Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Buhari can’t unite Nigeria – Soyinka

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is incapable of uniting Nigeria due to its systemic failure.

Mr Soyinka stated this at the reading and signing of two of his books titled ‘Trumpism in Academe’ and ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’ on Saturday in Abuja.

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According to him, Nigeria has lost a key opportunity to unite.

He said: “We had a critical moment and we lost that moment, the moment when this country could have come together; and the sense of oneness and belonging. That vision of oneness. We lost that moment.

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“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 systemic failure in present governance and I don’t know who can put it together. These days, I try to go some days without reading the newspapers. It is so depressing.”

When Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike asked if the Nobel laureate could write a book that would unite Nigeria, Soyinka said no book could unite the country without justice.

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He noted that the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, and others who had lost relatives and loved ones due to violence would not embrace any story of unity unless they got justice.

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