#EndSARS: Call for the immediate withdrawal of soldiers, Wola Soyinka says to the governors.

Posted by on Oct 21, 2020, Under: News

#EndSARS: Call for the immediate withdrawal of soldiers, Wola Soyinka says to the governors.

Professor. Wole Soyinka, a senior statesman and playwright in Nigeria, reacted to the chaos in the #EndSARS uprising.

The Nobel laureate called on state governors, in which protests against the Anti-Robbery Task Force forced a curfew, to immediately demand the withdrawal of soldiers deployed by the federal government.

The playwright, in a message entitled “DÉJÀ VU – In a Tragic Mood,” from his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, spoke on Wednesday amid the killing of unarmed demonstrators by soldiers on Tuesday at a toll station in Lekki on Lagos night. after a 24-hour curfew imposed in the state by Governor Babajide Sanvo-Olu.

Peaceful protests against police brutality and the Nigerian police unit F-SARS have taken place in many states in the country.

The Nobel laureate said: “The injured governors of the country need to take an immediate step: demand the withdrawal of these soldiers. Call the city hall urgently. A 24-hour curfew is not a solution. Consider the safety of your people as every resource you can rummage through. Replacing community self-control based on local councils to curb infiltration of bullies and predatory and destructive opportunism. We sympathize with the victims and call on state governments to compensate material losses everywhere.

“To begin any healing process, dare you suggest that this is the ultimate goal of desire? – the military must apologize not only to the nation, but also to the world community – the facts are undeniable – you, the military, opened fire on unarmed civilians. There should be structured restitution and assurances that such deviations will not be re-recorded. Thus, both the government and its security weapons can enter into a meaningful and extremely belated dialogue with society. Don’t try to dictate – dialogue! “

Soyinka noted that in her message to young people at Freedom Park’s 10th anniversary events on Saturday, October 17, 2020, she said they brought fresh blood to tired veins.

The playwright also said it’s really nice to be alive when young people finally start to take the future into their own hands, adding that with demonstrators’ checkpoints in Ogun state and elsewhere, it’s all about déjà vu – riots in the country. the former Western Region of Nigeria and the anti-Abacha movement, among others.

He went on to say that it is absolutely necessary to inform the federal government that the military has replaced SARS in the demonic album of the demonstrators.

He added: “My investigation so far shows that the governor of Lagos did not invite to the army, did not complain about violations of law and order. However, the center decided to act in an authoritarian manner and inflicted an almost incurable wound on the psyche of the community. Should I add that upon arriving in Abeokuta, my hometown, I had to cross the checkpoint again? Everything went very well. I expected this and have no doubt that more will be erected as this is written.

“It is pathetic and unimaginative to assert, as some have done, that the ongoing protest is damaging the country’s economy and so on. COVID-19 has been affecting Nigeria’s economy for over eight months. Obviously, defeating COVID under a hail of bullets is not easy – human lives are an easier target, and there are even trophies that can be shown as proof of victory – for example, the blood-soaked Nigeria flag, which was waving by one of the victims in an hour of his life. murder. “