Nigeria heading for civil war – Soyinka

at 11-01-2012 11:16AM (8 years ago)

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On January 10, 2012 · In News
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LONDON (AFP) -  Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka warned on Tuesday that his country was heading towards a civil war, blaming political leaders who spread religious intolerance.
Asked whether he agreed with President Goodluck Jonathan that the current unrest was worse than the 1960s civil war, he told the BBC World Service: “It’s not an unrealistic comparison — it’s certainly based on many similarities.

Prof Wole Soyinka
“We see the nation heading towards a civil war.”
Soyinka was also asked whether the unrest threatened the state of Nigeria itself, and replied: “It is going that way. We no longer can pretend it’s not.
“When you’ve got a situation where a bunch of people can go into a place of worship and open fire through the windows, you’ve reached a certain dismal watershed in the life of that nation.”
Soyinka said the issues raised by Islamist group Boko Haram, which was blamed for violence targeting Christians in the north of Nigeria and has sparked fears of a wider religious conflict, had been brewing for some time.
“There are people in power in certain parts of the country, leaders, who quite genuinely and authoritatively hate and cannot tolerate any religion outside their own,” he said.
“When you combine that with the ambitions of a number of people who believe they are divinely endowed to rule the country and who… believe that their religion is above whatever else binds the entire nation together, and somehow the power appears to slip from their hands, then they resort to the most extreme measures.
“Youths who have been indoctrinated right from infancy can be used, and who have been used, again and again to create mayhem in the country.”
He added: “Those who have created this faceless army have lost control.”
Soyinka, a dramatist and essayist, became Africa’s first Nobel laureate in literature when he won the prize in 1986.

lopez2424 at 11-01-2012 01:11PM (8 years ago)
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Citizens have been turn against their will,  because off the imbalance Government. 
Many have been fox to a ma round
situation not because they re not capable, but because of  unavailability e.g  Job opportunities, lack of infrastructure, poor power supply,
unrefined water supply yet we don't  get it to the full of our taste, worse of all graduates gurus don't get job after many years in college most of them ends up being bike riders, bus drivers, pure water seller... :'(  :'(  mu mu president take off your Texas cow boy hat on your's becoming to heavy load for you.

queenrukky at 24-01-2012 04:19PM (8 years ago)
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 :'( :'(