Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Sunday declared that the problems of the country have overwhelmed President Muhammadu Buhari. He equally stated that the problems would not be solved by the present administration, noting that the failure of President Buhari to find a solution to the problems of herdsmen has wiped away the meaningful achievements his administration has recorded.
He added that the carelessness and negligence of Buhari’s administration have led to the death of many Nigerians. Soyinka, however, urged the president to call for a national dialogue among all the people across party lines so as to engage in partisan government that would benefit the general public. He spoke at his residence in Ijegba Quarters, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, while hosting 85 pupils drawn from the six-geopolitical zones of the country to mark his 85 birthday.
While responding to pupils questions on issues during an interactive session at his private Amphitheatre, the playwright said, “look at what is happening today, how is it possible for me to say for instance that I am pro of this government, it is been negligent, look at what is happening with the cattle all over the place. That is a security issue which should never have reached this level.
“I am sure that carelessness and single act which has resulted in hundreds of people been killed in the massacre, in their farms and their farms are taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government. “It is an issue that is so serious and which concern the welfare of you and me that any carelessness or any failure there is totally unforgivable and unpardonable. “It is not that one like to criticize for the sake of criticizing, NO!, it is just that we believe that there is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be considered a true representative of the people.
“The problems of the country have overwhelmed President Muhammadu Buhari and the problems cannot be solved by the present administration in the country “If you agree first of all that, the problems of this nation are completely beyond it, that is the first admission. And we should start thinking in terms of partisan government, it is going to form in my view, a government called across political parties and need to forget their allegiances and really comfort this nation as a habitation of human beings for very serious issue s like economic, health, security, etc.
“The ingredients that threaten the success of the government are being experienced every day. The president should convoke what I call an indaba across all sections which will all meet and debate every day including the economy of this nation. I think that is the best way to go. I believe very frankly that the problems of this nation are beyond the solution that can be offered by this government”.
Speaking further on his opinion about governance in Nigeria, Soyinka said “ governance is a very difficult occupation, Nigeria is a very complex nation for a lot of reasons; its history, the background, the formation of it, the complexity, the culture, balancing here and there and then, you have several complications like fuel, among others.