Popular playwright and noble laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said the current administration of the presidency would not be able to sustain Nigeria’ s unity, due to complicity of system failure.
He disclosed this, on Saturday in Abuja, during the book reading and signing of two of his books titled, “Trumpism in Academe”, and “Chronicles of the happiest people on earth” organized by Roven Heights bookstore and Orisu Gallery.
The former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, had asked Soyinka, if he would write a Nigerian story that would evoke patriotism and inspire unity among the various tribes in the country. In response, the playwright said no narrative would unite the people of Nigeria, without restitution and justice.
He stressed that persons in internally displaced persons camps, who had lost relatives and loves ones due to violence, would not embrace any story of unity, unless they get justice. The Noble Laureate said Nigeria had lost a key opportunity to unite, adding that he didn’t believe the regime of Buhari, could unite Nigeria because it suffered from system failure.
Soyinka added, “We had a critical moment and we lost that moment. The moment when this country could have come together, and the sense of oneness, belonging, that vision of oneness, we lost that moment.
“There has been more than one moment, and we lost the moment, will another one come? I don’t know. Right now I don’t see it under this government quite frankly.
“There is a failure. A systematic failure in present governance, and I don’t know who can put it together. These days, I try to go somedays without reading the newspapers, it is so depressing”.
Soyinka added, that it was wrong for the government to continue to say that the country’s unity was non-negotiable, even as he would not want the country to fall apart.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News