Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said he is tired of Nigeria over the consistent failure of government to address the many issues plaguing the nation.
Soyinka who disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja during the book reading and signing of two of his books titled ‘Trumpism in Academe’ and ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’, said there’s no desire to fix the country by people in power, and does not see Nigeria getting better any time soon.
Soyinka has been vocal since things began to fall apart under the Buhari government which he also played a part in bringing to power. He has repeatedly criticized the Buhari government over the escalating security challenges facing the country.
In his latest criticism, Soyinka said he now goes some days without reading newspapers since there’s almost nothing good happening in the country. A situation he described as “depressing”.
Responding to a special request by Senator Rochas Okorocha, who asked the famous playwright if he could write a story that would help rally and unite Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic and tribal affiliations, Soyinka said that no narrative could unite Nigerians better than restitution and justice.
He said that no amount of storytelling would assuage the deep hurt felt by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that had lost loved ones due to incessant violence in the land if they got no justice.
Soyinka added that the actions of the Buhari administration did not show that it was capable of uniting Nigerians.
He said, “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.”