Soyinka complains about insecurity, claiming Nigeria’s sovereignty has come under the control of an armed group
M.F. Soyinka also talks about Amotekun and hiring foreign mercenaries.
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka condemned the insecurity in Nigeria, claiming that the country’s sovereignty had passed to the armed groups.
He also said that President Muhammadu Bukhari must do more to stop Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements that threaten Nigeria’s security.
Mr. Soyinka said this on Saturday in an interview with Arise Television.
“From a self-defense point of view, this is a common problem (insecurity); it is a nationwide, collective issue. Don’t stand there and think that you can fix it with Aso Rock, no. Now it also affects the ordinary citizens of this country, because this lower, more helpless person has become the main target. So this is a collective affair.
“Instead, how do I feel? Someone comes to the podium and says: “The sovereignty of this nation cannot be challenged.” Please don’t make us hear this nonsense anymore.
The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of bloodthirsty pastors, the sovereignty of this nation has already passed to Boko Haram, passed to ISWAP, passed to those who absolutely do not respect what is called national integrity. “he said.
PREMIUM TIMES reported several incidents of insecurity across Nigeria, with killings and kidnappings becoming commonplace.
In addition to the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram in the northeast, armed bandits regularly attack communities in northwest Nigeria, killing and kidnapping residents.
Kidnapping for extortion and attacks by armed shepherds are also common in many other parts of Nigeria.
Q. In many cases, government officials negotiate with thugs and kidnappers, sometimes resulting in ransom payments.
Mr Soyinka did not approve of payments to armed groups in interviews.He said it was unwise for leaders to “pay money to protect the killers instead of fighting this cancer the only way they should be doing, which is cutting, killing the killers instead of giving them money. Do not propitiate evil, and we are dealing with evil; there is no other word, it is about spreading, enthroning evil in society. And, unfortunately, we encourage its demonstration, distribution, strengthening. “
He also expressed support for calls by some Nigerians, including the governor of Borno State, for the government to hire foreign mercenaries to help fight Boko Haram.
“I am not surprised that some governors are now saying: let’s try to ask for outside help; I also said that. I don’t necessarily say mercenaries, but that goes beyond the Nigerian issue.
“So let them get away with the issue of sovereignty. If they have to pay people to come and help us, call them whatever you want. Please continue, because we have reached the stage of despair, ”he said.
Going further, Mr. Soyinka said that the president had appointed the wrong people to the offices, a statement frequently made by Nigerians on social media and which has led Mr. Bukhari on several occasions to call for the dismissal of all service leaders. …
“There are those on whose shoulders the main responsibility should be placed, including some former heads of state who refuse to see the inevitability of what we are experiencing now.
“I am very glad that the elite of the north is now speaking, boldly and practically now taking steps that should have been taken many years ago. They went beyond the incredible policy of paying killers to stop killing. ”
Speaking about the activities of the Western Nigeria security network, code-named Amotekun, the professor said that officers need to be trained so that they do not become the next atypical virus.
“I told them that whenever they want us to come and be present; we’ll also come, if it’s just for an ethics session, so that while you train them to protect us, we’ll also train their minds so that Amotekun doesn’t turn into another SARS. We must do everything together.
Source: – Premium Times