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Nigeria suffers ‘systemic failure’ under Buhari, cannot unite – Soyinka

*It is wrong for govt to keep saying Nigeria’s unity non-negotiable – Nobel laureate

NOBEL laureate Wole Soyinka has said he does not believe Nigeria’s unity is attainable under the current regime of President Buhari due to its systemic failure.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the reading and signing of two of his books titled ‘Trumpism in Academe’ and ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’, Soyinka said:

“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.”

The statement was a response to former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, who asked Soyinka if he could write a Nigerian story that would evoke patriotism and inspire unity among the various tribes in the country.

The playwright said no narrative would unite the people of Nigeria without restitution and justice.

Said Soyinka, “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.

The world-renowned writer and human rights activist explained that persons in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps, who had lost relatives and loved ones due to violence, would not embrace any story of unity unless they got justice.

Soyinka said he personally believed that Nigeria should not break up but should remain one entity but, however, argued that it was wrong of the government to continue to say the country’s unity was non-negotiable.

Organised by Roving Heights, a book-selling outfit, the reading and book sign event titled, An Evening With Prof Wole Soyinka, was held at the Orisun Gallery at the Tropic Galleries, in Abuja.

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The reading session at the Orisun Gallery yesterday. Photo: Dotun Eyinade, Roving Heights

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