By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has concurred with the assertion of a former Head of State and President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo that Nigeria is more disunited than ever before under the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Soyinka’s observation was contained in a statement on Tuesday titled “Between ‘Dividers-in-chief’ and Dividers-in-law,” in which he pontificated that, “The nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari”..
Proceeding, Soyinka slammed President Buhari for doing nothing to stop the senseless killings and destruction perpetrated by herdsmen, which resulted in the displacement of thousands, adding that even when the President visited some of these scenes of violence, he only had words of sympathy and appeasement for the traumatized victims, while refraining from condemning the architects of the mayhem.
Speaking further on President Buhari’s lackadaisical attitude towards security issues in the country, Soyinka asked “And what happened to the Police Chief who defied orders from his Commander-in-Chief to relocate fully to the trouble spot – he came, saw, and bolted, leaving the ‘natives’ to their own devices. Any disciplinary action taken against ‘countryman’? Was it a spokesman for some ghost president who chortled in those early, yet controllable stages of now systematised mayhem, gleefully dismissed the mass burial of victims in Benue State as a “staged show” for international entertainment? Did the other half of the presidential megaphone system not follow up – or was it, proceed? – with the wisdom that they, the brutalised citizenry, should learn to bow under the yoke and negotiate, since “only the living” can enjoy the dividends of legal rights?”.
The literary icon’s comments are coming in the heels of a similar statement by Obasanjo that Nigeria was fast becoming a disunited, conflict-prone, Banana Republic under Buhari’s stewardship.