Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he doesn’t trust Nigerian solidarity is achievable under the current system of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, because of its systemic failure.
Soyinka said this in Abuja on Saturday at the book perusing and marking of two of his books named ‘Trumpism in Academe’ and ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’.
Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had asked Soyinka if he could write a Nigerian story that would evoke patriotism and inspire unity among the various tribes in the country.
Reacting, the writer said no story would join individuals of Nigeria without compensation and equity.
He explained that persons in Internally Displaced Person camps, who had lost relatives and loved ones due to violence, would not embrace any story of unity unless they got justice.
Soyinka added, “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.
“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.”
Soyinka said he personally believed that Nigeria should not break up but should remain one entity.
He, however, argued that it was wrong of the government to continue to say the country’s unity was non-negotiable.