Soyinka backs Obasanjo, says Nigeria divided like never before under Buhari
Elder statesman and playwright, Prof Wole Soyinka , has said the country is more divided as never before under the current administration of Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( Retd ) .
Soyinka in a statement signed from his Autonomous Residence of Ijegba , Idi -Aba Estate , Abeokuta, Ogun State , on Tuesday titled , “ Between ‘ Dividers – in-chief ’ and Dividers – in-law ,” said though not a fan of ex – President Olusegun Obasanjo , but embraced any accurate reading of this nation as a contraption teetering on the edge of total collapse .
Obasanjo last week said the country was slowly becoming a failed state and more divided under the Buhari regime . But the presidency reacted to the comment by describing the ex -president as a ‘ Divider- in-chief .”
Soyinka said , “ I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo , General, twice former president and co – architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria . I have no reasons to change my stance on his record . Nonetheless , I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse . We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co -habitation , capable of producing its own means of existence , and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate .”
The Nobel laureate stated that on Africa Day , May 2019 , organised by the United Bank of Africa, he similarly seized an opening to direct the attention of this government to warnings by the ‘Otta farmer ’ over the self -destruct turn that the nation had taken , urging the wisdom of heeding the message, even while remaining chary of the messenger.