habitation of human beings for very serious issue s like economic, health, security, etc.

“The ingredients that threaten succession of government are being experienced every day… and convoke every time a national what I called an indaba across all sections which we all meet and debate everyday including the economy of this nation, I think that is best way to go. I believe very frankly that the problems of this nation are beyond the solution that can be offered by this government”.

While speaking on his opinion about governance in Nigeria, Soyinka said “ governance is a very difficult occupation, Nigeria is a very complex nation for lot of reasons; its history, the background, the formation of it, the complexity, the culture, balancing here and there and then, you have several complications like fuel, among others”.

He added, “Politicians that money has gone into their heads, misdirect themselves in terms of priority, they neglect some sections, some of them are nepotistic and some of them alienated themselves from the public which is the people they are supposed to serve and govern and they think they are still colonial masters, especially, when we went through the military period”.


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