Nigerians Felt More Secure In Goodluck Jonathan's Regime Than Now - Wole Soyinka

Published 2 years ago by: kacy lee
at 12-09-2017 07:49PM (2 years ago)

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Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka believes Nigerians felt more secure during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan than under President Muhammadu Buhari.

He says the low sense of security Nigerians feel is the major reason behind the clamour for state and community policing.

Soyinka said this on Monday in Lagos after a press briefing to unveil the second batch of students travelling to Lebanon for studies.

The programme is organised by The Cedars Institute, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Wole Soyinka Foundation.

Soyinka also said there are “yawning gaps” in the current administration, adding that the past few years have been that of “economic disaster” for the average Nigerian.

“Take simple security for instance. The average citizen feels less secure now than he did a few years ago; that is evident. When people talk about state police, there are reasons for it,” he said.

“When they talk about bringing policing right down to the community level, they know what they are talking about. This is also part and parcel of reconstruction or reconfiguration.

“The economy, there is a big question about it right now. Fortunately, everybody admits that we went through a very bad patch. Right now, it is a question of have we come out of it or not or there is no question at all.

“The past few years have been years of real internal economic disaster for the average citizen.’’

Soyinka, however, said there was a question of who was responsible for the sufferings the nation was plunged into in the last two years.

When asked about the current debate for a second term for Buhari, the Nobel laureate wondered why the issue is being talked about.

“Why are we talking about second term for heaven’s sake?” he asked, adding, “I don’t understand this. I refuse to be part of that discussion. I absolutely refuse to be part of the discussion”

He also lent his voice to the recent call for Nigeria to be restructured, saying the nation is “long overdue for reconfiguring”.

Soyinka said the proponents of restructuring should not be put off by those saying it is the mind of Nigerians that need to be restructured not the nation itself.

He said: “I find it very dishonest and cheap time-serving, trivialising the issue when I hear expressions like ‘it is the mind that needs to be restructured.’ Who is arguing or denying that? Why bring it up? Why is it a substitute?

“We are talking about the protocols of association of the constitutive parts of a nation. We are talking of decentralisation. That is another word. This country is over-centralised.

“Are you saying we cannot reconstruct the mind and reconstruct the nation at the same time? Call it by whatever name. We are saying that this nation is long overdue for reconfiguring. That is the expression I choose to use now.’

nonsovin at 12-09-2017 09:30PM (2 years ago)
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and who is this unstable fellow??

Oworen25 at 12-09-2017 10:15PM (2 years ago)
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This man is talking sense
kacylee at 12-09-2017 10:32PM (2 years ago)
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very true, we are now in demo-military rule

Floyd29 at 13-09-2017 12:13AM (2 years ago)
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Confused animal
tegonwa at 13-09-2017 02:02AM (2 years ago)
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True Great Wole.May You Live Long.Nawaa O!
kayveetee at 13-09-2017 05:58AM (2 years ago)
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although Jonathan is the cause of our economy recession but I agree with the professor in this
OkeEyitayo at 13-09-2017 08:31AM (2 years ago)
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Prof, u are right. fighting corruption is biting hard on citizens. Them to loose d rope from our necks
ruthie at 13-09-2017 08:33AM (2 years ago)
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abeg Professor go n sit down
gogoman at 13-09-2017 10:17AM (2 years ago)
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he never said anything!!  this is fake news
benosky4 at 13-09-2017 10:23AM (2 years ago)
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He talk sense this time.

officynero at 13-09-2017 01:17PM (2 years ago)
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not at all
its the same thing
yawa_don_gas at 16-09-2017 05:08AM (2 years ago)
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Please please hold on, why e be say everywhere I take even when I wan hide yawa dey there?
Why why?
Na yawa life, yawa goes on
Oworen25 at 17-09-2017 11:18PM (2 years ago)
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This one no concern me at all oh
BournIdentity at 22-09-2017 02:32PM (2 years ago)
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Roll Eyes                                                                           
BournIdentity at 22-09-2017 02:40PM (2 years ago)
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Roll Eyes                                                                           


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