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Wole Soyinka, Balarabe Musa trade words over Amotekun

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Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka on Tuesday took a swipe on former governor of Old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa over claim that the security outfit was a ploy by Yoruba leaders to create Oduduwa Republic.

Recall that the second republic governor, in an interview with The Sun on Sunday, had warned that Amotekun was a ploy to secure Yoruba land and a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

Mr Musa said: “First of all, taking into account what happened in the history of Nigeria, this Amotekun will lead to a declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

“Look at the composition of those who constitute the organization in addition to the six states governors.

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“There is also the OPC, Afenifere, and others. So the fear is quite obvious. And this is in spite of the fact that this government is incompetent.”

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However, in a swift reaction, Mr Soyinka, in a statement he personally signed, described Mr Musa’s claim as tragic, saying that Mr Musa’s claims represent fears that are promoted as facts.

Mr Soyinka said: “Balarabe is sadly, but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of a tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts.

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“Such acts turn out in the end to be based on nothing but fears, sometimes generated by guilt over past injustices, such as inequitable dealing.

“That is the basis of tragedy, towards which nations are propelled by a partial, or wrongful reading of socio-political realities and – history. I would like to see this nation avoid such a blunder. So, I am certain, would Balarabe Musa.

“Raising the specter of secession was a facile approach to the dangerous, self-evident lapses in governance which Balarabe himself acknowledged in his response to the Amotekun principle made flesh.

“He said the midwives of Amotekun had repeatedly acknowledged that theirs is only a contribution towards a crisis of escalating proportions and that other states should be encouraged to emulate, not misread such initiatives, then demonize them by false attributions, saying “that is the certain recipe for tragedy.”

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