There’ll be no Nigeria soon unless it’s decentralized – Soyinka

Obinwannem News There'll be no Nigeria soon unless it's decentralized - Soyinka

The famous Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka, on Monday, warned the federal government that Nigeria might cease to exist if the government fails to decentralize political structure of the country.

He admonished the government to address the growing agitation of secessionists, which he said started a few years ago; in order “to avoid eventual collapse which may be eminent, if care is not taken”.

Soyinka made this known in an interview on Arise TV. The Nobel Laureate stated that; “on this so called democracy, we are embarking on a nose dive, or what I will describe as suicide drive, and Buhari needs to listen to all different agitations and initiatives, which are taking place around him.

“He should recognize the fact that the tempo of disintegration of this country has accelerated in the last couple of years, beyond anything, we ever know since the civil war and I’m not sure Nigeria can remain so as one, if we fail to decentralize it.

“If Nigeria fails to decentralize as fast as possible in such a way that people will see it manifesting, then Nigeria cannot stay together. If a nation is on suicide slide, the people who feel that they do not deserve that kind of suicide slide have a right to say sorry, we are getting off this plane before it nose-dived.

“I am beginning to believe that people have different definitions for democracy; particularly, our political leaders. (And) I’m beginning to wonder whether the government, led by Buhari, really understands the implications and full responsibility and commitment involved when people say they are practising democracy,” he added.

Professor Soyinka, condemned the language used by president Buhari while responding to agitators who intends to secceed, noting that any sensitive leader should be able to understand the plight of his people, not to bully, threaten or intimidate them. “Threat won’t work,” he said.

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 15, 2021

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