There is a systemic failure in present governance – Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that there is a systemic failure in the Buhari-led administration.

Soyinka said this in Abuja on Saturday at the book reading and signing of two of his books titled ‘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.

The playwright responded by saying 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.

He is of the opinion that no narrative would unite the people of Nigeria without restitution and justice.

The Nobel laureate said that Nigeria had the opportunity to unite but lost it.

According to him, “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.”

He, however, argued that it was wrong of the government to continue to say the country’s unity was non-negotiable.

But he believes that Nigeria should not break up but should remain one entity.