Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says Nigeria is on the brink of disintegration and things might get worse if the government fails to listen to its people.
Soyinka had said last week that the agitators for sovereign states have a natural right to secede from Nigeria.
In an interview with ARISE Television, Soyinka said the unrest currently being experienced in some parts of the country could continue if the government fails to decentralise.
Nigeria cannot remain one if it continues in this manner, Soyinka replied. It won’t work unless it decentralises.
“That’s what’s happening to people on the streets.”. So, they are moving, they are protesting; they are defying even threats from the police. If we do this, if we do this, we will deal with you, we will talk to you in a language that you can understand – it does not wash any more. If a nation is on a suicide slide, people who feel that they do not deserve the suicide plunge have the right to get off the plane before it nosedives,” he said.
“Again, it is not Wole Soyinka who has said this. Everyone has said it: former heads of state have said it; politicians have said it; analysts have said it; economists have said it, and sometimes we get tired of hearing it.
I believe that this nation is about to self-destruct, and I am not the only one who believes that. Unless Buhari and his government listen and take action, we will not celebrate another Democracy Day next year.
“For instance, if we take the position of the Southern Governors on open grazing, 50 percent of the nation is saying that in this democratic regime we are operating under, they complain that open grazing is not in the interests of their people, while somebody in Aso Rock requests that his Attorney-General dig up some sort of colonial law that would arbitrate between farmers and herders.
“This means he is not listening to what the people are saying, he is not listening to what the government represents them. I really despair when I hear things like that. The last interview was instructive, not because anything was new, but just hoping this government is beyond this kind of partisan thinking.”